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.