Saturday, April 18, 2015

Welcome NEW StencilGirl Artist Rae Missigman!!

A great BIG welcome to 
NEW StencilGirl Artist 

Guess what??!! Rae is here with a Guest Post to show you what she made with her new stencils! 
We will show you all of Rae's SIXTEEN new stencils down after her post along with a VERY special offer! is Mary Beth with a little video for you!

Can't see the video? Click HERE

Take it away Rae!!!!!

SO TODAY IS THE DAY!!!! I was so excited to create two fun, mixed media collections for StencilGirl. Nature's Happenstance and Mark Making. I am still amazed when I go to use them. Instead of having to re-create my favorite go-to marks each time I create, I just grab a stencil or mask and start making art! Here is  peek at some of the projects I have been working on with these in hand.

When it comes to art journaling I could not be without stencils or masks when it comes to creating in these. I found myself layering these over and over again while creating, sometimes using ALL of them in a layout. I believe that the delicate nature of many of them create some interesting results when using them in a layered manner. I especially loved creating with these in conjunction with the Gelli Plate. The following art journal page is one of my favorites. I created a WATCH THE PROCESS video for you to enjoy. I used the following stencils in this video process: MIX & MATCH SCALLOP EDGES, QUILLED ARROW, CLUSTERED TRIANGLES, CLASSIC FEATHER RETAKE, FRAZZLED & RUFFLED FEATHER, DOODLED IMAGINARY BLOOM. DOODLED NONSENSICAL BLOOM, DOODLED PLAYFUL BLOOM, LET YOURSELF BLOOM, WISE BUD, GROW STRONG, REPETITION, and ROWS OF TRIANGLES.

StencilGirl from Rae Missigman on Vimeo.

I love working on mini canvases too. They are rewarding because you have a masterpiece so quickly. I used WISE BUD, DOODLED PLAYFUL BLOOM, FRAZZLED & RUFFLED FEATHER, and REPETITION for this project. I layered up with paint, book paper and lots of detail marks. Using a makeup sponge is a great way to pick up every detail of these intricate stencils and masks. 

Because  a lot of my favorite go-to marks are something I recreate over and over again, this collection will be great for getting a jump start when creating. Like this little notebook. I used the LOOK HERE TRIO OF ARROWS and ROWS OF TRIANGLES to art up the cover of this little notebook. It saved me lots of time to grab stencils and masks in this instance, rather than hand sketch the detailed arrows.

Tag Art is one of my favorite projects. Dressing tags up and having them stockpiled is a must for me. I use them for mail art and thank you notes on a regular basis. For this black tag I loved the dramatic effect of painting with white through the LET YOURSELF BLOOM and GROW STRONG masks. They pop off the tag and really add a lot of texture to the piece as well. I used the same masks along with their coordinating stencil to create the layered fabric floral embellishments on the tag. I love how the fabric grabbed all that detail! 

Memory keeping is fast becoming a new way to incorporate our art into documenting our lives. I have long been a fan of hybrid scrapbooking. I love to mix the traditional patterned papers with paint and ink and of course, stencils. For this mini layout I used both DOODLED IMAGINARY BLOOM AND ROWS OF TRIANGLES. I love adding character to my triangles with the help of pen and pencil marks! 

For those of you who know me, you know that fabric is one of my true loves. I couldn’t wait to grab some paint and a few of my favorites from this collection and make a pretty pouch. One or two turned into five. I mean it, I love these! I was drawn to the feel of both abstract and organic in this project thanks to the incorporation of CLASSIC FEATHER RETAKE, REPETITION, FRAZZLED & RUFFLED FEATHER, LOOK HERE TRIO OF ARROWS, ROWS OF TRIANGLES. The addition of lots of penned details really made these stencils and masks stand out.

Here is another look at how I used these in my art journal. I love the simplicity of this layout. Bold swipes of color and large abstract shapes are the perfect foundation for adding organic details. I used MIX & MATCH SCALLOPED EDGES, POINTING IT OUT ARROW, LOOK HERE TRIO OF ARROWS, CLUSTERED TRIANGLES, QUILLED ARROW and REPETITION.

This art journal page drew me in with it’s color scheme. Later in the process, the added texture that I achieved by using IMAGINARY BIRD FEATHER, REPETITION, DOODLED NONSENSICAL BLOOM and QUILLED ARROW, really made the page take on a life of it’s own. The entire piece has a very organic feel, which is one of my favorite aspects of these collections.

I was so honored and thrilled to be working with StencilGirl and have had so much fun creating with this new collection. I hope that you will be inspired and that you will enjoy hours of fun creating with them! Be sure to hop over to my blog to see more details on these projects over the next few weeks. 

Ready to see Rae's stencils????
Rae has 16 new stencils that were just released TODAY over at StencilGirl!
We made a special package to celebrate StencilGirl and DLP and are calling it

The BUNCH includes ALL 16 of Rae's stencils in one package at a special introductory price...but hurry, we only packaged 100 this way and when they are gone, they are gone!
Of course, they will still be available at regular prices individually.
You can order the bunch HERE and see all of Rae's stencils HERE.

