Guest Designer Patti Sokol
Hi, I am very excited to be a guest artist on StencilGirl Talk today.
I met the lovely Mary Beth Shaw at a workshop that I took at The Ink Pad in November of last year. You can read about it here.
I received 2 really awesome stencils to play with. The first stencil is mid-century modern elements designed by Kae Pea for StencilGirl Products, and the larger stencil is by Cecilia Swatton and is called Vases for StencilGirl Products. I loved the vintage feel that they had and thought that they worked really well together.
I started with a plain piece of 9 X 12 Kraft colored cardstock. Using the larger stencil first I taped the edges of the card stock down with blue artists tape, and then with a cosmetic sponge I dabbed gesso lightly through the entire stencil and covered the entire page.
Next I added another layer using a combination of Golden High Flow Acrylic and Liquitex Acrylic Ink as a wash so that the Vases in Gesso would peek through.
Next up was the Mid Century Modern stencil and I chose to use certain element in different areas. I used the cosmetic sponge again but with fluid acrylic in various neutral tones. After it dried I used some markers to emphasize the different elements.
Now it is time for my collage elements. I chose a picture that I found in a magazine. Instead of just gluing that down I scanned the image and printed it on Kraft colored tissue paper. I wanted to see the image but also be able to see through the image to the stenciling underneath. I taped the tissue paper down to copy paper so it fed through my printer better.
I reversed the image and added some color using Tombow markers. I glued it down with matte medium and allowed it to dry. I added some definition with a white gel pen.
I added a dictionary definition of vintage with matte medium to a manila office tag and glued it down to my page with matte medium. I used Distress Ink in Vintage Photo to 'age' the ephemera. I also used a Tombow marker the hit the edges of the tag for more definition.
And for the final touch I used the adorable Thicker letters from American Craft to spell out Vintage.
And here is the final version of my piece:
Here is a little about Patti and where you can find her:
I have pursued creative passions for most of my life, from designing clothing and accessories to working as a television costume designer to simply painting and sketching in my spare time.
A few years ago I was inspired to start creating art journals from all of the ephemera that I have collected from my travels and memorabilia from my children’s various activities.
I love that there are no rules. No mistakes and no right or wrong way to do this. I find it liberating and inspiring. And I love to get messy while making my journals.
I am Mom to two beautiful children and one adorable mostly trained puppy and wife to my best friend of 25 years. I live in sunny Miami Beach.
I am available to help you design any creative project or product. If you are interested in please contact me by email to discuss in detail.
My Website http://www.pattisokol.com/