Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Washi and Watercolor, Collage, Inks, & a Homage to Vets by StencilClub Voices

Hello and welcome! What do you see in the abstract shapes and patterns of this StencilClub set and what will those visions lead you to create?

Our wonderful StencilClub Voices, Geri Beam, Tricha Hartman, Amy Vetter, (and me) broke out watercolors, acrylics, and our imaginations to collage, paint, ink, and washi our merry way with Mary Beth Shaw's Private Collection. 

Geri Beam's Computer Bug & Watercolor

Geri found these stencils to be versatile. When she first saw them, she thought about circuit boards and computers and also saw the flowers and twigs. 

This first piece is called Computer Bug

Geri says, "This was done on black paper using Tim Holtz Oxide Spray.  I put a layer of gel medium down on the places where I wanted the "chips" and circuits so that they would appear black.  I then rubbed the surface with oxide inks.  Once it was dry I used the stencil and a baby wipe to wipe away parts and pieces. I used Sharpie water-based paints to color the 'bug' with his bug eyes.  Needless to say, I had a fun time doing this project."

"The next piece is my first watercolor painting. I used the stencil to color with watercolor paint and then dabbed away the excess water. I started with the flowers from the stencil. Next, I added the grass at the bottom using the other part of the large stencil. I am happy that my first watercolor turned out. Couldn't have done it without the stencil."

Geri loves the versatility of this club set. She used alcohol ink dropped over the stencil. When it dried she cleaned the stencil with alcohol and pressed it onto watercolor paper.

Tricha Hartman's Memories Painting

All the little details in this collage are quite enjoyable!

Amy Vetters' Veteran's Day Poppies

Amy says, "I played with gelatin prints for quite a while before I finally settled on using this one for a background. It is a gelatin monoprint background with acrylic paint, then stenciled over with more paint for details and embellished with a black Sharpie and white Posca pen. It was a little bit of a struggle [abstracts], but we need to expect that with art. It does not always come easy. But worth it."

"Veteran's Day Poppies" November 11, 2019. By Amy Vetter, Roseburg, Oregon.

Carol Baxter's Washi Tape

Carol says, "A few years ago Kiala Givehand made washi with removable first-aid tape. (You can see it here.)

"I have had a roll or two sitting in a drawer for far too long and it called to me when I sat looking at the abstract December StencilClub set.

Armed with stencils, butcher paper (the shiny side), a paper trimmer, tape, and paint, I spent an afternoon making a dozen different 7ish by 7ish inches sheets of washi. I cut the tape in different widths and added Avery Label round stickers for good measure. Later, while half-watching TV, I doodled with pens to complete the tape. 

"Here are a few of the sheets, ready for art collage, card making, or gifting to an art friend."

The negative to using butcher paper is not being able to easily see the washi strips or dots.

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