Hi - Jessica Sporn here to show you how the January StencilClub stencils inspired me to create this shrine. The stencils have such an architectural feel to them, and I knew at once that they were the perfect inspiration for a small drawer I covered with plaster strips long ago. It has been sitting on my shelf, waiting to be altered, and now was the time!
I used a mix of Titanium Buff, Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold, and Indian Yellow Hue Golden Fluid Acrylics. I kept the colors separate, but, using the same brush, I dabbed them onto the box, covering the insides and outsides. While the box was drying, I used Pam Carriker’s Turqouise Matte Fluid Acrylic paint to stencil onto white tissue paper, using elements from the large and small as they reminded me of bricks and windows.
I used a thin brush dipped in water to outline the tissue paper where I wanted to tear it. This allows for a very easy tear, and the result looks much better than the hard line you get from cutting the paper. I adhered the tissue paper onto the sides and insides of the box using matte medium. When the tissue paper dries, the parts that are stenciled show up, while the un-stenciled paper becomes nearly invisible.
I used the same tissue paper technique to create an embellishment for the inside of my niche. This time I used gold paint. I had previously stenciled one of the elements from October 2013 StencilClub onto a book page using Wendy Vecchi’s gold embossing paste. I cut it out and used Pam Carriker’s Nightfall ink to stain the background of the page. Then I adhered it to a piece of cardboard, and adhered the cardboard to an empty spool. I then adhered the whole thing to the inside of my niche.
Using the circles from January StencilClub, I created an embellishment for the top of my mini-shrine. Once it was all dry, I used seed beads to adorn the front edges, and a small skeleton key, which I glued to the meditating figure. The little key has a heart shape on the handle.
I used some words from the book page my meditating figure had been on and glued them to the bottom of my shrine. It makes for such a nice addition to my meditation alter, don’t you think?
I so enjoyed using the January stencils from StencilClub. I look forward to seeing what you create!