PREVIEW: How to Use Stencils – s03e05

June 24, 2016
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Have you been collecting stencils like most creative folks? Do you use them or just enjoy owning them like most of us? In this class you'll learn many easy ways to get the most from your stencils and lots of new creative techniques, too.

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It’s time to make a confession. I’m addicted to stencils! I can't believe I even said that out loud! You could even say I’m obsessed. 🙂 Stencils are now widely available from many different companies with dozens of artists creating signature collections and I seem to be on a mission to collect a ton of them!

Making such an admission about my obsession might be embarrassing except that I know one thing for sure; I’m not alone! It must have started innocently enough although I can’t exactly remember. Maybe stencils were used in a class. Maybe a rack of temptation in a craft store lured me to the dark side. 😉 Or, perhaps it was a gift from a friend. Before I knew it, I was seeing stencils everywhere and somehow they always ended up going home with me. Please tell me this has happened to you, too!

Then there are websites that specialize in stencils where we can spend loads of time studying patterns and dreaming about adding them to an already growing collection. They somehow slip into the shopping cart. Promising to wait until tomorrow to hit the buy button is futile. You might as well just Buy Now!

Seriously, how does this happen to level headed, ordinarily practical people? It happens one stencil at a time! Whether Mini Joyful Sunflower or Mini Aboriginal from The Crafter’s Workshop, or Sunflowers or Leaf Stalks from Joggles, or Artist Cellar Stencils, or iStencils, Stencil Girl Products, Martha Stewart Stencils, Deco Arts Stencils or any other stencil company, it’s almost hopeless. I simply can’t resist them! Can you?

In my own defense, stencils are such versatile Art Supplies. They can enhance a canvas painting, fabric art, all kinds of paper arts as well as art journaling. Since you and I have given in to these lovely pieces of creativity, let’s get busy and explore their versatility. Commercially produced stencils are created from durable plastic or Mylar allowing them to stand up to substances like spray paint, pastes, inks and bleach. Excessive heat is the only thing I can think of that might destroy them!

In this class we’ll discover ways to use art mediums, inks, paints and much more with stencils. We’ll experiment with hardware and household items as well as some rather sophisticated artist quality supplies to see how each can expand our stencil repertoires.

Round up your stencils, gather your supplies and download your class notes. Your creativity is just about to take a big leap!

Remember to Get Creative today. You know, it’s easy!



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Barb Owen

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Barb Owen

Barb is the founder of How to Get Creative, author of "Normal Doesn't Live Here Anymore", a specialist at playing in the art studio and has an unhealthy addiction to smiles. ;-)

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