Thursday, February 23, 2017

Throwback Thursday February 2017 - Fine Paintings and Art Journals

Our team took a new look at a few "older" stencils, Tall Birds, Spiral, Herbs, Feathers and Lattice, Eights, Herringbone Brick, MB's Grid Set 9, and Flowers Version 2

Karen, Kristie, Anna, and me, Carol, created journal pages and art to grace their walls. On to the photos!

Quirky Birds

I really love the quirky little birds here (Tall Birds designed by Terri Stegmiller) and it was a happy accident that the collage papers on the bottom looked like crazy paving stones for them to stand on. 
S110 Tall Birds
L128 Spiral

I love the size of the Spiral stencil from Daniella Woolf, it's perfect for backgrounds and larger areas. I love my quirky little birds they turned out really cute.
               Karen Gaunt

Easy Kitchen Decor

L422 Herbs

If you'd care to step over to Kristie Taylor's Scrapinator blog she'll share how stenciled these paintings.

Nightflowers Under a New Moon

I am captivated by the jungle shapes of Danielle Wolffe's Feathers & Lattice and Eights stencils. 
L139 Feathers & Lattice
L130 Eights

I love how they mimic a busy rainforest, like what I imagine it would look if I were to wholly focus on the shapes while squinting through one eye. 

There are the lines of light from the sunshine, and I feel the sun on my skin, feeling the warmth. Mysterious colourful shadow is present as well.
               Anna Friesen


I like the ways the simple flowers in Cecilia Swatton's small Flowers Version 2 stencil seems to float on a breeze. (You may recognize the central flame as one from StencilClub.)
S098 Swatton Flowers 2

I chose the colors as a bone-chilling, slushy snow fell outside and I was yearning for spring. How do you chose your colors? By mood? By stencil? By design?
               Carol Baxter 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Optimist Art Journal Page by Sandee Setliff

Not only is this CreativeTeam Tuesday, Stencil Girl would also like to introduce you to our newest team member, Sandee Setliff! Sandee has a wonderful stenciled project tutorial for you below and we invite you to discover more about her on our team page.

Here's Sandee!

Do you love stencils? Do you love to art journal?
Do you love StencilGirl?
Me too!!

Today I used the Rural Buildings stencil by Andrew Borloz and the Love Story stencil designed by Cathy Nichols  to create this whimsical art journal page.

The process: Gel Press plate, alcohol inks and ghost printing
You can see a video here where I show how to do this technique in depth using the Unfinished Stencil Designed by Seth Apter.

You can also watch my video here where I created the Optimist art journal page.

One of my favorite things about stencils is using their design and making it your own. I "altered" the rays of the sun by extending the lines outward and then using the leftover alcohol ink that was on the stencil to color them in.
I also love to doodle extra embellishments around the designs

and outline the images!

The journaling that goes around the border reads:

"They found a little courage that simmered in the sun
They blended it with patience and just a spice of fun
They poured in hope and laughter and then with a sudden twist
They stirred it all together and made an optimist"
poem by Nekia Thomson

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Stencil Quilting by Tammy Tutterow

I am addicted to collecting.  I love just about anything and everything that is vintage.  I especially love vintage sewing things like buttons, trims, and lace.  Not long ago I realized that it was a shame to keep these treasures hidden away in boxes and drawers.  I gave myself "permission" to use them in projects.  One of the ways I like to use them is by creating what I call "spool books".

I create long strips of quilted fabric cut to fit a large vintage wooden spool.  I wrap the quilted fabric around the center of the spool.  I like to embellish them with different collections and themes.  By using the vintage items on projects like this I can use and enjoy them without altering or changing them.

The spool book I am sharing today features my collection of vintage pressed plastic buttons, vintage trims, and a few pieces of vintage velvet millinery leaves. If you don't have a spool, you can also make a small quilted fabric collection quilt to hang or display on a table.  It would also make a wonderful book or journal cover too!

To create a spool book or collection quilt, cut one piece of cotton batting and two pieces of cotton muslin all to the same width and length.  The size will vary depending on your spool, journal, or display needs.

