Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Infuse your art with a natural feel with aboriginal stencils by Mary Beth Shaw and garden inspired stencils by Cecilia Swatton

There two artist/designers could not be more different, in fact, you could say that about most of our stencil designers, and we like it that way!

Abstract or realistic, these stencils do have a natural feel in common.


These four new mini stencils by Mary Beth Shaw were Shaped with an aboriginal feel. Imagine the possibilities as you use them to shape your art ~ stencil one as a focal point, doodle within the larger areas, stencil first and then doodle words ~ go with the flow. 

The paths and channels, dots, sections, and ladders depicted in these stencils give the user a host of options. Rotate and flip them as you create art!

Enter the Gardens

All her life Cecilia Swatton has loved seeing berries on vines during winter; and more recently, she fell in love with masks and stencils that mirror one another. She says, "I enjoy using them together as much as I enjoy using them separately."

Our products are as pictured. The white part is the mylar, the black is where the paint goes.
Winter Berries Mask L677 and Stencil L678, both are 9"x12"

Fun with Golden High Flow acrylics, Golden liquid acrylics, a black Sharpie marker; and Sennelier Abstract Innovative Acrylic paint.

Cecilia says, "Nemours Mansion and Gardens is a scenic side-trip for anyone visiting Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA. These gardens, lush with greenery and giddy with flowers, inspired me with every step I took. I designed Garden at Nemours Mask in memory of this happy experience. The best mementos are ones you make yourself!"

You'll also spy 2 other stencils in the artwork below: Silhouette of a Wildflower Bouquet and Fern Fronds Silhouette Mini.

These leaves and flowers were, in real life, hanging vertically, but in designing her Longwood Florals Mask L675and Longwood Florals Stencil L676, Cecilia endeavored to create designs that could be used either right-side-up or upside-down. Both are 9"x12".

Our products are as pictured. The white part is the mylar, the black is where the paint goes.
The designs were inspired by Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. The gardens have long been one of Cecilia's favorite places to visit. She says, "Flowers of every description and leaves of every shape delight the eye and stir the imagination."

This is a simple collage. The substrate is a page from an old encyclopedia that has a floral illustration in the upper right; it's mounted on a sheet of matboard, for stability.  Glued over it is the mask itself, paint-stained from having been used in previous projects.

We just love the colors, don't you?! 

You can check out all the latest stencils right HERE.

1 comment:

  1. Enjoyed the photos and explanations. I don't have much experience with stencils and it is inspiring to see how they can be used to create such beauty.
    PS - will post pics of my new yarn soon :-)


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