Using Stencils


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I love stencils and stamps. The great thing about them is that you don’t need to be a painter or be very skilled person to get really good results. You can make your own stencils quite easily by tracing shapes from a book onto paper and then cut them. Or you can cut any  other shapes. Here I used my snowflakes I still had from Christmas (I used normal paper) and I used a little sponge to dab the colours on. It can be a little tricky to hold it down but with a little experimentation you will find your way. Since I decided to keep my stencils I painted them with impasto medium which made them a little heavier and easier to hold down. But it does work without it and each time you use it with paint they become more user friendly too.

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After my first experiments I made some shrine cards for a couple of friends and will use the ideas on my next shrine.

Below you see the first card I made (outside with doors and inside) using the snowflake as a stencil

Shrine card stencilInside of care

With the second card I used the actual snowflake and glued it onto the card.                     shrine card small)

So there are endless possibilities to paint your shrine without needing to be very skilled….you just need a curious open mind to experiment.


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