Art Journal: Technique Card 5 & 6

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Keyword: Stamping

Technique: Stamping with a Stencil

You will need:

  • gessoed or painted card
  • craft paint
  • stencil
  • brayer, paint brush
  • plastic craft mat

For the first card, above, I put a couple of drops of paint on the craft mat and then used the brayer to pick it up and apply it to the stencil. Then I stamped the stencil on the card.

For this second card, I added some water to the remainder of the paint, picked it up with the brush and added it to the stencil. Then I stamped the stencil on the card.

What I learned about this technique is:

The paint dries fast, so you need to work fast. In addition, there are different kinds of stencils. Make sure the one you choose (or the side of the one you choose) doesn’t have a slightly raised lip around the openings. If it does, you may not get much of a print at all. Only some slight lines around the holes!

Other than that, this illustrates an additional way in which stencils can be used.