Monday, December 22, 2014

Stenciling JOY!

Hi, everyone! Mary Nasser here today to share some StencilGirl joy for the holiday season!

For this wall bunting, I used supplies I already had in my studio!

I began by cutting vintage maps into triangles. You can create a triangle template and make any size triangle you'd like!
My triangles are 6-inches across. You can use any paper you'd like, too!

Next, I used my Fiskars Apron Lace Border Punch across the top edge of each triangle.

I added lettering using Carolyn Dube's Jumbo Vintage Typewriter Alphabet Letters A-P and
Jumbo Vintage Typewriter Alphabet Letters Q-Z stencils, a small dauber and white acrylic paint.

I created the "O" in "JOY" with my Latitude and Longitude stencil.

Then I wove silver elastic ribbon/cord through the top edges of the triangles.

I made an 8-inch round world to incorporate, painting Unbleached Titanium onto 300-pound cold press watercolor paper,
then stenciling Cobalt Green through Around The World Longitude.

I cut out the circular shape, punched a hole at the top and used a small brass fastener to help hold more silver cord.
The world hangs in the center of the bunting!

I hope I've inspired you to incorporate StencilGirl stencils into your decor!

Happy Holidays!!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Upcycled Memo Board to Jewelry Display

Have you ever seen awesome items marked down in a store only to find that they are damaged in some way? Jennifer Priest here to share how you can take cool, but broken items, that are on clearance and remake them into something beautiful with StencilGirl stencils.

I spotted this wonderful, but broken, memo center at my local craft store on clearance for $2.50. It was originally painted a coral red with a black and white pattern on the panel backing. It is pretty hideous and did not match my house at all. It needed a new coat of paint and some character that only StencilGirl stencils could provide.

  • Falling Feathers 9x12 Stencil by StencilGirl
  • Lumiere Paint by Jacquard
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Gold Metallic Spray Paint
  • Collage Pauge Decoupage Medium by Traci Bautista for ilovetocreate
  • Broken Substrait - A broken memo center in this case
  • Vintage Book Pages or Old Paper/Maps
  • Twine
  • Eye Hooks and Cup Hooks (as needed)
  • Silk Ribbon (1 Yard)
  • E6000 Adhesive
  • Smooch Spritz in Navy Twinkle
  • Wood Clothespins
  • ColorBox Color Catcher
To create this project, you'll need to remove the backing panel from the frame. This technique can be applied to any broken substrait from boxes to memo boards to photo frames or any other item you want to remake and imagine. Spray paint the frame (or whatever your base happens to be) and remove any glue or nails.

Apply decoupage medium to the backing panel, press book pages to the medium, and then paint a second coat of medium over top of the book pages. Once the decoupage medium has dried, use the StencilGirl Falling Feathers stencil to stencil feathers around the perimeter of the backing panel. Apply one color of paint on one end of each feather and then apply the second color of paint from the other of the feather, blending the paint colors in the center of the feather.  Repeat as desired around the edged of the backing panel. 

While the stenciling is drying, set 3-4 wood clothespins inside a ColorBox Color Catcher and spray with Smooch Spritz in Navy Twinkle. Allow to dry.

Apply a thin layer of E6000 adhesive to the inside of the frame and re-attach the backing panel to the frame. Replace any missing eye hooks and cup hooks. Add twine to replace missing bars or wires. Add a silk ribbon bow to dress things up!

If the frame has hooks on the back, tie a length of silk ribbon between the hooks to create a hanger. I made a handy dandy video of the process of altering this memo center:

The finished piece can be used as either a jewelry hanger or a memo center, depending on which items you choose to hang and display on it:

Do you have an old broken item in your stash? Tell us which StencilGirl stencil you would use to update the piece!

Happy stenciling ;)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

StencilGirl Guest Designer Laurie Mika

Welcome to Guest Designer Laurie Mika!!!

When Mary Beth asked if I wanted to be in her book as a guest artist I jumped at the chance. I loved the idea of using stencils with polymer clay, but of course, I like anything mixed with polymer clay!!!  Stencils on clay is a match made in heaven! I had used stencils before but the opportunity to be in her book provided the catalyst for using them in different ways.

Recently when I was asked to do a “guest designer” blog post using a few of the StencilGirl stencils I immediately had an idea to create an Indian inspired mandala. I knew that it would be painted and embedded with little jewels and glass pieces. I also knew that I wanted a Hamsa or hand shape in the middle. I chose a few wonderful stencils that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on!

The first step was to roll out a slab of polymer clay to accommodate the Five Hamsas stencil:

Using a rolling pin, I rolled over the stencil with enough force to create an embossed look

After making sure that the stencil design was deep enough, I then cut out the hand shape using a clay scalpel:

Now the fun began with painting the clay! I mixed up a little pink acrylic paint and used my finger to apply it to the tops of the embossed clay which highlighted the design:

When the paint was dry, I began laying out the doodads onto the surface and glued them in  place with Weldbond glue: 


  Now I was ready to create the circular mandala that my Hamsa was going to sit on. I rolled out a larger slab of clay to accommodate large Rose Window  stencil: 

You can see the embossing in this picture:

Here are a few pictures of painting the mandala:

Now I embedded some glass mosaic tiles, beads and millefiori:

 Almost done! 
Here I have glued the hand onto the clay mandala and it is ready to go into the oven for about a half hour:

While the mandala was baking, I painted and then collaged a napkin onto a deep cradle birch panel:

For the edges of the panel board, I used a border stencil to create a design which adds to the overall East Indian look:

And voila, the final project with the mandala glued onto the background panel:

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Email: Laurie(at)mikaarts(dot)com