Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Marriage of Fabric Arts and Stencils

My friend Mary Ann Russo decorated each of these dishtowels with an applique made from a fabric print, having created each fabric print by using one of the stencils I've designed, the 9"X12" version of Mimosa --

Find this stencil here...

Mary Ann's method:  She used Speedball Silkscreen Ink For Fabric to make the print, having first attached the stencil to her silkscreen.  She could have opted to use fabric dye, but she has found that if the artist wants a highly defined dark image, fabric paints or silk screen inks do a better job.

This is a close-up of the applique; click on the image to enlarge it.

These are the two finished dishtowels -- too pretty to use!  Click the image to enlarge it.
 And check out all the other fine stencils at ...


Monday, June 17, 2013

Dimensional Stenciling

My latest email from Seth Apter announces a new ebook, very attractively priced at $1.99, on the topic of using stencils to create dimensional imagery.  The place to purchase and download it is:
I plan to make the purchase myself, and am looking forward to adventuring through its pages.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Parade of Stencils

Here is a small sample of the stencils I've designed for www.StencilGirlProducts.com --

And here is a greeting card cover that I made, using the above Gingko stencil--
To create this 3D image, I spread heavy gel medium thru the stencil, removed the stencil immediately and placed it into a soak basin until I had time to wipe it clean with a paper towel.  After the gel dried, I painted most of the raised surfaces with acrylic metallic gold paint.  I used some of that paint, along with others, to establish the background.  For the "lead leaf," I used the same stencil to trace a half-leaf shape onto a piece of previously painted paper.  With cuticle scissors, I cut out this traced shape; the last step was to adhere it to the raised surface with gel medium. 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Books You'll Want!

Announcing -- now available for pre-order at Amazon.com -- the second book by artist Mary Beth Shaw. 
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Cover to cover, this new book is crammed with techniques for using stencils.  As one of the fortunate designers for Mary Beth's online shop -- www.StencilGirlProducts.com -- I look forward to receiving my own already pre-ordered copy...
And, an already published book:
Clever, creative ideas from fourteen artists pack the 90 pages of Exploring the Latest Trends in Mixede Media Art, Vol. II, by Sherre Hulbert and Cynthia Powell.

This collection of projects -- 46 in all -- includes titles like Garden Glamor Apron, Flowerful Crocheted Hat, Gone Are the Days Altered Coffee Table, and Shop in Style Market Bag ... and this is only a sample!

Bright, large photos led the way as the book invited me to make old wooden hangers look gorgeous; to jazz a garment way up with a lush neckline of silkscreened peacock feathers under beaded lace and loops of ribbon; to create a plethora of unique wall-hanging and shelf-sitting artworks; even to create an eye-catching, weatherproof sculpture for the garden.

The ideas in this book can keep an artist productive, creative and happy for years!

To order, click here:  http://tinyurl.com/4akmegm