I made this image as a demonstration for one of my students in the mixed media class I taught in Winter, 2020. I wanted to show an incorporation of stenciling on layers of paint and my explanation in words was not making sense to her.
I cut out a woman figure. Then I painted a piece of watercolor paper (9″ x 12″) in sections of random color. Next, I set the stencil on the paper and painted around her; then I flipped her over and painted the other side of the paper in different colors.
The figures protect the original colors so that when the stencil is removed, there it is.
The whole thing took maybe five minutes to do. The student saw the process and I was pleasantly surprised by the results. Sometimes good things happen very fast, and the key is, don’t mess with them just because you think it should have been harder. Sometimes…it is easy!