Thursday, July 1, 2021

Excitement always bubbles up when I see what other artists have done with my stencils and masks.   A designer knows that his or her role is to create a launching pad.  Afterward the designer can lean back, blink, and then look with "new eyes" to be entertained with the ways creative minds launch their innovative projects.

Below:  Artist Sylvia Lokhoff de Bruijn has spread open her art journal to share a two-page spread in three stages:

Above:  Stage One--  working on merged vintage papers, Sylvia has made prints with my 6" x 6" stencil Ferns 6 s100 and with my 6" x 6" mask Sassy Spray s465. These stencils in their entirety will appear at the bottom of this post.

Above:  Stage 2 --Sylvia has applied multiple layers of color, focusing on two color wheel near-opposites, purple and orangish yellow.  Below:  In Stage 3, Sylvia has added white bits of calligraphy using Vintage Ledger Script Small, designed by Jennifer Evans.

Next up in today's post is a cool -- and I'm using both meanings of the word cool! -- artwork designed by artist Kathy Nyquist.  Kathy created this piece using parts of my 4-mask series entitled Abstract Composition Backbones Masks; each 6" x 6" mask will be shown in its entirety at the bottom of this post.

Above, artist Kathy Pesch has likewise concentrated on a palette of cool greens, ranging her shades from pale yellow-green to bold dark green.  The black background and subtle pink touches make for delicious contrast with those greens.  Kathy's choice for making this piece was my 9" x 12" mask It's a Jungle Out There L451, which will appear in its entirety at the end of today's post.

Above:  artist Janina Byrne, a member of StencilGirl StencilClub, has brought to life a Gelli Plate-printed journal.  Here she has added fabric samples that she has cut into small pieces and fancy-stitched with variagated thread.  Two-thirds of her background was printed using my 9" x 12" Garden Montage L652.  (This mask, in its entirety, will appear in its entirety at the end of today's post.)

Janina Byrne has brought out another artwork using another stencil I've designed:  

Above: This carefree, bold display delights my heart.  Along the left edge, Janina Byrne has used a stencil and a mask -- both available at -- in addition to my 6" x 6" stencil LOVE, which will appear in its entirety at the end of today's post.  Her outlines around each letter gives this piece dimension. 

Abstract Composition Backbones Masks 1, 2, 3 and 4 look like this --






My other masks and stencils used in today's post include:

Ferns 6 s100 (6" x 6")

Sassy Spray s465 (6" x 6")

It's a Jungle Out There L451 (9" x 12")

Garden Montage L652 (9" x 12")

LOVE stencil (6" x 6") s828

Thank you for visiting my blog today!  More examples are coming up, continuing the idea of using these 6" x 6" masks in the way I had in mind back when designing them.  Lots of other ideas came along too, and those will likewise be showing up here on this blog.   

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