When does a stencil-printed art not reveal that a stencil was used? One answer is provided by Martie Rowen, who created this spread in her art journal --
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Martie created these herons in this two-page spread using my 6" x 6" stencil Heron -- however --
|Heron Stencil (6" x 6")|
--Martie didn't stop there. Clicking on the top photo to enlarge it, you can see the way she embellished both herons, adding wings, eyes, flourishes of topknots, etc.
Another way to move away from the stenciled look? Nancy Sanderson Curry gives us a totally different answer. To create today's showcased artwork masterpiece, Nancy started with alcohol inks and my 9" x 12" stencil Garden Montage. The stencil itself looks like this--
|Garden Montage Stencil (9" x 12")|
After Nancy created her original artwork with alcohol inks, she imported its photo into her smartphone and used the phone's photo-editing software to create the stunning image below:
Once again -- seeing this gorgeous surge of colors, who would guess a stencil had been one of the original art-making tools?
Below is a painting of mine that was developed using two of my stencils -- 9"x 12" Prayer Flags and 6" x 6" Ski Lift Works.
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These two stencils look like this --
|6" x 6" Ski Lift Works|
|9"x 12" Prayer Flags|
In creating my painting (on stretched canvas), I used only parts of the two stencils directly above. And after those applications, I went over the stenciled areas with fresh layers of translucent acrylic paints. This blended the prints into the background in some areas, and in other areas, it made them part of the bigger overall design.
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