Friends, you know how much I love my stencils. I reach for them and some colorants when I need to quickly do up a background or to add a little bit of texture to help me finish up my projects. Here is one of my fave 6x6 stencil from The Crafter's Workshop used in 8 different ways.
|Making a statement out of neutrals|
1. Tone down a bright background.
The background that was created with residual mist and another stencil was a little "loud" so I applied a very thin layer of light modeling paste with the stencil. You can still see a bit of the colour peeking through paste but the paste helped to tone down the background and formed the perfect backdrop for my focal point.
2. A "catchment" area for mica flakes.
I really wanted the mica flakes to sparkle here so I used my stencil with a thick layer of light modeling paste, sprayed some purple mist, applied some gel medium and sprinkled the mica flakes on top for dimensional sparkle.
|Mixed media canvas for ColourArte|
3. Cover up a "patchy" background.
The base layer was covered with remnant bits of tulle and lace that turned out "patchy" so I applied a thin layer of light modeling paste with the stencil to tie everything together.
|For the love of purple|
4. Serve as a grid.
Here I used the defined edges of the stencil design as a grid to stick my bling on.
|How to create a vintage-inspired mixed media canvas|
5. Break up a pattern.
The vintage patterned paper I used for the background didn't help to guide the eye to the focal point so I broke up the pattern with the stencil + light modeling paste + Silks Acrylic Glazes.
|Can I stick to supplies I pulled out?|
6. Add subtle texture to the background.
Here I used the stencil with some watered-down gesso for a subtle pattern on the patterned paper.
7. Create a "water-coloured" background.
A light mist and some water on a stencil and you can get the look of a water-coloured background.
|Purple mixed media box for Made with Love|
8. Add a decorative border to a box.
Instead of using patterned paper to decorate the base of my box, I used the stencil with light modeling paste and mist to add a decorative border around my box.
There you have it, 1 stencil, 8 ways. Do you have a fave?