Like I mentioned yesterday, this afternoon Mark is having an MRI to hopefully determine why he is having trouble walking. I really can’t make art today, so I’m pulling out a post from the past. I promise it is still relevant. <3 (And I’ll add some new comments, too.) Show of hands: how many of us have stencils laying around collecting dust and we need a new way to use them? Me, me! Yep! (Those are all new comments. Hahaha!) Let me show you one way I am learning to work with stencils – other than using them with color – and it is easy to take you from step one all the way to the conclusion.
I originally bought these stencils on Joggles, but that was a couple years ago. (Link at the end of the post.) It is a great set that includes several face shapes, several facial features, accessories, hair – and everything comes in three sizes. I need to find these and play with them some more! They are seriously cool!
To get started, I picked a face shape and a set of features – and simply traced them with pencil. Yep! You can totally do this! I knew I wanted to add the crown – because tiara! – and that it would sit on top of her hair. I traced the top part of her hair in pencil, so I could tell where to sit the crown.
Once I had the crown in place, I used another part of the stencil to add in the rest of her hair. Any time you trace a stencil you are going to get some choppy lines like you see in the first photo. They have to do this so the stencil doesn’t fall apart. It’s kind of hard to trace what lays in pieces in the bottom of the bag – so they have connecting spaces. Once I had that crown figured out, I went over the hairlines with a fine liner and closed in those gaps in the pencil work.
Ready for the fun part? That would be figuring out what tangles to place in each section. Just pick a section of the penned stencil and start adding patterns. There is no rhyme or reason, just use tangles you enjoy drawing.
As I went along, I realized the hair looked out of proportion so I added more on the left hand side.
Love some good angle shots of artwork! Here I tangled some of the hair I added in.
And if you are having fun – before you know it you have tangled up a stenciled piece of artwork! This post originally ran a little over two years ago. I have learned so much since then. I should really pull this piece back out and do something with that crown. Gems in each of those open areas would be amazing! Stencil art! I am sure if you have some stencils laying around, you can do something similar. A combination of tangle art with an existing art journaling supply – easy peasy! Now let me go look and see if I can find a link for these awesome stencils. See you tomorrow!