Here is a look at the individual stencils
(1) 9" x 12" and (16) 4" x 4"

If this isn't enough.....
Mary Beth is Guest Designing over at The Original Documented Life Project™ today and she is using Rae's stencils in her video! 
You can watch that video HERE and check out the DLP challenge for this week HERE.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Welcome BACK Guest Designer Laura Fraedrich

Welcome BACK to 

StencilGirl Guest Artist

Hi Everyone! My name is Laura Fraedrich and I am a mixed media and ceramic artist from Fresno, California. 
I am so excited to be contributing to the StencilGirl Talk Blog as a Guest Designer!

Back in February, I did my very first post as a Guest Designer for StencilGirl and I gave a brief summary of how to use stencils on ceramic pieces, and talked about how you can get started in the fabulously fun art form of ceramics (you can see that post here). I am honored that I was asked back to do another post! Today I am going to go into more detail of my glazing process and how I incorporate fun tools like stamps and, of course, stencils into my designs!

I started with a flat bottle shaped piece of bisque (what fired clay that hasn’t been glazed yet is called). This was made by pouring liquid clay into a plaster mold, removing it from the mold once it’s firm enough, letting it dry out and then firing it. Dry clay that hasn’t been fired is extremely fragile, so you usually want to fire it first before you start decorating it to prevent breakage if you pour your own molds. Luckily, bisque pieces like the one I used here are sold already made and fired, so I didn’t have to worry about doing all of that.
 I started by painting 3 coats of the black glaze shown in the picture to the sides and spout of the vase. The inside is coated with clear glaze which will seal it in case you want to put water in the vase once it’s fired. I used a special brush called a glaze fan brush to apply the black. Glaze fan brushes are great to use to paint large areas on bisque without making too many visible brush marks.

Next, I chose 4 colors of glaze to use for my background. I applied them by pouring out a few drips directly on the piece and using an old credit card to spread them out. After the orange I applied yellow, lime green and and aqua one at a time on top of each other in random areas.

This is what it looked like after the four background colors were applied. As glaze dries, it usually becomes very pastel in color. They will all become much brighter and more saturated once it’s fired.

My next layer I made with the Warped Holes 6 Stencil . I poured out small puddles of light red and purple onto my palette, laid the stencil down on the front of the vase, and used a sponge on a stick to apply the glazes.

Once I loaded up my sponge on a stick with glaze, I tapped in an up and down motion using medium pressure all over the stencil. You don’t want to tap too hard or else too much glaze will come off and seep undeerneath the edges of the stencil. I alternated the two colors in different areas on the piece.

This is what it looked like when I removed the stencil. Pretty cool, huh?

Next, I used a couple of unmounted rubber stamps to add some more detail to my design. I used the sponge on a stick to apply pink glaze to the stamp.

I flipped the stamp over and placed it on the front of the vase, then pressed down gently all over the stamp to ensure the whole thing made contact with the piece. This is what it looked like when I lifted up the stamp.

I used another unmounted stamp to bring some black into the design. This time I didn’t want to transfer the entire stamp onto the vase so I only applied color in random areas of the stamp with the sponge on a stick.

Both stamps I used are from Mayco and you can find them here.

My next layer was made with another stencil Connection Open Stencil . First I laid it over the front of the vase.

I wanted to leave open ‘windows’ in my design, so I used a light shade of aqua and my sponge on a stick to just go around the edges of the circles. I left the centers untouched.

Without removing the stencil, I then used a darker color of aqua and a sea sponge to go over the lighter shade. This added some depth to and visual interest to the layer.

The sea sponge has a different texture than the sponge on a stick, so it left chunkier marks.

This is what it looked like when I removed the stencil. Not only can you see the lines of the stencil design, you can also see the ‘windows’.

While I was waiting for all of the layers on the front of the vase to dry, I made white polka dots on the sides and top of the vase using the opposite end of my sponge on a stick.  I poured out a small puddle of white glaze, dipped the end of the stick in it, then touched it to the vase. Makes perfectly shaped and uniform sized polka dots every time!

I also touched up the black around the edges because I got some color on it from the stamps and stencils.

The last thing I wanted to do was accentuate the design of the Connection Open Stencil so I used a fine tipped squeeze bottle filled with black glaze to fill in all of the lines between the circles.

This part really tied the whole piece together. Once I was done with this step, I repeated everything on the back side of the vase. I added a few small white dots to the black lines, let them dry, then applied 2 coats of clear glaze over the top of the front and back of the vase. This step is necessary because you generally don’t get full coverage with glazes unless you apply three coats, and there were sections of the front and back that weren’t covered fully by three coats due to the random application of glazes with the credit card, stamps and stencils. If you recall, I applied 3 coats of the black to the sides and top so no clear glaze was needed there.

This is the finished product! It was fired to Cone 06 in a kiln, which equates to about 1831 degrees Farenheit. See how much the colors changed?

I really hope you enjoyed learning a little more about ceramics and all the cool tools you can use to paint clay pieces with. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have or help you locate what you need to get started in the wonderful world of fired arts. You can contact me through my blog/website HERE or on Facebook HERE.  
Until next time!

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