Friday, October 18, 2019

Tiny Sketchbook with StencilGirl® Stencils

Some of you may remember previous sketchbooks I made for The Sketchbook Project, that were also featured as tutorials on this website. Just enter my name in the search bar and they’ll pop up. The Sketchbook also does other projects apart from their regular sketchbooks and one of these involves tiny sketchbooks, sized 2.5 x 2.1/4” (about 1/3 of the regular ones). You can see just how tiny that is on this photograph.
There are themes set by The Sketchbook Project to choose from and for mine I selected Around the World. Here is how it came to be:

1.      Start by undoing the staples, and removing the pages. You will have 15 sheets of paper sized 3 x 2.1/4”.
Put the cover aside for the time being.

2.      Put the pages down on your working surface and spray with water. Also spray your watercolor set (I’m using Jane Davenport’s Tropical set of colors). Then with a wet brush pick up colors from the palette and drip down over the pages. Continue using the water spray at times, and let the colors run into each other. I started by using warm colors only.
3.      Repeat step 2 using cool colors.
4.      Continue repeating step 2 and 3 till you’re happy with the results.
5.      Using StencilGirl® stencils Spider Flower, Grove Street, and Unconnected Circles and a permanent black marker (I used Stabilo Write-4-all) mark out patterns from the stencils onto the sheets.
6.      Color in the marked patterns with watercolor pens of your choice. I used Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers.
7.      Put sheets together back to back using either glue or double sided tape (that was my preferred option. You’ll have one sheet left over. Set this aside for the moment.

8.      Edge the pages with a permanent pink ink pad.

9.      Place the pages in an order you prefer and fold the pages well (using a bone folder if you have one.
10. Write appropriate texts on the pages. Mine all refer to the dictionary descriptions of around and round.  Set the pages aside for the moment.

11. Take out your cover. The bar-code for registering the sketchbook is on the back cover and mustn’t be covered up so I concentrated on the front cover and only parts of the back cover and covered with white gesso.

12. Mark the front cover and part of the back using a permanent black marker and stencil Central Avenue.
13. Fill in the shapes using the same watercolor pencils as per step 6.

14. Take the sheet left over in step 7, cut in half and using double sided tape or glue adhere the two halves to the inside front and back covers.

15. Glue on title to the front cover. Mine was cut from a vintage dictionary.

16. Make a plain paper template the same height as your sketchbook and fold in half. On the fold line mark 3 spots, one approx. ¾” from the top, one ¾” from the bottom and one halfway.  Use this to make holes in the center of all your sheets, using a big needle or awl.
17. Using a needle and a strong thread start in the middle of the book from the center hole and go to the outside, leaving a long tail. Go back inside through the top hole, back out to the bottom one, and back in through the center one. Tie the thread and the tail left at the start, around the middle thread, with a square knot. There are many videos available on YouTube showing you how to do this. It’s called a pamphlet stitch with 3 holes.
© Frieda Oxenham 2019. To see more of Frieda's work, please visit her BLOG.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Watercolors & StencilGirl® Products

Hi my dear crafty friends!

I am very happy to be a guest designer on the StencilGirl® Products blog today! I enjoy so much playing with all the beautiful 
StencilGirl® Products designs. For today's project I decided to do something different than I usually do. Most of the time I am using stencils together with any kind of paste or acrylic paints. I also love to use them together with my gel plate. This time I thought: What about watercolors. A long time ago I used a stencil and put it onto wet watercolor and let it dry. This created a nice and interesting texture. I decided to go with lots of different colors this time. With this technique you can create various textured watercolor backgrounds to use on different projects. You can use them for greeting cards, which is what I did. But you can also do this in your art journal!

I have recorded the process and hope you will enjoy the video: 

StencilGirl® Products used:

Here are photos of the cards I made with two of my backgrounds:
In addition to them I used the Crazy Flower stamps from my rubber stamps store.
For almost one year now I am enjoying being the owner of Rubber Dance.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
xx Susanne

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Mushroom Stencils by Debi Adams

Mushrooms. The generic version (aka, plain) is known as a white button mushroom, but these mushrooms can be anything but simple and you get to decide. Also known as fungi, they have such lovely parts, the cap, the stem, and the gills. Each one has a story and a beauty of its own.

Tags collaged with paint, ink, and texture paste.

Debi Adams created some to be whimsical and fun and others upright, stoic and perhaps a bit realistic. A few have revealed their undersides (for shame). 

Mushroom Gills, S736, is a 6" x6" stencil.

Truly this collection is more of a "tossed salad” of sorts with all types of mushrooms thrown in the lot which allows them to be interpreted in a myriad of ways.

