Stencil Resist & Colour Layers


Using paper stencils to create shapes and build up colour layers adds another dimension to collaging.


Making colour layers in shapes inspired by the fruit drawings. In this mini project we will explore the use of paper stencils along with Inktense drawings on coloured sheets and adding colour to sheets with black paint brush techniques.


Refer to our fruit drawings to find interesting basic shapes to use as stencils. These can be quite simple since you will draw on the transferred shapes with Inktense pencils once created to add detail. It is important to use simpler shapes rather than fine cutouts at first. I use the term print for transferring stencil shapes onto the sheets.

You can print on fresh deli sheets and use previously coloured ones, this makes it more interesting since you will be expanding your ranges of colour as you discover more colours built up in these layers. If you cut out the stencils to use as positive and negative space you can print in both methods. Always create the stencil prints with a paint matte medium mixture, this is to get the shapes to stick to the paper, and aid translucency.

To avoid them sticking to the deli paper afterwards, remove the stencil cutouts from the sheets once you have done the prints.

See the video for more information.

Drawing on coloured sheets

Once printed, you can also draw on the stencil prints marks, this is a way to add more details in the same way as the drawing on the sheets covered only with matte medium. Make the drawings whilst the stencil prints are still wet, do not use the Inktense pencils on draw on dry sheets. If your stencil print have dried you can apply some matte medium or a colour mix before drawing details on these shapes.

Making duplicates

When you draw on the wet stencil printed sheets it is an idea to have a deli sheet and carbon paper beneath it in order to create feint duplicate drawings to be used for the outlines of more stencils or drawings. These are very useful when you want to slightly adjust the shapes from the stencil prints you have been printing so far.


Building up colour layers with stencils is a way to expand colours, you can use this to build up specific colours that you like to work in for this module. The colours intended for this module are bold and bright, and can be a range of secondary and tertiary colours along with primary colours and textures. Make use of sheets you have already painted in the first two modules to create more.

Black texture paint marks can also be used for this module. You can add translucent colours to the paint brush experimental sheets you made in Module Two by painting thin layers with matte medium and high flow paint. Be mindful to make them in the colours you want to use in this module.


Stencils offer alternative ways to create multiple shapes and develop colour layers within them. Making more colour layers for collaging, and drawing on the stencil prints with the black pencil will create new collage shapes to work with.