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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

This 'N' That


A beautiful bullet journal cover was created by artist Cheetarah Cheda -- whose name is as pretty as her artwork!




Please click on the above photo (courtesy of Cheetarah Cheda) to better see detail in the way she took a plain journal cover and magically transformed it.  Unless I'm mistaken, Cheetarah used one of my two Marbles stencils -- 


Marbles 6 Stencil (6" x 6")


Marbles 9 Stencil (9" x 12")

Below is a stretched canvas that I painted using Palm Fronds Silhouette Small (6" x 6") and Palm Fronds Silhouette Mini (4" x 4").





The above painting was done on a stretched canvas.  Before applying the stencils and paint, I spread the surface with a uniform layer of Titanium White liquid acrylic paint and waited for that coating to dry thoroughly before moving forward.  This bottom layer of bright white paint makes stencil prints stand out dramatically.  The tool I used to add this coating was a drywall taping knife.  This knife comes in several widths, so I used one that was slightly larger than the 12" x 12" stretched canvas.  With a little practice (and a little wasted paint*) the knife makes it possible to create a perfectly uniform surface.

* There is leftover paint, but rather than let it go to waste, I gather it up with a brush and use it to coat papers that will later be used to develop stencil prints and collage.

Today's post ends with a print I made using Ornamental Iron Curls (6" x 6") and Prayer Flags (9" x 12").




The 6" x 6" stencil looks like this --


 Ornamental Iron Curls (6" x 6")

And the 9" x 12" stencil looks like this --


 Prayer Flags (9" x 12")

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

StencilGirl Sale -- Ending today!

My stencils are on sale -- today is the last day!

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
Save 21% off all* stencils
Use code: sol21 

Coupon code expires June 22, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. CST (Central Standard Time) USA
PLUS The 10% discount when you buy 6 stencils of the same size still applies!
Choose 1 FREE large stencil for every $100 spent (after discounts are applied). You MUST specify your choice(s) by L### (such as L048) in the comments section of the cart when you check out or it will be StencilGirl's choice. Sorry, no exceptions.

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Friday, June 21, 2019

StencilGirl Sale on Stencils

My stencils are on sale! 

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
Save 21% off all* stencils
Use code: sol21 

Coupon code expires June 22, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. CST (Central Standard Time) USA
PLUS The 10% discount when you buy 6 stencils of the same size still applies!
Choose 1 FREE large stencil for every $100 spent (after discounts are applied). You MUST specify your choice(s) by L### (such as L048) in the comments section of the cart when you check out or it will be StencilGirl's choice. Sorry, no exceptions.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

StencilGirl Stencil Sale -- 3 Days Only -- Starting Today

My stencils are on sale starting today!

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
Save 21% off all* stencils
Use code: sol21 

Coupon code expires June 22, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. CST (Central Standard Time) USA
PLUS The 10% discount when you buy 6 stencils of the same size still applies!
Choose 1 FREE large stencil for every $100 spent (after discounts are applied). You MUST specify your choice(s) by L### (such as L048) in the comments section of the cart when you check out or it will be StencilGirl's choice. Sorry, no exceptions.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

A New Batch of Gift Bags made with Stencil Prints


I've bought a large supply of plain white gift bags ... and if I had more courage, I would do my stencil printing right on to the bags themselves!

Lacking that kind of courage, I've made prints on assorted papers with a variety of my masks and stencils; after the prints' acrylic paints have dried, I've cut them out with Fiskars decorative scissors before using a glue stick to add them to the bags.

You can click on the photos below to enlarge them to better see detail...



Above:  Made with 6" x 6" Garden at Nemours Mask.


Made with 9" x 12" stencil Thistle and 6" x 6" stencil Small Thistles.



Made with 6" x 6" stencil Pressed Leaves.



Made with 6" x 6" stencil Mikki's Flowers.



Made with 6" x 6" stencil Quilted Flower Garden.


Above:  Made with 6" x 6" Garden at Nemours Mask.



Above:  Made with 6" x 6" Garden at Nemours Mask.



Above:  Made with 6" x 6" Garden at Nemours Mask.


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Friday, June 14, 2019

BLOOMING WHERE PLANTED and FANTASIA 9" x 12" Stencils


The reductive (also called subtractive) technique works this way:  First, with acrylic paint, I paint a layer of new color in a limited area -- then, while this layer is still wet, I place a stencil over it.  Holding the stencil in place with one hand, I use a paper towel or soft cloth to rub off still-wet paint in the areas that are exposed in the openings of the stencil.  (What I mean by "new color" is that the substrate has already been coated with other acrylics.)
  




In the above and the below detail close-ups, I used the subtractive/reductive technique with parts of my 9" x 12" stencil Blooming Where Planted.




To create the print below, I used a sponge brayer loaded with heavy-body acrylic paint and rolled it over a substrate that had already painted with several layers of acrylic paint.





Above:  Loading a sponge brayer with heavy-body acrylic paint.

