Friday, March 31, 2017

Laurie Mika: Hamsa House Shrines

StencilGirl Products is DELIGHTED to have StencilGirl Artist
Laurie Mika back on the blog today!!
Take it away, Laurie!

I recently hosted my second “boutique/home” workshop with a class called Hamsa House Shrines.
This workshop was limited to ten people and included the royal treatment with breakfast goodies and coffee being served in the morning, a fresh lunch in the afternoon, followed by a happy hour after class each day!
My husband, David, was not only my sherpa but also a barista, bartender and sous chef!
The house substrate was a perfect base on which to use my border stencils. Designed for the 1.5 inch deep cradle panel boards that I often use as a substrate, they worked perfectly on the sides of this house shape that I had made in Mexico for me. (At the end of the day, after stenciling the border design on the sides of the house shape, I then attached small metal findings for added dimension and interest.)
Creating a border design using my border stencils!!
I also demonstrated how to use the stencils directly on Premo! polymer clay, an application that is perfect for stencils! If you roll over the stencil on unbaked clay with a rolling pin, it creates an embossed surface that readily accepts paint or mica powders. This technique gives a totally different appearance than if I had used a rubber stamp to create the design. I also love that it is one more use for a stencil, as versatility in products is an important selling point for me. This hand image was create using Jessica Sporn's Five Hamsas stencil on clay:
Demo-ing stenciling on raw clay:
As an instructor, it is always such a thrill to see how students adapt techniques in their own unique way coming up with beautiful works of art, each one a reflection of the person who created it.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bohemian Rhapsody with Sherri Welser!

Hi, everyone! Sherri Welser here!

There is nothing like a great pair of comfy jeans and for an artist that is a blank canvas to be explored!
I love the Boho Vibe so I decided to take these jeans on an artsy Bohemian journey!

Pair of jeans
Gwen Lafleur's Decorative Medallion stencil
Lumiere Fabric Paint in Metallic Copper
Liquitex Paint Pen in Gold
Stencil brush and paper plate to work the paint on
Glitter glue
Black paint (optional)
1)      Decide where you would like to place your stencil.
I placed mine on the right hand side (top of the pant leg) and at the very bottoms.
2)      Lay down the stencil and secure if needed with painter’s tape.
3)      Working with small amounts of paint and working it onto the brush apply lightly to the stencil and work in to the jeans being careful not to bump or get paint under the stencil as you want to get a sharp image. I usually do several light layers to build up the color instead of a big amount of paint up front.

4)      Remove stencil and move to the other areas and let dry.

5)      Heat set the paint with an iron and a towel over the design.
Several times going over it on medium-high would be enough.
6)      I then painted the gold areas in loosely with the Liquitex paint pen.
7)      I also outlined with the gold pen around the gold paint to add some depth.
8)      At this point you can either add small rhinestones with a Bejeweled heat tool or as I did just add some glitter dots on the design. The glitter glues gives a pretty sparkle effect without the extra work of the tool and rhinestones, but the choice is yours.

9)      On the back pocket I also added some black dots of paint to bring a bit more interest.

10)  I added some glitter glue here and there to give it a bit of fairy dust effect.

I hope you enjoy creating some fun artwork on your jeans using StencilGirl stencils!!

Sherri Welser

IndigoEarth and WildHeart Art Studios

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Helen Hiebert: Illuminating Paper with StencilGirl Stencils

In 1988 I had the opportunity to take a brief trip to Japan that changed my life. I already had a passion for paper
– in fact, I’d been exploring the origamic architectural pop-up technique of Japan.
Coincidentally, my father spent that summer doing scientific research near Tokyo,
and my mother and I took the opportunity to visit him on a two-week vacation.

I was awe-struck by the shoji screens that I saw in the traditional inn we visited in Kyoto,
and I spent hours in department stores looking at paper products and packaging design.

I returned to NYC where I was living and set about learning how to make both traditional shoji screens and my own contemporary adaptations. One thing that struck me about the shoji panels I saw was that they were all rectangular, which makes sense because they are constructed with wood (which is straight).
My first shoji screen with organic panels
I started exploring book arts and making small paper panels with a simple balsa wood framework.
These were reminiscent of the traditional folding screens,
but eventually I came up with the idea of using stencils to cut out organic patterns.
Shadow Lantern made using a clip-art design for the stencil pattern
It was a delight when I discovered StencilGirl stencils!
I used the pattern in Michelle Ward's Spheres stencil to create two panels in card stock.
In addition to my fascination with paper, I was intrigued by the way that light
filtered through the panels of the traditional shoji screens.
I have adapted the traditional construction to create contemporary screens by separating the stencil cut design from a solid sheet of translucent paper with a balsa wood frame.
When the screen is displayed with the solid paper in the front and backlit,
a shadow is cast from the stencil onto the translucent paper, creating a lovely effect.
It looks quite dramatic when displayed with the stencil in front as well.
The possibilities are endless really, with options to use other stencils,
to incorporate different papers, and to create more than two panels.
I’m thinking that this particular panel might become a book cover.
Helen has a free stencil-based tutorial!
Click here and receive instructions for making a Japanese-Inspired Shadow Ornament. 
For more illuminating paper ideas from Helen Hiebert, check out her weekly blog called The Sunday Paper, which is full of paper inspiration:
Visit her website to learn more about her workshops, online classes and artwork:

