Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Stenciled digital play inspired by a favorite art book

Let's get digital!

I bring you stencilicious greetings from behind my dual screen desktop.

The work pictured above evolved from a piece of paper I gel printed in a class with Carolyn Dube.

Some years ago and ever inspired by the digital art of my friend Pamela Huntington, I was prompted to purchase Digital Expressions, Creating Digital Art with Adobe Photoshop Elements by Susan Tuttle.

The book sits on the shelf with my manuals rather art books but when I thought of this month's theme I decided gel printed paper + a pic of my daughter manipulated in Photoshop Elements would be perfect. Bonus: I still have my paper to use for something later. 

I used the watercolor filter over colored pencil on the photo.

The hardest thing for me is having a steady enough hand to make the "marching ants" from the Magic Wand or Lasso tools go exactly where I want them.

Before, using the Square Dance Stencil by Terri Stegmiller (it comes in large and small sizes):

I played with the Hue, as well as Saturation and Contrast, under the Adjust Color settings until I forced the color I had originally painted to match her red lips. After:

I used 3 different cookie cutter shapes to give the edges of my layers a torn look for more visual interest.

The background of this one was gel printed in layers with the Clustered Leaves Stencil (at least I think so) by Cecilia Swatton and the Solar System Stencil by Carolyn Dube. 

I turned the stenciled image and only played with the hue a little. 

Absolute Focus
Thanks for letting me share with you. Be sure and check out all the other completely amazing posts on StencilGirl Talk as we learn new art techniques together.

Wishing you an art-filled day!
Carol B.


  1. Very cool effect Carol! Love it! Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

  2. Going digital adds a whole new level Carol! Awesome!

  3. Very appealing work! I especially like the red one. The framed portrait and the strong, contrasting colors really work.


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