Tuesday, May 6, 2014

May StencilClub Inspiration


Hi! Mary Nasser here today to show you what I did with the EXCLUSIVE
May 2014 StencilClub stencils designed by Terri Stegmiller!


Last month I made a painting for my nephew, so this month it was my niece’s turn!
These stencils are just so darn cute! I had such a delightful time playing with these!
It’s been an exceptionally cold winter, so it was great to think spring with these!

For this mixed-media painting, I used a 9” x 12” stretched canvas, vintage maps, gel medium, and acrylic paint.
First, I chose some vintage maps for their blue and green colors (I was thinking blue skies and lush, leaf-filled trees).
I cut and tore these into approximately one-inch square pieces and adhered these to my stretched canvas with gel medium.


I allowed this to dry overnight. Then the stenciling fun began!
I placed the 9” x 12” stencil onto the painting and stenciled the three branches and three birds with an ink sweeper and cobalt teal acrylic. I also used parts of the 9” x 12” stencils to add additional leaves and branches along the left lower half of the painting and the upper right-hand corner, too.
Using another ink sweeper and turquoise green acrylic, I stenciled in the butterfly.


With flat paintbrushes and cobalt teal, I filled in the shapes of the birds, branches and leaves.
With turquoise green and another flat brush, I painted in the shape of the butterfly completely.


Once this paint dried, I realigned my 9” x 12” stencil along the leaves,
branches and birds and pounced on turquoise green acrylic with another ink sweeper.
The translucency of the stencils makes it super easy to realign these on your work!
After realigning the butterfly stencil, I pounced on light rose violet.

Ta-da! Easy-peasy and fun to make!


Have fun playing with Terri’s stencils and see you in StencilClub on Facebook!
Happy Spring!



38 comments:

  1. SWEET!!!! Love your project Mary.Now I gotta figure out what an ink sweeper is. LOL!

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    1. Thank you, Terri!! I absolutely ADORE these stencils. I get my ink sweepers at JoAnn's. Mary Beth introduced me to the tool and writes about it in her book Stencil Girl. Here's a link for them on Amazon, too: http://www.amazon.com/Tsukineko-STPKG003-1-Piece-Ink-Sweeper/dp/B00161QJSE

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    2. Thanks Mary, I will have to watch for those on my next shopping outing.

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    3. Great, Terri! Thanks for designing these WONDERFUL stencils! Looking forward to your video tutorial on the 15th! :)

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    4. Awesome project with the May stencils! and I have ink sweepers; no clue what they were called LOL. THanks Mary!!
      cant wait to get my stencils :)
      Laurel

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    5. Thanks, Laurel!
      Can't wait for you to get these stencils, too! :)

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    6. Very pretty & so spring. What is an ink sweeper ?

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    7. Thank you, Eileen!
      An ink sweeper is just an applicator to easily and quickly apply paint through stencils.
      I get my ink sweepers at JoAnn's. Mary Beth introduced me to the tool and writes about it in her book Stencil Girl. Here's a link for them on Amazon, too: http://www.amazon.com/Tsukineko-STPKG003-1.../dp/B00161QJSE

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous! The colors of paints you chose are perfect for the colors in the map. Just a happy piece of art... love it!

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    1. Thanks so much, Caroline! This was lots of fun to make! :)

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  3. Just...just...just...WOW!! Love it!

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  4. I love how you work with maps as your base so often. And this turned out very nice. May I ask why you used he detailed stencil first and then covered it up?

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    1. Thank you! I used the stencils first as a guideline as to where I wanted to fill in my solid color then stencil on the details again. Hope that helps! :)

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  5. I like your colors and papers! REALLY COOL looking = )

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  6. maps and my favorite colors! love it... looking forward to receiving this month's SG pkg!

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    1. Thank you, Thea! Can't wait to see what you make after you get these stencils, too!

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  7. LOVE the stencils, and your work Thanks for the link about the paint sweeper, am not familiar with them.

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  8. I learned a lot from this: the idea of stenciling, filling in with brushes, then re-stenciling. Fantastic results. Thanks Mary.

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    1. Great to hear you learned something new from my tutorial! Thank you, Rebecca!

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  9. Mary- your piece is so tweet! oops- I mean sweet!! teehee Very pretty! And I love the first one just stenciled and the second before the final detail also! # great pieces! ")

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    1. lol! Thank you, Jackie! It was a fun process!

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  10. Loving this and it is so easy which makes it so much better. Thanks for sharing your talent!

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    1. My pleasure and thank you! Yes, easy and fun! :)

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  11. Love Mary's pretty turquoise bird page. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. What a wonderful and DOable painting! Thank you for showing the precise steps. Might try with my girls during the summer.

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    1. Hope you do give it a try with your girls...it's fun and easy!
      Would love to see photos of what you make, Beth!

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  13. I love the birds and the colors. It's beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Linda.
      I love these stencils!

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  14. I absolutely LOVE it! How adorable. You are so crafty :)

    I hope you can stop by to visit and maybe even sign up for my Favorite Color Swap:

    http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2014/05/misc-monday-diy-wreath-41214.html

    Colletta

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  15. Love this spring art! I had no idea you could do this with stencils!! Hope you will share on our Snickerdoodle Sunday!!

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