Sue C is asking us to use stencils for our new challenge this month and rather than make a project I thought I would show a technique that you can use for many different things.
We often see the word ‘masterboard’ being used but what does it mean? there are lots of interpretations over the internet but for me it is to make a large piece of art that can then be cut up and used for other smaller projects. So I have been having fun making masterboards that I will use for front and back covers of journals and notebooks.
This is one of the masterboards I have made for journal covers and here is another and the process steps for making it using PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints and Grungepaste, Distress Stains and a Tim Holtz stencil.
Cut your card/greyboard to size and cover with paint. I used Fresco Finish Toad Hall which is opaque and covers really well. I like to keep this layer dark so that it shows through the stencilling later.
Next add your stencil layer, here I used Grungepaste and the Tim Holtz Latticework stencil, using a palette knife to spread the paste but an old credit card would do too.
I applied random bits over the board and washed my stencil and palette knife straight away so the paste didn’t gunge up any of the stencil and prevent it from working properly next time I want to use it.
I then chose some lighter opaque colours and applied them with foam, when they were dry I then applied some translucent colours to change the colouring of the base I was working on.
At this point I decided I wanted some extra colour on the stencilled parts so I used my finger and a little water to blend colours in random places finishing with some Snowflake to highlight some of the areas.
Next came the fun part and be warned this does take a little time and you have to decide along the way when enough is enough (I find that soooooo hard to do).
Splat some DS at the top, along the side or even in the middle of your board, mist it with water and then lift and angle it to watch it run. See it meander through the cracks of the stencilled areas and pop out the other side, mist it again if necessary and then heat dry. Do this repeatedly with other colours and in different places until you have achieved your desired look and remember to dry between each colour you add.
Hep presto your artsy masterboard which can now become a background for your journal cover. I really love the effects you can achieve with different colours and stencils. In fact I taught this as a class last week and look at the fabulous effects the students got for their journal covers.
Joan’s little journal cover worked beautifully for a garden theme.
Val B’s cover has a beautiful metallic glow to it due to the paints she chose to use and I love the mix of industrial clock and dragonfly.
Val C’s cover is a gorgeous mix of beautiful warm colours and I love the stencil she chose for her road trip theme.
I hope you have a great week and maybe we will see you over at Country View Challenges using a stencil in some way throughout July.
hugs Brenda xxx
Good morning Brenda your masterboard is a masterpiece...lovely work and thanks sharing all those great techniques. I loved the way you dripped the DS through, the effect is beautiful.I shall get out my stencils and have a play. Hope you are well and enjoying all this lovely sunshine, hugs xx
Love the stenciling,fab colours.xxx
What a magnificent masterboard, Brenda. Same goes for your purpils' finished covers - you taught them well.
This is such a useful tutorial, Brenda. Thank you so much for sharing such a fantastic technique for creating master-boards. Julie Ann xxx
Thank you for the handy tutorial Brenda. Wonderful techniques and wish I was close enough to take your class. Your students' results are beautiful and your masterboard is stunning.
Stunning masterboard! Thank you so much for sharing the step by step tutorial - I particularly love the wonderful effect you got from the distress stain drips.
Thanks for sharing this technique Brenda,you always make everything look so fab! Your students works of art are stunners too :)
very nice love your work and how to do. thank you
A fantastic masterboard tutorial Brenda and I love the results that your students produced, you must feel very proud of them. Hugs, Anne xx
Sensational, Brenda! Thanks for sharing your process - love the idea of the master board for embossing paste!
This is a great master board, love that stencil one of my FAvs and love how you have used it ere to create great texture! Gorgeous work from your students too...you taught them well . :) xx
Saw this come up and HAD to see! LOVE the blend of colours and the final look to your masterboard. Thank you so much for continuing to share your ideas and techniques with everyone. You're a star. Jenny x
Thanks for sharing, Brenda. I'm actually having a play with some stencils too, but not at detailed as yours. You've given me some ideas though. We're in a heat wave right now, so inside I stay!
Wow, I love this idea so much Brenda - I could go forever just creating pieces of masterboard after looking at your wonderful example. Love those covers by your 'pupils' too - will need to come to one of your classes next!
brilliant Brenda - I am in love with all this textures and yummie colors and also the fantastic motifs...
