Have you ever had dried up paints on a stencil? Yummy dried up paints? Are you like me, wanting to make a print of it, but don't know how, and want to try to get it off? I did the trying, and it turned out SO beautiful. I HAVE to share the HOW with you: it's basically creating an acrylic skin onto paper in the pattern of a stencil.
An acrylic skin is what it is called in paint pouring when leaving paints to dry thinly, but it will not have a pattern as the one created with a stencil, it has the reverse pattern.
For this post I will recreate this technique as best as I can; the stencil I want to use for the technique is still brand new. No leftover paints from a previous session on there!
I decided to use some darker colors to be able to show the process better.
Getting the dried up paints onto the stencil occurs naturally if you do a lot of gel printing ! Just let the stencil gather paint. when you take a print from the gel plate, first apply paints to the plate, position the stencil and pull a print to get the silhouette of the stencil on the plate, and more important, paint onto the stencil!
I left the stencil to dry for a few hours. Fresco Finish Paints dry pretty quick but my aim is to replicate the technique, I wanted the paints to be bone dry.
Most of the times we only discover the gorgeous paints on a stencil after a printing session; or days later.
I guess that, when you decide to clean a stencil or mask with this technique, it will come off more easily when you do it as soon as possible.
A PaperArtsy Stencil by JoFY (PS130) is the stencil I chose this time.
As mentioned before, I created two journals with the papers. Enjoy the pictures.
I hope you find this tutorial inspirational and you will have a look through your stencils to create one of a kind papers.
Leaving paints on stencils deliberately is not something we would normally do, but we all have stencils with gorgeous paints on them, don't we?