Friday, October 25, 2013

StencilGirl Blog Hop Featuring Cecilia Swatton

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Welcome
 to the
 StencilGirl Blog Hop
 featuring....
 StencilGirl Artist 
Cecilia Swatton


Today, not only is Cecilia hopping with us, she did a tutorial for us here on StencilGirl Talk and ANOTHER tutorial for us on her personal blog (next on the list). 
How lucky are we??!!
**The Blog Hop order is under the tutorial.**

"Scraping" with Stencils
by Cecilia Swatton
What I call "scraping" is simply a wet version of making rubbings -- an old technique, originally done with crayon or similar dry media, for transferring textures and designs from their original surfaces, onto paper.

Supplies:

(1) sturdy but thin paper

In these pictured examples I have used deli paper, available at restaurant supply stores, but other options include tracing paper, sturdy art tissue (not the cheaper tissue used for giftwrap) and some of the thin Asian rice papers.

It's not necessary for the paper to be translucent, like my deli paper, but I prefer this because I want to eventually layer these papers onto backgrounds while allowing the backgrounds to remain somewhat visible.

(2) acrylic paints

I use both liquid and heavy-body acrylics; I also use acrylics mixed with matte or gloss medium -- sometimes using these media in gel form; other times, the liquid form.  I encourage experimentation.  Each blend yields slightly different results.

(3)  an old credit card, a palette knife, or a Wedge tool --

http://princetonbrush.com/catalyst-wedges-acrylic.html

(4) masking tape and scissors

(5) a protected work surface

I use masking tape to secure freezer paper (shiny side up) to my work surface. 
(6) stencils

For this demonstration, I have chosen my 9"X12" Mimosa and my 6"X6" stencils Grid, Marbles and Kaleid.

Method:

I tape the stencils to the protected work surface, making sure that they are lying flat against the surface, and well-secured with tape.


Over the stencils, I tape pieces of deli paper ... one layer of paper over each stencil.  I make sure the paper is flat and taut across the stencils; I secure the edges of the papers with masking tape.




I load the edge of the credit card with my first paint of choice.



Next, I apply firm pressure as I start at the top and drag the spreading tool down across the stencil, scraping on a layer of paint as I go.



 I sometimes stop after the first scrape, depending on the results.  If the first scrape doesn't satisfy me, I scrape again.  Having secured all edges of the stencils and papers, I can also scrape sideways, rather than top-to-bottom.

I often load two or three colors onto the scraping tool, getting a three-color image with my first scrape.



Other times, I load only one color onto the scraping tool, for the first scrape, but usually I move forward using additional colors, adding colors over one another or immediately side-by-side, with some overlap.  I do this while the paint is still wet.  However, another approach would be to allow the first scrapes to dry, before adding the next layers of wet paint.








Once the scraped papers are dry, they need to be carefully removed from the background surface -- then, the artist can turn them over to see which side she likes better.  Often, when several layers of color have been used in succession, it can happen that the "underside" is more appealing that the side where the paint was applied. 

These pictured examples show an abstract mixed-media collage of mine.  I have used the top sides of some of the scraped papers and the flip side of some other pieces of scraped paper. 



Once an artist has done both the screenprinting method posted on my blog -- http://heartworkbycecilia.blogspot.com -- and the scraping method described here, she will see that the two techniques both use stencils to create design; and, in both cases, the prints are made by firmly spreading a gel or liquid coloring media across a stencil, without actually touching paint to the stencil itself.



Now it is time to
HOP!

But....before you go.....
Cecilia is giving away these three of her stencil designs on her personal blog (next on the list).


and
StencilGirl Products will be giving this design of Cecilia's away!
Remember, ALL comments on all blog's are eligible to win both giveaway's!
The more times you comment, the more chances you have to WIN!
You will have until Sunday, October 27th @ 11:59PM Central Time to enter!
Good Luck!
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56 comments:

  1. Great looking stencils and inspiring projects, can't wait to get my own hands dirty.

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  2. Cecilia's stencils are awesome...and I love that technique. It seems there are so many ways to use stencils.

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  3. This is a great technique! Can't wait to try it!

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  4. What an interesting technique ... I'll have to try it myself so I can really see how this works. Amazing!

