Following last month’s project, I wanted to show that the 3” x 3” cards I’m making for the #365somethings2018 on Instagram can look completely different depending on the techniques you use to make them. This month I’m making stencils the focal point rather than the background, and it just so happens that Seth Apter’s new mini stencils fit the cards perfectly. Remember you can use these techniques to make pages in your art journal, too.
Here is the full step-by-step tutorial:
1. Again using 3” x 3” cards (mine are from the Artist’s Tile Set by Peter Pauper Press) and once again working on 9 at the same time, collage the cards completely with a variety of vintage papers using a glue stick. I used a variety of dictionary paper, music sheets and pages from a technical drawing book.
2. Lightly roll white gesso over all the cards using a brayer.
3. Using a 6” x 6” gelli plate (any size plate will do!) roll out a variety of fluid paints (I used Fresco Finish by PaperArtsy) over the plate with a brayer, and put the large stencil from February 2018 StencilClub on top before taking partial prints on all the cards by just putting part of the card on top of the stencil and plate. Continue doing that till there is no more paint left and all the cards have paint on them. Don’t forget to take a ghost print on a piece of copy paper once you remove the stencil!
4. Repeat step 3, but this time using the medium stencil from February 2018 StencilClub set.
5. Glue on pieces of patterned tissue pager (I used Tim Holtz’s tissue wrap) using a glue stick and spray mica paint spray onto the cards though the medium stencil from October 2014 StencilClub.
6. Stamp on small images using a permanent black ink pad. I used Tapestry stamps, but any small stamps will do. This step provides contrast.
7. Using Seth’s stencils 3 Ring, 123, Spinner, Stained Glass and Swirl together with a palette knife add a variety of colors of Radiant Gel by ColourArte to the cards, sometimes making the image the center of the card and on other cards adding it to the corners.
8. Outline the shapes with a permanent black or white marker. Use the one that goes with the ColourArte color on each card.
9. Find a vintage text to accompany each card. Edge the sides of the text with a permanent ink pad in a colour matching each individual card, and glue it on as shown.
10. Add a matching (in color) postage stamp to the cards that need it. Mainly the ones without a central focal point.
11. Edge the sides of each card with a matching color permanent ink pad.
C) Frieda Oxenham 2018. To see more of Frieda's work, please visit her BLOG.