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How to Create Your Own Stencil

Last week we talked about incorporating stencils in your acrylic paintings.  To personalize your design, you can create your own stencil.

Cicada on Wall

The cicada is the symbol of Provence and often appears on walls and in fabrics

In this example, I am showing the steps to create a stencil of a cicada, the symbol of good luck in Provence, to use in my series of paintings inspired by my recent trip.

The first step is to start with a simple image of a terracotta cicada on the wall of a house.


Cicada in black and white

Cicada in black and white

To isolate the image, crop the photo and print it in black and white.

Trace the outline, being sure to completely enclose the shapes that will be cut away.






Cicada Stencil

Cutting cicada stencil with heat tool

Tape a piece of clear blank stencil plastic over the drawing onto a piece of glass.  Cut the stencil using a craft knife or a heat tool with a sharp point.  Pop out the cut-away shapes and clean up the edges if necessary.



Tape the stencil to your canvas or board and cover it with a layer of molding paste about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch thick.  Carefully lift the stencil and let the molding paste dry overnight.  Clean the stencil before the paste dries on it.



Cicadas drying

Molding paste ready for drying

Try varying the thickness of molding paste to see what works best with your stencil.






Next week…. Adding color over the stencil.

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Experimenting with Texture


June Lily

June Lily, 24x24", Acrylic on masonite, by Lucinda Howe

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been reading about having a Renaissance Soul, and it has encouraged me to experiment with different techniques in my art work.  As I have looked through my photos from France, I wanted to capture the texture of the old stone walls and mossy waterwheels, but not be too literal in copying photos.

I’ve also been wanting to experiment more with some of the many texture mediums available for use with acrylic paints.  This painting of waterlilies is an example of one use of texture.  It is painted on the rough side of masonite prepared with a red gesso background.  To bring the top layer back to white or a light color, I build up a layer of Golden molding paste, then add a thin glaze made with acrylic paint and glazing medium for light value accents.

June Lily detail

Detail of June Lily showing use of Golden molding paste to create texture and white surface for glazing

Although I use this technique often, I feel that much more can be done with the texture mediums.  So currently in the studio, I’m looking at my photos from France and also playing around with texture.  Clear gels and opaque medium have different effects, and they can be mixed with acrylic colors, additives, and drawing media.

So far, I’m having fun and learning how things work, but it takes a while for the paintings to dry between layers. I hope to have a new piece completed soon!

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