Tuesday, October 20, 2020

 6" x 6" LOVE may at first glance appear to be a stencil that can be used only one way, since it's text, not an abstract image or a representational image -- but ...






... I've experimented in several directions.  One of those adventures has been in making double- and triple-prints.





The double print above started on 12" x 12" scrapbook paper that had come in pale green with a stylized flowery pattern.

I continued making LOVE prints atop one another ....






Until I switched to using another 6" x 6" stencil, Quilted Flower Garden --






And after using Quilted Flower Garden twice, I decided to stop.  For the time being, at least, the piece looks like this:






I may very well come back in with one final print of LOVE, thus bringing the word back into readable focus.  If I do, I'll make that print in bright, opaque white acrylic paint.  (Titanium White by Golden Paints is my favorite.)

More experiments happen when I bring my prints into Photoshop and blend them digitally.  

My first digital foray started with the below print, made on watercolor paper using LOVE alongside 6" x 6" Sassy Spray and 6" x 6" Looking Up Through Trees Small. (Both Sassy Spray and Looking Up Through Trees Small had been previously cut from their original square frames.)






The digital blend created this image:






Above:  The overlay print of purple LOVE had started as a separate print, looking like this --






-- and I'd made that print using part of my 9" x 12" stencil Boxed Vines.  Its background paper was glossy cardstock monoprinted with water-diluted purple acrylic paint.  This type of monoprinting is called decalcomania.


In its entirety, Boxed Vines looks like this:





And Sassy Spray looks like this before being cut from its 6" x 6" frame --






And, before being cut from its 6" x 6" frame, Looking Up Through Trees Small looks like this:






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Thanks to the magic of photo-altering programming!


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Saturday, October 17, 2020

 I've made brand-new giftbags!  Using my brand-new 6" x 6" stencil LOVE ....

I used LOVE prints, spray paint and  Pioneer Embellishment Gluestick to decorate the bags.   












And greeting cards need to be tucked into giftbags, right?

One of my LOVE prints started with a page from another old photo calendar.

I buy over-sized greeting card blanks from LCI because it sometimes takes a square card slightly bigger than 6" x 6" to accommodate prints made with my 6" x 6" masks and stencils.  After trimming  print to size with paper edger scissors, I added it to the cover of a greeting card and trimmed it with a strip of Dresden embossed foil --






Another greeting card is below -- this one, sent to my daughter and her husband on their first wedding anniversary!






Blank white bags with built-in handles are available here, among other online sources.  

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Think romance!  Love and hearts are the feature in today's post, in celebration of my newest stencil, 6" x 6" LOVE.





Backtracking for a minute:  My post of August 26 featured a greeting card printed with one of four stencils and masks in my Pods series.  That card looked like this --






And -- because today's theme is love -- that card's been updated to this:






What a difference it made to my eyes, when I'd added a hole-punched heart shape painted bright orange!

Below: another heart cut-out, this one cut from a purple and yellow print I'd made using 6" x 6" Looking Up Through Trees Small z793.  Does this heart remind you of the moon on a romantic night? -- seen thru interlocking tree branches, of course!  Below that heart collage, I used yellow acrylic paint to make a print with my newly released 6" x 6" Love.






Most of the heart shapes in today's post, incidentally, were cut freehand using a template cut from once-folded scrap-paper.  It's a skill learned way back when.  Probably most readers will have learned it in kindergarten.  (I started first grade at age 5 since there was no kindergarten in the sticks where I lived!) 

Below:  a heart-decorated greeting card; its base was cut from a print previously done on an old map.  (For that, I'd used a combination of 6" x 6" Small Tangled Pods and 6" x 6" Sprigs.)  The large green heart was cut from French newsprint tinted green during an earlier project.  Atop that heart is a small blue one, created with a crafter's hole punch.  Circling the little blue heart is a piece of Dresden embossed gold foil.  (This embossed foil comes without adhesive, so here, I've used a gluestick.  Next time, I'll try using Artist-tac permanent dry adhesive.)  The support for this art sample is a metallic-green greeting card blank, measuring 5.75" x 5.75", from jampaper.com.






Below:  This art sample started with a paper cut from a print I'd made using multiple applications of 9" x 12" Palm Fronds Silhouette Large The large green heart was cut from French newsprint tinted green.  The embellishment in the lower right is Dresden embossed gold foil.  (This embossed foil comes without adhesive, so here, I've used a gluestick.  Next time, I'll try using Artist-tac permanent dry adhesive.)






Next up:  I used 6" x 6" Love on a sheet of sturdy (140-lb.) watercolor paper; its background includes a subtle print made with my 6" x 6" Sassy Spray.






Below:  Here the background comes from paper multi-printed with 9" x 12"  Palm Fronds Silhouette LargeAfter using 6" x 6" Love and red acrylic paint for the top layer of printing, I added a red heard within a green heart.






Today's last art sample....





... was developed on a sheet of paper that had been pressed multiple times onto palette paper smeared with leftover acrylic paints.  After that multi-color application had dried, I used green acrylic paint to print with 6" x 6" Love.

Love is beautiful!  I hope you'll enjoy using Love as much I do!

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

 Hearing someone's backstory can make you appreciate him or her a whole lot more.

Artwork backgrounds are hardly the same as backstories, but they can work much the same way for your stencil-printing projects.

Backgrounds give you a quick, easy way to liven up stencil prints, especially when the stencil you're using is a text that you want to remain readable. 

Backgrounds can be pictures from old catalogs or magazines or calendars; they can be scrapbook papers; they can be "failed" paintings.  Try everything!  If you don't feel satisfied with the results, paint over it or collage over it -- or both.  Layering can greatly improve an artwork, giving it a quality that some call "history."