Below is an updated version of a stretched canvas that I had previously started.  After finishing the painted areas, I added stained stencils as collage elements.  Some of these were cut from the stencil Blooming Where Plantedothers were cut from my 9" x 12" stencil Fantasia.


Above:  You can click on the image above to enlarge it and better see detail.

The stencils themselves look like this --



Fantasia

 Blooming Where Planted

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Scraping Paint over Paper -- with a Stencil Underneath!


Today's post features my paint-over-stencil video, here.

Supplies:

lightweight but sturdy paper (I used Asian rice paper);
a stencil (I used Clustered Leaves);
liquid acrylic paint (not heavy-body acrylic paint);
a 12-inch-wide drywall taping knife, sold at home improvement stores, or you can order it here.


This is a quick and easy technique, as the video demonstrates.

Some prints I've made this way --


Clustered Leaves (9'x 12" stencil)

Clustered Leaves (9'x 12" stencil)


Clustered Leaves (9'x 12" stencil)


 Clustered Leaves (9'x 12" stencil)

Clustered Leaves (9'x 12" stencil)


Mimosa 9" x 12" Stencil 

 Mimosa 9" x 12" Stencil


Mimosa 9" x 12" Stencil 

Clustered Leaves (9'x 12" stencil)

Clustered Leaves (9'x 12" stencil)

Clustered Leaves (9'x 12" stencil)

Clustered Leaves (9'x 12" stencil)

This technique works better with some stencils than with others.  Experimenting is fun!



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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Making Masks with Silhouette Stencils



Some time ago, I did a write-up at StencilGirlTalk on the topic of making your own masks using stencils, then applying the masks with the stencils in a technique that I call "Seeing Double."

Here on my own blog, I'm bringing out more greeting cards that I've made in much the same way....


Above: I've used masking tape to secure my 6"x 6" Heron and 6"x 6" Cats stencils to sturdy cardstock. 

Above:  Since this cardstock is black, I used a white pencil to trace around the shapes that I wanted to cut out to be used as masks.

Above:  I've used fine-detail scissors to cut out the three shapes I chose.  


Above:  I've placed the heron mask atop a greeting card blank.  On the left you can see the masking tape I used for covering the back of this card with scratch paper to protect it from the watercolor spray.  I used two spray colors (purple and orange), allowing the paint to dry between the two applications.




Above:  On the left, you can see the mask that I have lifted off. On the right is the card cover with its silhouette of the heron.

Above:  Here I have placed the stencil atop the masked-off silhouette.  In placing it, I made sure it was off-register with the image underneath.  After using masking tape to secure the stencil, I sponged on a layer of magenta acrylic paint blended with gel medium.  The reason I blended these two media was that I wanted a translucent paint that would allow the original image to remain visible.


Above:  Here, in the finished 6"x 6" greeting card cover, you can see that both images are clearly visible.


Above:  Here's another 6"x 6" greeting card, created with my Cats stencil and corresponding masks.  Again I used the masks first, followed by the stencil.  (I chose to mask off the stencil's upper left corner so that 4 cat shapes would appear; the stencil itself has 5 cat shapes.)  After the misty-look paints had dried, I used a marker to outline the two white shapes I had made with my two masks.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

CLUSTERED LEAVES, LOOPY LADDERS and Other StencilGirl Stencils


Please visit here to see StencilGirl Creative Team Member Louise Nelson showing a plethora of photos to describe the creative work she did in an art journal.  

I'm delighted that, among other StencilGirl stencils, Louise chose to include two of my 9" x 12" stencils, Clustered Leaves and Loopy Ladders.  



 Clustered Leaves 


Loopy Ladders

Curious to see these two stencils used in other applications?  Below is a work-in-progress of mine.  Its pale background has been established with acrylic paints and Loopy Ladders....




And ....




The above photo shows another background -- this time a dark one -- created with Loopy Ladders, while the foreground has been created with three leaves cut from a Clustered Leaves stencil; after cutting them free from the stencil, I added them as collage elements over the background.  

Stencils can be used in so many ways!

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Botanical Imagery with Stencils


Today's first image is a greeting card with a two-part collage on the cover.  The outer frame was created with my 6" x 6" Mimosa stencil 6.  The orange and purple embellishment, center, was cut from a print made with my 9" x 12" stencil Garden Montage.




Below:  a 2-page art journal spread printed with my 9" x 12" stencil Garden Montage.




Next, a multi-printed paper developed with my Ivy 9 Frame stencil (9" x 12") and my 6" x 6" stencil Ginkgo.







Above:  a greeting card cover made with my 6" x 6" stencil Mikki's Flowers (which is also available as a mask.)




Above:  I used acrylic gloss gel and thinned acrylic paint over a molding paste imprint created with my 6" x 6" stencil Mimosa.  (This pattern is also available as a 9" x 12", here.)

Below is a sheet of watercolor paper painted with my 9" x 12" stencil Thistle.  (This image is also available as a 6" x 6" stencil, Small Thistles.)




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One more for the road:  a collage created with cut-outs from my 6" x 6" stencil Silhouette of a Wildflower Bouquet and my 9" x 12" stencil Garden Montage.