Today is the start of the next ePlay challenge over at eclectic Paperie and this time the lovely Erin has challenged us to use stencils but to use them in a different way.
I wasn't sure where I was going with this challenge at first but I wanted to incorporate the above print that I did when I was playing with my Gelli Plate recently.
I managed to die cut three tags from the one print and so used one of these as my starting point.
I did some stencilling on the tag usign Fresco Finish acrylic paints, layering them up.
Then I decided to see if I could create a simple Zentangle style background using a stencil. The stencil that I've used is the TCW Garden Gate stencil and I've used a black pen to just draw around the shapes.
I checked out some Zentangle examples and then started to doodle ! I'm sure that I could have done alot more but as this was my first attempt keeping it simple was the key for me.
I blended Distress Ink around the edge of the page and also around the edge of the tag. I've used the gorgeous Scribbly Birds stamp set for both the bird and the image. The leaves are some die cuts that I used on another Gelli print and were just lying on my desk top. I used Distress Ink on the little bird cage too then used Embossing Ink and clear EP. I rubbed a little of the powder off before heating so that, when it was cool I could rub some Walnut Stain DI over it.
The flowers are wooden and I've dabbed some Fresco Finish paint onto them. To give the bird a little more definition I've used some watercolour pencils to add some scribbly coloring.
I quite like this in the end, I wasn't sure if the background would be too busy, but as usual I've covered most of it up so I needn't have worried !
I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and look forward to seeing where you take your stencils !
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