Sunday, August 19, 2018

Using 9" x 12" stencils PRAYER FLAGS & THISTLES

I created this piece while taking an online class with Joan Fullerton

Part of Joan's painting process involves using stencils.  So in developing the background for today's piece, I used Prayer Flags stencil, shown here:

When it came time to build up a focal area in the painting, I chose another 9" x 12" stencil, Thistle --

-- but, rather than use the stencil as-is, with spaces between flowers and stalks, I decided I wanted an overlapping image.

So I used this stencil three times, lifting after each imprint.  After giving each imprint time to dry, I placed the stencil back onto the same area, bringing the images together ... the way they would appear if this were a bouquet being held in someone's hand.

The result:

For a completely different look, I cut the Prayer Flags stencil into pieces and used them to make a print --

-- and my next step was to cut the print down to fit on a greeting card cover.  The cut-down paper then became background for a photo I'd taken years ago --

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Artist Marsha Valk & CLUSTERED LEAVES Stencil & Brand-New Columnist for StencilGirl Talk!

Artist Marsha Valk has been featured in an earlier blog post; at that time, she delighted me with the way she had used, among other StencilGirl stencils, my 9" x 12" stencil Clustered Leaves, with bright pink paint in developing this beautiful accordion-fold book.  With a print made using this stencil, she created a circular frame for "The moon was yellow and the night was young" -- 

Marsha Valk was recently selected by MaryBeth Shaw as one of the brand-new StencilGirl Columnists!  You can check out all the details here.

My stencil Clustered Leaves looks like this in its entirety --

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Marbling with Stencils! Starring Art by Irma Philmus!

Over the summer, my friend Mary Ann Russo hosted a play date at her home, inviting mutual friends of ours to join in on a marbling session.

One of these friends, Irma Philmus, went home at the day's end with these fantastic artworks under her arm --

In making these marbled pieces, Irma chose to use my 9" x 12" stencil Thistle.

Her approach was similar to one that I'd used several years ago ...

I'd chosen marbling inks, Boku-Undo, that can be found here:

The reason I had opted for this particular marbling process -- over the many other approaches to marbling -- was (1) I didn't need to prepare a special kind of floating liquid; nor (2) did I need to clean stencils afterward.  That made for quick preparation and quick clean-up -- leaving more time for having fun!

My method used plain water as the liquid upon which the marbling inks float.  

I started with Maria McGuire's beautiful 6"X 6" Stitch a Doily stencil-- 

Maria's doily stencil created the above design.

-- and the other stencils were mine: my 6"X 6" stencil Kaleid --
  as well as Two Fans (9" x 12") and Osprey Wings (6" x 6").

I used a disposable foil basin filled with water; to its surface I gently added inks -- first dipping brush tips into the inks, one by one, followed by touching these inked brush tips to the surface of the water.

Above:  Water in a foil basin with  floating blue and green inks that were swirling together.  These trails of ink had been added by brush tips dipped in the inks.

 After these inks have been added, the next step, shown below, was to GENTLY float a stencil on the surface of the water:

Above-- Maria McGuire's doily stencil floating on the water in the basin.

The following step:  I placed printmaking paper gently atop the water's surface, sandwiching the stencil between the paper and the floating inks.  In the above shot, you see the paper from its bottom/back-side, while its "face" is downward, resting on the unseen floating stencil and the unseen inked water under the stencil.  

My last step was to lift the printmaking paper, turn is over to be face-up and set it aside on a flat surface to dry -- and that's all there was to it!

Above:  This print was made with my 9"X12" stencil Two Fans.

 Above is a marbled print using my 6"x6" stencil Osprey Wings.

Above is a marbled print using my 6"X6" stencil Kaleid.

Above:  Marbled background created with 6" x 6" stencil KaleidForeground collaged stained stencils include parts of 9" x 12" It's Jungle Out There, 6" x 6" stencil Mimosa 6, and part of Lizzie Mayne's Shattered Stencil. 

Above:  Made with my 6" x 6" stencil Feathers 6.

3 CAUTIONS:   (1) I found that it works best to use fresh, dry stencils for each and every dip.  Wet stencils don't float as well on the surface of the water.  So have a lot of stencils at hand! 

(2) As soon as the paper gets saturated -- a matter of seconds -- immediately lift it from the surface of the water.  Long soaks are not needed, and they tend to disrupt the stencil design.

(3)  With this technique, the best results come from using stencils that are 6" x 6" or 4" x 4".

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Video! CLUSTERED LEAVES Stencil, Sherry Canino and a Gelli Plate!

Here's a video done by Sherry Canino using my 9" x 12" stencil Clustered Leaves--

If visiting upstate NY in the Finger Lakes area, be sure to stop in at Canino's Artistic Cafe! -- 106 Metropolitan Pk. Drive, Liverpool, NY.

You can keep up with Sherry online here.

Clustered Leaves Stencil looks like this --

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Artist Kate Palmer doing Fantastic Work with 4" x 4" Stencil PALM FRONDS SILHOUETTE MINI

Using this link, you can travel back in time to a now-ended blog hop that featured a full line-up of artists, including Kate Palmer.  Kate delighted me by using one of my stencils -- 4" x 4" Palm Fronds Silhouette Mini, -- along with Lindy's art-making powders and sprays.  (In Kate's top photo below, you can also see her using the Colorbox Stylus Tool for pressing color thru stencil openings -- in this way, she gets a print with all the fine details of the stencil.)   Kate's results were breathtaking!

Click here to see Kate Palmer's step-by-step demo-video.

Many thanks to Kate!  And to you my blog readers!

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

FANTASIA 9" x 12" Stencil

Above is the imprint left on a stretched canvas after I'd used multiple shades of acrylic paint with my 9" x 12" stencil Fantasia.