ATC Mixup Adams: Toadstools

The card maker in Debi definitely wanted to have the key elements available and they are in the ATC collection. There are backgrounds, though not all mushrooms, definitely some statement pieces, and a sprinkling of sentiments.

Tall Skinny Mushrooms,  L749 is a9" x 12" Stencil.
As for the application, Debi designed them to go in any artistic direction.  

She says, "I can see them being abstract or done with a mid-century flair, watercolored, layered, gelli printed, really anything the mind can dream up." 

Texture paste on acrylic.

"So, there you have it. Oh, but wait, you want to know why? Hmmm. I just like them. They say happy, weird, quirky, organic.  I love their colorings, dimensionality, ruffles, curves and the fact that they are different. Kind of like all of us."

You can find these stencils by clicking on any picture or right here.

ATC with watercolors, acrylics and a white pen.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Dressed to Wear: Stencilled Bubbalux Bangle - by Claudia Neubacher

Hi, servus and thank so much for stopping by! 

This month's theme on the StencilGirl Talk blog is "Dress it or Wear it" and I kind of did both; I "dressed" a bent in shape bangle with stenciled fabric strips so I can "wear" it on my wrist ;) 

Bubbalux - just in case you haven't heard of it before - is a craft board that can be heated and bent into shape and keeps its shape after it has cooled down (which takes seconds). It can be die-cut with steel rule dies, embossed with embossing folders, stamped, painted, engraved and so much's a really fun and versatile substrate to work with. 
And "dressed" with some beautifully "StencilGirl-ed" fabric it can become a truly special piece of mixed media jewelry!  ;) 

I have done a video this time which shows the whole process from start to finish. I only decided to make a start-to-finish video after I had already shaped the bubbalux I had cut to size, but I have taken steps images of that and shaping bubbalux is really easily done:

I measured my wrist to get the length of the bubbalux strip for my bangle. I cut the strip from the sheet using a precision knife, an aluminum ruler and a cutting mat. Then - very important! - I removed the protective foil from my bubbalux strip (it's transparent and really thin...but it's there)!

Using a heat tool and a jewelers bangle shaping mandrel (but you can also use a glass jar of matching diameter or something like that) I heated the strip bit by bit, bent it around the mandrel and held it in place while the bubbalux cooled.

Then I cut off the excess with a large pair of scissors.

My goal was to use fabric strips that I would decorate using fabric paint and some of the smaller sized StencilGirl stencils and wrap the bangle with the finished and heat set strips.

In my case, I needed six strips to cover my bangle properly (the image above shows how I was going to wrap them around the bubbalux) as I wanted them to slightly overlap when glued in place one after another. This time I tore the strips to size instead of cutting them - this way I got beautifully frayed edges!

And this is the point where my video starts. There's some explanatory blurb with some helpful hints at the beginning and at the end. A list of the stencils, paints, and products used can be found at the bottom of this post. 

As this isn't shown in the video I am also sharing this image of the finished bangle being put on the very edge of the mandrel while the glue dries. This way I made sure the still sticky fabric at the bangle's ends would not be glued together.

Here are some pictures and detail shots of the finished bangle. I love how the Glitz glitter gel adds that special wow-factor to the piece!

I hope you like my "dressed to wear it" bangle and the video tutorial! 

Thanks for your visit! 

Hugs and happy crafting!

StencilGirl stencils used:

- the smallest stencil from the January 2019 "Mash Up!" Stencil Club Kit

Products used:

- bubbalux Craft Board - white
- DecoArt matte Decou-page
- DecoArt Americana Fabric Painting Medium
- DecoArt Vintage Effect Wash paints: Turquoise, Patina, Brown, Berry, Beige
- DecoArt media fluid acrylic: Diarylide Yellow
- Glitz "Sweet Mango" Glitter Gel
- Shell fragments
- thin wire
- black fabric marker

Monday, October 14, 2019

Made By Janet

October 2019 StencilClub
Hello Stencil Friends!
Janet here to show you 
what I've been doing in my recent art journals.

Fly 6 Bird Stencil
Right now, the GetMessy Art Journal Community
is in the middle of the Season of Habit.
The lessons and tutorials are geared towards encouraging us 
making a habit of daily creativity and art.
Here are some of my pages using stencils....

I had help from my 5 year old grandson on these two!

Loose Half Rings Stencil

And something different....

This next fairy series has been fun for me.
I searched my stencil collection looking for possible wings.
I found Cathy Nichols' Boho Patterns Stencil.
The leafs and petals were perfect so they were traced onto tissue paper.

Then cut out and matched with my little people.
Some are Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Dolls and some are my own family's vintage photos 

Voila! Fairies!

October 2019 StencilClub

There you go.
Enjoy this season!
Till next time.