Ever have a background that you love and when it comes time to cover some of it up, you don’t want to? That’s what happened to me but I found a way around it by using a butterfly stencil-mask and some white paint.
You’ll also see a new gizmo that I used to stencil the words with little letters. Yes, the letters are filled in with little letters!
Watch How I dealt with a background I loved and didn’t want to cover up on YouTube.
This is the background at the start of today’s play. You can see how this was created here. This background was a blast to create with the paint splatters and I didn’t want to cover it up. But I had an idea for this page that would involving covering up at least part of it.
Using a mask and white paint isolated parts of the background creating the color and pattern in the butterflies. When stenciling with a mask, if you pull the paint away from the mask as you apply it, you are less likely to get any paint under it. That will give you a crisper image. You can see it in action in the video.
The butterfly masks come as a part of my Butterfly Journeys stencil set.
There was a part of my brain that was a bit freaked out by the white paint covering up the background. After all, what if I don’t like it? I can never ever ever get that white paint off and go back to the background I loved.
A bit of high drama happening in my head. But if I don’t like it, you know what I’ll say. OOPS. And the absolute worst case scenario is that I have to splatter more paint and make another. Twist my arm!
As much as I loved this background, it needed to be covered up.
The layers underneath began still peeked through a touch, a compromise to the voice in my head. That voice also would not agree that the white turned the butterflies into magic.
To create the title, the stenciling was done with a non-traditional tool, an identity protection roller stamp and the Jumbo Vintage Typewriter stencil. I just love that was pre inks and rolled little letters and gibberish text. There’s a link at the bottom of the post if you’d like to more about this gizmo.
Since it rolled and was little it was a snap to get into the stenciled areas of the letters. When you try this, just be aware that you do need a more open stencil or a large pattern so that the stamp can get in there to make contact with the paper.
Outlining the letters and butterflies gave the page the finishing touch it needed.