- Modeling Paste
- Plastic Stencil
- Plastic Palette Knives
- Assorted acrylic paints
- Sponge brush
- Spray water bottle
For this demonstration, I am using an 8x8 flat canvas board, which will rest on an easel for display. Later in the project you will see an 11x14 regular artist canvas, which is what I usually utilize for this type of project. A flat wooden surface would also do well.
1. Position stencil over canvas, you may secure the stencil with tape.
However, this project is meant to be a little messy, so I usually skip this step!
2. Using Palette knife, scoop small amount of modeling paste,
and gently begin to apply to open stencil areas.
Thickness is personal preference,
I like the central object thicker, and surrounding objects thinner (flatter).
3. Mist lightly with water to keep the modeling paste from becoming too sticky.
You can smooth out the palette knife marks a little here also.
4. Remove the stencil, gently so you don't tear the stencil.
Don't worry about making a mess or smears...
Here is what you have when stencil is removed.
Basically, there is no right or wrong way to do this project...the next step could easily be done BEFORE putting the stencil on...
5. Gently, scrape the excess modeling paste off the stencil and apply it around the edges of the canvas, as above.
You can see here that some of the canvas texture shows, which is fine with me...however, if you don't like that look, you can "prepare" the canvas before stenciling...simply apply a thin layer of modeling paste to the entine canvas, let it dry, then apply stencil and modeling paste for design.
6. Let entire canvas dry...then you are ready to paint!
I chose a "Buttermilk" white, brown, and dark yellow as my color scheme. I also mixed in a little "Glazing" medium...purely optional. The glaze medium makes it a little easier to blend the colors, and gives the colors a transparent quality.
7. I painted the entire canvas the "Buttermilk" white, then begin layering on the other colors for shading and defining depth.
I used several techniques to layer on the paint...sponge brush and my "paint rag"
Ta-Da! Here is the finished project!
Lol, the picture looks kattywonkis because of my poor picture taking skills!
Also, it appears darker in this picture than it really is...
The entire project only took about 2 hours...and most of that is drying time!
Happy Summer Crafting!