By Barbara

By Barbara

Rose Stencil: Tutorial

The Rose stencil is a guide that you can use to position and draw a rose without drawing it freehand. Stencils can be a bit tricky to use if you don’t know what to expect, I’ll show you how to use the stencil to get the best results. 

Tracing a stencil onto a rounded rock is a bit more difficult than tracing onto a flat surface because the stencil is a bit stiff and doesn’t bend around curves very well.

Step 1: Find a nice sized rock and check that the stencil shape fits well onto the surface of the rock.

Step 2: Using White Chalk Paint, paint a smooth layer all over the front and sides of the rock. Allow the paint to dry then paint the reverse side of the rock. Allow to dry and give the front and back a second coat of paint. Allow to dry.

Step 3: Once your background is dry, place the stencil on top of the rock and hold it in place while you flatten a section of the stencil onto the rock, one area at a time, while you mark out the stencil shapes using a sharp pencil. Because of the curve of the rock, the stencil cannot wrap around the rock all at once, so you need to trace only one section at a time. If you are working on a flat surface (not a rock), this part will be much easier.


Step 4: Using a fine round brush (I used a Round 1 Brush), and any lovely rich flowery colour such as reds, orange or pinks (I used Poppy Red), paint inside the lines you’ve traced with your pencil. Go slowly around the rock, keeping your strokes even and neat and being careful not to smudge wet paint with your hands. Your rose is complete, well done!

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