Studio Sunday and Watercolor Stenciling

In following-up to my watercolor play that was inspired by Danielle Donaldson, I've gone crazy stenciling with watercolors!  I've created 2 journals so far and I'm having a blast experimenting with different brushes, new color palettes and layering. 

I started using Dylusions Ink Sprays and applying them through my stencils.  The colors were super vibrant as you can see on the covers above, but I got totally aggravated when I was rewetting the page and the ink would reactivate.  I wanted the color to stay and not change as I built layers so I switched to straight watercolors.  I layered the top of the Dylusion pages with Mod Podge to seal them and they made great covers.

I let loose with the watercolors and blended almost everything with Paynes Grey which I LOVE!  I used all my stencils including those that I haven't put up for sale commercially and I've got lots of ideas for new ones for this process.  You can find all of my stencils at under both the Joggles brand line and my own brand.  I have used a few from my StencilGirlProduct stencils as well.  Let me know if you have questions.

What I thought was a great technique was being able to lay the stencil over the dry watercolors afterwards to be able to pencil in some of the lines instead of drawing freehand (because I'm lazy).  You've probably seen me use this stencil below a million times (first as a thermofax screen and now as a stencil).  I was able to achieve the watercolor effect where the colors run together and create that essence of an image and then used my Pitt Pen to work the lines in.

One of my all time favorite stencil designs is my Sunflower stencil from the Joggles line.  The look I achieved here is exactly what I had hoped to.  By controlling the amount of water and type of brush used you can easily enhance or restrain the results you get from this technique.  I'll share more soon!

Below, you can see how much clearer the results are from the print above.  I absolutely love the natural tones as well as the purples and pinks and they grey brings all the colors together.

I want to create another journal using a limited palette like this.

Of course the Shooting Stars stencil made its way into the mix and it carried with it previously sprayed Dylusions Inks which added a nice little extra pop!

The cover was really what got me started because I loved the mess!

Dylusions on the left and watercolor on the right.

There is something so beautiful about watercolor stripes, not to mention the ability to create a coordinated page spread.  I'm sure I will be making more of these!

Tiny dots like the ones that are cut on my Medallion Master Templates are cool little details and I definitely want to build a full stencil design like that!

I am in love with the watercolor technique with stencils!  Whether you are going for a clear image or a nice wet and messy one, you can have it all!

Have a fantastic weekend and keep on creating!


elle said…
This is extremely exciting. I get so frustrated using Dylusions and unstable stuff and avoid purchasing them although I'm sure they have uses. Thet are just not for my style. But these watercolour effects are exactly what I like to see. THANKS! Since you were so right about that so called boring stripe screen print I've learned to trust your advice. Now where have I put my Paynes Grey??? ;^)
HollyM said…
I really like the water color effect too with the stencils. It's something that it gives me ideas. I think that it could also be transferred to fabric. Now if I could find the time!
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