It’s great to back in 2016 as Guest Designer for StencilGirl and I want to thank them so much for inviting me! This project is a challenge to make as many pages you can think off, with just one stencil, to make backgrounds and collage material to use in this and future projects.
- Using an 8 x 10” Gelli plate and Letter Mania, cover sheets of copy paper using both sides of the stencil and using it as both a mask and a stencil. Don’t worry too much about the composition as all these pages will be torn up and used as collage. This is a good exercise for getting acquainted with your Gelli plateand investigating the possibilities of just one stencil.
- On a background of 9 x 12” 140lb hot pressed watercolor paper, collage pieces of the Gelli plate printed paper.I did one background of rectangular cut pieces and one of torn pieces.
- Cut out the flowers.
- Cut out a figure from a fashion magazine, mark around it on the back of one of
your Gelli plate printed pages and cut that out.
- Glue on figure and flowers onto backgrounds. I don’t like figures without faces
so I have her one originating from Lucas Cranach the Elder’s painting The
Nymphs of Spring.
- Outline with black and white markers and edge the side of the pages with a
black permanent ink-pad. Stick on sparkling centers to the flowers.
- Glue on text onto the figure. Mine reads: a dangerous young lady.
- Gesso 2 pages of a vintage ledger with black gesso.
- Glue on the two pages. I used double sided tape for this purpose.
- Using a gold pen, outline around each page, about ¼” away from all sides of the
(C) Frieda Oxenham 2016. To see more of Frieda's work, please visit her BLOG.