Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Boho Tags with Sherry Canino


Hi Friends,

So happy you are joining me this week for Team Tuesday here on the StencilGirl Blog.  This week I have a video tutorial for you on how I made these colorful Bohemian Style Tags.  So many people ask me .... What do I do with all these tags I create.  Oh my gosh the list is endless really, but here are a few ideas for you:
  • Give them as a gift
  • Use them for a bookmark
  • Attach to a gift in lieu of a card
  • Display them in your home
  • Hang them from a lamp shade
  • Clip a few together on a stick or ribbon for a beautiful strung banner 
Well I think with the above list you get the idea that there are so many uses for beautiful handmade art tags.  So what are you waiting for?  Grab your stencils and your paint and let's get making some beautiful Boho Tags together.  


Stencils used in today's tutorial are:

Elephant Parade by Nathalie Kalbach



Pilgrimage to India by Laurie Mika 



Here are the finished tags and a few closeups. 





Thanks so much for sharing your time with me today.  For more creative inspiration and tutorials  stop by my YouTube Channel and Blog.

Have an amazing day friends!!  xxoo Sherry


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Monday, July 24, 2017

Flowers in Her Hair by Frieda Oxenham

Pam Carriker’s Woman of Mystery stencils took me right back to the sixties and seventies of the previous century. Doesn’t that make you feel old when your past took place in a different century?! The stencils however bring that moment right up to date, specially the large face one. How could I not use it in my latest project as Guest Designer for StencilGirl Products? Once again a huge thank you to them for their faith in me!
Here are the steps I took to come to the final result:
1.      Gesso two pages in your art journal. I use the Dylusions A4 one.
2.      Brayer on bright colors including some fluorescent ones if you have them.
3.      Using the large stencil from August 2013 and Golden Glass Bead Gel (or another other dimensional gel of your choice), add the circles and squares to your pages. Leave to dry very well.
4.      With your finger rub on gold Nuvo Embellishment Mousse over the bead gel areas.
5.      Using black paint, add some more images from the stencil used in step 3 on the pages.
6.      Using the large stencil from May 2017 StencilClub and a permanent spray paint (I used Liquitex) spray on the face on one page, then turn the stencil over and spray it on the other page too to achieve a mirror image.
7.      In the area above the faces stamp on a variety of flower images. I used the Hero Arts Layered Flowers Clear stamp set (CL496) but please just use whatever flower stamps you have in a variety of shapes, both large and small.
8.      Color in the stamped flowers. I used Faber-Castell artist brushes.
9.      Outline the black shapes with a white marker.
10.  Find a suitable quotation, print it out using the computer and glue it on.
11.  Edge the pages with a black stamp pad (I used Rangers Archival).
(C) Frieda Oxenham 2017. To see more of Frieda's work, please visit her BLOG.

Friday, July 21, 2017

StencilGirl & Imagine Blog Hop – Day 3!

Welcome to Day THREE – the FINAL DAY of the
Blog Hop!

Welcome to the last day of the Imagine & StencilGirl Blog Hop!
What fun we've had!
Hasn't the inspiration been fabulous!

We aren't done yet! Follow the links below to see today's projects.

Belen's created this fabulous canvas zippered pouch for use as a travel art kit!
See the details on her blog post HERE!


What a delightful stenciled envelope by Torrie!
See more on her blog post HERE!


What amazing cards created by Debi!
See more on her blog post HERE!


We love the colors in Martha's work!
See more on her blog post HERE!


What a fun DIY pillow by Jessica!
See how she made this on her blog post HERE!


What lovely art created by Alison!
See much more on her blog post HERE!


What would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY??!!!
We'll be picking one lucky winner
to receive $50 in Gift Certificates –
a $25 Gift Certificate for StencilGirl Products and
a $25 Gift Certificate for Imagine!


Take your time and visit each blog showcased July 19, 20, & 21 and leave your comments.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One comment per blog please.

You have until Sunday, July 23rd at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments. 
Winner will be announced on
on Monday, July 24th.

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Thanks for hopping with us!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

StencilGirl & Imagine Blog Hop – Day 2!

Welcome to
Day TWO of the
Blog Hop!

Didn't you LOVE the projects from Day ONE???
Ready for Day TWO??
Here we GO!

Sandee's created a matching art journal page with ATCs!
See her video tutorial HERE!


We love Karen's layers of marks and colors!
See the video of her process HERE!


What sweet creative tags by Cindy!
See everything on her blog post HERE!


Tina has created several pieces filled with color and dimension!
Go HERE to see everything she's created for the blog hop!


Neva's created this beautiful tote for her daughter who recently graduated and will be teaching music! See more about this gorgeous gift HERE!


