A stencil mask is a negative of a stencil. Where stencil patterns allow paint to be applied to open areas, a mask blocks areas so that paint can outline the images.
Below is a video so that you can see exactly what is meant by working with a stencil in the negative or mask. This concept can work with any stencil.
You'll also find some ideas for all of your paper crafts like scrapbooking and card making.
Isn’t it great to see a new technique in action? I find it much easier to learn by watching someone else. This tutorial should have you thinking about all sorts of new stenciling art to design.
I'd like to share with you a couple of projects using a stencil mask. They are both related to Christmas but the concept is the same as for anything you might have in mind.
First, see how a stencil mask pattern can help you create a beautiful glass candle holder at a Christmas Arts and Crafts Project.
Then, check out a variety of gift tags made with both the stencil and the mask for this Christmas Projects idea.
I hope you are inspired to create some great works of art with stencils!
Hey! Don’t forget that I (and everyone else) want to see what you have done with a stencil mask. Just click on Stenciling Projects
to get your masterpiece showcased here on this web site. Won’t that be exciting! Or if you have any questions or want to share information join in on the Stencil Blog. Well, I hope to hear from you soon.
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Learning anything is so much easier when you can watch it being done in live motion. So, don't miss the very informative Art Videos that will step you through the many processes of using stencils to create art.
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