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Blue Roses in Oil Pastels by Kristie Taylor

Hi Kristie Taylor greeting you. I put my acrylics away and grabbed my oil pastels for this painting.

Oil pastels are so rich and creamy and blend beautifully, especially when layered over absorbent ground.

Today I used the Wood Cut Rose stencil by Desiree Habicht as my main image to create a soft pretty spring canvas.  It was fun to use several small stencils to add texture and design to the background as well.

Here is the finished canvas. It is an 8" x 8" deep sided canvas and will make the perfect gift for a friend.

S313 6"x6" Woodcut Roses stencil
Let me show you how easy it was!
Let' s start by giving the canvas two layers of gesso, drying between layers to get a nice smooth surface.

Apply two layers of absorbent ground, dry between layers. This gives a bit of something for the pastels to stick to although, you may not even need this, but I like the way the two work together.

Choose colors that will blend together and color in swatches onto the background.

Use your fingertips to smooth them all together and then, lay down a stencil and use a wet wipe to remove some of the color through the Journal texture #6 stencil by Pam Carriker. this look is very subtle, but I like it.

Rub a contrasting color of oil pastel onto your fingertip and rub through a stencil onto the background. I am using a stencil by Mary Beth Shaw from October 2016 StencilClub.

Don't forget the sides!

Next, we are going to be working on top of this ans rubbing more oil pastels in, and so we don't want it to move. Therefore, we will give it a nice spray with workable fixative (outdoors).

Once that is dry, use your fingertips or a sponge to lightly tap with paint or gess over the stencil. This will give us an outline of the Wood Cut Rose stencil by Desiree Habicht  design to go by.

Choose the color you want the roses to be, and just start laying on color in layers. Start with the lightest color first and build up, laying the darker color in as shadow last, using your fingertips to blend the colors.

I then used a Sketch and wash charcoal pencil to add more shadows and a white 
charcoal pencil to add highlights.

Be sure to spray with one more layer of fixative to seal in the color. And that's all there is to it!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you will use your amazing StencilGirl stencils to create your own oil pastel masterpiece!
Kristie Taylor

Monday, March 27, 2017

Frieda Oxenham: Art is the Window

There are some images I keep returning to in my art, and doors and windows are some of those. I love Church Windows and this spread shows you how I’ve used it in its entirety on both pages.  The other thing I wanted to demonstrate to you is that although something might be called a stencil, that doesn’t mean you can’t use it as a stamp!  Hope these ideas help you in your own work.  Here is the step-by-step tutorial.

1.      Gesso 2 pages in an A4 Dylusions art journal, or any journal of your choice.
2.      Using both blue and purple paint scrape them onto the pages using an old credit card or key car and then remove some of the paint with a baby wipe through stencil Buenos Aires.
3.      Using purple permanent spray paint add small parts of stencil Toledo to the pages.
4.      Using blue permanent spray paint stencil on Buenos Aires Mini here and there.
5.      Use your gelli plate with black paint and Toledo add pattern to the deli paper. You can also spray paint it onto the deli paper through the stencil.
6.      Glue on pieces of the deli paper from step 5 as well as vintage text.
7.      Using stencil Toledo and Buenos Aires as well as permanent spray paint, add pink, turquoise, magenta and white to the pages randomly.
8.      Using the medium stencil from October 2015 StencilClub, brayer on black paint to the stencil. Do this on a background such as a piece of spare paper, or your under paper to catch the black squares.  You want to use the black paint left on the stencil. Turn it over onto your pages, cover it with deli paper on top and brayer vigorously. You’re using the stencil as a stamp for all intents and purposes. Do this randomly all over your pages.
9.      Repeat step 8 with white paint.
10.  Using Church Windows and permanent gold acrylic paint (I used Liquitex) add the stencil image to both pages.
11.  Outline window elements with a black marker.
12.  Glue on figure and outline with Stabilo All pencil.
13.  Using your computer print out quotation onto vintage paper and glue on. Glue on image of vintage dog (it bears a remarkable resemblance to my sweet rescue girl Flora!).
14.  Edge the pages with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
 (C) Frieda Oxenham 2017. To see more of Frieda's work, please visit her BLOG.