Stencilled Iris

This is the first project I have done

in the ‘Stencilling with Pastels’ book. The instructions were clear, I added a backing behind my frame for more depth of colour and to prevent parts of the iris leaves showing through the vellum frame. Perga spray was very good for the invisible glue, it also is repositionable if you don’t get it right first time.

Stencilling with Pastels

By Jannie van Schuylenburg

This is a great little book, 21 designs which look new and fresh. I love the Black Tulips design. The motifs are coloured through a stencil. There is no room for error because you can fix a numbered chart beneath the parchment and then stick the corresponding number stencil on the top, matching the numbers and shapes.

There are two types of pastels available, to do these designs you will need the ordinary box rather than the soft colours. There is quite a range of stencils, this book uses all the flower stencils. Iris, anemone, water lily etc.

I really enjoyed trying out this technique, the crayons are water soluble you use a damp finger to rub the colour on. It takes a little bit of practice to get the dampness just right. Details can be applied with a damp brush at the end.