Oct 01

Clarity Challenge – Stencils

Hello Everyone,

Well it’s the beginning of the month again – so it’s Clarity Challenge time. Are you, like me, surprised at the way this year is flying by? I can’t believe it’s October already. We had some great entries for last month’s challenge, which makes it very hard for the DT to pick the top five.

This month is all about stencils. Here’s my sample:


I’ve decided to do a canvas for this challenge, and at this point apologise for the lack of photos during the stages. I was so involved with it that I forgot to take them along the way.

I took an 8 x 8 Clarity canvas and painted it using PaperArtsy acrylic paints. As you can see it was a random pattern. Then using the Lantern Pods stencil I pulled some grunge paste through one of the images, and left it to dry. Remember to clean your stencil and tools of grunge paste as soon as possible otherwise it will harden on them.


Once the grunge paste was dry, I replaced the stencil and added some Treasure Gold, Emerald gilding wax. Using the hexagonal centre of the Square Honeycomb stencil, I added pattern to the corners using flitter glue from IndigoBlu and then Variegated Green gilding flakes.


It’s really hard to show you the effect – as they appear more gold than green.

I stamped Imagine and Inspire from Word Chain 5 onto tissue paper and embossed it in gold. These were then added to the canvas as shown above using Slap it On from IndigoBlu. To help the tissue paper meld into the coloured canvas more easily I added some of the paint to the glue and then repainted the edges. This was a tip from my good friend Jo Rice – thanks Jo! I then added a shadow at the base of the flower using a charcoal pencil.

The canvas was then layered onto a larger 10 x 10 Clarity canvas.

I hope this has given you some inspiration for you to enter the challenge. We love seeing all your work and you could win a £50 voucher.


Stamps: Clarity Word Chain 5
Stencils:  Lantern Pods, Honeycomb Square
Other: Clarity Canvases; PaperArtsy acrylic paint; Indigoblu Flitter glue and Slap it On; Treasure Gold gilding wax; Gilding flakes; Stampin’ Up! embossing powder; Versamark ink pad; tissue paper






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  1. Carol morgan

    Loving your canvas and the stencil you have used. Xxx

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thank you Carol x

  2. Naomi Mahon

    So pretty, love your colours too Angle. xxx

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thanks Naomi xx

  3. Jo Rice

    Morning Angela, love your canvas and all the different techniques that you have used…the Lantern Pods stencil is just perfect for this. …and it was my pleasure….it is great to be part of such a sharing community….have a great weekend…..xxx

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thanks Jo, your tips really helped! I hope you gave a good weekend too xx

  4. Julie Dunn

    Love what you did with this project the colours are great xx

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thank you Julie x

  5. Linda Page

    Great canvas Angela I love the chinese lantern stencil – use it a lot x

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thanks Linda, I too live this stencil – just don’t use it enough xx

  6. Carole P

    A beautiful canvas Angela and a very informative blog too – thank you for sharing the tip about the tissue paper on the canvas 🙂
    Have a lovely weekend xxx

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thanks Carole – yes it’s a great tip isn’t it? x

  7. Emma Burns

    Hello Angela. Great canvas. Will definitely inspire. Hugs x

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thank you Emma xx

  8. Barbara Lancaster

    A bold and dramatic design, but oh, so effective. Great tip about mixing some paint into the glue; will definitely try to remember that for next time… Its lovely how we can all share our little tips and tricks, and learn from one another. Xxx

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thank you Barbara x

  9. Shelagh Metselaar

    Great arty canvas, Angela; love how all your components work so well together. ;~}

    1. Angela Simpson

      Glad you like it Shelagh xx

  10. Lesley Walden

    Sorry I’m so late in commenting, Angela. Great canvas, your random coloured background really sets off the Lantern pod. One of these days I will get round to trying a canvas. x

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thanks Lesley. I love doing canvases and would like to do more. I hope you get to have a go soon. x

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