Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Stenciling on Canvas with Silks and Primary elements Tutorial

Good morning peeps! Today I am sharing a little canvas with you that started as a "mop up" and then it kept calling me to finish it!

I began with a small 6x8 canvas which I prepped with Matte Gel medium, Tim Holtz tissue paper, and then more medium.  The background is a color wash of Silks acrylic glazes in African Jade, Moonbeams, and Stargazer) from Splash of Color.  The silks are a luscious semi-transparent shimmery paint that dries almost immediately. 


 Next I prepped two piles of Champagne Modeling Creme by adding Primary Elements pigment powders to each (one with Teal Zircon, the other with Ocean Waves).


I masked the words off of the top of my Urban Landscape stencil from TCW with painter's tape and then spread the creme mixture through the skyline.


This is what it looked like at this point: 


  I used the other color of embossing creme that I created to stencil the Subway stencil onto the background.  I heated both parts for a few seconds with my heat gun since I'm so impatient.


 On a scrap of pattern paper I stenciled one of the cameras from the Picture Perfect stencil with a black Pearl pen from Viva.  I made a small puddle on my craft mat and then laid it over the stencil with a makeup sponge.   


My skyline looked a bit lost so I traced the edges with a black pen.


OK. so this adorable little "Today" diecut?  I know I cut it at a workshop with Jaime but I can't find it on the TCW website so maybe I'm sneaking you a peek of something top secret!  (The watercolor paper was sprayed with Radiant Rain before being die cut)


Finally I added a few words to my canvas.  I unmasked the words from Urban Landscape and stenciled them with the same black Pearl Pen then cut them apart and glued them on.


I used the cute little Prima doll stamp by Julie Nutting for my focal image.  She was stamped once on text paper and then again on a sheet of Art Journal pp from Prima.  The dress and headband were cut out and then I ran a thin layer of Moonbeams silks over both of these pieces to add a touch of shimmer.

I placed her on a partial #10 tag from Ranger...this was first painted with Twinkling H2Os in Lucky Apple and Sea Spray and then I stamped the globe from Tim Holtz's Travel Blueprints stamp set in archival black ink.

 Hope you enjoyed my little adventure! My local girls are already asking when this will be a class, so I will whip up a few more similar samples and schedule that soon!


  1. I LOVE this, Cyndi! You did an amazing job of combining everything. The pp looks great on the Prima doll. Bravo!!!!!

  2. Wow! This is awesome and creative, Cyndi!


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