Thursday, November 30, 2017

Symbol of luck + mixed media greeting card + paper dolls = TBT November

Stenciled Rocks (painting and hiding these for others to find is a popular trend right now), a sweet Greeting Card and Paper Dolls are what the November TBT is all about. Louise, Belen and I are delighted to share our ideas with you!

Message Stones

Greetings from Louise Nelson! I was inspired by an Aboriginal message stone that I was gifted by a young friend. Message stones have been used by Australian Aboriginals for thousands of years as a symbol of luck and to safeguard them against evil spirits. Using the Fish Lattice stencil designed by Lizzie Mayne, I applied layers of paint with a sponge [using traditional colors], to emulate designs used by Indigenous Australian Aboriginal artists. 

Paper Doll Twins

Winter is coming. Power outages are sure. Christmas is coming. What to give my little friend who has "everything?" 

I used the Judy Judy stencil by Judy Wise to make twin paper dolls and I wrote her a silly poem. Just like it says, it is easy - you draw trace then cut. 

The plain dolls:

Please feel free to nab my little poem if you decide to make paper dolls for someone small. 

It happens sometimes when snow falls on the pines
That the power goes out, then you are on slow time.
When batteries run down; you wear a sad face, I’ll bet.
How can a darling girl play when there’s no internet?

Our grandmothers great played with dolls made of paper.
So here are two twin girls for you to name later.
They've got a shirt and a blouse plus three dresses each
And polka dot swimsuits for play at the beach.

Here are little patterns so you can make more clothes.
To design their new fashions, I guess that you know,
You’ll need scissors and paper and crayons and such
It is really quite easy. You draw, trace, then cut.

Notice your paper dolls’ hands are in their pockets
Whatever is in them? Could it be a locket?
Imagine and wonder, for only you can decide
What marvelous items could be hiding inside!

Do remember, remember, this little rhyme
You’ve dollies to play with and have a good time
When it’s cold outside and electronics fail
Paper dolls to the rescue! You'll create their tales.

Dressed Up Greetings

Hello again, friends! Belen here, to share a greeting card that I put together using a blank, white greeting card, handmade paper, acrylic paint, Distress oxides, and of course, 2 great StencilGirl stencils.

To begin, I used a metal ruler to score the handmade paper to size and tore it by hand to create that wonderful deckled edge. 

Next, using the Beech and Oak Leaf stencil, I sponged on red, orange and yellow acrylic, onto my piece of handmade paper.

Since my paper was larger than the stencil, I remedied that by simply flipping my stencil over, horizontally, and continuing my stenciled pattern.

While that dried, I used Distress Oxide in Broken China around my blank greeting card and used some adhesive to put the handmade paper into place.

Using the Loose Dress #2 small stencil, I pushed Distress Oxide in Broken China through it onto old book paper.

I loosely cut it out, stabilized it by adhering it onto a piece of cardstock, then trimmed closely around the edges.

To give the dress a bit of an aged look, I used Vintage Photo & Antique Linnen Distress Oxides.

To finish off my greeting card, I added some gem “buttons”, a bit of jute twine, and a Happiness tag.

Thank you for joining me for this Throwback Thursday post. I wish you a wonderful week & Happy Stenciling!
Xo, Belen

Carol here again. I can only echo Belen's wishes for you! Are you off to stencil a rock, a card, or paper dolls?

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Frieda Oxenham: StencilGirl Products & The Sketchbook Project

I have been participating in the Sketchbook Project for quite some years now and shared my sketchbook as a project here on StencilGirl Talk last year. So I thought I would do it again this year. If you want to take part in this fun project you can find all the information here: There is an option to digitize your sketchbook (at an extra cost).

You can also go and borrow sketchbooks from the Brooklyn Art Library in New York (should you be lucky enough to live nearby) and the sketchbooks go on tour too. You can see my past sketchbooks by searching for them by my name.

I choose to use one of the set themes this year which was: Texture.
Here is my tutorial for my Touch to Texture sketchbook:

1.      Undo the staples from your sketchbook and take out the pages (8 in total). Using a brayer and a selection of paints (I used the Impasto ones by Art Alchemy) roll out colour over the pages. You only have to paint one side of each paper.

2.      Using an 8 x 10 Gelli plate and Crazy Quilts Bold & Beautiful, Crazy Quilts Calm and Frenzy, and Crazy Quilts Crosses and Rounds add pattern to the pages in a contrasting color using the same paints as in step 1.
In the process use copy and deli paper to clean off your Gelli plate when changing colour and keep these pages for later use.

