“How to use Templates in Your Paintings”

“How to use Templates in Your Paintings”


Painting With Yovette, “How to use Templates” Well Hello again. This is Yovette at My Magic Brushes, and I’m going to do something fun
today. I’m going to show you how to use templates. A lot of
people like to use them but they don’t know the exact proper way to do it, so
that’s what we’re going to learn today. Well as you can see these are all
different kinds of templates. I think this is a beautiful one. These are made
of a plastic, and this company I don’t think is any longer in business, I have
not seen them for a long time, but you can probably find a plastic company that
could do these for you. This one is in the shape of a window, whoops, let’s have
it right-side up. This one’s in the shape of a window, very nice, it’s beautiful. And
this is a metal oval that I had manufactured. I have them in
different sizes. I just went to a metal company and asked them if they could
fabricate something for me and they did. And I love this one because it’s very
strong and sturdy and very heavy. You could also use like a palette for a
template, this makes a great template. You could use a state, you know, on the
map, you can find a state, that maybe you’d like to paint a scene in. Also you
could have, you could invent your own just by using masking tape. This one is a
window and you put the masking tape on paint your picture and then you just
pull the masking tape off, and it works fabulous. Anyway for this project what
you’re going to need is an oval of your choice or whatever design you decide to
use. You’re going to need some contact paper, this is just plain old sticky
paper, it’s sticky on one side and plain on the other. So the first thing
you want to do is to measure out your template on a piece of contact paper
and so just square it up. Take a marker go around the outer edge, I should say
the inner edge, draw your mark here where you going to cut it off. I also forgot to
mention that sometimes you can go to Michael’s, you can pick up a picture
frame that already has one of these circle circular or oval inserts in it,
and you can just take that out of the frame, remove the glass, and remove the oval, and you can use that as your
template. That works really great, and it’s an inexpensive way to do it. Okay, there are three ways that you can cut
this. There is, you can use an Exacto knife, you can just go around the outer
edge which works great. If you are a seamstress or you do a lot of sewing
then you probably have one of these little gadgets. I don’t know what it’s
called, oh, a rotary cutter. You can also use this. You can go around the outer
edge the same way, makes it very fast for cutting, but you do have to use a metal
plate for that, otherwise you’re going to be cutting your paper and then you don’t
want jagged edges. And the third way is just to use a good old scissors. And it’s
very slow, you just cut around your outer edge. Okay well for the sake of time I
just went ahead and I cut this out. I cut the template and as you can see, I
have, this is a sixteen by twenty canvas that I have here, and I actually just
colored, colored a little, a very light light brown, just to take away that very
white color. So now what you do with this template is you lay it out on your
canvas. And you take one corner, and you start peeling it back, and you don’t want
to peel everything all at once, just peel part of it, and what you do is
take and put it on one corner to begin with. And I have measurements here that
will just be about halfway. So there’s one side, I’ll take the other half, if you
unpeel the whole thing all at one time, it probably will just be a pain to work
with, so this works out a lot better. Okay tap it down a little bit, and as you
can see right here I have another mark, I have the halfway point, I just marked a
halfway point so it’s easy to find. You want to get it as even as possible. Okay,
and if there’s a little bit of ripple here don’t worry about that right now.
So then slowly pull it down working one side and then the other side. Nice thing
about this stuff is it’s very forgiving to work with. Okay, pull it off, pull this
side off, and now you’re safe to just pull all the rest of it. There you go. Okay.
So now most people just start painting when it’s just like this.
The secret to working with this contact paper is having a dryer, and you want to
use it on a hot heat, and I’m going to turn off the sound while I do this,
but what I want you to notice is that this paper will, as you, as you start
to dry, it will actually shrivel and shrink and that makes it very tacky and
then it’ll stay stuck really well so that the paint doesn’t go underneath. So
okay off goes the sound. Well I hope you were able to see how
this just, it just shrivels up and then you just lightly press around the outer
edges and that will make a nice tight seal. So once you have that done that’s
all there is to it. Just make sure you have a good seal around this edge, like I
say you can use any kind of an insert inside, it could be scallops, it could be
a state, it could be just anything of your choice, and these ovals,
they’re a lot of fun to do and and this is just the beginning, I mean the world
is wide open to you using contact paper or the tape, because both are easy to
use. And so anyway try this. So now all you do to finish off is just put your
painting in the center, and when you’re through you just peel this off. And it
makes just a lovely border, and so I don’t know, maybe I’ll use this one for
the next class that I do. We’ll see. Anyway this is it. Well thank you for
joining me today. I enjoyed having you and I hope you learned something and
I’ll see you next month. Bye bye

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