Saturday, May 26, 2018

Stencil it! Wear it! Stenciled Sneakers with Silvia Souza

Hello again! Silvia here.

I belong to an art group that meets once a month, JAMS (Judy’s Altered Minds).  We exchange ATCs, ideas, information about resources and share our latest projects. Several of the members (Kathie and Nancy) have been creating wonderful projects using stencils on Harbor Freight canvas bags, recycled purses and sneakers.  Being an art sponge, I had to try out the idea.  

I used StencilGirl® stencils along with Sharpie and Krink paint pens on $10 black sneakers from Target.  I took the shoelaces off before stenciling. Then I embellished with a Pilot Gold Marker.

Connected Eyes Layer Me Stencil by Carolyn Dube
Circular Patterns for Play Stencil by Carolyn Dube
Honeycomb Stencil by Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch

My trick to stenciling on a curved surface: Basically I held one shoe with my hand inside and at the same time held the stencil in place wrapped around it while I drew with the paint markers with my other hand.  Then went back in and recolored as on black some of the color sunk right in.  Then I was able to embellish over the stenciled work.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Guest Designer: Vicki Evans

Hi, Everyone! Vicki Evans here to share my latest artwork using StencilGirl® Products!

Three holes were drilled into a 5 by 10 inch cradled panel (these will later house the pressure fit tabs on the screen vent caps). 
Rae Missigman's Pixels stencil was cut to create an open edge, and then grit paste applied though the stencil creating an all over base texture.  Once dry, layers of brushed pewter and ground espresso paint were applied to the entire panel; areas were then dabbed with gunmetal mixative.

Crackle paste was applied over a modest portion of the panel and left to dry (crack); grey rust effects paste was applied to the non-crackled areas and sprayed heavily with water to run into the cracked areas as well as settle in the recessed areas of the pixel stencil; once dry, more gunmetal mixative was applied to re-highlight the pixels and the cracked surface was painted with a coat of distress mustard seed paint.

Lines were marked on Carolyn Dube's Vintage Typewriter Numbers stencil to better register the numbers along the panel’s edge. Each of the number was stenciled with white gesso, then tumbled glass paint, once dried they rubbed with steel wool and out lined with a white linen paint pen.

Edge details are stamped in black paint using the polygon slashes (air mail border) from the correspondence stamp set and rubbed with steel wool.

All three circles from Seth Apter's 3 Ring stencil were used independently to create the stylized ‘biohazard’ symbol.  The first stenciling of each circle was with black gesso, where it was allowed to seep under the stencil edges, before the gesso dried it is misted with water and blotted to create an uneven drop-shadow; this was then outlined with a black marble paint pen.

The same circles are masked individually (again) and stenciled, slightly offset to the drop-shadow, using a posca #2 yellow paint (brush) pen, this time keeping all the details of the rings as crisp as possible (it took two coats to appear solid over the black); and then rubbed with steel wool.

The flanges are chipboard that was cut using Tim Holtz’s Industrial steel rule die; hex fasteners were glued in with collage medium and finished using the same products and layering of those used on the panel.  The screen caps were brushed with grey rust effects paste and pushed into place on the panel; the flanges were glued down, framing the screen caps.

Final layers of rust and grunge come from layer of water and alcohol inks.  The panel is sprayed with water, alcohol inks are dropped on the watery surface and then misted with water again and left to air-dry.  This step was repeated many times, working in small areas at a time alternating between the rust and the mushroom colors.

Mini lights were coiled to fit into the holes exposed on the reverse of the panel and the battery pack was secured with a strip of foam tape (to keep the switch accessible).

Vicki Evans