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Mixed Media Tutorial: Stenciling Techniques to Add Awesome Effects

Mixed Media Tutorial: Stenciling Techniques to Add Awesome Effects

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When it comes to creating eye-catching mixed media projects, stenciling is a great way to achieve a mixture of shapes, textures and layers quickly and easily. But did you know that there are so many different ways you can use a stencil to achieve awesome artistic results? In this altered art palette mixed media tutorial, Helen Kirkham explores a number of different stenciling techniques that you can experiment with on your next project!

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Stenciling Techniques Featured:

Using relief paste through a stencil: Relief paste is a great way to add texture to your mixed media projects.

Stencil smooshing: Another great way to get texture from stencils! If you just go through the stencil with the paint you will achieve a flatter look, which can look great. However, with the smooshing technique, you use exactly the same products to create a different, more textured finish. Plus it will create a negative of the stencil.

Drawing through a stencil: This also creates a great starting point for doodling, or creating zentangles on your projects.

Using a wet wipe through a stencil: Doing this will create a faint look of the stencil, which is great with paler and pastel colours.

Stenciling Mixed Media Tutorial:

Step 1:

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Add crystal relief paste through the specimen stencil using the spatula, and allow the paste to dry. Paint with white gesso, and allow to dry. Paint with blue chalky paint and allow to dry. Spray some water on to the palette and paint over with pink paint, allow the paint to go tacky, and then place the Moroccan stencil over the top and rub over it with the wet wipe until the blue paint shows through.

Helen’s helpful hint: Adding water before the acrylic paint will create an aged look to the paint once it starts to dry.

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Add the purple paste through the script and specimen stencils using the spatula. Add some of the paste to the centre of the palette, and use the spatula to pull up parts of the paste to create a textured look, then allow the paste to dry. Add some of the paste to the edges of the palette.

Helen’s Helpful Hint: Use your finger to add the paste around the edges of the palette; this will give a paler look to the paste. The paste will dry in a few minutes on a thin layer, but will take longer with a thicker layer, so you could use a heat gun on it to speed up the process.

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Add some air-dry clay to a flower silicone mould, and allow to dry. Paint with the blue chalky paint and the pink acrylic paint, then add some purple relief paste to the edges.

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Paint four of the brushes with the blue and pink paint, and then add some purple relief paste over the top.

Helen’s helpful hint:

If you are painting a particularly dark coloured paint brush handle cover it first with the white gesso. Gesso is slightly thicker than acrylic paint, so is a great base coat.

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Paint the twine with blue and pink paint and then add some purple relief paste.

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Using the glue gun, add the clay to the centre of the palette, tie the twine around the brushes, and glue them to the palette.

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Paint the Moroccan stencil with pink paint and squish it on to the palette.

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Using the purple pen, draw through part of the Moroccan stencil on to the purple card and fussy cut it out to create a circle; do this six times.

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Spread some of the purple relief paste on the palette and glue the circles over the top with decoupage glue.

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Using the font FO-AOO5 from the Scan N Cut, write ‘Find a place where creativity blooms like flowers’, resize by to 1.70 by 4.20 inches, fill in the letters, and draw with the purple pen and universal pen holder. Then cut it out and glue to the palette with the hot glue gun. Using the purple and pink liquid pearls, add drops to the centre of the palette.

Completed project on display

Your project is complete! This mixed media tutorial enables you to create a gorgeous piece of art you can then pop on display – or even give as a gift. But remember that the fantastic thing about mixed media is the freedom it gives you to get creative… you could take one or two stenciling techniques mentioned in this tutorial, and use them to create a variety of stunning projects!

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