Sketched Beauties


May Flaum here today to share with you a technique that has me using more white paint, mist, and my stencils than ever before!

The process is super simple too – just lay down a stencil, cover it with a thick coating of white paint, and mist!


I prefer Dylusions sprays for this – but any color would do. You can use loads of colors or just one.


Once you are satisfied with the amount of color, lift off the stencil and let it dry!


You can, of course, then come back in and add more colors if you aren’t happy with the results but I suggest letting it dry fully first as the colors will change as the paint and mist dries.


I have used my painted and stenciled background to create this card.


My bird is stamped onto specialty stamping paper and then colored with my favorite watercolor set. When I finished, I blotted the bird dry to create the cool texture effect you see.

This technique is one I just can’t get enough of! Here is another example. This time I started with a pink inked tag then used yellow and orange lists on top.


Playing with color combinations is so much fun – and I love how well this works with this lovely new stencil of mine.


The texture, color, and ability to get all kinds of color mediums out to play has this technique at the top of my list these days! I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects and that you try using your stencils in this way on a project in the near future!


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  1. I love the card and the tag! The colors are great on both of them, but I have to say I really love the colors on the tag. Thanks for sharing.

  2. LOVE the birds, great paint stenciling and color! Terrific cards. I can’t believe you created the awesome dimensional effect w/thick paint. I was wondering–how long does it take it to dry? :)

  3. Love it! The stamp set is beautiful and the stencil…yummy, I mean its gorgeous. Can wait to buy it!

  4. Wow, these backgrounds are beautiful. I wonder if I can use what I have in my craft room to do something similar.

  5. Love this technique. I am looking for good ideas for individual book covers for my life story for my family. I have seen several stencil techniques that will be perfect. Yours is great with paint. I have tried the fluffy spackling compound and it seems to work good too. After it is dry I paint it, but love the idea of spraying while all is wet. I love the creativity of the human mind and how we all just build a little on each other’s ideas.

  6. How long do you leave the stencil on for? Lift immediately after applying the paint and misted colour? or wait a few minutes, then remove the stencil?

    Is it a glossy paint? or Semi-gloss? or flat paint? Or, it doesn’t matter? I assume it is an acrylic craft paint?

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