Hi everyone, Keren here with you today to talk about what could be described as one of the unsung heroes of the crafting stash. We all have them, they're often made from Mylar and they don't look particularly exciting. We won't get the same reaction just by looking at it in comparison to viewing a beautiful stamp BUT ohhhh the possibilities.
Our new topic will look at different techniques using the wonderful stencil- but are there other things you can make stencils from other than plastic? How can you layer, rotate even cut up stencils to get more options. Are there favoured mediums to use on them? There are so many ideas that we just can't cover them all here but I know that our talented bloggers will come up with inspiring ideas and even surprising uses for the humble stencil.
It's easy to assume that everyone knows (or remembers the basics) how to stencil. So I thought I'd begin with some easy ideas. Even if you've done it for ages and love doing complicated techniques, a refresher on the basics is always welcome.
Here's a PaperArtsy video from a few years ago that should give you a good start.
Don't forget how stunning using a stencil simply can be. Kay Carley has used a number of stencils in the background in different colours that gives depth and richness.
Why use one stencil when you can layer many? This colourful collection features many different layers and stencils but by using a limited palette and knocking back some of the colour using white, you end up with an intriguing and harmonious design.
We all love Infusions. How do you make them work with stencils? This stunning project by Brenda Brown has step-by-step photos to show the process.