3 Easy Stencil Art Ideas for your Sketchbook

Create an “how did she do that” page in your sketchbook easily using these stencil art ideas! Simply paint over the design with watercolors and watch the magic happen

All of these stencil art ideas use a basic Watercolor Crayon Resist method, but incorporate stencils in for a fun twist. If you have never used stencils before, make sure to start by reading this How to use Stencils post first.

One of the most fun ways to paint is this WATERCOLOR SALT TECHNIQUE, you simply must give it a try! And if you enjoyed that post, today we will create easy stencil art ideas in your sketchbook and have fun with our watercoloring.

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Supplies you will need:

Stencil Art in your Sketchbook:

Let’s start with a quick overview tutorial of how to create stencil art in your sketchbook

1. Tape your stencil down

Center you stencil and tape it down using some masking tape. You can also use a sticky spray adhesive instead, but the idea here is to have the stencil stay in place and not move while we work on it.

2. Rub a crayon over the stencil

Color into the open stencil areas with a white crayon. Just a basic crayon from your kids schools supplies will work. If you don’t have it, try using a white candle instead. Make sure to color all the open cut out areas of the stencil completely. Take your time here, and tilt your paper to the light to see the crayon residue on the paper.

3. Remove the stencil

Peel off the tape and carefully lift off the stencil. The crayon stencil design we have on the paper will now resist the watercolor. Stencils with large open areas works best for this technique. If you are using a stencil with a finer design, try sharpening your white crayon and coloring in the stencil carefully.

4. Paint with your watercolors

Apply your watercolors onto the paper now, and you will immediately see the crayon resist and push the watercolor away. The watercolor reveal of the stencil pattern is always fascinating and exciting! Let your watercolor dry and you are done!


More Stencil Art Ideas:

In depth written tutorial for this page can be found here

turtle watercolor stencil

Colorful Stencil Art Ideas

Watch the Video Tutorial Crayon Resist with Stencil.

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simple Stencil Art Ideas

Enjoy the Video Tutorial https://www.instagram.com/p/CAuDdQynzjI/

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More Sketchbook Ideas To Try:


These Stencil Art Ideas use such a simple Watercolor Crayon Resist technique and I sure you have a stencil of some kind at home and a crayon already! I hope you try this and make sure to tag me on social media @smithakatti #smithakatti, I’d love to see 🙂

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Hi I’m Smitha! I live in Minnesota with my husband and two daughters. You’ll always find me painting florals in my sketchbook. And I love the sheer joy of making something with just my hands! But my bigger love is capturing it all on camera Read more.

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