Our Stencil Art workshop taught by Lisa Fulmer was really fun! Each student got a huge piece of thick, untreated (raw) canvas fabric to play with. We had tons of stencils and acrylic inks and paints at the ready, too.
The gist of this project is to create a layered piece of abstract art in three stages - wet, dry, wet.
First we created a background wash of colors by dampening the canvas with water, then brushing and spritzing it with acrylic inks blended with water, and then we let that dry.
Stage two is a dry process of adding designs or patterns with acrylic paint, using a cosmetic sponge to pounce the color through masks and stencils. After that dried, we finished our layering in stage three by getting the canvas wet again with more water and ink.
The dried paint acts mostly like a resist, so you can deepen the color in and around the negative spaces of the stencil design with a more concentrated ink wash.
This wet/dry/wet technique can yield some stunning and unpredictable results, which is what makes it really fun! The finished canvas is permanent and colorfast when dry - you can trim it and hang it as is, use it as a background for mixed media or art quilting, or create a panel for your journal or a tote bag.
Lots of possibilities - and there are so many gorgeous stencils available at your local art/craft store, or you can cut your own from template plastic.