Thursday, September 27, 2018

6" x 6" Stencil WEBBED MEDALLION & 9" x 12" Stencil LOOPY LADDERS

My stencil Webbed Medallion (6" x 6") had been used in artwork that's appeared in past issues of StencilGirl Talk Blog.

The stencil itself looks like this --

Selected areas of this stencil were used by Cathy Weselby in creating the art below.  

Also appearing in a recent post at StencilGirl Talk Blog was the artwork below; the artist, Louise Nelson --

The blue background in this charmer was developed with my 9" x 12" stencil Loopy Ladders, which looks like this --

My hearty thank-you goes out to Louise Nelson and Cathy Weselby for allowing me to re-post their art here!

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Monday, September 24, 2018

BUDS Stencil (9' x 12") in Many Moods!

My 9" x 12" stencil Buds --

-- has volunteered to help me with making several prints on paper ...

Above:  The background on this print was created with another 9" x 12" stencil, Facets.

Above:  Part of the Buds stencil was masked off with masking tape, so that I could use just part of the stencil.

It's fun to play with different looks that can be achieved with many of the same stencils!

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Friday, September 21, 2018

BLOOMING WHERE PLANTED (9" x 12") Stencil ... and Friends

In its entirety, Blooming Where Planted looks like this --

But long ago, I cut the large left section apart from the two smaller sections on the right.  For some reason, I find myself using this section more often....

Above:  Blooming Where Planted was printed over an earlier print made with another 9" x 12" stencil, Nosegay.

Some of the above prints (made on paper) have been cut up and used as collage pieces.  

Below, the same section of Blooming Where Planted came in handy when I was making prints on stretched canvas, using heavy-body acrylic paints and a Sofft sponge.

Above: Blooming Where Planted was printed over an earlier print made with another 9" x 12" stencil, Fantasia. 

Fantasia in its entirety looks like this --

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

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

3-D Look with Stencil Printing

This artwork may appeal to some, repel others, and make still others want to reach for those 2-color cardboard glasses once handed out at 3-D movies.  I fall into either category 1 or 2.  Not sure yet.

I used two stencils to create this image -- Warped Holes 9, by Lizzie Mayne, and my 9" X 12" Branching Blossoms Silhouette Stencil.

And I used an idea that has been presented by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.  I tweaked Julie's process, starting with the same basic steps she did, but then launching into another direction, after asking myself,  "What if ...?"

In going thru the process, I made the happy discovery that Branching Blossoms Silhouette is ideal for this technique because its design automatically divides the image-area into vertical halves.  I took advantage of this by making a shift in hues between the vertical left half and the vertical right half.

I started with a sheet of 140-lb. hot press (smooth) watercolor paper, securing it to my work surface with masking tape and using the same tape to align my Branching Blossoms Silhouette stencil in the center of the paper --

Starting with an Ink Sweeper and ending with a cosmetic sponge, I daubed acrylic paint thru the stencil openings and across the paper, as shown below.

This was what I saw when I lifted the stencil --

Next, I taped Branching Blossoms Silhouette Stencil back onto the paper.  I could have aligned it perfectly with the original print, shown above, but instead, I decided to take a risk and line the stencil up just slightly off-register with the original print.

Above:  Placing the stencil off-register creates these uncovered white areas.

Above:  a close-up of the off-register placement of the stencil over the original print.

Then I taped Lizzie's stencil over mine...

Above:  Lizzie's stencil still bears the multiple colors of acrylic paints from the last project!

Below:  a close-up of Lizzie's stencil over mine.

...and starting applying color thru both stencils, still using the daubing technique with acrylic paints.

My last step was to remove both stencils for the grand unveiling.  And what I saw is the image at the top of this post.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Unique Art Necklaces by StencilGirl Creative Team member Louise Nelson, Using CLUSTERED LEAVES Stencil

StencilGirl Creative Team member Louise Nelson is a skilled jewelry artist who's made unique and eye-grabbing necklaces, using prints made with my 9" x 12" stencil Clustered Leaves --

my 9" x 12" stencil Clustered Leaves

Below are three of Louise's photos showing her beautiful, one-of-a kind necklaces --

To see all of Louise's photos and read her step-by-step directions, please visit here.

To keep up with Louise at Instagram, go here.

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To scroll thru the pages of my StencilGirl stencils, please start here.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

FANTASIA -- and Other 9" x 12" Stencils from StencilGirl

My 9" x 12" stencil Fantasia looks like when you buy it ... 

... but every artist has an individual way of using stencils (as well as every other kind of tool.) 

Above:  Here, I've cut the central part of the stencil free from the edges that it comes with.

Above:  To make this print, I've used the entire stencil.

Above:  I've used a cut-away part of Fantasia with acrylic paint to make the bottom-most layer; over that, I used part of my 9" x 12" stencil Blooming Where Planted.  And, in the lowest one-third part of the image, I've added a print made with Prayer Flags (also 9" x 12".)

Above:  Here, I've used Fantasia over an earlier print that had been made with Wrought Iron Gate, which also measures 9" x 12".

Above:  To make this print, I've used the entire stencil.

Above: Wrought Iron Gate Stencil  (9" x 12")

Blooming Where Planted Stencil (9" x 12")

Prayer Flags Stencil (9" x 12")

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Monday, September 3, 2018

One Stencil -- PRAYER FLAGS -- Used Many Eays

One stencil can be used to get a big variety of prints!

My 9" x 12" stencil Prayer Flags, for example ...

Above:   For this print I started with white glossy cardstock; after making an acrylic paint monoprint on it, I used a contrasting color of acrylic paint with the stencil.

Above:  This greeting card started with a print that I cut to size with Fiskars deckle-edged scissors.  After adding the paper to the card with a gluestick, I used heavy gel medium to fasten the heart into place.  To prepare the heart, I'd collaged an older print over a blank wood heart (from a craft store); then I'd trimmed it with fine-detail scissors.

Above: multiple layers of prints on stretched canvas.

Above:  Here, I used the stencil twice, side by side.

Above:  Again, multiple prints were made with the stencil, one atop another.  With each print, I used a different color paint and placed the stencil at a different angle than had been used in the earlier prints.

My 9" x 12" stencil Prayer Flags looks like this in its entirety --

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