I've bought a few stencils from Clarity Stamp over the years. I like the quality and I love the range of designs they offer. I'm a little reluctant to use them with alcohol or acrylic inks because I want to keep them as clean and tidy as I can for as long as I can. They're great for stencilling/mono printing with acrylic paint or texture paste, or as templates for parchment craft, and for my old pal the Cuttlelola pen.
This got me thinking (the stencilling, not the toast!) about applying pale, winter colours. Very pale; very lightly applied, so there's just a whisper of pigment.
I decided to use Derwent's tinted charcoal pencils. I like the shades - very muted, natural colours - and I like that they may be applied very softly and then smudged/blended smooth.
I taped down my Clarity stencil with washi tape (wonderful stuff!), and selected 3 or 4 pencils:
It's worth taking care, when applying colour, to avoid creating a hard line against the edge of the stencil. You may be able to smudge most of it away, but it will still draw the eye.
Hold the pencil loosely, by the end, and just stroke the side of the coloured end across the paper, filling part of the stencil 'cell'. Repeat the process to build up layers.
Use the tip of your finger, or an estompe, to smudge the charcoal tint around the stencil. I tend to colour a small area of the stencil and then work it in, before the colour 'sets' on the surface. ( Have I made that up?!) Remember to hold with your free hand any delicate or exposed areas of the stencil, so they don't move or tear.
When you've finished laying and blending colour, carefully remove the stencil. In the bad old days it was necessary to spray with fixative or hairspray any drawing with charcoal on it (or near it!) I don't think that's necessary with these pencils; they don't produce any dust, and I'd imagine the charcoal is stabilised inside the pencil.
I'll scan it and keep the image - maybe tweak it in Drawplus - layer it and make a wider image.