Kyriakos has made this amazing fossil fish canvas!
See details on her blog post HERE!


What an inspiring piece created by Renee!
See more on her blog post HERE!


What an extraordinary round mixed media canvas by Elina!
Go HERE to see more!


What would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY??!!!
We'll be picking one lucky winner
to receive $50 in Gift Certificates –
a $25 Gift Certificate for StencilGirl Products and
a $25 Gift Certificate for Imagine!

Today's Blog Hop Order

Day ONE Blog Hop Order

Take your time and visit each blog showcased July 19, 20, & 21 and leave your comments.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One comment per blog please.

You have until Sunday, July 23rd at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments. 
Winner will be announced on
on Monday, July 24th.

If you don't already, we would LOVE if you would signup
for our newsletter HERE
and join us on FacebookInstagramTwitterGoogle+Pinterest and Bloglovin for more inspiration!

See you back tomorrow for more projects!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

StencilGirl & Imagine Blog Hop – Day 1!

Welcome to
Day ONE of the
Blog Hop!

Team StencilGirl and Imagine Artists in Residence are getting creative with Imagine Products and StencilGirl Stencils!

Get ready! This blog hop will continue for THREE DAYS
with new projects EVERY day!

Sit back and enjoy a fabulous range of projects!
We hope to inspire you!

Mary's made a pocket journal!
See all the details HERE!


Janet's created this sweet artwork!
See much more HERE!


Check out this amazing mixed media panel by Gwen!
Be sure to go to her blog post HERE for more!


Carol created these Rapunzel gloves for her little friend Bella's 8th birthday!
See the details HERE!


Jennifer's designed this artwork with lots of rhythm and movement!
See more on her blog post HERE!


Nadine has made this stunning Hello card!
See more on her blog post HERE!


What lovely work by Roni!
See details of this on her blog post HERE!


Mischelle has made this wonderful canvas!
See the specifics on her blog post HERE!


What would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY??!!!
We'll be picking one lucky winner
to receive $50 in Gift Certificates
a $25 Gift Certificate for StencilGirl Products and
a $25 Gift Certificate for Imagine!

Take your time and visit each blog showcased July 19, 20, & 21 and leave your comments.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One comment per blog please.

You have until Sunday, July 23rd at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments. 
Winner will be announced on
on Monday, July 24th.

If you don't already, we would LOVE if you would signup
for our newsletter HERE
and join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Bloglovin for more inspiration!

See you back tomorrow for even more projects!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Windswept Tree Journal Page by Karen Gaunt



Hello Stencilgirl fans it's Karen here and I am so happy to be back again on Stencilgirl Talk to share with you another project that I hope you will really enjoy.

I'm working with the Windswept Tree Stencil by Cathy Taylor. This stencil really stood out for me when I had to choose some new ones for this new term with Stencilgirl. It's so graphic and just gorgeous.

Windswept Tree Stencil by Cathy Taylor

When I sat down to make my journal page I was in the mood to tune out and get lost in my work. The page I made was not a quick one but it was so nice to get lost in the work and in the painting. It was almost a meditative process for me and a perfect one to just enjoy the process.


I hope that you enjoy the video and that it inspires you to try out this technique. It's time consuming but so worth it in the end!

Karen

Monday, July 17, 2017

Gwen's Gems - Stenciled Clay Flower

Hi all! It's Gwen, back again with the July edition of Gwen's Gems! (although I still can't even believe we're more than half-way through July... where does all the time go?)

This month's project is a fun stenciled clay flower that can be a stand-alone project, or which can be added something else (I added a few ideas at the end of the post.)



Ready to see how to make your own?

I started with Traci Bautista's Deconstructed Lily Mask and Stencil and just used the stencil part with ink to get the outline of the flower shape onto a piece of cardboard. Then I took another sheet of cardboard and laid down the stencil, but I sketched in the outline about 1/4" inside of the actual stencil lines so that I would start to get a graduated shape for my layered flower.


I cut out the larger shapes, then I traced the slightly smaller one onto more cardboard and drew another, smaller, flower inside of those lines and cut that out as well.

These cardboard flowers are going to be the template for the clay flower. Why cardboard? Technically you could use paper or cardstock, but I like cardboard for three reasons: first, the dimension makes it easier to trace and cut around it. Second, the cardboard will hold up to the clay a little better than regular paper. Third, you could use chipboard for this, but cardboard is much easier to cut! (Bonus, these templates can be reused several times!)

