AECP: Can’t Stop with the Stencils

Jun 1, 2019Birthday Cards3 comments

AECP: Can’t Stop with the Stencils

Jun 1, 2019Birthday Cards3 comments

Altenew Educator Certification Program Participant Badge

Yes – seriously, another stencil technique

Every time I see a new stencil now, I want to buy it. They are so versatile and absolutely fun, fun, fun to experiment with! My latest crush is the Flowing Drops stencil from Altenew. Let’s check out the results of my last Altenew Educator class!

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Class #5: Watercolor Basics & Beyond

This is my last class for my Altenew Level 3 certification! I really loved taking a class with Jen Rzasa again. She’s got such a great design eye, and shares fantastic techniques that are easy to achieve. This class focused on using the 36 Pan Set of watercolors that coordinates with other Altenew colors. 

My Project

I just can’t get enough of stencils! I honed in on a technique right away that was very similar to one I’d shared with you previously. It got me having fun with blending watercolors in a very easy way!

The Technique & Design

I feel like I’m coming full circle here since this technique is so closely related to the very first project I shared for my Educator certification! If you don’t remember the technique, be sure to check out the post. In order to achieve the background, instead of smooshing the stencil into distress ink, I created a watercolor panel using the 36 Pan Set and Hot Press watercolor paper. Hot Press paper will take oodles of water, so it’s very easy to create these loose blends. Then, I laid the stencil into the super watery panel and let it dry. The water liked to pool around the edges and into the spaces.

This technique is a definite waiting game as the panel needs to dry. You can do some heat setting, but need to be careful to not melt your stencil! 

To make the results of the panel stand out even more, I added some white gouache to the stencil and overlaid it to make those paths lighter. Then, I outlined the drops with a Sakura White Gel Pen, and added in depth with some graphite pencil shading.

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Crafter’s Toolbox Video

The stencil and watercolor technique is explained further in the Altenew Academy class. It’s a great one, so I suggest you add it to your watch-list. Instead, for today’s video, I thought I would share how I added in the extra depth to the droplets using graphite pencils.

One journey ends, another begins…

I have truly treasured this journey through the Altenew Educator Certification Program. I have learned new techniques, refined old techniques and really pushed my creative skills over the last four months. I’m really excited about conducting a live class again as it’s been about a year since my last one. I can’t wait to introduce my friends to these amazing products and share with them some fun new techniques they can add to their projects!

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