Thursday, March 23, 2017

Oh! the Diversity of Throwback Thursday Projects

Diversity in stencils and diversity in art -- that's what we like! Check out what our Creative Team made with a few older stencils:

Sandee Setliff's Three Crows Stencil Booklet

Crows are said to be "creative thinkers" and up until the pages of Sandee's stencil booklet, they have dressed entirely in black. Love how this bird shimmers? Want to see more curious crows?

Please feel free to fly over to her In the Hills of North Carolina blog and discover the creative thinking that Sandee put into her booklet.

Tina Walker's Art is Art Journal Spread

Gaze at the architecture Tina created with the Large Hall, Doodle it Inchie and Web stencils in this art journal spread. 

Want to see how the page came together? Head over to Tina's A Dog's Life blog.

Kristie Taylor's Treasure Scrapbook Page

Lots of layering and chipboard elements went into this 3-dimensional scrapbook page commemorating a formal affair.

If you are a StencilGirl enthusiast you can probably spot River Rocks and Doodle it Geometric Landscape stencils, but she also used Curvy Ladder, Crackle and Floral Grid.

Need these stencils for your collection?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Imagination art journal page by Sandee Setliff

Sandee Setliff  greeting you today. Spring means creation. Like a seed pushing forth out of the darkness of the earth and toward the light, so do we feel the pull out our art supplies and get creative!

Stencils inspire me to let loose and get creative and I have so much to learn in using them. They are versatile and easy to play with and you can use so many different techniques with them. 
Today I am creating an art journal page using the Pen and Ink stencil designed by  Leslie Riley,  Planner Spiral Notes designed by Mary Beth Shaw and I am using watercolors to stencil with.

Today's project was spent exploring with watercolors through the stencil for a nice soft washed out effect. 
Tip: Think before washing your stencil and ask yourself, can I reactivate the paint that is left on the stencil even though it is dried? 
Some paints like watercolors and inks can be "recycled" by misting them with alcohol which re-activates the dried watercolors and then pressing that back onto the paper. ( The words that are printed backwards are the effect you get because it is actually the front of the stencil you are using. I created a video HERE where I used alcohol inks and my stencils but it is basically the same process I used for activating the dried watercolor paint on todays project. )

 Mary Nasser has me reaching for maps these days so I collaged some torn strips along the bottom to "ground" my ink pot which was stippled in with some black acrylic paint.  I really liked the boldness of the black against the bright pastels.

I outlined the letters to emphasize them so they would stand out from the background using a Micron 2 pen by lightly sketching the outline.

For some added whimsy and to help bring out the calligraphy pen image better I used the Pen and Ink stencil as a guide and outlined it. Then I used the Planner Spiral Notes stencil also as a guide and drew it on the corner extending the stencil and letting it "fade out" over the the right side of the paper.

Let your art burst forth like flowers in the spring! 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Gwen's Gems - A Stenciled Boho Canvas

Hi All! It's Gwen back again this month with the latest installment of Gwen's Gems. I've been collecting blank canvases for a while now, with the vague plan of getting back to doing more of that type of work. I decided that it was past time to pull one out and do something with it! I also happen to have a batch of amazing vintage Afghan Kuchi patches, so I decided to create an entire boho-style mixed media piece around one of them.

Ready to see how it's done?

This is one of those projects where I had a pretty firm concept of where I wanted to end up, so I sketched out a general plan for how I was going to proceed... with all of the elements and texture pastes I wanted to use, I needed an outline for the order I was going to work on each step. I started with an 18"x18"x1" stretched canvas and mixed a few colors of yellow to get a big circle in the center.

When the paint was dry, I used gold embossing paste along with June Pfaff Daley's Fireworks Spritz stencil and covered the entire center section with a textured pattern.

When that layer was ready, I mixed Pyrrole red paint with molding paste (about 8-10 drops was enough to get a really saturated color,) and I spread that through my Decorative Curvy Ornament stencil in the middle of my circle. You'll notice that I didn't get all of the design in the middle - I knew I was going to cover that part up at the end, so no worries.

While that was drying, I started painting blocks of color coming out from the center. I used three shades of each color in order to get some depth to the background; I based the palette on the colors in the patch I was using as the focal point.

Again, I knew I was going to cover up the area between the circle and the color patches, so I wasn't concerned with leaving white patches.

