Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Set sail and fly into art with new stencils by Mary Nasser and Andrew Borloz!

Be sure and scroll all the way through this post because StencilGirl® is introducing 10 new stencils for your art making pleasure!

Mary Nasser has sailed right into February and you can hop aboard with her new stencils.

Andrew Borloz finds fascinating stencil inspiration everywhere he looks. He's put his own interpretation on objects as diverse as Pacific Northwest Tribal Art, bobbins, blankets, birds, barbed seeds, and a paper cutting.  

Here's Mary in her own words: 

"This new Set Sail stencil series was inspired by my love of water, waves, and time spent traveling on the oceans and seas. I’ve been having such fun incorporating these into my new body of paintings on stretched canvases and gessoed watercolor paper collaged with 1920s ledger paper from a Sea Captain documenting his ship's travels, bits of black and white maps, vintage papers, ephemera, and postcards, too. I continually reached for my blue StazOn inks and Emerald Creek embossing powders during the process of creating these artworks. The Set Sail stencil series includes 5 designs: Navigate, Sailboat, Mini Waves, Water’s Edge, and Making Waves."

Embark on a journey in your art with Mary’s Sailboat Stencil! At 6" x 6" it's just the right size for your artistic voyage.

The abstract design of the waves Mary created in her 9” x 12” Making Waves Stencil makes it great for adding rhythm, movement, and patterns to your art. 

The 6" x 6" Waters Edge Stencil incorporates a mask of waves built into the top edge of the design and a stencil of waves cut from the bottom edge. 

Mary's Navigate Stencil was inspired by the shape of a ship’s wheel. This 4" x 4" stencil is ready to steer your art through mixed media canvases to art journals.

Add rhythm, movement, and patterns to your art journal pages, mixed media projects, card-making, tag art and more with this delightful 4" x 4" Mini Waves Stencil.

Andrew Borloz

We'll let Andrew you tell you about his process for each of these designs:

Tribal Birds
"I used to travel a lot and have gone to Pacific Northwest where I saw many fine examples of Pacific Northwest native art. I also have seen totem poles in museum settings and in books. I love the simplicity of the abstract designs representing various mammals, fishes, and birds. I created this design using paper-cutting techniques and came up what it looks like two birds in one piece. It also utilizes the Japanese design concept of "notan" that incorporates negative & positive shapes created from cutting black paper and pasting down cut pieces. I then digitally repeated one basic "logo" to create an overall pattern."

Crossed Washers
"I often look inside of home appliances for design inspiration. During the summer of 2018, I was upcycling the khaki/chino fabric cut from my well-worn pants, and I was learning how to use the sewing machine that my mom owns. I looked at the bobbin holder and saw the "plus" and notches. So, I thought about combining three shapes to create this pattern: washer, notch and plus. This design can be used to make decorative fabric for pillows or even quilt squares. It also can be used as backgrounds for art journaling or mixed media projects."

Disappearing Triangles
"I have been fascinated with decreasing/increasing sizes of shapes like Ben Gay dots and halftones. For example, dots were often used in halftone printing techniques to give depth, shades, and shadows. The triangle and diamond shapes that were often used on Native American blankets also inspired me to create this design using the halftone technique with triangles instead of dots. The stencil design gives one an opportunity to create gradient effects on the art journal page or fabric." 

Rectangular Pods
"When I was younger, I often walked through the woods in the fall, and sometimes, my white socks would catch several dark-colored barbed seeds. These seeds had two barbs on one end, but I thought that putting the barbs on both sides would make it look more balanced. After I created the basic design, I thought it looks like something else that I have seen only in photographs but couldn't remember the name. Someone said that they looked like shark eggs (also known as "mermaid purses") and even though I have made many scuba dives, I have never come across them. The design that I created is simpler and thinner than the actual shape of the shark eggs, and I thought the stencil name, Rectangular Pods, is a fitting one for this pattern."

Mountain Landscape
"I have taken several paper-cutting classes in various locations, and I was challenged by one instructor to create a large paper cutting. I decided that I would use elements often found in Japanese prints such as mountains, tall reeds, river, and clouds, to name a few. The original size of the cutting was about three feet wide by six feet high, and I have reduced the overall size to fit in 9'x12" stencil."

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Sandee carried a mermaid to the stenciled sea

Sandee Setliff here starting off 6 weeks of "Carry It" with the team. I admit it, I am a promotional bag hoarder. I can't help myself, they give them to me and off it goes to my stash. I keep them cause I know I can repaint them and I love that! This is an insulated tote bag, perfect for taking down to the beach to watch the sunset, perhaps with a bottle of wine and some cheese and hopefully spy a mermaid swimming about. 

I began my first making sure any areas that paint can seep through is protected so I slid a piece of cardboard into the pocket and then I began covering over the business logo with gesso. Taping off is a personal preference but it allows me to go faster and not worry about making a mess. 

June Pfaff Daley's Coral Stencil
Once the background was dry I sponged some acrylic paint through June Pfaff Daley's Coral Stencil to get my background set up for my featured image.

Jessica Sporn's Mermaid Stencil and Masks
The mermaid! It's all about her, right? One of my favorite things to do with stencils is to use them as a foundation for what you bring to the table. I like to bring my own creative palette to the table when using stencils and Jessica Sporn's Mermaid Stencil and Masks allows your creativity to soar.
Adding molding paste through the textured bits and bobs can really help achieve some dimension in an otherwise flat piece of art.

