How To Transfer Artwork: Paper Stencil/Mask (Episode 2, Part 2)

Previously we looked at creating a paper
mask. For part two, we’ll actually use that paper mask to transfer this image
onto this panel. Wicked Art Airbrush Studio How To Transfer an Image with a Paper Stencil Part 2 However you decide to attach your stencil to whatever substrate you’re working on, it’s a very good idea to attach it in a
way that you can replace it exactly where it was at some point in the future
if you need it. This is something that I don’t normally do, but for an example,
right now I have this stencil attached by two pieces of tape only at the top. So
that will allow me to spray paint through the mask and then I can lift it
up and tape it up against the backing board of my easel out of the way while I
work on the actual artwork. If need be I can drop it back down and have that
stencil in the exact same place that I started with. In this case, because I’m
using two separate stencils this is not how I’m going to approach this. I’m going
to start with the outline and I’m going to line it up where I want it using this corner as a guide. And then I’m going to lightly tape it on here. Now because I’m using two stencils, I want to
be able to put both sheets in the same place at a later time if I need to. So
I’m going to take a little bit of paint and spray right around the corners up
here. And that’ll give me a good reference for where it needs to go. Make sure it’s dry with a little bit of
air. Now if you want to get really technical, you can do the same thing on
the bottom corners. And that’ll work for my purposes. Now if
you don’t have a backing board on your easel you may have to find another
alternative to use the stencil, but whatever you do, just make sure that you
can replace it in the same place that you had it when you started. Here’s
another little trick I’m gonna start by just dusting a light coat in the very
background of this painting just to give myself the outline of the eagle’s head.
When we cut out this portion of the stencil, right now I don’t have any way
to attach it and let it hold itself up there. So I’m gonna take a hole punch and
just punch a few holes around the stencil. That’s good enough. Those holes
will allow me to stick a piece of tape over the hole and that will hold it onto the board. So, I will place it in the location that it needs to be and put some tape over it. And then I can go ahead and remove this
portion of the mask. I kind of think I want to add just a little bit of a
border around this just to add a little bit more interest to the piece. So I’m
gonna take some quarter inch fine line vinyl tape and add just a quarter inch border around the edge of this. I want to leave the eagle in front of the
border. So, I’ll trim the tape. And I’ll add a little bit of tape around the
border, just to keep it clean, just in case I missed a small area. I think that’ll work.
Now obviously you can see the paper is trying to roll up, but you can use your hand, or the X-Acto blade, or any other tool you choose to hold this down while we spray just a very light shade of color around it. All I want to do is just barely
define the outside edge of the eagle’s head. The color I’m using is Createx
Illustration Black. It’s reduced with probably one part of black and three
parts of the 4011 reducer. I’ve also added a little bit of transparent base
just to thin it out even more. To wash the color out. Again, I want to start very
light from the beginning. We can darken it up gradually as we go. I also added
just a drop or two of white and a little bit of scarlet red just to warm it up a
little bit. Here’s what the color looks like at this point. So from here, like I
said I just want to barely dust a little bit of color just around the outside,
just enough to define the outline of this eagle’s head. If you get some paint blow underneath
your stencil it’s no big deal. And you can lift the stencil just a
little bit to see if you have what you were after. And I think that’s good. At this
point I’ll remove this portion of the stencil. And you see we’ve got a faint
outline of that eagle’s head. So from here I want to
spray just a little bit of color using this stencil. And I’ve actually covered up my reference lines up here. So, I’ll cut some of this tape back. That’s better. So I’m just gonna line this up with those corners. And in a case where you’re using multiple stencils, it pays off in the long run if
you take your time when you’re lining this up. Make sure you get it right the
first time because if it’s off just a hair, you’ll have to go in and repair that
later. I think that looks good.
Again, this is very, very, very light. This is just the road map to get us started for
the actual painting process. So I’ll hold this down and begin spraying over all the open areas. And again, if you can’t hold it down completely
it’s not a huge deal at this point. We’re going to be coming in with erasers and
other tools adding texture and removing paint later. This is just
for a roadmap. To give us an idea of where we need to be as we’re starting. And some of these
areas you can come in a little bit darker. For instance, I know that nose is
going to be pretty dark and I’m not going to have to do a whole lot of work
to it. So I’ll come in a little bit darker with
that. Same thing with the eye, we know this is going to be pretty dark. I don’t mind adding a little bit darker tone there. The rest of it, I just want… just a hint, just
an indication. So let’s take a look. I think I can work with that. A couple things I’d like to point out. If
you pay attention to all these dark areas that we painted in through the
mask, when we cut these out remember I said it will create a pretty crisp,
strong edge by cutting those areas out on the paper mask. But in the beak area,
remember I said we would roll this area up in order to keep a softer transition. And
there you really see the difference. It goes from a relatively dark to a very
nice soft transition into this area that’s going to be lighter on the beak
in the end. So keep that in mind when you’re making your stencils. And there you go
guys. That’s the basics. That’s how I transfer an image from a reference photo
onto the substrate that I’m painting using a paper cut mask, or a paper cut
stencil, whichever you want to call it. It can be a very quick process, or it can be
a time-consuming process. It all comes down to how much detail you need as the
artist to give you the reference points that you need when you actually begin
painting whatever you’re painting. I tend to keep it a little bit more simple most
of the time. I just want a little bit here and there. And I generally just go
for the very darkest darks. And that gives me enough, but everybody’s a little
bit different. So if you haven’t tried it give it a shot. In the next video we’ll
actually get into painting this eagle. So I hope you guys got something out of
this. If you did, remember to like, subscribe and share. And I’ll see you guys
next time.

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