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Guest Post: Reduction Stenciling Using Washi Tape with Marjie

January is California dreaming for me!  Lots and lots of classes, classes, classes!


  • San Jose: I'm teaching two fantastic classes at A Work of Heart.  January 3 is The Stenciled Face and January 4 is Sketchbook: Yes, You Can Draw!
  • Anaheim: If you're going to be at CHA in January, I hope you'll take my "Cutest Cards Ever" ScanNCut class on Saturday night (January 10).  You can find all of the information HERE.  
  • Santa Ana: I'm teaching a brand new and totally awesome two-day class at Jenny Doh's Studio Crescendoh January 17 & 18.  It's called Magazine Magic.

So, come on out and play with me.  If you're local, come for the day and if you're from somewhere else, book a hotel and hang out for an art weekend!

And now onto our fabulous guest post!

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Reduction Stenciling using Washi Tape by Marjie Kemper

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Thanks so much, Julie, for having me here as your guest today. I know many of us have played with ‘reduction stenciling’ before with paint and ink.  By that I mean using stencils to remove color from a page, usually with a baby wipe or paper towel.  

I wanted to find another way to use some my ever-growing collection of washi tape, and it occurred to me that you can also do reduction stenciling with an exacto knife.

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Think of your stencils as the equivalent of a collection of paper punches.  This single hexagon stencil is equal to six different paper punches, with a size range from ½” all the way to 3” wide.

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I started by filling my page with strips of washi tape in a variety of widths, patterns, and colors.

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Next I traced three different sizes of hexies.

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I cut around the tracing and peeled back the tape to reveal the white page beneath. 

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To tone down and unify the washi tapes, I gave the page a light glaze of paint, and then I painted in my open spaces fully before stamping sentiments with jet black archival ink.

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