Monday, 2 October 2017

Dreamweaver Giveaway and a Mini Tut with Nanda

Hi everyone, Nanda here today to share a little tutorial with you all!

I received some awesome Stampendous and Dreamweaver stencils in the mail and ohhhhhh I was sooooo excited to use them.
Now stencils are not only for journal spreads, cards etc... but they are also great to use in fine art and mixed media paintings.
I love to use texture in my mixed media work / paintings and I don't have a whole lot of stencils so this was some SERIOUS happy mail!

I couldn't wait to start with a new piece and I took pictures of some of the steps ...yay !!

So here we go !

 - I have used heavy watercolor paper and taped it down with painters tape, I have my stencil ready and my modeling paste / texture paste.

- I have put the modeling paste over the stencil with a palette knife, but randomly, not covering the whole stencil, so it wont look too static.

- Then I have used a graphite pencil and sketched a face, also marking some of the darker areas in the face.

- Next step is to collage papers on her torso and background and go in with watered down acrylics and watered down gesso, working very slightly on highlights and shadows.

- Time to add more paint and colour in her face, refine her features, and scribble around her on the page.... I than used acrylic spray and copper spray and let it drip down on both sides. I also made some splatters in the wet acrylic spray. Another thing i did is to add some details with a watercolor pencil for some subtle shading and mark making.

- Time for the final details; I love to use charcoal pencil to make certain facial features stand out .....

- Now remove the painters tape and VOILA !!

Here are some close ups and detail shots ....

 So.... My opinion about these stencils ... They are awesome to use !
I love the fact that they are made from metal so they are very firm and I love the fact that they are easy to clean and not easy to rip or damage.

The patterns available are perfect as well, I just love the floral and swirly patterns.

The materials I used in this piece.
- Stencil from Stampendous - Batik
- DecoArt paints
- White Gesso
- Modelling Paste
- Acrylic Spray from DecoArt
- Pink neo paint, brand unknown
- Watercolor pencil inktense
- Charcoal pencil
- Palette knife

Here is a final shot of the complete piece.

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial ... 

Leave a comment below to enter the draw to win these Stampendous and Dreamweaver stencils kindly donated by Stampendous. Open internationally until 31st October 2017.

Happy Creating !

Much Love,
You can find me / and see more of my work here >


  1. I love the look of the texture around the face, it draws me to look closer. The stencils look like great fun to play with

  2. Wow - I wish I had the artist drawing ability but I might try it using other methods. Gorgeous piece! 🖤

  3. Great tutorial. Was interested tgat you put the texture on first before drawing. This gives it a very cool free look. I would be much too controlling and have put the texture around the features which would look more contrived. Must try your way.

  4. This is fab. Will take this as inspiration and use the techniques in the blog

  5. Wow that’s beautiful.i wish I could draw faces like that. I keep trying but mine look ok like a 2 year olds xx

  6. I love the textures and colors on this beautiful piece! Gorgeous creation!

  7. what an fabulous piece and great photos of your process... your skin tones and wonderful shading on her face just make me giddy! Smile

  8. Love your tutorial and these stencils look AMAZING!!! Would love to win them so we can try them out at my Community Art Shed :-)

  9. Stunning piece of art, love the way you've used the stencils to create texture, the skin tones are gorgeous too! x

  10. Beautiful.coloirs and texture x

  11. Nanda, She is stunningly Beautiful!!! With the stenciling she reminds me of the picture The Girl With The Pearl Earring. You really have created a unique and beautiful mixed media piece! Bravo!
    Jackie ")

  12. Awesome this is!! Fabulous face ... I am new to mixed media faces and you inspired me to try it again!! Thank you so much for sharing tutorial.


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