Sew along the top and bottom edge of the three layers together to keep them all together.  Normally I add tons of random sewing lines all over the piece to create a quilted look.  For this piece, I wanted a more artistic crazy quilt look to my sewing lines.  The Rafters (L046) stencil by MaryBeth Shaw provided the perfect framework.

There are different ways you could transfer the design, I chose to use Distress Ink.  Distress Ink reacts to water so it is fun to use on fabric because you can mist it with water to soften its look.  To transfer the stencil design, lay the stencil on the fabric.  Use an ink blending tool to tap ink onto the fabric through the stencil.

(Keep in mind, Distress Ink will wash out of fabric so it is not suitable for a project that you intend to launder.)

The ink will create a nice outline of the stencil design.  Repeat the process again as needed to fill the full length of the fabric strip.  This stencil design makes it easy to use end to end with no break in the pattern.

Machine stitch along the solid lines from the stencil design.  This pattern looks like it would be too intricate to sew but it is actually quite easy.  It is all straight lines!  The inked areas will be all "contained" between the sewn lines, almost like a pieced quilt!

Mist the fabric with water if you want to soften the ink to create a more aged or tea dyed look.  The more water you use the more bleed and movement you will get in the ink. 

Use a heat tool to dry the fabric.

When the fabric is dry, you can add trips to the end of your fabric strip if desired.

To add more interest to the "quilt blocks", you can add more stenciling.  To do this, place the stencil on the fabric strip again, matching up the solid lines of the stencil with the sewing lines.

Place a second stencil (shown L318 Wall of Words) on top of the first.  Use an ink blending tool to randomly apply assorted colors of ink onto the fabric through both stencils. 

The first stencil will act like a mask keeping your stitching lines clean.

You can continue adding more random stenciling to create the looks of random fabric patterns.  (Stencil shown M086 Techno Insiders Circle).

You can also add stenciled images without masking the stitching.  In this case, I added a favorite feather stencil (M075 Imaginary Bird Feather) to be a part of the "collection" theme.  

This stencil is a favorite because it comes in two parts, the stencil and a mask.  To create this feather, I inked the top part of the feather with the stencil in place in the mask.  I then used just the mask to ink the lower part of the feather.

I love the way the stenciling in the squares mimics a pieced quilt!

The final step is to embellish.  I used the different "quilt squares" as guides for placing different elements.  I finished the first third of my strip by filling it with vintage buttons, lace trims, and velvet millinery leaves.  I used the same thread to attach all the buttons and to "tie" the leaves to the fabric.  I used mini safety pins to attach the lace trims.

As I find more buttons or trims that fit the theme I will be able to come back and add them to open squares on the strip.  I love a project that allows you to come back and add to it again and again.



cotton muslin
cotton batting
sewing machine with thread
Ranger Distress Ink (assorted colors)
Ranger Ink Blending Tool
Ranger Heat It Craft Tool
water mister
assorted embellishments

Monday, February 20, 2017

Gwen's Gems: Stenciled ICE Resin Paper Art Journal

Hi everyone! It's Gwen back again this month with another edition of Gwen's Gems! For this month's project, I experimented with a technique that's been on my to-do list for a long time... making resin coated stenciled papers with ICE Resin. Of course I couldn't just stop at making the papers; to really highlight how cool they are, I made them into window pages and covers for a hand-bound art journal.

To start, I picked out some stencils I wanted to use along with the papers. One of the really cool things about this process is that when you coat certain types of paper with ICE Resin, the un-stenciled areas become almost completely transparent. To take advantage of that, I chose rice paper, tissue paper, and glassine paper.

I cut the papers to the sizes I wanted (so that you don't waste your resin by coating areas you aren't going to use) and then used acrylic paints to stencil on them. I chose acrylics because I knew that they wouldn't bleed into the paper and that the color wouldn't lift as I coated the papers - it worked great!

