When I think of stencils normally, I think about using them on walls or on crafts. Today while I was wondering around Hobby Lobby, I thought about using stencils to make art for entertainment and the home. I will share what I was thinking when I came across this idea at Hobby Lobby. The following is how I came about how to make art with stencils.
Materials for How to Make Art With Stencils
Artist Canvas – The art canvas in this case are the pre-made blank ones at a hobby store or painting supply store. You will need one the size the stencil you choose will fit onto.
Acrylic or Oil Paints – Either type of paint will work for this project. Choose the style of paints you feel comfortable with. Even the paints made specifically for stenciling will work.
Stencil – You can use more than one stencil for this project. You will need to choose stencils that appeal to you though.
Stencil brush – I am suggesting the stenciling brush because of the stippling you can do with these types of brushes. Definition of stippling is marking a surface with numerous small dots or specks. Also, the way you produce a decorative effect on a surface by roughening its surface when it is wet. In this case, it’s the effect you will get from the use of paints on the artist canvas. If you have extra raises in the painting effect from the paint, brush, stencil, and canvas, it can give you a 2-D or 3-D effect. This can help your stenciling art stand out further.
Transparent Tape – You will need this to keep the stencil in place while painting it.
Making the Stencil Art Piece
Choose how you want the stencil placed on the artist canvas. You can center the stencil, vertically, horizontally, diagonally, centered, uncentered, at the top, at the bottom, to the left or right. There isn’t wrong way to place the stencil. You might want to use whole stencil. You may not want to use the whole stencil. You may only want to use parts of the stencil.
After you have decided where, how, and what part of the stencil you want to use, gently tape it onto your artist canvas. Don’t press to hard on the tape. You want to tear the canvas.
Now that you have the stencil placed and aped down, gently start daubing the paint on with the stencil brush. Remember don’t press to hard with the stencil brush so you don’t tear the fabric.
Once you have the stencil painted on the canvas, remove it very carefully. You don’t want to smear the paint. Let the paint dry if you are going to add different parts of this stencil or another to the piece of art. Don’t tape over what you have painted because you could peel the dried paint off when removing the next stenciled area.
After you have finished stenciling on your artwork, you can frame it or hang your piece of art as is. The way you decide to display it is up to you.