Sunday, April 18, 2021
Friday, April 16, 2021
April is one of my most favourite months with lambs in the fields and daffodils in the garden. It’s a month of new beginnings and I fervently hope that will be especially true this year As always the quotation of Ben Okri’s poem this month comes up trumps. The words I’m using this month are: “Let each moment of our life somehow help the good fight, or help spread some light”. It has been a revelation to me how every part of the poem is so appropriate to the times we are living in, and I think it’s because the entire poem is a beautiful evocation of who we are and what we can achieve if we try. So I wish a more normal life to everyone. It will be a life we no longer take for granted and that makes it extra special.
Here is the tutorial:
1. Add a variety of colours (I used Fresco paints by PaperArtsy) to an 8 x 10” gelli plate. Brayer them out, and take prints on 2 facing 8 x 11.5” pages.
2. Still using the gelli plate add one colour to the plate, add the large stencil from the December 2020 StencilClub and take a print. I used red paint on one page and blue on the other.
3. Add titanium white to your gelli plate, cover both pages completely in white and then remove it in some areas using a baby wipe and the small stencil from the same December 2020 Club set.
4. Add some text with a variety of text stamps and a permanent black inkpad.
5. Glue on washi tape and vintage text as shown.
6. Using three different colours of paint, brayer them onto the pages one at a time and partially remove with a baby wipe through Trillium pattern.
7. Twice stencil onto deli paper the face from Stone Face using dark blue paint, tear out and glue on using matte gel medium. Also stencil one partial face straight onto the page as shown.
8. Scribble on areas using the turquoise and dark pink scribble sticks (from Dina Wakley) and remove through Trillium pattern using a baby wipe.
9. Add more details of the face from Stone Face to the pages.
10. Rub on blue paint around the faces using your finger (or a brush if you prefer).
11. Spray on blue mica spray through Trillium pattern
12. Repeat step 11 using gold mica spray.
13. Write on quotation by Ben Okri as shown, using a permanent black marker. Fill in with a gold one.
14. Outline some of the shapes with a white marker.
15. Glue on the postage stamps and outline.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Hi, everyone! Cat Kerr here! I've been obsessed with stencils for a long time now. They're versatile, easy to use, and with all of the amazing designs available to choose from, well, the creative possibilities are endless. I can easily use 5 or 6 different designs in one journal page and sometimes you can even catch me with a stack of stencils, a stack of cardstock, and my Gel Press Plate ready and eager for a monoprinting session! Yes, I love my stencils.
Now, lately, I've been trying something new. I've been creating a lot of abstract art and in doing so I found that using 1 stencil (instead of using multiple like I normally use) and repeating it in the different layers really helps to unify the piece. This revelation has taken me by surprise. I have always been a "more is more" kind of girl and I still am, but what I've now learned is that there is also great value in using only one design and repeating it. In the close-up photo, you can literally see the four layers in which I used the same stencil. How cool is that!
Please join me as I create a fun abstract journal page using only my Flock 6 x 6 stencil, acrylic paint and some mark-making tools.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Tiny scenes of animals, flowers, trees, and berries are snuggled together in the Floral Circle Frames Stencil. Gorgeous as an over-all background or mask off and stencil the frames individually to use as tags or ornaments.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Hi, Linda Edkins Wyatt here, with a fun project using a children's art product...Shrinky Dinks!
About a year ago, my arty crew introduced me to Shrinky Dinks. I had vaguely heard of Shrinky Dinks but missed that childhood excitement somehow.
Artists Lynda Shoup and Jill McDowell gifted me with a couple sheets of Shrinky Dink film to try out, and my inner child immediately surfaced. I all undertook all kinds of experiments with paints and inks and stamps and stencils. I watched them shrink and curl in the oven, holding my breath and hoping that they would flatten out and turn into something usable.
For the debut of my Lemurian Garden stencil collection this past summer, I made some earrings and a necklace. But, I got busy with other projects, tucked the shrink film away in my art closet, and forgot about it for a few months.
|To announce my stencil debut, |
this shrinky dink earring was made with my Lemurian Spiral stencil.
|The necklace, shown on my page of the StencilGirl website, |
features the Lemurian Leaf stencil.
For StencilGirl's "wearables" project, I mulled over my many choices: paint some fabric and sew a blouse or skirt or apron; stencil my old clogs in a psychedelic way; or make some stenciled jewelry. I liked the jewelry idea so I started puttering with the shrink film again.
I had a square of hand needle-felted fabric that I made a couple years ago. After felting, I made a "quilt sandwich" of the felt, thin batting, and a pink and green millefleur for the backing. Next, I free-motion quilted the three layers of the "sandwich" with a variety of decorative stitches in an earth-toned variegated thread, with shades of dark brown, gray, and rust.
When I held some of my previous shrunken pieces next to the felt, I liked the colors and textures together, and the cuff idea emerged.
I cut Shrinky Dink circles with a 2.5" round punch and small holes with a standard punch.
Above are some previous baked creations
for comparison with the unbaked film.
Here's the stenciled button, ready to be baked.
It is important to punch the buttonholes BEFORE stenciling.
I stenciled sections of all five of my Lemurian Garden designs onto the shrink film, using both sepia and cobalt Archival Ink. I made circles with my 2.5" round punch, and with the leftover film, cut squares and rectangles.
I made both charms and buttons. For the charms, I used a standard small round punch near the edge, and for the buttons,
punched two holes near the center so they could be sewn onto the felt.
I noticed that the stenciled and stamped designs didn't stand out next to the dark felt, so I tried painting the back of the shrink film white before baking. After baking, the white acrylic became gummy and thick, so I decided to paint the backs of the next batch after shrinking.
The stenciled shrink film on parchment paper, ready to bake.
|The film curled and buckled in the oven, but eventually flattened out.|
|I used a spatula to flatten the buttons and charms that were a little buckled.|
The section of felted wool was the right length for a cuff, but it was too wide, so I cut it in half. I stitched the raw edge closed on my sewing machine.
Here are the stenciled buttons and charms after baking:
I used a blanket stitch on my sewing machine to edge the felted cuff bracelet.
I tested various combinations of button and charm shapes and colors on top of the wool, and settled on alternating circle and rectangle buttons of both brown and cobalt. For the cuff, buttons seemed more secure than the one-holed charms.
rectangular buttons were a happy accident...|
I intended to cut only circular shapes,
but had leftover film that was cut into rectangles.
I pinned the buttons onto the felt to position them for sewing.
For the closure, I debated the possibilities: velcro? a jewelry closure? a snap? A tied closure with fibers? A loop and button? Elastic? I settled on a giant vintage hook and eye, which would be durable and easy to use.
I rummaged through my new and vintage closures to find just the right one for my cuff.
The finished bracelet fits loosely at the wrist,
yet tight enough not to slide off.
After doing a little research, I discovered how I missed Shrinky Dinks in my childhood...it hadn't been invented yet...when Shrinky Dinks debuted in 1973 I was a high school senior! It took me 41 years to discover Shrinky Dinks...and I just might have a new addiction!