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Stencils...not just for Gelli Prints & Gelato's!

Hi all!
Becky here today!
If you haven't guessed by now, we members of the Altered Pages Design Team have a bit of an obsession with the stencils found in the shop {HERE}!
We've showed you how to use them with our Gelli Plates & Gelatos. And of course, you can also use them with mists on all sorts of papers & cards.
But today, I am going to show you a peek at how I used them - on a much LARGER scale!
Hard to tell, but this is a 36x36 inch canvas!
I am currently working my way through Flora Bowley's "Brave Intuitive Painting" book & what you see here is just the beginning! I wanted to show you that you can use stencils to add dimension to your canvases too...
So far I have used 3 that are available in the AP store...Grandma's Doily, Cubist & Cosmic Bubbles. Because I am using acrylic paint on the canvas, I can't use glimmer mists or they will smear when reactivated with anything wet - paint, water, etc. So, I used a combination of acrylic sprays created with acrylic inks & water or Tulip's fabric sprays. These are great cuz once they dry, they won't smear or run under other layers of paint.
 For Grandma's Doily, I first sprayed it with a homemade spray in teal acrylic ink & water, then when dry, I layered another doily on top in yellow with the fabric spray.

 With the Cubist & Cosmic Bubbles stencils, I sprayed a mixture of black acrylic ink & water for a subtle shadow of them in the background.
These layers are just the beginning! I am still making marks & then I will find/add shapes to draw out of the painting & highlight them as well as pair down to a color scheme that's not so busy!
Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. Looks like you are having lots of fun Becky! I can't wait to see the end result! xx

  2. Becky, you have grown and grown as a artist! This is fantastic!

  3. Wow, I've been working on smaller and smaller projects this year. This is huge. Very ambitious and very beautiful. Great colours and those masks give fab effects. Looking forward to seeing this progress

  4. I really appreciate your tips for avoiding the smudging when layering misted areas--I learn so much from you! Great post!

  5. Wow, I can only imagine the impact of seeing this in person. The colors just GLOW!

  6. Love the start to your canvas. Great use of the stencils. Can't wait to see how you finish it.


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