Coral Reef stencil by June Pfaff Daley
And the perfect addition is the coordinating Coral Reef stencil by June which creates a fabulous foreground to the Coral stencil. They just complement each other beautifully. 

Using some bright neon colors: Scorching Yellow, Thermal Green and Torrid Orange to really bring that coral reef to life! Again, use a painterly technique to make that stencil your own. (Acrylic Paints by DecoArt)

And my firm belief...there is always room for beads and dangly bits!

Wishing you...

Monday, February 18, 2019

Valentine's K.I.S.S.

I’m one of those people who says, “Yes!” before she thinks. Especially when it comes to Swaps. Don’t get me wrong. I love doing them and am always so honored and amazed with the items that arrive in the mail. It just takes me a while to create on demand. And, truth be told, I’m a bit of a procrastinator.

Side note — for those of you unfamiliar with swaps, please participate when given the chance! Essentially when some wildly organized person (like Lisa Dobry in StencilClub) shoots out an idea and a plan for swapping artwork among a group of people. You may be given a theme, medium, or guidelines what to make. At that point you should <ahem> get busy making your stuff and send it back to the nice organizer, early! 

This was proven a few weeks ago when I was challenged by the 8-9 pieces needed for a Valentine’s Swap my shop helper, Valerie, was conducting with Ephemera Paducah fans. Lamenting about this to Mary Beth who was so wise to say, “cut a heart out of a journal page or collage paper. Hearts are always cute.”

Dang! She was right! TONS of painted paper, gel prints, art journals, and samples from workshops are in piles around the studio. Don’t know about you, but something about these papers always feels special to me.

I enhanced the pages with stenciling (of course!) VERY randomly with my favorite colors, keeping the collage papers in a pile as I stenciled.

I used 9x12s to cover lots of territory
Collage paper in piles - I see one of Sue Pelletier's Loose Women on a page!
As you can see, I just plopped some of my favorite stencils down and applied Paper Artsy Fresco & Dina Wakley Paints with abandon.

Stencil on the pile

Before cutting out, I added a few stripes of Washi Tape and stamped with black ink (random, random, random).

Once the pages were deemed done I set myself up in front of the television cutting hearts out like a Kindergartner....and I loved it. I didn’t look where I was cutting as when I think too much it doesn’t work out quite as well. Most often I folded the page over so I was cutting from the back.

A prolific card maker back in the day, I am sad to say I’ve gotten away from it. What started me on my crafting adventures 20+ years ago was a love of rubber stamps and card making. As I dug out a box of natural-colored cardstock and an Uhu Gluestick, it all came back.

I was pleased to figure out a rhythm quickly as I stuck hearts to the fronts of the cards. I decided to go with what always works:

Keep. It. Simple. Silly.
Mary Beth was right! Hearts are always cute!

Stencils I used: Carolyn Dube's Uplifting Word Stencil L258, Jessica Sporn's Hearts, Flowers & More L300, and Nathalie Kalbach's Art Deco Wallpaper Stencil L319.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Mary Beth's Color Wheel Love is GOLDEN (coincidentally, so is her new StencilGirl Studio class)

Greetings and Salutations to you!

Carol Baxter here, putting on my exposé hat.

Unless you have been living on another planet (and maybe even then) you know 

Mary Beth Shaw + Color Wheels = LOVE

Not just love, CRAZY LOVE.

In fact, she has a secret stash, ahem, obsession.

Guess what? Some of her color wheels aren't wheels! Entire sheets of paper can barely contain her glee for mixing color triads.

Adding black and white to create tones and shades within those triads? Well, she is in her bliss.

How long will it take until Mary Beth's drawer of color wheels is overflowing?

New to color theory (as I was) and want a whole bunch of ah ha! moments?

Itching to take a deep dive into understanding color theory, texture, and creating abstract paintings with stencils?

Now is a perfect opportunity for you to elevate your art skills!

"This is the class I wish somebody would have given me years ago when I first began painting," Mary Beth says.

Mary Beth Shaw is a Golden Artist Paints, Inc. Educator and she has a new StencilGirl Studio course:

Throughout this course, we will explore the terminology, techniques, and tools used in the world of GOLDEN Artist Colors. You will learn about: the differences in and how to use multiple mediums, how to mix colors to get different effects, adjusting the value, and so much more. You will learn directly from Mary Beth Shaw, her special tips and tricks that will help you achieve the look you desire over the course of 8 videos and 3 PDFs (You can download the PDFs).

Each segment of GOLDEN is designed to be concise and presented clearly so it can be effectively mastered. You get:

Color Management - The Value of Value
How to Make Color Wheels - Understanding Golden Artist Colors
                                                Color Wheels and Charts
Color - The Art of the Pour
            Another Way to Evaluate Color
Transparent Color Layering
Texture Mediums - Addressing the Substrate
                               Understanding Gel Mediums
Abstract Painting

Once you understand color, you'll never make mud again unless it's on purpose!

How long will it take you to catch up to the riot of color wheels in Mary Beth's stash?

Find out more about GOLDEN before you answer :)