Take your artwork to lush places with the 10 versatile stencils Gwen Lafleur designed as her Decorative Elements Series.
The giraffe on this art journal card is proof that lush places can be full of whimsy ~ perhaps Carmen Miranda gone to the steampunk zoo? Ah! Gwen is here to share how she came to create this piece:
"Not Carmen Miranda specifically... this piece came out pretty organically. Because I'd used someone else's illustration (from an Uppercase publication), I wanted to make it mine. I started out by painting over it, then I glanced at some flower print-outs that were sitting on my desk and thought it would make a fun contrast to have a giraffe with a crown of flowers. Then I thought it would be cool to put something around its eyes and decided to use a stencil and color it in. Then I just happened to be looking for something else and found those gears and it was a lightening bolt moment where I thought it would be super cool and a bit steampunky. So at the beginning, there was no plan for any of it, but I love how it came out!"
|M112, a 4x4 inch stencil, Decorative 6 Petal Flower|
A few more art journal cards round out the deck:
|S387, 6x6, Decorative 6 Petal Flower Screen|
|S388 a 6x6 stencil, Decorative Medallion|
|M114, a 4x4 stencil, Decorative Folk Flower|
|S389, 6x6, Decorative Folk Flower Screen|
The art card above is all done in layers of paper. Gwen painted the background and stenciled over it, then with the 4x4 Folk Art Flower stencil, she stenciled it several times on different sheets of paper and cut them out and layered them to get the colored flower. Then she added the other collage layers as she built it up on the background.
|M113, 4x4, Decorative Medallion|
|M116, 4x4, Decorative Filigree Repeating Corner|
Gwen made a video so you can share in her excitement about her quarter repeat designs!
What are you yearning to create?
|M115, 4x4, Decorative Curvy Corner Repeating|
Gwen used this next stencil to embroider a piece that will probably become part of an iPad cover.
|S390, 6x6, Decorative Curvy Ornament|
Gwen made a gorgeous repoussé and journal spread with this last stencil in her Decorative Series, but we'll share more about it and some layering tips with you in the May edition of the StencilGirl Scoop!
|S391, 6x6, Filigree Ornament|
The 11th stencil by Gwen that StencilGirl is releasing, Peacock Feathers, is a stylized, hand-drawn one, and a companion to her Ornamental Peacock Mask.
|S392, a 6x6 stencil, Peacock Feathers|
She says, "Originally I was just building layers in the background knowing that I was going to do that reverse painting thing on top. In the end they end up working like leaves within the composition because the focal point kind of drives what you think you're seeing."