Once the templates were done, it was time to prep the clay. I used Aves Apoxie Clay here, but polymer clay or even a paper clay would also work. I mixed together the two parts and then rolled out the first piece to become the first layer of my flower. (A tip working with this kind of clay - spritz your craft mat, the clay, and your roller with water. When using Apoxie Clay, the initial stage is very sticky but water soluble, so you can use water like you would use flour when you're working with cookie dough for cut-out cookies.)


Next, I laid template on top - it's a good idea to spritz the clay with more water first to help minimize sticking. It's also helpful to try not to press down on it too much (I need to find a way to make non-stick templates! There's probably something available, but it's easy enough to just work with it this way... a mold release spray or even cooking spray could help if you really want something to minimize the sticking.)

I use a metal palette knife for this part - this one is shaped a bit like a pie server (wedged with a pointed tip,) and the thin metal edge plus the flexibility make this great as a cutting tool to use on top of your craft mat. I turned it sideways, like the second picture above, and just cut along the template. Then I turned it flat to lift out the extra clay (dipping it in water will help make this easier.)

Next, I carefully removed the template from the clay. It can stick a bit - working your palette knife underneath helps get it off. Then I used my finger and some water to smooth out rough patches and edges.


I repeated this process with all three templates, then let them sit for a bit. I still wanted the clay to be water soluble, but I needed it to be past the super sticky phase. Once at that point, I generously sprayed the top of the clay flower with water and then laid a stencil on top. For this one I used my Art Deco Sun Medallion stencil (I used my Art Deco Sunburst Background stencil for the largest and smallest flowers.)

I pulled out my roller and went over the stencil - this can be tricky... you want to roll firmly enough to press it into the design, but not so hard that it gets too embedded. Once I'd impressed the design into the clay, I carefully peeled it off and immediately cleaned any clay off of my stencil with a baby wipe.

Next, I embedded a little plastic flower into the center of the smallest clay flower. I used this as a base to add some beads later, but embedding it at this point glued it in place really well. (Tip: you can also use water to make a slip from the clay and coat the plastic flower to make it paintable after it dries.)


At this point, I walked away from it for about an hour. For the next part, I wanted the clay to be able to hold position and detail, and it needs to be no longer water soluble and well on its way to curing for that to happen. When it got to that point, I started shaping and positioning the petals so they weren't just flat. If you try this yourself, you may want to check it a few times over the following 30-45 minutes to make sure they hold, but then let it continue to cure without any more touching.

Once it's past the workable stage (usually 2-1/2 to 3 hours,) you can paint it. I started with a base coat of bronze.


Next, I wanted to start to highlight the pattern and texture from the stenciling, so I used a glaze made from Payne's Gray paint and glazing medium.


I let the glaze dry for about two minutes and then carefully wiped it back with a baby wipe - just skim the surface, you want the glaze to stay in the crevices and highlight the texture from the stenciling.

Once the glaze was dry, I started dry brushing layers of paint, beginning with teal. 


I kept dry-brushing layers of paint until I liked the way it looked... don't be afraid to throw in a dark layer or two, especially along the edges to add a bit of framing. Once the paint was dry, I used some gold wax (I like the Prima wax,) and lightly rubbed it along the edges and surface to pick up the high points and add more emphasis to the texture. 

Time to put it all together! I had connected the top two layers while they were wet so that I could position the petals, but to add the bottom layer I just used more Apoxie Clay.

Almost done... I just needed to do a little accessorizing! I started by adding some beads into the center...


Then I took some metal leaves that were just an outline of the shape and veins and glued them to a sheet of scrap paper with gold and bronze paint on it, then cut them out and glued them to the back of my flower so they would show between some of the petals.

Voila! A finished clay flower! Here are some closeups so that you can see the details as well as how much texture and visual interest you get from adding the stenciling to the wet clay:




As far as what to do with it, there are so many possibilities! If you painted it red, it would make a great poinsettia and it could become a Christmas ornament, go on a wreath, or be used for other holiday or seasonal decor. You could add a magnet to the back and put it on your fridge - that could be a fun gift too! Use it as a dimensional element on a mixed media panel... make a bunch of them in different sizes! You could even put it on the cover of an art journal! I experimented with a few options...

First I tried it on a new soft-cover 8x8 art journal / sketchbook I just got (it's full of luscious Indian cotton-rag paper and I can't wait to use it!) I really like it, but I think I'd jazz up the background before completely adhering it.


I also auditioned my flower on the cover of an art journal that I made last year (you can see my Decorative Medallion and  Decorative Folk Flower Screen stencils used on this one.) I really like how this looks! I may make this one permanent :)


I'm also thinking of making smaller versions to use as pendants for necklaces - wouldn't that be fun?

If you make your own clay flower, how will you use it?

I hope you enjoyed today's project... happy stenciling!