Playing with stencils and mixed media

TCW tutorial mixedmedia dragonfly square

A tutorial for you today – a big background to be cut up in several pieces – 7 to be precise (5 cards, 2 ATC’s )


TCW tutorial mixedmedia fish (1)
Start on a larger piece of paper (I used a piece slightly bigger than A4), and adhere some book paper randomly onto the page.
Scribble some color onto it with watercolor crayons.

TCW tutorial mixedmedia fish (2)
Paint over it with watered-down gesso to blend the colors. Start with one color, clean the brush and start on another color – otherwise some of it will turn into mud!
At this stage I decided to take most of the color off with a damb cloth, and scraped gesso over the background with an old creditcard. (This is called trial and error, lol).

Now add some white structure paste randomly over several stencils… I chose background ones.

TCW tutorial mixedmedia fish (3)
Cut the background into several useful pieces.

TCW tutorial mixedmedia fish (4)

Tap some Brusho powder onto the card background, spray with water and leave to dry. Repeat this with a second color (the red is Bistre).
Add some stamping and a stamped image.

TCW tutorial mixedmedia fish (5)


TCW tutorial mixedmedia fish (6)

A second card I’ve finished, with fish. I did this with the same process as the first card, I used brown Brusho (yes, it’s got all these colors in it!).

You can still see the original background color in places.

TCW tutorial mixedmedia fish (7)

Hope you like it, and – more important- got inspired!

Ellie Knol

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member


Of course The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project, as I am in their design team.
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3 thoughts on “Playing with stencils and mixed media

  1. Yes I loved it ! This technique is very nice to use up all the scrap paper or card rejects and save pieces for using later ! Loved the cards you have created with bg !

  2. J”adore cette technique que j’emploie souvent, et jamais l’on n’a le même résultat ! la surprise des brushos est ma préférée par l’éclosion des couleurs ! suis fan de vos créations Ellie !

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