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The Patience Fairy

The Patience Fairy showed up in my play and along with her, plenty of redos and do overs. This all started with gel prints on tissue paper. Yes, tissue paper is thin, but it can handle gel printing! In the video, I share how to create these using my Twisted Gordian Knot stencil from StencilGirlProducts.

Once the wings were cut out, I knew they belong on a colorful woman! She started as a black and white photocopy and her dress got a bit of color added to it with Art Crayons and paint.

In the hunt for the right background for her, I tried just about everything in my studio and none of it worked. Zero. Zilch. So I decided to give the wood panel that had been hiding behind things in a try. It was loaded with layers of experiments, I didn’t like the colors on it or the textures. My ugliest piece around!

But once I put her, the Patience Fairy, on there, that was it. She was home. And I actually liked how that background looked with her! Amazing how quickly something I don’t like at all can become a favorite.

The crown was a bit of roller coaster of color selection. After several color attempts, at long last the blue with touches of purple won out!

Stenciling words on cardboard is practical for two big reasons. One is it’s easy to find in the recycle bin. Two, it’s easy to cut to any size you want and I had to really trim this one down!

Now that she’s all finished, I’m hoping she will she magically bestow the advanced skill of patience on me! More likely that she’ll be a reminder to me to work on my patience muscles.

One of the many many great things about stencils is how many different ways you can play with them! What I’ve shared in this post is just the tip of the iceberg of what they can do! Want more ideas for how to get even more out of your stencils? Then check out my online workshop, Joy of Stenciling Workshop.

Here are the supplies used. Some of these links may be affiliate links which means I may get a small percentage and it doesn’t cost you anything extra! And you get a really good feeling knowing that you are helping keep the free tutorials coming!

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  • susan May 27, 2023, 2:52 pm

    she’s beautiful, Carolyn! do you sell any of your art? i enjoy your colorful pieces and would love to support you. i really appreciate your o.o.p.s. attitude!