After the stencil had a build-up of stain from projects like this, I decided to cut it into pieces so I could use them as collage elements on another stretched canvas --

Here are art samples of other prints I've made with this stencil ....

The three similar pieces above were all made with the subtractive/reductive technique.  Want directions, with step-by-step photos, for this technique?  Just check here.

My Fantasia stencil in its entirety looks like this --

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Gift Bags Decorated with Stencil-Prints!

I've made the happy discovery that plain white gift bags can be bought very cheaply!  If I remember correctly, I found mine at  But I've also seen them at art/craft stores like Michaels.

For this project I've made on pages from old encyclopedias.  I chose pages with botanical illustrations so there would be some rhyme-and-reason to the finished look.  To make these first three prints below, I used my 6" x 6" Ginkgo stencil.

Below are two similar prints, made with my 6" x 6" stencil Silhouette of a Wildflower Bouquet.

After the prints dried, I cut them out, then used a gluestick to add them to both sides of the gift bags.  Below are several giftbags created this way...

Above:  Another 6" x 6" stencil, Swatton Flowers Version 1, was used to make this print.

Above:  Silhouette of a Wildflower Bouquet Stencil (also 6" x 6") was used to make this print.

Above:  This print was made with 9' x 12" Thistles Stencil, placed over a print originally made with 9" x 12" Fantasia Stencil and 6" x 6" Tiger Lily stencil.  These details can be better seen if you click on this image to enlarge it.

At least three other members of StencilGirl Stencil Club have been brave enough to print with stencils directly onto giftbags!  That's a great idea.  But my giftbags were not completely flat when folded shut, so I chose this easier approach.   

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Sunday, July 29, 2018


I've posted before about my tendency to cut up stencils that are stained as result of earlier art projects, then use them in collage on canvas.  Well, I've done it again ...

To create the frame on this 12" x 12" stretched canvas, I used Golden High Flow acrylics and the following stencils:

Mimosa 6 (6" x 6")

It's a Jungle Out There (9" x 12")

Prayer Flags (9" x 12")

Palm Fronds Silhouette Small (6" x 6")

I covered the central area of the canvas with a layer of Titanium White acrylic paint, to provide a bright white background for the cut-up, stained stencils.  Once the paint was dry, I used gel matte medium to add the stencil bits -- except for Palm Fronds Silhouette Small, which I used in its entirety.

With the exception of Mimosa 6, the stained pieces that became collage elements are all of the stencils listed above.

The cut-up stencils used in today's post looked like this, originally --

Above (9" x 12"):  It's a Jungle Out There
Above:  Prayer Flags (9" x 12")

And Mimosa 6, used in making the border, looks like this:

Mimosa 6 measures 6" x 6" and has a big cousin measuring 9" x 12" --

Above:  Mimosa Stencil (9" x 12")

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Nancy Sanderson Curry and HOT AIR BALLOON & MASK

Nancy Curry -- one of my fellow-stencil designers at -- has once again delighted me in her use of one of my stencils in her series of artworks created with Citrasolv prints.  (Be sure to catch up with Nancy here.) 

This time, Nancy has used one of my two Hot Air Balloon Stencils and Masks, which in their entirety look like this --

Note:  Both the 6"x 6" Stencil-and-Mask set and the Mini 4" x 4" Stencil-and-Mask set look like the image above.  The only difference is in size.  Outer dimensions of the larger set are 6"x 6" -- this includes both a stencil and a mask.  Likewise, the outer dimensions of the mini set are 4"x 4" -- and that 4"x 4" sheet of Mylar contains both a stencil and a mask.  Sizes of each individual stencil and each mask are correspondingly smaller than the outer sizes of 6" x 6" and 4" x 4".

Below is the view shown at --

In the above alternate view, the mask is shown on the far right.  The set arrives with the mask still in place, cozily next to the stencil.  It's made to be removed very easily.

Nancy's choice in this case was the 4" x 4" version -- Mini Hot Air Balloon and Mask.  Hers artwork is so gorgeous, I want to clap in hearty applause!

Above:  unframed version.  Click on this image to enlarge it to better see details.

Above:  framed version.  Stunning!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Stencil Prints on Canvas and Paper -- GARDEN MONTAGE and other Stencils

Several days ago, I posted photos of some 9" x 12" stretched canvases that I'd painted using Garden Montage, my recently released 9" x 12" stencil at StencilGirl.

Another canvas in that series is now in progress....

It's not finished yet, but, so far, I'm liking this departure from the colors I'd been using on earlier pieces in this series.  Like the earlier versions, this one started with an all-over print created with Garden MontageAfter that layer had been covered with two coats of zinc white (translucent) acrylic paint, I began adding layers of green and gold acrylic paints, using my 9" x 12" stencil Queen Anne's Lace.  I also added some white spray paint, to mute out areas that I no longer wanted.

Below is a print that started life as a print made with Ornamental Iron Curls, one of my 6" x 6" stencils --

-- and that original print is still somewhat visible thru the print made over it; this new print was laid down with Garden Montage stencil.

While making prints for the announcement of this new stencil release, I quickly came to see that I especially liked the Garden Montage prints that were made over earlier prints that had emerged when I'd used my 9" x 12" stencil Prayer Flags --

-- and the photo above shows yet another of these prints.  I like the contrast between the rigid geometric shapes of Prayer Flags and the curving, organic shapes that form Garden Montage.  With the above print, my goal was to maximize this contrast by using colors that are near-opposites on the color wheel.

Below is another print using the same approach; this time, on a starting background of foreign newsprint.  Prayer Flags was used in making the partial print, in purple, on the right.  Garden Montage and opaque green paint formed the top layer -- 

The print below was made on an old sheet of copy paper that I'd computer-printed with a pattern of faint grey speckles --

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