One of my favorite ways to use my stencils is to use them in reverse, creating a print. For this artwork, I used my Byzantine TCwE463 stencil to print onto paper, pattern pieces, book pages,and a tag, then used them as collage pieces using matte medium attaching each onto a canvas.
I mix acrylic paint with Liquitex Slow-Dri Blending Medium. The Slo-Dri helps to extend the drying time of the acrylic allowing more time to work the paint and lift the print. Mix acrylic with the medium and brush onto a flat surface (such as a geli plate or freezer paper) Place the stencil onto the paint mixture and lift, immediately turn the stencil over and print onto paper or fabric . Having a brayer on hand is always a good idea when printing. Here I have printed onto pattern tissue (note: my stencil is well used!).
A great way to make collage elements pop is to outline them with a water soluble crayon or marker. I outlined my focal elements such as tags, and heart with Neocolor crayons, wet my finger and blended the lines, adding texture and depth.
Have you ever used your stencils to create a print? If so, what did you create?