Above:  Love stencil (6" x 6") was used, with acrylic paint, over a "failed" mixed-media artwork.  Only 2 actual layers appear here, but the choice of background leads the viewer's eye to perceive a rich history that warrants a second look.



My brand-new 6" x 6" stencil LOVE looks like this:







Above:  With acrylic paint, I again used  Love stencil (6" x 6") atop a "failed" mixed-media artwork.  Only 2 actual layers appear here, but the choice of background leads the viewer's eye around to glimpse a rich history that coaxes taking a second look.




Below:  A print made on an old computer print-out of mine (based on a photo I had taken.)  The heart was made with a hole punch and added as a last-touch collage element.




The above print was made with Pan Pastels.








Above:  This print was made on a sheet of novelty paper that came from an art supply store years ago.  Below:  This time, the background was scrapbooking paper.  Both the above image and the one below were made using Pan Pastels.












 Below is a print that I made in multiple steps, to be described below the image ....








Above:  My original substrate was a sheet of heavy paper covered with acrylic paints in random colors:  yellow, red-green, brown and purple.  

Step 1:  On the left side of the page, with white acrylic paint, I made a print using 2/3 of my 9" x 12" stencil Boxed Vines.

Step 2:  I covered parts of the substrate with papers and masking tape to mask off selected areas.

Step 3:  I sprayed the unmasked areas using a mister bottle filled with this mix -- 2/3 water, 1/3 lavender acrylic paint and 2 drops of air brush medium.

Step 4:  With white heavy-body acrylic paint I used my new 6" x 6" stencil Love to make a print on the far middle right.

Step 5:  After that layer had dried, I added a final layer down the middle of the piece, using a sponge brayer loaded with translucent acrylic green-yellow paint.  I used the brayer to spread the paint below the stencil and above it.

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Today brings the unveiling of my brand-new 6" x 6" mask -- Love!




Now picture this:

I once stood tiptoe on the brink of Adventure 101, paint in one hand and my first-ever stencil in the other.

When I took the leap -- daubing paint thru that stencil -- it was as if I'd sprouted wings.

Those wings are called creativity.

One thing I learned early-on was that most stencils and masks work equally well "right-side-up" and "flip-side-up."

Quick example:  The two images directly below were created using my 6" x 6" stencil Pair o' Parrots and Garden at Nemours -- both having been used first on one side, then on their flip side.




  

  




With time and practice, I learned that this reversal adds impact, variety and rhythm to art-making, especially when I change colors for each print and/or layer prints atop one another.

Okay; most stencils and masks are “double-sided” this way. 

But not all.

Masks and stencils like 6” x 6” Love can be used only “right-side-up” – unless I’m working with a Gelli Plate; for that, I place it “flip-side-up” onto the plate, so I’ll get a right-side-up print on paper that I press onto it.

So, Love can’t be reversed.  A disadvantage?

No!  A challenge.

This challenge, my friends, launches creativity.  It can be your wings.

How many ways can you use Love?





Above:  Love has been used to make three prints on a chaotic background; each print has a different orientation.  The goal is a completely abstract image.



How many other stencils and masks can you use alongside this brand-new stencil to expand its possibilities?




Above:  Again, Love has been used to make 3 prints, this time on a background previously printed with part of my 9" x 12" stencil Boxed Vines.  The goal, once more, is a completely abstract image.

  


Above:  Love has been used with part of my 6" x 6" mask Garden at Nemours.


I had fun awhile back, spattering paint onto background papers; I lifted the water-thinned acrylic paint high and let it drop onto the papers, because I wanted to know what patterns might form.  Having saved those papers, I decided today's debut of 6" x 6" Love was a perfect time to do some stencil-printing onto these spattered backgrounds.  I think the results make for a good way to keep a look of excitement going, even when working with a plain text stencil....






You can use Love as a frame to highlight a loved one (human or otherwise); two examples are below:




Above:  the background is a partial page from an old picture calendar.





Above:  The background is scrapbook paper painted yellow.  The frame effect is used differently here, altho the featured image is the same -- a cat.  This cat was printed with my 6" x 6" Cats stencil.




Another creative flight happened for me when I paired Love with another stencil of matching size (6” x 6”), s078 Swatton Flowers Version 1 Stencil.



Left above:  printed using part of s078 Swatton Flowers Version 1 Stencil.  Right:  printed with 6” x 6” Love Background was a previously printed scan of a collage I'd made some time ago.




Upper left: printed with 6” x 6” Love.  Right and bottom:  printed using part of s078 Swatton Flowers Version 1 Stencil.  Background was a page from an old picture calendar.





Center above: printed with 6” x 6” Love.  Right and bottom:  printed using part of Ivy Frame 9 Stencil (9" x 12").  Upper left:  printed with 6" x 6" Ivy Frame 6 Stencil.




What the above print looked like while still in process --




 6" x 6" Ivy Frame 6 Stencil has been placed over the now-dry print made with 6” x 6” Love.  I carefully used the sponge brayer -- loaded with heavy body acrylic paint -- to press paint thru the openings in Ivy Frame 6 Stencil A small sponge would have worked better, but I managed okay with the brayer by tilting it.



Let the wings of creativity take you out for flight!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

 Tomorrow is release day for my brand-new 6" X 6" stencil LOVE!  

Sunday, October 4, 2020

 Today:  To continue my tease mini-views of 6" x 6" LOVE (including glimpses of other stencils and masks used with LOVE) ....

































Release date:  October 8, 2020!