Saturday, July 21, 2018

GARDEN MONTAGE Stencil Used on Stretched Canvases

Garden Montage, my newest 9" x 12" stencil, has landed into my hands as I've worked on several 9" x 12" stretched canvases.

Above:  this artwork was created with Garden Montage teamed with inks and high-flow acrylic paints.

Above:  this artwork is collage and acrylic:  Its background was created with Garden Montage and its foreground is part of the stencil itself, stained with acrylic paints and inks. 

The next two, below, are the same canvas; its white background was made with Garden Montage (9" x 12") stencil and the purple foreground was made with Queen Anne's Lace (9" x 12") stencil.  

Next, I painted over the purple print with a layer of zinc white acrylic --which, being translucent -- allowed the combined background layers to remain faintly visible.  After the white layer of paint dried, I again used Queen Anne's Lace , this time with acrylic paint (shown below.)

Today's final photo shows a canvas that was created in somewhat similar ways to two canvases shown above.  

This time, the background was created with Garden Montage stencil; then, after it had been coated with a layer of zinc white acrylic paint, I collaged onto the surface the stencil itself -- after it's been stained with acrylic inks and high-flow acrylic paints ....

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Friday, July 20, 2018

GARDEN MONTAGE (9" x 12") Stencil Co-Stars with FANTASIA (9' x 12") Stencil & SPRIGS (6" x 6") Stencils

Today's post brings more greeting cards made with collages I've created using prints from my newest 9" x 12" stencil, Garden Montage --

Although today's art samples happen to be greeting cards, they can also work for covers of art journals, scrapbook pages, gift-tags, bookmarks -- and lots more that you'll think of, on your own!

The 3 art samples above were made -- for the most part -- using prints created with Garden Montage; but here and there, I also used a blue-and-white print made with Sprigs (6" x 6") stencil and Fantasia (9" x 12") stencil.

On the greeting card below, I went back to using only prints made with 
Garden Montage.  This includes the stencil-printed paper that decorates the wooden heart embellishment --

In its entirety, Sprigs (6" x 6") stencil looks like this --

Fantasia (9" x 12") stencil looks like this, in its entirety --

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More art created with Garden Montage (9" x 12") stencil will appear on this blog tomorrow!

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Greeting Cards Embellished with Stencil-Printed Papers -- featuring 9" x 12" New Stencil GARDEN MONTAGE

Above is the first in a series of greeting card covers decorated with collage using cut-up prints I'd made with my just-released 9" x 12" stencil Garden Montage.

These wooden heart embellishments were likewise decorated with papers cut from these prints.

More appear below ...

More art samples created with my just-released stencil Garden Montage will be posted here tomorrow!

Meanwhile, below are two nearly-full-size printed papers of the kind that I've cut into pieces while assembling my collages. 

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A New Stencil Release Today at StencilGirl -- GARDEN MONTAGE

Today a new 9" x 12" stencil of mine is released at StencilGirl!

You can find it as the very first stencil shown here.

I surprised myself with how much fun I had using Garden Montage  stencil to make prints on an assortment of background papers ...

I had even more fun when I cut the prints into pieces to collage together on greeting cards --

Please click on the image above as well as the image below, to better see details.

But I wasn't done yet!

After making the greeting cards shown above -- all of them embellished with wooden hearts that I had decorated eons ago -- I decided that I wanted to create a new batch of heart-embellishments, this time with these newly printed papers.

I started with the unfinished wooden hearts shown below, along with a collection of stencil-printed papers; most of these papers were the new prints created with Garden MontageMany of these prints had already been cut into small pieces as I'd assembled the collaged greeting cards.  These assorted-size wooden hearts are available at craft stores like Michael's and A.C. Moore.  Similar hearts are sold by a variety of vendors thru AmazonSmile, but as far as I can tell, none of these online sources offers the thinnest hearts, which are best for greeting card covers.  The hearts I had bought at A.C. Moore or Michaels are about 1/16 inch thick.

Above:  assorted stencil-printed papers and some unfinished wooden hearts.

