My stencil Swaying Grasses s276, inspired by the autumn season, has helped me develop ideas for greeting card covers, art journal pages, etc. The first art sample below started with a round handmade stencil that seemed just the right size for filling with pale yellow heavy-body acrylic paint -- and voila! It created a heavy moon hanging in the background.
|Above: The background is a 6" x 6" greeting card blank from JAMPaper.com.|
|Above: A print made with 6" x 6" stencil Swaying Grasses s276 on an old encyclopedia page that has botanical illustrations. Heavy-body orange acrylic paint was the medium used.|
|Above: The original background was scrapbooking paper. My first step was to use a handmade circular stencil with indigo heavy-body acrylic paint in creating a large circular backdrop. While that paint was still wet, I added a print with Swaying Grasses s276 by using a narrow stylus to trace around the stencil openings; I had to work fast to scrape out the lines before the indigo paint dried. The top-layer print was made using part of my 9" x 12" stencil Queen Anne's Lace L229.|
|Below: This multi-layer print was created using a circular 8-inch Gelli Plate. Before using Swaying Grasses s276, I made a lighter print using hand-cut vine-and-leaf masks. (These homemade vine-and-leaf designs were the original inspiration for my 9" x 12" stencil Boxed Vines L247.) |
| Above: The same 8-inch Gelli Plate was used in making this multi-layer print. The bottom-layer print (faint, green) was made with my 6" x 6" stencil Pressed Leaves s277. Over that, I made a print using 6" x 6" Swaying Grasses s276. The final, top-layer print was made using part of 9" x 12" Boxed Vines L247. |
|Above: Swaying Grasses s276, paired with heavy-body acrylic orange paint, made this print on foreign newsprint that had been roughly brushed with leftover blue and green acrylic paints.|