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  5. I need to run out and get some deli paper! The part i like bestbismi don't have to clean the stencil!

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  6. Great technique.. and no cleaning of stencils!

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  7. Absolutely stunning effects.

    Fantastic stencils, but unfortunately not that readily available in the UK.

    Sam xxx

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  8. These are stunning results!
    A unique idea for stencils, thank you xx
    Sue Carey

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  10. WOW! I have just recently gotten addicted to stencils and I am excited to give this a try! I can't wait to get to Cecilia's blog to see the next technique!! Love these three stencils and would love to add them to my stencil collection so that I have more options! Thanks for the chance to win!!! :-)

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  11. wow what a different use you came up to do with stencils, i cant wait to try this. very, very nice. xox

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  12. The detail is great and the work is fantastic. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  13. How fun, I can't wait to give this a try.

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  14. Love it! So Beautiful! Thank you for sharing

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  15. I love how you used your stencils. Now I have to give it a try!

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  16. This is now on tonight's play menu! Thanks!

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  17. Definitely going to try this technique! FUN!

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  18. Wow with the tutorials are a fantastic prizes!!! but the stencils are incredibles, I hope to win!

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  19. Neat technique. I've never tried it. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  20. Learning new techniques is one of my prime motivations, especially with results like these. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  21. really an interesting technique; thank you for sharing, cecila

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  22. Nice results with this technique! I will have to give it a try. Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway.

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  23. Awesome technique to add to our stencil bag of tricks! Thanks for sharing :)
    textilerecycler@yahoo.com

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  24. Wonderful mixed media
    display. Thanks for sharing.
    Carla from Utah

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  25. Wow, I love that technique! Beautiful results. Thank you for sharing!

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  26. LOVE THE STENCIL DESIGNS AND love the technique. thanks for the inspiration

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  27. Superb technique Cecillia!!! Scraping just took on a different new possibility!! Love learning new ways to utilize my stencils!!

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  28. Love the new ideas!! Can't wait to try! Lovin' stencils!

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  29. Oh, Cecilia! I love how delicate and full of light these painted deli papers are!
    Would never have thought to use a stencil in this wonderful way! Thank you for sharing your lovely process.

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  30. Wonderful technique. Beautiful stencil, too !!

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  31. Wonderful technique. Beautiful stencil, too !!

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  32. Love the results using this cool technique. Great way to use a stencil!
    Grace

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  33. Love the stencils! I want to try that technique.

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  34. Thanks for sharing such great ideas! Love trying new things.

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  35. This is just so cool! I have to try it. Thanks so much!

    ~Linda

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  36. What a creative way to use the stencils. Veautiful!

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  37. Wonderful! Thank you for the splendid tutorial :)

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  38. Fabulous technique - I can't wait to try it!
    Thanks!

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  39. Cecilia, I love this technique! I can't wait to try it on fabric to see if I can get the same fabulous results!

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  40. love the awesome results of these techniques with stencils !!
    http://www.kalasirjana.blogspot.in/

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  41. Never thought to put paper of any type of the stencil and use it that way! Love the result.

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  42. Oh wow - now this I have to try. And no running to the sink with my stencil! I will be playing with this as soon as I can find some paper to use! Another great bloghop and love these StencilGirl products!
    Janelle R

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  43. What a great technique this is, I am very keen to try and I think your collage pieces are beautiful.

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  44. Can't wait to try this technique. Also, thanks for giving us a chance to win some great StencilGirl stencils.

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  45. Thanks for a great technique! And Thanks to Stencil Girl for the chance to win some dynamite stencils!
    Doreen aka LuniLadi

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  46. WOW another Stencil Girl giveaway. I cannot wait to try the technique above with my new Stencil Girl stencils. Thanks.

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  47. Thanks for sharing such an interesting technique...can't wait to give it a try!

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  48. Sure would love to "play" with some of these beautiful stencils!!

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  49. I'm gonna have to try that scraping

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  50. beautiful! thanks for the inspiration

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  51. I love this idea! I am trying it today. Love your work; thanks for sharing. Love to enter the giveaway for stencils!!!!!

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  52. Wow! Love the beautiful inspiring pieces! Very cool stencils! YAY!

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  53. great work and lovely stencills!

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