When the paint was dry, I got my gold embossing paste back out and stenciled each color with a different stencil. For the red / magenta areas, I used my Decorative 6-Petal Flower Screen, for the blue areas, I used my Ornamental Peacock Feathers stencil, and for the green areas I used Nathalie Kalbach's What's the Point? stencil.

Once the embossing paste was set, I pulled out some multi-colored sari yarn and glued strips of it along the borders between the different colors.

Next it was time to start to bring in more depth and get things a bit dingy; the patch for the center is vintage and well worn, so I wanted the same feel to the entire canvas. I used a dirty glaze over all of the colored sections (polymer medium, Van Dyke Brown paint, Micaceous Iron Oxide paint, interference gold paint.) I let that sit for a minute or so, then went in with a baby wipe to take off most of it, just adding some grunge to the background and highlighting the raised areas.

Here you can see the difference - the bottom half has been glazed, the top half has not. It's subtle, but it really adds a nice effect!

Next it was time to start getting crazy. I pulled my tub of molding paste back out and used a palette knife to start to turn the center circle into a crater of sorts. (You know that paste at the top of your container that starts to get a bit hard but isn't totally dried out? This is where you dig that stuff out and put it to use!)

I used the palette knife on the inside and outside of my little wall to scrape it out and integrate the molding paste with the rest of the piece.

Next I took some texture stones and some glass shards (no idea what they are - picked them up on a swap table!) I pushed these into the wet paste to start to build up some texture.

I hit that with some heat - just enough to form a skin, but making sure that I didn't make it puff too much (heating wet molding paste makes it puff up, which I frequently do on purpose!)

When the thin sections on the inside were dry, I glazed the middle.

Then, making sure I had a good enough skin, I coated the entire "wall" with gold crackle paste.

I used my palette knife and baby wipes to again pull some of the paste onto the surface of the canvas to integrate it. (As the paste dries, it starts to contract which lets all of that texture I built up underneath show through.)

Fast forward about 24 hours... all of my pastes have dried, crackling ensued, and it's just what I'd hoped for! Next I glazed the whole wall so that the glaze would get down into all of the cracks and dips and give me some contrast.

Once the glaze was dry, I pulled out some waxes and started to rub it over top of the "wall." I wanted to start to hit the peaks of all that texture and start building in more contrast and depth.

I followed the dark with bronze, then went in with black and really upped the contrast...

Then I brightened it again with gold.

Finally, it was time to add the centerpiece of this whole project - my vintage kuchi patch!

I originally thought I was going to be done at this point, but I kept looking at it and feeling like something was missing. I played around with a few options, but finally decided that I needed some repetition of the jewels from the patch in other areas of the piece to create more unity. I used some gold dimensional paint to adhere various sizes of acrylic rhinestones onto my stenciled peacock feathers - sticking them down into the dot of paint pushed it out and around so that it acted kind of like a bezel.

One more step - I went through with a cheap brush and some black Rub 'N Buff and scrubbed in a bit more shading to bring the contrast back up a bit more.

Whew... that's it! It was finally done! Here are a few close-ups so you can see all of the texture and dimension that came from this process:

That's it for today, I hope you enjoyed the project and that you picked up a few tips and techniques to try out in your own work!

Until next time, happy stenciling!

Friday, March 17, 2017

StencilGirl & Walnut Hollow Blog Hop – Day 3!

Welcome to
Day THREE of the
StencilGirl Products & Walnut Hollow
Blog Hop!

Welcome to the last day of the StencilGirl and Walnut Hollow Blog hop!
What fun we've had!
Hasn't the inspiration been fabulous!

And we aren't done yet! Follow the links below to see today's projects!

Tammy created this wonderful tablet stand!
See more on her blog post here!

Carol's created THREE projects! Here is a peek at her trivet!
See her other projects, too, on her blog post here!

Katie made this lovely stenciled plant dolly!
See the details on her blog post here!

Morena Hockley
Morena made this DELIGHTFUL cupcake stand!
See more on her blog post here!

What would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY??!!!
One lucky winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate
to StencilGirl Products
AND a $25 Gift Certificate
for Walnut Hollow!!

Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your
chance to win!

Take your time and visit each blog showcased today through Friday and leave a comment.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Sunday, March 19th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on StencilGirl's Facebook page and Walnut Hollow’s Facebook page on Monday, March 20th.

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