What a wonderful idea to make such a masterboard, Brenda...I will keep it in mind (first we go to Switzerland for a week)...thanks for your clear tutorial!
Scrumptious colour and texture on your masterboard - and what a great tutorial, thank you. Love what your class got up to - beautiful results!
A fabulous post - your masterboard and all the other pieces are gorgeous.Thanks for sharing this technique.
MOST EXCELLENT!!! Love your step outs, and WOW what gorgeous texture and color!
gorgeous, great use of stencil and colors! Groetjes Karin
Thank you for sharing Brenda x love the fab colours and textures you have created. Looks like the students had a wonderfully creative time too
Hugs Annie x
Ooh I wish I has come to the class now! Fab technique - must case it - (please!) Nikki xxx
Brilliant master boards demonstrating a great technique love the finished results,
Every time I see the Paper Artsy paints I drool. Leanne as you know is a Nzder and she came to Auckland last month visiting the local craft shop on the very weekend I was away; how sick did I feel. Anyway she left product at the shop but only limited amounts, I managed to buy some before they were all sold out, hoping more will be arriving ahh... you really do not need to know this do you? I apologise I am digressing. Your substrate with the paints is just gorgeous, and adding the GP adds the necessary dimension to create the interest. Gorgeous work and I am not surprised that your class created such great samples as well.
Great tute Brenda, love the colours and textures on your master board.
Brilliant Brenda, your master board looks fantastic!! Great colours and I love the idea of using the stains over the paints!! Excellent looking class samples from your students too, I bet they had fun!!
oh this is just brilliant Hun,the textures,colours stencils,the whole process is divine,stunning hugs Cherylxxxx
Thank you for the tutorial for your fabulous master board, I love the colours and textures that you created.
Great master board Brenda, fab colours and texture. Love the covers too , great designs. Tracy x
Great tutorial!!! LOVE IT!!!!
So much great information here, Brenda! Wonderful tutorial and great projects and I am sure everyone was just so happy with the results! Enjoy and we have been in the 100's. Hugs!
Gorgeous piece, Brenda! Hugs, Valerie
Beautiful board and I love all the work from the class too. Thanks for sharing how you did this too. ~Diane
LOVED this tutorial and all of the yummy possibilities this technique can entail. Most of all, I loved that you made this technique seem absolutely do-able! Sometimes I'm a chicken to try different things, so I appreciate the straightforward instructions and beautiful results!
This is gorgeous Bren and it's great to see how it was layered up. It's made me realise why I'm not getting the variation I'm trying for.... it's because I always want to cover the bare paste completely, and with the same colour, before adding others... aha! >;o) Great results all around! Chris xxx
Great masterboard Brenda, love the techniques used, thanks for sharing the process.
Happy crafting, Angela x
How I absolutely love this incredible texture you achieved and also the colours - wow.
Stunning Brenda. Love your student's results too. Thank you for explaining term, I had wondered...Nicola x
This is a great tutorial Brenda!
I love stencils and every stage of your creation is one I would be happy with!
I also find it tricky to know when to stop sometimes but I learn a bit more each time I try.
Thank you for sharing,
Great work with stencil and colours! bizz
This is a sensational step x step tut Brenda! And the piece looks fantastic. I love how the lattice looks like it is coming out of the background so naturally...stunning effect!
Thanks for taking us through your thought process on this Brenda. Texture scares me (true confession)! I loved the color process. That looks like so much fun! I've got to step out of my comfort zone and try this a little more. Thanks for the inspiration. Hugs -- Mary Elizabeth
Scrumptious! Love your spin on master boards. Isn't it great to have something at the ready when you want to create books covers, as you said. These are just gorgeous.
Totally fab technique! Love the colours you have used
The examples you have shown are all amazing
So pretty thank you for a great tutorial!
What an excellent post! You've shown lots of great techniques here. I'm ready to get messy...
Saw this in Pinterest and love it!
Fabulous piece. Fabulous technique.
Thanks so much for the clear explanation and step out photos!
Re-pinning for my addled memory.
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