Tutorials

Acrylic Paint + Stencils

My favorite medium to use with stencils will always be acrylic paint. I primarily use 1 of 3 methods to get the acrylic paint onto my substrate: A Stencil Brush A Cosmetic Wedge Sponge A Gelatin Plate In today's blog post, I'm going to cover all three for you: Video Take Aways: Stencil Preparation: I use Dynasty Stencil Brushes, specifically the Stencil Pro Brushes -- like the 3/8-inch and 1-inch brushes. I tape my tags together, making it easier to work on them as one surface before separating them. You can use a repositionable spray adhesive, like Pixie Spray, to... Read more →


Do you like nice neat precise stenciling? Or are you more of a messy stenciling fan? Getting the look you want is all about understanding how the medium you're using needs to be handled. The wetter the medium, the more likely you're going to get roll under. But you can take some careful steps to avoid roll under with all mediums. And that's what this video is all about: In the video I use the "Messy Writing" stencil I designed for The Crafter's Workshop with... A Distress Ink Pad TCW Stencil Butter (modeling paste-ish) Heavy Body Acrylic Paint Fluid Acrylic... Read more →


Back in 2021, I made this video that shares several different methods for stenciling with watercolor for a soft look: Here are the actionable steps from the video: Gather Your Materials Stencils -- I used the Balzer Designs Garden Tile stencil. Watercolor paper. Damp brush (not soaking wet). Watercolors. Paper towels or baby wipes. Spray bottle with water. Basic Technique Lay your stencil on a piece of watercolor paper. Apply watercolors through the stencil: Using your damp brush and watercolors, apply the color through the stencil openings onto the paper. You can mix different colors to create the desired effect.... Read more →


A collection of miscellany for you today: ONE: Pastels This week I was delighted to be a guest in Andrea Chebeleu's Under the Influence art journaling lesson. The focus for her students was on pastels and so I went digging for a few pastel videos that I've done over the years: My current collection of pastels includes: oil pastels wax pastels PanPastels soft pastels They each have such different qualities. It's hard to choose a favorite! TWO: Watertown Arts Market I will have a booth at the Watertown Arts Market this Saturday -- August 19 -- from 12-5pm at Filipello... Read more →


Collagraphy is a printmaking technique that involves creating a collaged plate from various materials and then using it to make prints. Here is the basic how-to: Gather materials: Start by collecting materials for your collagraph plate. You can use a variety of items such as cardboard, textured papers, fabric scraps, string, leaves, or any other materials that have interesting textures or patterns. Choose a base: Select a sturdy base material for your collagraph plate. A thick piece of cardboard or mat board works well. Make sure it is large enough to accommodate the size of print you want to create.... Read more →


This week's studio visit is an experiment I did with a technique I had read about. But, let me start at the very beginning of the story.... During March's Member Livestream, I was demonstrating how to do magazine image transfers on the gelatin plate. I attempted to do one with an old Life Magazine and it didn't work. I mentioned, somewhat off-handedly, that you can do other kinds of transfers with Life Magazine. This is true. In the past, I've done a traditional gel medium transfer with images from Life Magazine. In a somewhat synchronistic moment, I came across some... Read more →


I'm starting a new weekly series that I hope to continue throughout 2023: Studio Visits! These are very short (2-5 minute) videos about something I'm working on in the studio. They will be random, fun, mostly informative, and hopefully something you'll enjoy. Without any further ado, here is the first one -- it's all about gelatin printing on garbage paper. PS: If you love the stencil in the video... ...it's this month's SVG file for Maker & Super Learner Members. Here's the print I liked the best: Although I made a few that aren't in the video and this grungy... Read more →


Yesterday's Book Club was super fun, as always! We discussed Modern Block Printing by Rowan Sivyer. You can listen to my Adventures in Arting podcast interview with Rowan from 2020, HERE. And if you didn't get a chance to catch Book Club live, here's the replay: Here is the stamp I carved during Book Club: If you're interested in learning more about printmaking, I hope you'll consider coming to Printmakers Party in June. You can find all of my in-person classes HERE. And all of my online stamp carving classes HERE. The March-April Book Clubs are going to be a... Read more →


Here's an easy formula that you can use to make a variety of Valentine's Day cards. It may seem like a super loose formula, but that's because it really works every single time! Here are six cards I made using this formula: And here's one that doesn't work, in my opinion. I believe it's because I veered off of the formula and the percentage of embellishments is too great. If it didn't have the gold thread, it would probably fit right in! Here's the video version of this tutorial: Which card is your favorite? Read more →


Six years ago I made a video about how to create simple, but gorgeous masked gelatin printed hearts. And now I'm taking that idea and creating some Valentine's Day wrapping paper! I didn't use the exact same technique (I mean, what's the fun in that?) but it is very similar. One important new skill I teach in the video is how to use a small plate for a (fairly) seamless pattern on large piece of paper. You can watch the video for the how-to: Supplies: Paper Bag Scissors Copy Paper Gelatin Plate Brayer Baren Acrylic Paint Tape Scrap Paper/Deli Paper... Read more →