As far as backgrounds go this project could not be simpler. I recently bought a set of 4 little 6×6 canvases. I have drawn a series of faces on each and plan to complete them in a similar manner to this one I am sharing today.
I added acrylic paint to the face and began working on the skin and facial features, using a mix of Prisma pencils, Paint, white paint pen and Inktense Pencils. I kept working on it until I was satisfied. Next I added a layer of Ranger Dauber paint to the hair and to the edge in blue and green. Using Inktense pencils I added shading and moved it about with a baby wipe. The first stencil I used was this TCW428. Beacuse the canvas is small I used all the 6×6 mini versions.
I used a palette knife and some heavy gel medium through the stencil, leaving a raised embossed image. Once that was dry I added layers of paint, Inktense pencils, and Distress Inks, to grunge it up a little.
Next I used this stencil – TCW462 Stained Glass
I sprayed some Heidi Ho Blue Coloringz (Shimmerz Paint) through the stencil leaving a lighter image unsprayed. I moved it around while inking, to get it to follow the contour of the face and hair. It is in the background and can only just be seen, but I love the pattern it created.
Next I got this stencil TCW454 specimen
I used black distress ink through this one and got a faded image of the butterflies and circular elements on my canvas.
I wanted her hair to look dimensional and have some depth so I kept going with the simple layers of stencils and Distress inks.
The last stencil TCW349 Eye chart
I needed it a little more grungy, so I kept going until I got to this point. It was all really simple, and relatively quick!
Now I just have 3 more to go!
Thanks so much for stopping by the Blog today.
The Crafters Workshop Design Team Member
4 thoughts on “Make Mixed Media simple with Stencils.”
what a gorgeous project, Lydell!! I wish I could do faces like that *sigh*
Love this – gorgeous!
Beautiful. My struggle is to layer. You did a great job. Now I must go try it.