Getting stencils to work with watercolors can be a struggle. The paint often just slips underneath the stencil and you can't even tell that you used a stencil at all! In this blog post, I will be giving some tips and techniques on how you can make watercolor work for you while using stencils! The beauty of watercolor is the translucent, painterly effect you can achieve, and it is fun to pair with stencils because of how quick they are to use and you don't have to have any drawing experience to end up with a beautiful piece of art.
Tracing the Stencil to Get Your Form
This is a great way to expand what you can paint. Start by tracing the stencil with a pencil, pen, or marker. You need to make sure that the pen or marker will not react with water because you do not want it mixing in with your watercolor. I used a Micron pen. If you are using a pencil, trace very lightly because once you apply paint over top of it, you will not be able to erase it.
Start painting in starting with the lightest areas and slowly work darker. If you added too much paint or it begins to go into an area that you don't want it, just dab some paper towel over it. If it is still there, run your wet paintbrush over it. Draw in elements that are missing from the stencil. In this case, I added hair and pupils. This will help it look more like a painting than a stencil.
Watercolor Base With Stencil in Acrylic
For this technique, I started with a watercolor background using ColorSparx Powders. These powders are so fun to use and it is like magic when you spray water onto them. You only need very little on your page. You can see in the image below how much powder I sprinkled on my page, and how vibrantly the color showed up. This technique gives you the look of watercolor, but the ease of applying texture paste to a stencil.
After your page is dry, it is time to add the texture paste on top. Use a palette knife to scrape across your stencil. If you have a stencil that has pieces that come up easily, you can add a little light adhesive onto the back of the stencil to help keep it in place. I only added the glossy accents onto the center area of this flower where the stencil lifts easily.
In this technique, we are embracing the nature of watercolor, and letting it spread a bit. Do not use an overly wet brush, only what you need to fill in the stencil. I recommend using abstract stencils for this technique. We get the more finished look by tracing over the stencil with a pen once the watercolor paint has completely dried.
Transparent Gloss Texture Paste
Adding a layer of transparent gloss where your stencil is, keeps the watercolor from being able to absorb. If you do not want the area where you are adding texture paste to be white, you can paint the page with watercolors before you add the gloss. But to make this work you would need the color you lay down first to be lighter than the second.
Thanks for stopping by! What is your favorite watercolor and stencil technique? Let us know in the comments!
The new Color Pour Magic paints make adding cells into your paint pour art even easier. The paints are already pre-mixed with the perfect amount of pouring medium. Follow along with these tutorial videos to get started making one of a kind art!
For this technique, I used the Tim Holtz air blower tool. It made tiny cells where I used it. You have to work quickly with this technique because if you wait too long and the paint starts to set you will have lumps in your painting! After my painting dried I used the Color Pour paint markers to draw shapes around where I used the air blower tool so they would stand out more.
Using the heat gun on the Color Pour paintings allows the layers of paint to show through. In this painting, I heated up the paint both after I dumped it out of my cup, and after I had spread it across my canvas. The longer you heat it for, the more little cells will pop up. While the painting was still wet I added pink foil flakes onto the pink sections on my painting. I like adding the foil in just a few places on the painting so it does not become the focal point, but instead just accents a color.
I choose to start this painting off with a black background and use some orange and reds on top of it because I was in the Halloween spirit. The swipe technique is one of my favorite techniques for paint pouring because of all the cells it creates. It creates these cells even if you use the regular color pour paint but it is even more magical when using Color Pour Magic. After the painting dried I used gold paint markers to draw around some main shapes, and trying to make some of them look like ghosts! Boo!
Making a "skin" is by far my favorite paint pour technique because of the endless possibilities! You can add skins to scrapbook layouts, to cover journals, add on top of another canvas for some added interest, cut up into stickers, or even put it through a die-cut machine (this only works if the skin is very thin and it is helpful to have some nonstick paper on the side by the die). All you have to do to get started is set out some wax paper or a non-stick surface to pour directly onto. Then just let it dry before carefully peeling it off. You can see how I added the skin onto a journal on our blog post HERE.
Using this technique you can create a rainbow of color! Select which colors you want in your rainbow and lay them out across the canvas. Next, add a neutral color like grey, white, or black to scrape across all of the other colors.
Let us know in the comments which technique you are going to try first!
If you have done paint pour, you know that a lot of paint drips off of your canvas and ends up getting thrown away. But using this technique you can save it to make a "skin" which can then be glued onto almost anything! In this tutorial I will be putting the skin onto a Dylusions Kraft journal.
Here are the supplies you need:
Step One: Do what you normally would when making a paint pour painting, only difference is have a piece of wax paper underneath your painting to catch the drips. For my skin I collected the drips from three different paintings. Let them build up a little bit and be able to cover a large enough area for what you want to wrap with your skin. You don't want your skin to be too thin because that makes it rip easily when taking it off of the wax paper; mine is about 1/16 inch thick. Let it dry on the wax paper until it is completely dry. (You can also make a paint pour directly onto the wax paper).
Step Two: After completely dry, carefully peel the paint off of the wax paper.
Step Three: Plan where you want your skin to wrap around the journal.
Step Four: Glue the skin on starting at the spine and working out.
Step Five: After glue has completely dried use a sharp knife to cut off the extra skin around the journal.
Step Six: Enjoy your new journal! The skin is flexible and bends around the spine of the book nicely. I am so happy with the result and I am going to save all of my paint pour drips from now on!
I would love to see what you create using this technique! Post your project in our Project Gallery or tag us on social media!