Left to right, top to bottom, these are the stencils I used for this part:
Once the stenciling is done, it's time for the resin. I didn't do a full step-by-step tutorial of this part since there are already some really good ones out there. Here are two good places to get details on this process: How to Use ICE Resin on Paper, and a video tutorial by Jen Cushman for Stampington.

Here's the short version - you need gloves, a trash bag (trust me when I say that a grocery store plastic bag will NOT work, even if that's your version of a trash bag!) and a sponge. I just used a cheap cosmetic sponge. What worked best for me was to put a silicon mat on my work surface to apply the resin, then to transfer the coated papers to a trash bag laying on the floor. This way I could drag the trash bag into another room so it could be out of the way while it dried and not monopolize my work station.

Start in the middle and work out, dip your sponge into the cup rather than pouring - it saves resin, and coat both sides. I mixed up 1oz of resin and it was more than enough for all my papers.

Here are all of my coated papers, laid out on plastic and ready to start curing (this was round 1, where I gained the wisdom to tell you NOT to use grocery store bags.)

While the resin is still wet, you can sprinkle in some add-ons... I used some of the fun gold glitter mix-ins that you can get from ICE Resin.

Once that's done, carefully pull the bag out of the way to someplace where it will be safe and untouched until it's cured; I found that they needed a minimum of 18 hours until they were no longer tacky. Don't try and pull them off until they're totally dry... when they are, they should just peel off the trash bag and are ready to use!

See how cool they are? The colors can intensify while the background is almost clear. They're SO COOL!

Next, it was time to start putting together the window pages for my art journal. I took some specialty papers and some thin chipboard and cut them into 6"x6" squares and then cut squares out of the middle for the windows. I had two matching pieces for each page so they would look good from both sides. 

Here you can see how I applied adhesive along the back of the first piece and then adhered the resin coated paper and sandwiched it with the top piece.

Finished page:

For the chipboard pages, I painted the fronts and backs with matte paint. (Autumn Fire Fresco Finish Paint by PaperArtsy, black gesso from Liquitex, Turquoise and China Red Background Paint from Matisse.)

Once the base layers were dry, I stenciled them - no plain frames in my book!

When those were dry, I repeated the process to sandwich pieces of stenciled resin paper in each frame set.

Now all of my window pages are ready to go! I added some cardstock pages to go in between each of the window pages / covers where I can do some actual art journaling, and with that it was time to bind the book.

To bind these types of pages where there aren't signatures there are a few methods you can use, but I like to do a Single Sheet Coptic Binding. I learned my favorite way to do this binding in a class with Sharon Payne Bolton, but you can find some decent tutorials on the web - I've used this one from Boundary Press with some success in the past. You can also do a search and find some videos if you prefer to watch the process.

I started by prepping my pages for binding - I made a template and punched all my holes, then added eyelets to make it cleaner looking and easier to turn the pages. (I have long-shank eyelets for bookbinding that I used for the thicker chipboard pages. The others were old scrapbooking eyelets.)

Then I got my tapestry needles and waxed linen thread and started sewing the pages together:

Now I have a book!

I embellished a bit by putting washi tape around the edges of some of the pages, edging with a gold marker, and adding some glitter here and there. On the cover, I used a molded escutcheon that I'd made with leftover ICE Resin. I painted it gold and then glazed it to get it darker in the nooks and crannies.

Doesn't it look like it might actually be metal! I glued that onto the front cover of my book. 

Now I have a fun new art journal, all ready to be used!

Here are some of the inside pages so you can see what they look like before I start working on the blank pages:

(I'm skipping photos of some of the back-sides... they look almost the same but in some cases are a little less translucent.)

Last two spreads...

Here you can see the entire book again - I love the glimpses of light through the windows inside!

I'm excited to start experimenting in the book and seeing how I can take advantage of the windows as I work on my pages. It's going to be so fun!

Have you ever used ICE Resin to make your own resin-coated and stenciled papers? What did you use them for?

I hope you enjoyed today's project and that you give ICE Resin a try at home - it's so much fun and so addicting! The hardest part is really waiting for the resin to cure so you can play :)

Until next time, happy stenciling!