Simple Stencil and DIY Script

Friday, September 18, 2015

I hope you enjoyed my last post on the new Close to My Heart watercolor paints, because I'm going to be sharing quite a few posts about using these awesome paints!

Since I created so many pieces of artwork for teaching at Extravaganza at the Close to My Heart convention in June, and we had to keep it all under wraps until the new catalog was released on Sept. 1, you're now going to see lots of artwork in the next few weeks here on my blog. That's the good news. The bad news is I don't have many step-by-step photos because I was creating like a madwoman, with no time for thoughtful photos along the way. So bear with me and read the text accompanying all these pretty pictures.

This 12x12 scrapbook page came together quickly because of one secret weapon: a large doily. It's so easy! The results are not only stunning, but each piece will be unique because of the amount of paint and water you use determines the final look.

I used a doily similar to this one. After misting your watercolor paper with a little water (don't make puddles!), plop the doily down on your page. You may need to hold it in place as you work, but the water helps keep it in place a bit, so use your judgement.

Paint splotches of color through the open spaces on the doily. I used a pretty strong mix of color on my brush, since the background is already slightly damp I didn't want the color to seep too much under the doily, so don't get your paints too watery. I found it was easier to work from the center out, because you'll spend more time working on the blend around the edges and onto the background. To create the splatter, dip your paintbrush and flick onto the page.

Perfectionists beware! Watercoloring through a doily is not a perfect science. It will run, it will seep, and you will NOT get a perfect image of the doily. See the lower left side of the doily image on my page? I thought I totally ruined it, paint everywhere. But now I love that part. Take a deep breath, embrace your inner artiste and get over the need for perfection, because that's what makes this technique so gorgeous.

When you're satisfied with your painting, remove the stencil and allow to dry.

After your page is dry, iron it flat and attach to a piece of cardstock using plenty of adhesive to help flatten it even more.

For the word "Beauty" on this page, I used a pencil and lightly wrote out my headline. Make sure it's light, because the pencil marks will show through watercolor paints. Using a round brush, I painted the word. Once it was completely dry, I cut out the title using an X-acto knife. Not perfect calligraphy, but it's my own writing and I love the casual look of it. Try it yourself and see what you come up with!

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