Please join us in welcoming Roxanne Evans Stout to the StencilGirl family of artists! She is here today to show you what she made with her new designs that were released TODAY! You can see and purchase them HERE.
I have always wanted to make stencils. I wanted to use them in my journals, in my collages and on the pages of my books.
This year I have been doing more workshops surrounding the theme of nature and mixed media nature journaling so I also wanted to use them for a tool for teaching.
To have them available to my students to use as another element in their own art journals and collage pages
sounded like such a great idea to me.
My first thought was to make stencils of birds, but soon this idea grew to adding butterflies, feathers, trees and all different elements of the flora and fawna that I love.
Mary Beth and Maria at StencilGirl were so excited when they saw my first pencil drawings that I was very encouraged.
Then when Mary Beth suggested that I use the design elements from my own photographs for inspiration in creating some of my designs a new world was opened up for me!
For weeks I drew, some stencils were drawn several times
until I got them just right.
Later, when I got my finished stencils in the mail, I immediately started playing with them using different papers for backgrounds
and different tools to color them with.
I even used rusty tin and metal foil for surfaces to paint my stencils on.
My favorite tools right now are pan pastels.
On these stencils I used a bit of wadded up paper towel to apply the dry color inside the stencil pattern and then I sprayed it lightly with hair spray when I was finished.
Pan pastels also come with little applicators that work well, and so does a Q Tip.
I read Mary Beth’s new book, Stencil Girl, from front to back and got some great ideas!
I decided that what I wanted to do was make a little book of my stencils. I chose a little paper book about Tom Waits called True Confessions.
I glued some of the pages together and covered them with gesso.
On some pages the writing still shows through and I love that element of the written word in the backgrounds.
I call this little book Natures Gatherings and it is filled with my stencils.
I hope you enjoy working and playing with my stencils
as much as I have!
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