Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Technique Tuesday - Plastic Mesh Stencil

Today's technique uses the plastic mesh that some produce comes in, though you can try it with any kind of mesh.
Gather together the simple supplies:

  • white or light colored cardstock
  • the plastic mesh
  • painter's tape
  • a hard brayer
  • two colors of ink
  • a craft sheet or something else to protect your work surface
Tape the mesh onto your protected work surface, using the painter's tape.  Pull the mesh taut, but only tape it down on three sides:
Slide the cardstock under the mesh and then tape the last side down:

Load the brayer up with the first ink color, and pressing down firmly, brayer over the mesh in random areas. Try to keep the mesh and cardstock from moving.

Rinse off the brayer and repeat with the second color, hitting spots you didn't color with the first one.  It will look something like this:

Remove the tape and mesh, and cut your background to the size you need for your project.  By the way, since the mesh is plastic, you can rinse the color out and re-use it.   
This week's challenge at the PID yahoo group is "purple and red," and I used my background in this 4x4" coaster:

The image is from one of the wonderful new circus collage sheets. 

Try it and let us know how it came out!
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Angie Hall Haviland said...

Neat technique, Eileen!!

Elaine A said...

Hi Eileen -

I like the look you get with this technique. One of the things I do with plastic mesh, particularly the white ones, is to cover them with stickles. Basically follow the netting with the stickles bottle and it is thicker in some areas, that is good too. Let them dry and then cut them to use as fishing nets in cards or ATC's that have a ocean or nautical theme. The areas where the stickles was thicker looks like clumps of barnacles or something that has been under the sea for years. They really sparkle and add a nice feel.

Thanks for the tutorial.

Elaine Allen

Mel♥ said...

Wonderful Eileen

Dorothy said...

Amazing !!!