My roots are in cloth...I started sewing as a kid, making doll clothes out of old socks, mending and embroidering my own jeans and shirts, then moved on to making my own clothes when I was about 11. My mother was a quilter and basket maker, and my sister a home economics teacher, so they were both strong influences on me. I became a fabric designer and worked in New York's Garment Center for many years, then later transitioned to newspaper layout design.
For as long as I can remember, during school classes, business meetings or long phone calls, I have always doodled. I usually end up with swirly, leafy shapes and dots. Time permitting, I add some checks and diamonds and turn my little 3-inch sticky-note drawings into Zentangles.
For my StencilGirl® Design Team debut, I decided to embrace my roots and instincts, work with my favorite colors and shapes, and create a giant, doodle-inspired geometric painting. I pulled out a 12"x12" canvas, my drawing pencil, my favorite colors, and got to work.
|Step by step process of adding color to the design.|
|The painting, before any stencils were added.|
|An assortment of StencilGirl® designs were considered for adding interest to the painting.|
Here are a few photos of my stenciling process:
The last stencil I added was a little circle with an x through it that was part of the Stencil Club January 2019 set, called "Mash Up" designed by Mary Beth Shaw and Seth Apter. It's amazing that such a tiny little shape, spotted around the painting, was the stencil that really tied the whole painting together!
|The almost finished painting|
|Detail shots of the stenciling and hand-painted dots|
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|One of my first textile designs (left) bears a striking similarity to my latest painting (right)|
Stencil Club, March 2019, by Ann Butler, large stencil
Stencil Club, January 2019, Mash Up by Mary Beth Shaw and Seth Apter, medium stencil
Stencil Club, April 2013, Stitchery by Mary Beth Shaw, medium stencil
Grove Street by Nathalie Kalbach