Wednesday, August 5, 2020

StencilClub Voices Create with the Shaw-Apter At the Improv Mash-Up Set

From Jewelry to Cards this month's StencilClub Voices, Sherie Weiser Eddy, Marge Taylor, Lucy Medeiros Tyson, and I, Carol Baxter, have an explosion of inspirational ideas for you!

Jewelry? Yes!

Paintings? You bet!
Cards? Quite a few.

They began with:

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Sherie's Mixed Media Take-Out, Necklace, 
and Stenciled Paper

Sherie says: First up is an upcycled Chinese take out food container. (Washed and bleached, of course!) I gessoed both sides, then stenciled it with acrylic paints in lots of layers. The last layer is gold foil: I used tacky-when-dry medium through stencils and adhered gold foil. The chain is made of Sari ribbon, fabric wrapped vintage key, vintage tag, and beads.

Necklace: This was stenciled with acrylic paints on bleached muslin. Then I added eyelets with my Crop-A-Dile, and strung 2 rows of beads. On each end of the necklace I used bits of fabric I dyed with Tumeric and machine stitched it on. The two reddish beads on the second strand are lava beads. Used for holding essential oils, which I added.

“Your Voice Matters” This is a piece of my recent eco-dyed paper stenciled with the left-over acrylic paints and some Dina Wakley gloss sprays. 

Marge's Art Journal Page and Mixed Media Tags

Marge says: For the journal page, I often tear interesting words and phrases from magazines, to use at a later time. It felt like a good time to use this particular sentiment.

I also made the set of tags, and then thought I’d like to make a card to accompany the tags.

Lucy's Vibrant Paintings

Lucy says: I love mixed media, so I was excited to get August 2020 stencils from Seth Apter for StencilClub. I love the large grid stencil with the circles interspersed at intervals, the smaller stencils have a variety of mark-making shapes you can use in a variety of ways. I used multiple products, acrylic paint and inks, texture paste, collage, Neocolor II water-soluble crayons, Posca paint pens, and Pan Pastels. I also used some extra stencils by Seth Apter Recede M285 and Valarie Sjoden Celtic Spirals L764.  

The Zen of Improv Note Card Making with Carol

My goal one recent weekend afternoon was to use cards I had started and put down and create something, either simple or complex, that was snail mail worthy.

I must say, At the Improv is a go-to set for integration.

These first two have just the dancers in orange, so I used the large At the Improv stencil to put the ballerina silhouette behind the "window" and the leaping dancer in front. Then I embellished just a bit with gel pens and the small Improv stencil.

I began with several partially painted backgrounds and one with words, which I honestly did not think was salvageable. Mary Beth knows best and when she says to keep painting. Bronze paint knocked just enough of the sloppiness from a black crayon out.

I was listening to the song Jet Lag by Joss Stone while cutting and gluing and painting these last two cards. She was singing about how love makes you feel crazy bad and crazy good. Red, black, tan, and white came together just as I hoped. I used a craft knife to cut layers.

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