The ivy plants in our yard and in our container gardens will hold onto their green leaves all year around...
|Above: a close-up of English ivy in our backyard.|
Long ago, I pressed some ivy-stem-and-leaf-cuttings till they had dried. Then I scanned them into Photoshop. From there, they segued into stencils...
|Above: Ivy Frame 9 Stencil L142 (9" x 12")|
|Above: Ivy Frame 6 s096 (6" x 6")|
|Above: Ivy 6 Stencil s097 (6" x 6")|
|Above: Ivy 9 Stencil L143 (9" x 12")|
I've used my ivy stencils to make prints with acrylic paints. Some of those prints became bookmark gifts, while others went on to be greeting card covers...
I created a matching envelope for one of those greeting cards by gluing a leftover strip of print across the bottom....
... and finally, one of the full-size prints became a background page (or a starter page) in my art journal --
All of today's prints were made on "catch-all paper." I use magazine pages and other papers for "catching" leftover acrylic paints when I finish my large painting projects. Before placing my brushes into soaking water, I wipe the brushes as clean as possible on these papers -- so that less acrylic paint goes down the drain when I wash brushes at the end of the day. It's better for the environment.
Also: Do you know about this? If you enjoy making greeting cards the way I do, your production may exceed your needs. If that happens, isn't it wonderful that you can send your beautiful greeting cards to an organization that makes good use of them? I think so!
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