Monday, April 10, 2023

Carol Ponsford - April StencilClub set

Hi everyone, Carol Ponsford here working with the April StencilClub set designed 
by Mary Beth Shaw and Mary Nasser to create colorful paper you can use as collage fodder, 
mixed media work, or a background for greeting cards. These stencils offer so 
much variety with their linear and organic shapes. I wanted to show you a third way 
to create a mash-up of those shapes. 

I worked on copy paper but this can be done on any weight paper of your choosing, I laid 
down the stencil with the wavy shapes first and then laid the organic shapes on top of that stencil.

Using Daniel Smith Gold Gesso I applied the gesso through both stencils at once with a 
sponge applicator. Finding that the alignment left some areas of white larger than I wanted, 

I removed the wavy stencil and through the organic stencil I 
added more gesso in the open areas until I got the effect I wanted.

I let this layer of gesso dry completely before proceeding.

After the gesso was dry, I brushed water over smaller areas and then 
introduced a variety of watercolor paint into the water soaked areas.

After the color had been applied and allowed to sit for a minute, I dabbed off the excess 
water and let the piece dry. Due to the paper choice I made the paper wrinkled quite a bit 
so I will need to address this by weighing it down with heavy books or perhaps ironing.

The pictures below show a couple of ways I used this piece of collage 
paper to create a birthday card and a collaged panel. The panel is a work in progress but 
I wanted to show you how I integrated the collage paper into the background
(On the card I used Rae Missigman's mask from stencil L952)


I hope you find this a helpful technique to expand the use of all of your stencils and 
create an undetermined amount of patterns you can create with your existing 
stash of stencils. Thank you StencilGirl® Products for providing me with this free 
StencilClub set so that I could play in advance and share what I create each month 
with you. Enjoy playing with your stencils and I will see you back here next 
month to show you what I create with the May StencilClub set. 

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Happy Creating!

To see more of my work please visit my Instagram page.


  1. This is a really cool technique, I can't wait to try it. Thank you. I did not even know there was gold gesso.

    1. Thank you for checking out my post. I hope you were able to find the Daniel Smith Gold Gesso. It is a very nice product.


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