Monday, 17 August 2015

Designing Pictures with Stencils 2

No. 2 for those who like to colour.

I have used the same stencil as I did in the previous post. 

1.This time I traced around the whole stencil with a pencil. I then kept moving the stencil and tracing around the flowers until the whole page was filled.

2. I then drew pairs of wavy lines across the page in different directions.

3. Using markers I coloured in the design.

4. I used a black fine line marker to then do the outlines.

Stencils can be used in a variety of ways to get many different effects and be used in many different crafts. 

As I have time I will post more examples of what you can do to decorate using stencils. 


a. Stencils are a great confidence builder when you are unsure about your drawing abilities.

b.They also help those who can draw to achieve a vast amount of work in a much quicker time.

c. Stencils improve your accuracy if you want to do exactly the same design over and over again.

d. Whatever craft you are into stencils can be used to help with your design. I have seen stencils used as a basis for crosstitch, tapestry, quilting and applique, painting, drawing, furniture decoration, zentangles and doodling just to name a few. On one of my handpainted shoe designs I used a stencil. Your options are limitless. 

e. Be creative with a stencil and it will not look the same every time you use it. Check the blog previous to this one to see a different way I used the same stencil that created the design above.

(but you can add doodling if you want)

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Designing Pictures with Stencils

Designing Pictures with Stencils

I have started to design a range of stencils, to be used for various reasons such as repeat patterns (doodle patterns), mandalas, celtic knots and basic pictures. 

The stencils are being cut at present. Once ready I will post them on Etsy for sale for those who are interested. 

Here is my first offering. I used this little stencil to create the picture above.

Steps to Create the picture above.

1. Position the stencil onto your watercolour paper. Using watery paint (I used Twinks) paint in the background in a variety of colours.
2. Remove the stencil. Put more paint onto the brush and flick it over the picture to create splatters in each of the colours you used to paint the background.
3. Let the picture dry completely.
4. Using Sakura Pigma Micron .01 & .03. & Posca Paint Pens 1 in Black & White I then doodled & outlined over the flowers and background to create this picture.
5. Using the same background colours, then come back with a less watery, darker consistency of paint to colour in the center of each of the petals on the flowers, so that they stand out from the background.

This stencil of 'Scattered Flowers' is 6" x 6" or 15 x 15cm. It will be retailing on Etsy at $6.00 plus postage. 

You can pre-order this stencil by messaging me on Facebook - Judy Lorraine West 
or email me at