Touchable Texture

Stencil and paint can create areas of texture, the kind you just feel drawn to touch!

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In the last two videos, I stenciled onto white paper. Here, I’m adding a colorful layer before stenciling. There are 2-3 colors on each letter and having just subtle smears adds enough color that the eye feels it all belongs there.

In order to get somewhat clear stenciling when using this much paint, it needs to be a thicker paint. That thickness is what creates the texture.

I moved the stencil around to get to a part without any wet paint on it to prevent color contamination as I went from color to color.

The more paint you use on the stencil, the more texture you’ll create. Using multiple colors on the sponge creates color blending. To keep the colors from getting muddy, I stayed in color families. Need help remembering the color families? I’ve got you! There is a cheat sheet below for you to print out.

To print out the Color Families Cheat Sheet, just right click on the image and choose save as. Then pick where on your computer you want to save it. Then you’ll have it and be able to print it out any time you want!

Now it’s your turn to play! Grab a stencil and create some texture! I will see you in the next video where we’re taking one technique and doing it two ways using very different supplies.

While you’re creating, I hope you’ll grab your camera and take a picture because we would all love to see it! Share it with us all here in the comments below!

Supplies used in this lesson: I encourage you to substitute whatever you want whenever you want! A word about pricing- if a supply seems bizarrely expensive, substitute with another supply. I’ve found prices, especially on Amazon can really fluctuate. You can see the full workshop supply list here.

What about the cardboard letters? You can find those at craft and hobby stores in a wide variety of sizes!


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  1. I have not had such luck stenciling and I have used heavy ink Application p, it’s the up and down motion applying the ink that has made the different. Hearing you explain it Carolyn is making such a difference to me.

  2. Hi all – greetings from Scotland!

    Lovely ideas here, Carolyn! The letters look – and I’m sure feel – great. I have a couple of handy sized boxes from products I bought recently and was thinking I’d decorate them and use as gift / storage boxes. Was planning decoupage but now changed my mind. Pictures to follow…🤗

  3. I ended up using my Golden acrylics because they’re so thick like heavy body paints which I don’t have and WOW! what gorgeous texture. The photo doesn’t really capture it, but there are actual peaks on the paint as if I were whipping cream. There goes another tool in my toolbox!

    1. I can see hints of the wonderful texture in your photo, you are right these types of things are tough to photograph!

  4. Carolyn, thanks so much for teaching why certain things come out the way they do. In the past, I’ve made things I loved but I didn’t understand how I got the image I did, or how to replicate it. Your explanations are giving me the answers I’ve been looking for!
    Here is my take on this lesson: I LOVE the texture!

    1. Love your texture Patricia! This is exactly why I wanted to create this workshop, that by understanding why and how together, you have more freedom to create the looks you want- and that just makes it all the more fun!

    2. Moving the stencil around to avoid wet areas is an art in itself! I tend to get color contamination, but I’m too lazy to clean the stencil in between colors!

      1. Thanks Amy! It just makes it so much more fun to play with your art supplies when you understand why they do what they do and I’m all about having more fun in our days!

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