3.      Repeat step 2 but using only black and white paint and a different one of the 3 stencils than you used for step 2 on each page.
Again clean the plate with the copy and deli papers from step 2.
4.      Layer each page with a non-woven, adhesive on one side, interfacing. The glue works by heat so layer the page, the interfacing on top of the back of the page and a piece of baking parchment on top of that. Iron on top of the parchment with a fairly warm but not too hot iron (remember paint doesn’t like such heat). Your interfacing should adhere to the back of your page just enough to start work stitching the pages. I used a collection of embroidery floss and perle cottons, with a sharp embroidery needle, to embellish the patterns. Only a straight stitch is used (I did smuggle in some French knots but you don’t have to!) To start and finish your thread use masking tape on the back of the interfacing. The interfacing will stop your page from tearing.

5.      When all the pages are stitched layer them up in pairs and stitch them together with the wrong sides facing each other on your sewing machine (you can also do this step by hand if you like). I used a red thread both on top and in the bobbin. You will end up with 4 double sided pages.  Decide in what order you want to use them in your sketchbook and reinforce the fold line with a bone folder or by pressing hard with your finger.

6.      Select one of the copy papers you made in step 3A for your cover. I adhered it with double sided tape and made sure not to cover up the barcode (which is used for the Sketchbook Project admin). If you are using your own sketchbook you can simply cover the entire cover with your paper.  Stitch some of the pattern (without interfacing this time, the cover is thick enough already) and add the title. I used a Dymo writer for this. Reinforce the fold with binding tape (black and white circles in my case).
7.      Do the same for the inside cover with another one of your pages from step 3A, and double sided tape. Then stitch around the perimeter of the cover with your sewing machine as in step 5. Also add some zigzag stitching along the sides of the binding tape.

8.      Take a piece of scrap paper the same height as your sketchbook, fold it in half, and make a hole 1” from both the top and the bottom of the strip. Also make a hole at the half way point. Use this to make holes in all your pages as well as the cover.
9.      Using a 3 time as long as the height of your sketchbook piece of perle or floss cotton (I used red) and a sharp needle go through the center hole from the inside of your center page, through all the pages and out through the cover, go up to the top hole and back inside through the cover and all the pages, go back out through the bottom hole likewise and then back inside through the center hole. Make sure the ends of your thread are on opposite sides of the long line of thread and your pages are tightly bound together. Then knot off your threads securely.

And voila, your sketchbook is done! Enjoy looking at it before sending it off to the Brooklyn Art Library. I freely admit that I find this stage of the process a bit of a wrench but it’s great to know my sketchbooks are in such a great place.

(C) Frieda Oxenham 2017. To see more of Frieda's work, please visit her BLOG.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Using stencils to create in 3D!

Hello!  Tina Walker here today with my latest StencilGirl project.  I am always looking for new and fun ways to use my stencils and today's project is exactly what I am talking about.  I am going to show you how to use your favorite StencilGirl stencils to create in 3D.

Let's start with 3D windows!

Step One
Grab your supplies.  You will need tissue paper, paint/paste, palette knife, and your favorite StencilGirl window stencil.  (I am using Portal Shutters).  Apply paint/paste to the tissue paper, using the window stencil.  Allow to dry.

Step Two
Cut out stenciled window shapes.  Apply clear casting resin to window shape and allow to cure per manufacturers instructions.  (generally 24 hours)

Step Three
Once cured, cut to shape book paper to place behind the window.  You can also leave the window clear.  Your choice!  Adhere shutters to window using strong glue.  Allow to dry completely.

Now that our windows are done, let's create our 3D people.

Step One
Grab your supplies.  You will need fabric, fabric paint, cosmetic sponge, sculpture medium, and your favorite StencilGirl silhouette stencil.  (I am using Kindred Spirits).  Apply paint with stencil.  Allow to dry. (Special tip: flip the stencil over to get people facing opposite directions)

Step Two
Cut out each shape and apply sculpture medium.  Crunch, shape, and bend people to desired shapes.  Allow to dry

Now time to assemble!  I used PaperWhimsy Amazing Alterables wood bases for my 3D art.  I painted each wood piece with white crackle paint for a simple finish.  Adhere the 3D windows and people to each base.

I hope my projects inspired you to think about your stencils in a different way and as they say, the possibilities ARE truly endless.

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day.