Thursday, September 12, 2013

Falling for Stencils



Tim's focus for September's tag was different ways of using his new layering stencils.  Try as I might, I could not seem to get my hands on any of these.  I do have some on order from Simon Says Stamp but don't know when they might ship.  Meanwhile, I found this really cool stencil at Hobby Lobby.  It got me to thinking what a great watercolor picture I could create using it and Distress Stains.  Hopefully, Tim will forgive me for taking such liberties and straying so far from the lesson.  :)  It was great fun and I did use his stains for the painting process.

I started with this simple stencil from The Crafters Workshop called Aspen Trees.  I taped it to a piece of watercolor paper with some washi tape and began coloring the background with various Distress Stains and a blending tool.  I used Stormy Skies toward the bottom, then gradually worked my way up with Broken China, Wild Honey, Scattered Straw and some Rusty Hinge.

I then removed the stencil and lightly spritzed the picture with water to add some texture.

Next, I needed to add some color and shading to the trees and branches. I wet a section at a time and tickled some Frayed Burlap Distress Ink on the shadow side, letting the water blend it across.  Each time I lifted my brush it would blend a little farther across in that spot, so I used this to my advantage to give the trees some dimension.
If, when dry, a tree required more shading - I just repeated the process.  (But you want to make sure the first layer is completely dry or you will get some unexpected water spots.)

Once I had all of my trees and branches shaded, I made some little diluted puddles of  Fired Brick, Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge on my craft mat.  I lightly spritzed the painting with water and then flicked the various colors on using my brush and tapping it against my finger.  With the painting wet, the dots of paint bleed out a little bit to look like falling leaves.  If you don't wet the painting first it looks more like colored snow.  :)

I found another stencil by the same company with the trees cut out of the background.  I am going to try it with some modeling paste or gesso to make the trees dimensional.

So, till next time, thanks for stopping and have a great week!

P.S.  I am also linking up to Inspiration Emporium's challenge 'Falling for Faux' as a faux watercolor.


16 comments:

  1. Hi Cathy - how amazing is that! You feel you could walk around between those trees and feel the tickle of the leaves falling. Fabulous project and I am absolutely certain Mr H won't mind a bit! MMx

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  2. I love how you created dimension with the trees, Cathy. Looks like a painting.
    Hugs,
    Christina

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  3. Very nice! A great way to use your new stencil.

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  4. Stunning work Cathy and I am positive that Tim will be pleased as punch that his inspiration led to the creation of your little work of art. Love the leaf splatters.

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  5. I'm so glad to see a new way to use this fav stencil of mine. Thanks for posting!

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  6. Beautiful! I have this stencil in 12x12. I need to get the smaller one-but I want the reversed one. I think using modeling paste to make the trees would add wonderful dimension!

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  7. SWEET !!! Def caught my eye on TH's Tag blog page! You came up with a twist for his tag that really IS different. You are TALENTED, girl !

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  8. I just want to say thanks to all for your lovely comments!! It is such a treat to hear from each of you - makes my day! Hugs, Cathy

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  9. Oh my gosh! This is amazing. The thumbnail just screamed at me to click, and I am so glad I did. You're quite a creative artist!

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  10. This is so beautiful! The dimension you added to the trees is really an incredible trick for the eye. I feel that I could walk right into the lovely grove.

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  11. Fantastic...the trees look so real!!!

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  12. Cathy, this painting is beautiful!

    ~Kate~

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  13. I cannot believe that that birch grove is not three dimensional! Fabulous idea to shade the trunks. I just used this stencil too. Much less elaborate :-)

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  14. wonderful use of this stencil. Very creative. Thanks.

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