It’s funny how a project evolves; how inspiration strikes. When looking through the new stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop, I knew I wanted to use one of the Frida stencils over a super-saturated, color-filled background. At first I thought of the acrylic paints and designs I’d use, but then a new idea took seed.
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.
Now, now…before the stamp collectors out there get upset, isn’t this a much better place to put old stamps than in the trash? Yes and yes! Besides, this barely scratches the surface of the collection of vintage stamps I have yet to use!
140 lb watercolor paper
fine line black marker
black Staz-On ink
Adhere vintage stamps to a substrate of 140 lb watercolor paper using a glue stick. Overlap stamps and change their orientation as you move across and fill the background.
Once covered in stamps, coat background with The Crafter’s Workshop Clear Gesso and allow to dry.
Position 12″ x 12″ La Soñadora stencil over the background. I first secured the substrate to my work surface with masking tape and then secured the stencil over the top.
Trace through the stencil, face only, with a fine line, permanent black marker.
While stencil is still in place, fill in the smallest areas with the black marker.
Remove stencil and fill in open areas of design with india ink using a liner paintbrush.
As sometimes happens with our artwork, I thought I was nearly finished…but the stamp near Frida’s nose looked like a big old bandaid! I could not live with that!
A couple of new stamps later (followed by a bit of clear gesso) and all was well.
A Frida portrait hardly seemed complete without a flower of some kind, so using the 12″ x 12″ Corazon stencil, I added a flower to the top left corner of the piece.
With a little application of black Staz-On ink to the edges, I think my Frida project gets the “stamp of approval.”
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and realize that you don’t need paint to create a color-filled background!