Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Bunches of Fun!

Hi, everyone! Mary Nasser here today!
Inspired by Rae Missigman’s 15 Minutes of Mixed MediaI’ve been working in my small Dylusions art journal in addition to my large Dylusions art journals.

Like Rae, I use my smaller art journal to test materials and techniques that are new to me.
I also use the pages like underpaper – to wipe off paint brushes, my fingers, stencils, rubber stamps – so I am not wasting any materials that remain on my tools. It’s fun and gives me an immediate background, too!
While I love having large blocks of time to make art, the small chunks can result in more spontaneity for me.

Imagine my excitement when Rae’s stencil designs were released!!

Layers of acrylic from my brayer fill the background.
Then I added Rae’s Look Here Trio of Arrows Stencil and MaskPointing it Out Stencil and MaskClustered Triangles Stencil and Mask, and Mix and Match Scalloped Edges Stencil and Mask,
with Sofft Sponges and acrylics!

Got extra colors and patterns by cutting and collaging an ART POPS™ Card
from Roben-Marie Smith into the composition, too.
Below are details:

I embellished the stenciled arrows by adding acrylic with a dry brush,
doodling with paint pens, and scribbling with an ink pen.

And I created the spread below layering paint from my brayer, this time collaging “underpaper” – torn, cut, and circle-punched – and added some hand-carved stamping, too.

Below are details:

I embellished these arrows with paint pens and white ink!
And I added in a bit of Seth Apter's Past Present Future Stencil, too!

Thanks, Rae, for the inspiration and your LOVELY stencil designs!!
Happy art journaling, everyone!

Monday, May 25, 2015

StencilGirl Guest Designer Frieda Oxenham

Welcome to StencilGirl Guest Designer Frieda Oxenham

Upon Unseen Wings

So lovely to do another project for StencilGirl. This one has been on the cards since I received the Blueprints ofArcheaological Treasures stencil. My first thought on seeing it was how well it would work with postage stamps in some of the spaces.  And, of course, postage stamps themselves have a whole history incased in them and thus are very archeological material.  I’m not a traditional stamp collector but I love stamps and buy them by the bagful in a delicious little shop in Edinburgh. I also indulge by buying stamp albums on Ebay. I have many more postage stamps than I’ll ever be able to use but I love looking through them and selecting just the right one for any given project.  The butterfly ones I’m using here are among my favourites.
         Using 9 x 12 hot press 140lb watercolour paper, collage it completely with vintage map pieces using matte medium.

   Scrap on a thin layer of white gesso using an old credit card or a dry brush. 

    Spread thin layers of craft acrylics in your preferred colours over the surface using your fingers (or a brush if you prefer) and the credit card. 

   Spray through circular map stencil (from StencilGirl Club October2014) with Liquitex spray inks (or any other permanent spray ink). I used pink and green.  

    Using Blueprints of Archeological Treasures stencil, tape it securely to the page with masking tape on all 4 sides, and outline all the shapes with a black marker. 

   Fill in the spaces with black. (I used a medium point black Sharpie paint pen). 

     With a glue stick glue on 3 butterfly postage stamps.

    Glue on vintage text antiquing the edges with Vintage Sepia Versafine inkpad. I like to make poems out of text cut from vintage books. This one reads: We know not where we are, upon unseen wings. In a dream thou mayst live a lifetime, so soon perisheth its memory, forgotten in the morning. Thy time is not yet come.

         Outline each shape with white marker and do the same around all the outside edges. 

(c) Frieda Oxenham April 2015. To see more of Frieda's work, visit her blog HERE.

Friday, May 22, 2015

StencilGirl Guest Artist Jane Davies

Welcome to StencilGirl Guest Designer Jane Davies!!!

I used stencils to make black and white papers for collage.  The sponge roller allows you to apply the paint evenly and quickly through the stencil.

I’m using stencils designed by Daniella Woolf and Mary Beth Shaw for StencilGirl.

Picket Fences       and   Random Circles

Can't see the video? Watch on YouTube.

Here are the papers created in the video:

I recommend that, before using the papers for collage, you give them a light, gentle, coat of matte medium. This will keep the black paint from smearing onto the white, and also give the paper more body.  Have fun!

Now head on over to Jane's Blog, CollageJourneys, she will be showing some of the finished collages today!

Please visit Jane's Gallery to see more of her work.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Cathy Taylor Book Giveaway

Mary Beth here today.....I am so glad that Cathy Taylor has written a book on alcohol ink! Our industry has needed this for a long time because alcohol ink has tons of potential yet it seems like few people truly explore it to the extent that Cathy does in her book.

I've used alcohol ink for years and thought I knew a lot about it, but Cathy blows it outta the water by exploring every single technique you can imagine. Seriously, this book is simply a must have in my opinion.

 The photo above depicts two pieces of Yupo where I sandwiched a stencil in between. I started out with one piece of Yupo and covered it was dribbles of alcohol ink. I place the stencil on top and then another piece of Yupo over then brayered the 'sandwich' lightly before pulling the pieces apart.

This photo is a scrap of Yupo where I got this stupendous result and honestly can't remember how. Geez, slaps self in head. But that is the thing with alcohol ink; one you start playing, it is hard to stop. I found myself grabbing at any available paper just to see what would happen. I especially loved the more muted results such as below, this was a ghost print off of another piece.

I am happy to offer a copy of Cathy's awesome book as a prize today! With it you will receive Cathy's two new stencils; she loves trees like I love trees. To enter, leave me a message about alcohol ink and your favorite way of using it cause a girl's gotta know! My fave is the sandwich for sure. 


Giveaway will close on Wednesday, May 27th @ 11:59PM Central Time.
One comment per person please.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Fabric Mixed Media Portraits with Stencils

Hi everyone, it's Gwen here today with a new art journal page using stencils, fabric, and markers. For this project I was inspired by one of the challenges for The Documented Life Project as well as by a small fabric shop near my house that I recently visited. The challenge was to use fabric on your art journal page as a texture element. The fabric store I was at had a bin of free fabric scraps left over from their projects and classes, and I came out with a handful of small pieces that I really liked. But how to use them? With stencils, of course!

To start, I took the Pretty as a Peacock stencil by Andrea Matus deMeng and put it upside down on the back of a scrap of fabric and traced the outline of the piece of the stencil that I wanted. I guess you could think of this like paper piecing, but with fabric.

I cut the piece out and then repeated the process with different sections of the stencil and different pieces of fabric. Then I used the stencil as a guide to lay the fabric down on a piece of book paper. I adhered everything in place with a 50/50 mix of water and matte Mod Podge and left it to dry / stiffen up for a few hours.

Yup, it's pretty obvious... this was the ugly phase of the project. And I mean UGLY! I was mentally working out my backup plan for this one because I wasn't sure I could save it. But I persevered!

To try and turn this slightly frightening piece into something that looked good, I started by using some Archival Ink and a blending tool to get some of the detail from the stencil onto my piece - especially those feathers! Then I used Copic markers and a Stabilo All pencil to start adding color, shading, and detail.
Whew! Not so scary anymore. I kept at it until I was pretty happy with how she looked, then I added her into my book. I started an 18-month planner for DLP last July, so I'm still working in a Moleskine for mine, but she fit right onto the page for that week that was set aside for my art. I just trimmed a bit on the sides and then added a piece of book paper that was printed using the 9x12 stencil from the December 2014 StencilClub kit. I finished it up with a ribbon, and voila! A finished art journal page that has a very different look and some fun texture.
Ready to get our your stencils and fabric scraps? Make sure you come back and share your projects if you give this one a try!

Hope you enjoyed today's post... until next time, happy stenciling!