I thought I'd take our moose from Monday and do a stencil project.
It also goes nicely with this week's giveaway.
This is Margaret Peot's new book, Stencil Craft.
For those of you new to stencilling it covers everything you need to know....
I especially like this amalgam composition idea. Using multiple stencils to build a scene. I will be using this in future projects.
I also appreciated all the info for stencilling on fabric, something I would like to incorporate more in my textile projects.
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I will make the draw on Sunday Aug 23rd/15.
Canadian or U.S. residents only please.
Back to our stencil project:
- cereal box weight cardboard
- wc paper or heavyweight paper for painting
- disk tempera
- black acrylic or liquid tempera
- round brush
- chalk pastels, oil pastels, or crayons
First we have to create our stencil. I use a very low tech method. I take a piece of cereal box weight cardboard and draw or trace out my image.
Here I took my moose template, traced around it and altered some of the areas to make a nicer silhouette.
You want to have lots of room around your image, more on that later.
At school I spend a bit of time explaining that we want to keep the negative space, we don't care about the moose itself.
It's hard to make that shift when kids are used to just cutting out the image. To help I get them to put X's on the area we don't want.
A stencil doesn't have to be pretty, it's just a tool so why not make it easy on yourself........cut the image in half.
Now you can cut it out
and just tape it back together.
Paint your background. I'm using disk tempera on a 90 lb wc paper.
A nice sunset.
For stencilling I want a nice round brush and a thick paint. I prefer acrylic but you can also use liquid tempera. Acrylic tends to be more opaque so you get a better result.
You need to hold the stencil firmly in place. You don't want it to shift. At school I get the kids to work in pairs. One holds the stencil and one pounces on the paint. You can see now that it helps to have extra space around the stencil.
When applying the paint you want to pounce the brush straight up and down. You don't want to stroke side to side as the paint will get under the stencil.
Lift the stencil off in one lift straight up. I tell the kids to use both hands, lift up and then put it to the side.
If you are re-using the stencil again wipe away the excess paint. You want the side touching the background to be dry so you don't accidentally transfer any paint.
When the paint has dried we want to add some extra touches to take it further.
You can use chalk pastel, oil pastel, or even crayons.
Add some grass. The yellow is the reflected light. I also added yellow to the tips of the antlers and the back of the moose, areas I think would be reflecting that brilliant sunset.
I want a few clouds in the sky so I smudge in some reddish brown.
I also smudged some dark distant trees into the landscape.
That's it. Gotta love a stencil project.
Be sure to enter the draw and give a stencils a try.
You never know what magic may occur.
(Fairy stencil on top of mixed media background)
See you Sunday