Above:  Here I'm pairing a heart with a stencil-printed paper scrap that fits it. 

Above:  adding glue to the back of the paper scrap. I use Pioneer Embellishment Glue Stick.

Above: Here I've pressed the wooden heart down onto the glued side of the paper.

Above:  assorted sizes of wooden hearts are pressed to glued backs of paper scraps.

Above and below:  Two ways to trim the edges, after the glue has had time to dry; above:  a cutting board and an Exacto knife; below, fine-detail-cutting scissors.

Above:  I used an emery board to smooth the trimmed edges.

Above:  an assortment of ready-to-use heart embellishments.

Although I used this batch of decorative hearts to embellish greeting cards, I've also used them to embellish art-journal covers, scrapbook pages, bookmarks and gift-tags.  I'm sure you can come up with more and better decorating ideas of your own!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

This 'n' That

Collected in my files are a few photos of art made with stencils not highlighted here in a while ...

First in line, below, is a greeting card cover created with my 6" x 6" stencil Pressed Leaves.  I used molding paste, spreading it thru the stencil openings with a credit card.  After the paste had dried, I used a sponge brayer to add a light coating of white paint across both the raised figure and its background.  (I clean stencils immediately after using molding paste or any other thick, three-dimensional medium.)

Second in line is a collage on stretched canvas made with several 6" x 6" stencils (better seen when you click on the image below to enlarge it)--

Upper left (green and blue background):  Ski Lift Works

Upper right (green and blue background):  Ornamental Iron Curls

Lower left (green and blue background):  Pavilion Shadows 

Lower right (green and blue background):  Swatton Grid Stencil

Aqua and orange-red collage papers:   Swatton Grid Stencil and Ornamental Iron Curls.

Last in line is a greeting card cover with three collaged pieces.  The top piece was made with my 6" x 6" stencil Cats as well as another 6" x 6" stencil of mine, Tiger Lily.


 Tiger Lily

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Coming tomorrow:  a new stencil release!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

TWINSHIP 9" x 12" Stencil

 The above print was made with Twinship Stencil, using with white acrylic paint on paper previously painted with leftover paints of other colors.  

On the greeting card below, another Twinship Stencil print on paper -- after being cut into pieces -- was used to form part of a collage.  (The pictured flowers pay tribute to a magnificent magnolia tree that once stood next to our driveway.)

Below is a work-in-progress on stretched canvas.  Each of the "hole"-marked areas was created using the subtractive/reductive method.  This technique calls for applying paint to the surface, waiting for it to dry (partially or completely), then placing the stencil over it and using a rag to rub out areas of paint that appear in the stencil's open areas.  When the paint is completely dry, the rag is dipped into a little rubbing alcohol before its use.  When the paint is still partially wet, the rag can be dampened with water.

Twinship Stencil was also used in making this print on foreign newsprint that had been previously painted --

In its entirety, Twinship Stencil looks like this:

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

PRAYER FLAGS Stencil -- Getting a Whole New Look from an Old Stencil

For a completely different look, I cut my 9" x 12" Prayer Flags stencil into pieces and used them to make a print --

-- and my next step was to cut the print down to fit on a greeting card cover.  The cut-down paper then became background for a photo I'd taken years ago --

The original Prayer Flags stencil looks like this --

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Today is the Last Day of the StencilGirl Special Sale!

Today is the last day of this 3-day-only sale!

Please click on the above image to enlarge it! 

I've Photoshop-enlarged it, but Blogger wants to keep it this size!

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Special Sale at StencilGirl!

This 3-day-only sale is still on!

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I've Photoshop-enlarged it, but Blogger wants to keep it this size!

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BUDDING BRANCHES (6" x 6") Stencil Stars in a Video by MaryBeth Shaw!

Using this link,  you can watch MaryBeth Shaw's how-to video using one of my 6"x 6" stencils, Budding Branches.

The stencil itself looks like this --

All my stencils are available at a discount during this 3-day sale!  Just click on the image below to enlarge it and better see directions....

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