Watercolor Stencil Play with Briana

Greetings Everyone!

Today I have a simple yet effective trick for you to try with your stencils.

First, choose an artistcellar stencil with some nice openings. I have chosen the Gonzaga stencil from the Labyrinth Series.

Second, get a nice 1-inch wide brushand dip it into some liquid watercolor. You could use Ecoline, Dick Blick, Dr. Ph. Martin’s, or children’s paint. Create a painted area on a piece of 9 x 12 inch watercolor paper.

Third, place your stencil over the area of liquid watercolor. Use a small stencil brush and a jar of clean water to scrub through the open spaces of the stencil.

Fourth, soak up the extra water with a paper towel.

Lift the towel to see if you’ve soaked up enough water.

Fifth, remove the stencil carefully, lifting at one corner.

Finally, take a look at the interesting effect of the water lifting the color from the stencil openings.

Let the paper dry and flatten out.

From here, I can see journal writing around the perimeter of the design.

I also am thinking about a collage border. Hmmm.

Or, perhaps writing inside the lines of the stencil would be fun, too! What are your ideas?

There are always many, many options to explore with mixed media and stencils. That’s why I love it so much.

Thanks for having a look at this simple, yet effective technique to try with your favorite stencils! I hope you enjoy it and have lots of fun.

Sending Blessings and Creative Vibes,

-Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com


Lisa Cousineau
Lisa Cousineau


1 Response

Gjeneve Hopkinson
Gjeneve Hopkinson

June 10, 2019

Great idea. Thanks for sharing,

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