Saturday, July 30, 2022

Still More Acrylic Paint-Stained Stencils as Collage Elements

My scissors and I are back at it -- whacking apart paint-covered stencils and masks to use them as collage elements.  I've posted on this topic several times, and by all appearances I'll probably continue creating new artworks this way.

The collage above was a fun project for me and I played out that theme of fun in adding small blocks of print cut from books and catalogs.  These little gems include:

This Side Up (which has become the title of this collage on stretched canvas), Avoid One Thing, Visit Us, Hot and Additional Parts Inside.  This nonsequential cluster of phrases just simply made me happy!

The bold more-or-less vertical foundation of this collage is deep dark red paper that I imprinted with 6" x 6" Abstract Composition Backbones Mask 2 s865 and, as soon as the paint dried, proceeded to cut he paper into chunks.

Immediately under the large chunk of this paper, I've added part of my 6" x 6" Kaleid s085, one of many in my collection of paint-covered stencils and masks that bear the signs of use in earlier projects.

(As I write this, that huge collection is AWOL!  I must have put in "a really safe place" where I would "be sure to remember it!"  I've asked St. Anthony to be on the lookout; he kindly comes thru for me every time.)

At the base of the collage's upper right corner sits part of another paint-stained mask of mine, 6" x 6" Ornamental Iron Curls s462.  

Here is a close-up shot of one area of this collage --

This Side Up started as an exercise for a wonderful art-making class that I'm taking online, made available by Louise Fletcher and her team.  My goal of this particular piece was to create contrast by bringing together circles and altered squares.  (The large black piece crowning this artwork was cut from a clothing catalog; the dress was black and decorated with circular buttons.)

Another new collage of mine, titled It's Complicated, looks like this:

The above collage has was juried into the juried section of artwork at the 2022 Canterbury Art Show and Sale, Rumson, NJ.

In developing this collage, I chose the majority of paint-covered stencils from Soulful Scribbles series designed by Traci Bautista.

Included in this piece are papers I printed using my 4" x 4" Palm Fronds Silhouette m050, 9" x 12" Twinship L268 and one of the stencils from my mimosa series.

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

Palm Fronds Silhouette m050

Twinship L268

Kaleid s085

Ornamental Iron Curls s462

and paper printed using Abstract Composition Backbones Mask 2 s865 ....

and papers printed with my mimosa series. (One measures 9" x 12" size the other is 6" x 6".)

Thank you for coming to see my blog today!  To scroll thru my masks and stencils at, please start here.

1 comment:

  1. I really love this new direction and Louise's influence! Your Joy shows! I can tell I'm going shopping soon. I especially love Ornamental Gates. Did I get that right? Congratulations on your juried entry. Bless you, Cecilia.