Stencils are an under-utilised and inexpensive supply that we often overlook. For example, with these Acorns And Leaves stencils, when the outline is traced with a pencil, it gives a great starting point for clean and simple watercolouring. The pencil outline is just as good as a stamped outline, yet the cost of the stencils is significantly reduced compared to a stamp set.
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using stencil outlines for clean and simple watercolouring
I cut a piece of watercolour card to be as wide as an A2 card base in landscape mode but not quite as tall. I then used a ruler to measure the middle of the card and, using a pencil, drew around the edges of the stencil with the first leaf. I then drew two more leaves, one on either side and aligned them equidistant from the centre leaf.
I Googled ‘autumn leaves’ and then based my painting on these images. I used a combination of Daniel Smith watercolours and white gouache for highlights.
I added light shadows around the laves, a splatter of paint and then mounted the panel on a Desert Storm card base.
For the sentiment, I used the Let’s Celebrate set and stamped the greeting in Versamark ink on Black Card before white heat embossing. I trimmed the sentiment and mounted it with foam tape. To finish, I accented it with enamel dots – I’m still working my way through my stash of dots!
stencils are under-utilised and inexpensive
I couldn’t resist creating a second card with the wee acorn in the stencil set. A great way to use a small image such as this acorn is to use repetition; I created a three-by-five grid and drew the acorn outline with a pencil. A good, accurate base is important when using repetition. You want all your lines perfectly straight.
Again, I painted using Daniel Smith watercolours and white gouache. I also used my favourite Dark Sepia Faber Castell Polychromo pencil to add more depth to the shadows.
I finished this card the same way as my first card: a splatter of left-over paint, a greeting from the Let’s Celebrate set and a sprinkling of enamel dots.
Well, that’s me for today. I will be back soon because I have been playing with the Tim Holtz Distress Watercolour Pencils and can’t wait to share! Here’s a little peek at the swatch I made for the three sets of pencils.
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Oh my these are so stunning, a work of art!
Both your cards should be framed. Love the acorns!
Oh Debby how I have missed you! You truly have become my absolute favorite in the crafting world with your stunning watercolor! I can’t wait for your videos again!! Love ya!
Your artwork is stunning! I love your watercolor cards! Beautiful!!!
such beautiful cards
Leaves and acorns cards are beautiful…please do a video!!
Gorgeous stenciled and watercolored Fall Leaves card, Debby. I agree…it would be wonderful if you produced a video of your watercoloring with stenciled images using TH Watercolor Pencils:-) TFS Hugs and Happy Fall:-)