Monday, June 27, 2016

Spray Painting with Stencils

Hi, everyone! Elise Buskey here!

A few years ago, when graffiti was all the rage,
I took an online class called Stencilry created by Mary Ann Moss of
The class encouraged us to experiment with acrylic and enamel spray paints using stencils.

She no longer offers the course but it was a TON of fun.
I would be remiss if I did not mention that although this class is not available,
Mary Ann still offers some other pretty awesome and super fun online classes.

I love the instant gratification of spray painting AND the results are much more unusual than pouncing paint or even using spray inks (most of which are water soluble and will move and blend with other wet media).

I like to alter old, outdated scrapbook paper rather than throwing it away.
Spray painting is a great way to add zing to worn out, sad paper.

Work in a well ventilated are and protect your work surface with newspapers.
Wearing gloves is a good idea, too.
I recommend that you read the safety and cautionary information supplied with your spray paint.
Once you have your work area set up and your supplies at hand, it is SUPER EASY and fun.
Afterwards, I use rubbing alcohol to clean the paint off my stencils,and it works wonderfully!

Enjoy the photos below of the process, supplies, and results!
The possibilities are endless for these collage papers!


Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Infinite Line, a stencil tutorial with June Pfaff Daley

L439 9x12 inch Stripes stencils designed by June Pfaff Daley as part of her Fireworks series.

Straight. Solid. Predictable. Line is a design fundamental. I designed this stencil with the intent that it also be a stencil fundamental. When used intentionally, this stencil will allow for 4 different line weights that can stretch from your drawing board to infinity all perfectly straight and connected based on one baseline. Here's how it works:

Draw a baseline with a pencil. This penciled line will keep your stenciled lines straight.

Note the little holes on the stencil below each line grouping. This are centering tools to keep your lines from going all wonky. Simply center the holes over the baseline. Stencil away.

Reposition your stencil to make longer lines, again, centering the circles over the baseline.

At this point feel free to erase the baseline. Continue your pattern by aligning the stencil over the previously stenciled lines. All of your subsequent lines will now be perfectly straight.

Enjoy experimenting with a variety of line weights. Overlap colors to create an intricately weaved pattern. And of course you can choose perfectly straight line connections or something more organic. I'd love to see all the ways you incorporate this stencil into your art.

June Pfaff Daley

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Bring Daisy Wildflowers and Chantilly Citrus & more into your home decor with NEW large format stencils and NEW "chipboard cutouts"!

Mary Beth Shaw is ecstatic to announce:
*NEW home decor stencils from adored designer, 
Terri Stegmiller 
*stencils from talented new designer, Jennifer Evans
*plus there are NEW "Chipboard Cutouts" available for each of Jennifer's NEW stencils!

Are you ready to rock mixed media home decor?

Here is Jennifer Evans' 10”x20” canvas tutorial in her own words ~ acrylic paint and Bell Flowers stencil and chipboard cutouts.

Step 1: Gesso 10”x20” canvas. If using chipboard add-ons, gesso these as well (this prevents as much buckling once you introduce more water based media into the project). Paint the leaf add-ons green. Paint your background color on the canvas (I used light green).

Bell Flowers 12"x24" G023 stencil and NEW Chipboard Cutouts
Step 2: Center the Bellflower stencil on the canvas and sponge or drybrush medium green through the leaf and stem openings. With a pencil, mark where the flower placements will go. 

Step 3: To make a more interesting background, I wanted a watercolor effect on the canvas. I reached for my Inktense blocks to achieve this. Create a puddle of water on your palette, then color or rub in some blue Inktense – go ahead and make a muddy mess. 

Using broad strokes, brush the blue hue over the canvas, allowing some of the pigment to pool. 

For an interesting contrast, layer in an accent color. I used yellow, for luminosity. You could even “spatter” in your highlight color.

Step 4: Select 5 different stencils to transfer pattern to the chipboard Bellflowers. Using a palette knife, push matte gel through your stencils onto each flower, and let dry. Drip alcohol inks over the flower shapes. This is a fun experiment. I tried using a base coat color, then introducing 1 or 2 more colors into the flower by dripping and letting the alcohol ink spread. I was going for jewel tones, so I used purple twilight, sunset orange, sunshine yellow, red and blue. If you don’t like the result of the inks mixing, have a paper towel handy to pull up some of the color – this also creates a neat effect! You will find that the looser, more open stencil designs allow more of a “dripping” tie-dye effect, while the tighter designs allowed the color to find the “nooks and crannies” faster, allowing areas to grasp color and well up a bit. 

Step 5: Attach chipboard add-ons to the canvas, placing the leaves and the Bellflowers. I decided to give my piece more of a burst of flowers, so I used the stencil to trace 6 more flowers (using the smallest 2 Bellflowers as templates) I had been studying Delphinium and Gladiolas for a recent sketch, so I must have been inspired by them! I also had gorgeous handmade papers waiting to be used, and this seemed to be the perfect project . 

I also roughly cut some circle centers. Secure everything in place with matte gel medium and let dry.

Step 6: If desired, add definition to the flowers by outlining them with Inktense pencil. Any water soluble pencil will do. I chose blue, to bring out the blue/purple flower in the lower right of the canvas. 

Using a thin brush and water, liquefy your pencil sketches to make them look more like watercolor. 

Step 7: Seal the final canvas with a fixative or spray varnish.

Jennifer Evans paints a lot of botanicals in her own artwork. Flowers and organic plants are the "go to" subject matter for this artist that grew up around her gardening grandmother. Jennifer says: "The shapes of flowers and plants come instinctively to me, without having to use a source to design from; they are embedded in my mind, always with me. This is not true for any other subject matter, where I usually rely on source material."

More large format 12"x24" stencils and corresponding chipboard cutouts (sold separately):
G022 Plumeria stencil & cutouts, G021 Daisy Wildflowers stencil & cutouts,
G020 Leaves and Berries stencil & cutouts.
Our June 24 Scoop newsletter will have another downloadable PDF tutorial using Daisy Wildflowers. (You can subscribe to the Scoop toward the top right of this page or on our website - bottom left corner.)

Woo hoo! We'll release two more downloadable PDF tutorials via our Facebook page in the next few weeks ~ one using the Leaves & Berries stencil and cutouts and another using the Plumeria stencils and cutouts.

Discover more about Jennifer on her website: Jennifer Evans 

Step into the grove with Chantilly Citrus + 6 more stencils

Fabric maven and artist Terri Stegmiller has designed this set of  stencils to work in concert with one another if you, as the decorator of your home, so desires.

The next 3 photos (that are not stencils) are painted cotton duck cloth. Terri says: "I use these for sewing projects like pillow covers and tote bags."

G013 Chantilly Citrus Companion 2, 12"x24" stencil
G014 Chantilly Citrus, 12"x24" stencil

G017 Elegant Fence, 12"x24" stencil

G015 Chantilly Citrus Companion 1, 12"x24" stencil
G016 Connected Vines, 12"x24" stencil
Pictured below is a painted cotton duck table runner Terri stenciled. For a tip on working with cotton duck fabric, check out our June 24 Scoop newsletter.

G019 Floral Grid, 12"x24" stencil
Terri shares on her blog how she made the fabric for this brightly striped pillow.

G018 Flower Path, 12"x24" stencil

Still want more? Instructions for Terri's pouf (and several more projects) with previously released home decor stencils are in this StencilGirl Talk post.


Three members of StencilGirl's Creative Team have projects to share too! 
Check out: 
blogs to discover what they have made using StencilGirl's home decor stencils.

We hope your mind is buzzing with ideas! You can find all the large format, 12"x24" home decor stencils RIGHT HERE!