It’s sketch time! Today I’m pairing up a sketch with a watercolor stencil technique. It’s a fun and very random technique because no two results will ever be the same. If you’re a control freak…this is definitely not the technique for you. I love it because it’s very fluid and just a little bit messy/artistic in look.
To stencil with watercolors, you end up with the problem of the water being very fluid and wicking across the back of the stencil. But in this case, it was actually a very fun look. The stencil used is the new Geometric Grid Stencil. I placed the stencil over the paper and instead of getting solid triangles like I would with ink, it ran under the stencil. The center section where I placed the wet pigment actually just runs into mostly a large blob of watercolor…which really isn’t a bad look in itself. But the magic happens when the color wicks along the back side of the stencil and then “stamps” itself to the paper. So cool!
Today’s sketch challenge is from MFT Stamps and if you’d like to hashtag it or tag it, it is MFTWSC270. Sketches are the perfect place to jump-start your creativity. You can find them all here on the MFT Challenge Blog. I stayed very true to the sketch with this project. Most of the time I like to go out of the box but this design just worked so well with the original sketch that I just went with it. There’s no point in making every challenge difficult when it really doesn’t have to be!
One of the fun parts of the design actually happened by accident. I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to finish the design but was die-cutting the tag that is the central part of the sketch design. There happened to be a Leafy Greenery Die-namics die on my counter beside my die-cutting machine. And that’s how I got the idea to do a negative die cut shape out of the tag. It’s perfect with this background as you can see the watercoloring underneath!
The sentiment is in two parts on this design. It’s another fun design feature…to die cut part of the sentiment, and then stamp the rest of it. The gold glitter thanks is die-cut from the new Twice the Thanks Die-namics and the stamped portion is from the Kind Thanks Stamp Set. They work together seamlessly. I am always in need of thank you cards so these will be a new favorite for me!
Ready to join us for some creative sketch fun? Stop by the MFT STamps Card Challenges blog! I know you’ll be inspired to play along!