Stencils and oxides

This is the first time I’ve used this beautiful stencil. I ordered it from a Canadian artist, Designs by Ryn. I love how delicate the maidenhair fern design is.

It was also the first time I have used pixie spray which is designed to keep stencils from moving on your paper while you apply ink or another medium. I followed the instructions on the spray bottle and then blended through the stencil onto hot pressed watercolour paper with oxide inks. It worked brilliantly. I used Ranger blending tools for this card but switched to blending brushes for the next card.

For both cards I used salty ocean, bundled sage and faded jeans distress oxide inks. When blending on the panel above I moved the stencil several times and the adhesive from the pixie spray continued to hold it. I didn’t clean the brush between colours which gave me a range of teal tones as I moved from bundled sage to the blue inks. This one might look a bit messy but I love all the layering of pattern and colour.

I blended faded jeans oxide ink on a piece of watercolour paper so I could cut letters from an exact match of blue then popped up the ones above on a layer of white letters. The letters are die cut with C&9 ‘simple serif alphabet dies’ and the words are from the C&9 set ‘meadow blossoms’. The little circles are watermarks made by adding a drop of water, leaving it for a minute then dabbing it up with a paper towel.

I also tried a journal page using similar techniques but took it a step too far! I will try again though, because the potential was there for a pretty spread. I made one more panel while I had the oxides and stencil out but I have another plan in mind for that one.


6 Comments on “Stencils and oxides”

  1. Elizabeth Jones says:

    So pretty, love the colors, and thanks for the new (to me) designer link Designs by Ryn. Lovely stamps.

  2. Connie says:

    Love the card. Love that stencil too. I have some of her stamps an stencils. Very versatile.

  3. Lynn says:

    I love this….blues and greens, so calming.

  4. Pat says:

    Two gorgeous cards using this very pretty stencil by Ryn and love the colours you have used. I actually prefer the one with all the layers, it works so well Heather and those perfectly round little water bleached dots are wonderful and really add to the design. Haven’t heard much of Ryn for several years, but she has done some really beautiful stamps and stencils, and just a shame that she doesn’t seem to be producing any new things, but at least she is still selling her existing range which is good. x

    • Heather says:

      Thank you so much Pat. I prefer the one with the layers too. I agree Ryn’s designs are lovely some delicate and whimsical. It would be great to see some more.

  5. Daria says:

    That stencil has been on my Wish List for just about forever. Your cards are stunning. Thank you for sharing the details.

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