This week in my art journal, I have been playing with repetition and making figure stencils… I am obsessed!
Since I recently discovered how easy it is to make my own stencils from magazine cut-outs, I haven’t been able to stop! I adore incorporating silhouetted figures into my art journaling; they can be interpreted as powerful symbols of how I feel or what I want to achieve. I love images of strong women, striding out with courage and holding joyful poses.
Tips for using figure stencils in your art journal:
- When you find a figure/shape that you like – do more than one page with it! Don’t be afraid to repeat symbols that you feel are powerful – they are there for a reason…
- Take it slowly. It can be hard to get a clean image when you are using a magazine cut-out for a stencil as they tend to get soggy easily. Once placed on the page, gently sponge paint around the edges of the stencil, making sure the paint isn’t too gloopy or thick.
- Once you have your first stencilled image on the page, shift the cut-out slightly and do it again to create a shadow effect.
- Work with proximity – place the figure stencil over other elements on the page.
- Challenge yourself: try to make as many different pages as you can using the same stencil cut-out.
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