Monday, March 17, 2014

Building Better Paintings



Hi! Mary Nasser here today to show you what I did Carolyn Dube's new Open Buildings Stencil!


I feel like Carolyn Dube made this stencil just for me!
As soon as it was released, I could hardly wait to incorporate it into my map paintings!


I started by painting an aerial landscape map in acrylics on a stretched canvas.
Stretched canvas is my favorite surface on which to paint and stencil!
(There's bits of DecoArt Texture Fierro on the surface, too!)


I used Wendy Vecchi’s gold and silver embossing pastes to add little buildings to my painting.
(You can see my first StencilGirl Talk tutorial with Wendy Vecchi's paste here.)

After placing the stencil onto my painting, I used a trowel palette knife to apply the paste directly onto the stencil.
(You could also use an old credit card or hotel key card, too.)
I applied the paste about the same thickness of the stencil. It's super easy to use!


After applying the paste, I carefully removed the stencil from the painting and cleaned both my stencil and palette knife with a baby wipe. 

But I couldn't stop there! Wanted to play more with this stencil on another map painting!
Here's the before painting:

And after:

You can bet I'll be using this stencil a lot more!

I hope you have an inspiring week and have fun playing with your StencilGirl stencils, too!


33 comments:

  1. I just finished a trip and I wanted to do something with a map. How do I fine instructions for drawing a map? Yes, newbie here.

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    1. Check out Make Map Art!
      I just reviewed it on my blog last month at http://www.marycnasser.com/2/post/2014/02/make-map-art.html
      Happy mapping!

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  2. This stencil is indeed perfect for your work!

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    1. Thank you, Jean! Couldn't wait to use this stencil as soon as I saw it!

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  3. This is fantastic, Mary! I love it! I thought of you today when a GF and I went to the 11th annual book arts show in S. Orange (NJ) today. Maps were used in one of the book arts projects. I took some photos. Will send them to you later. Too tired right now -- it was a long trip! :-)
    Cecilia Swatton

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    1. Thank you so much, Cecilia! Looking forward to seeing your photos of the book arts project with maps!

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  4. I adore your map paintings & I love that you used this stencil in this way! So honored! Once again you're making map magic!

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    1. Thank you, Carolyn! I adore this stencil! Makes me glad you are happy with these map paintings!! :)

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  5. HaHa! Carolyn is right! MAP MAGIC!!!! Lovely work Mary! xoxo

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  6. Beautifully done, Mary. Reminds me of New Harmony.

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    1. Aww, thank you, Julie! What a compliment! :)

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  7. I love this and to think I got to see it develop rocks :)

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    1. Thank you, Mary Beth!
      Was fun finishing these at your studio! :)

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  8. Mary your paintings with the map themes are truly amazing!

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  9. I love all the extra details that come with this lovely stencil! Thanks for sharing Mary!

    Hugs Giggles

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  10. The stencil is wonderful and how you have used it is so beautiful love all the texture..
    Happy PPF
    Sandy #86

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  11. Lovely composition Mary and the stencil is beautifully incorporated. Very nice work.

    Annabelle m..m

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  12. I always love to see the process, your work is amazing , like nothing I have ever seen, it is beautiful an so thought provoking,

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  13. Amazing what people learn about us from our art. This is so fantastic. . .I am amazed at how you incorporated the stencil into your artwork. . .it turned out beautifully. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  14. Wow! This is great. Love the dimension you get with your paste and stencil.
    xo

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  15. I might have to try this on a fish hatchery map for a gift for my DH. THANKS!!!!

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