Friday, June 23, 2017

Catie Guse and FEATHERS 6 Stencil!


Artist Catie Guse -- a.k.a. fivefingerartstudio at Instagram -- used the following StencilGirl stencils in making art shown in my post for today: 

Cecilia Swatton's Feathers 6 stencil
Rae Missigman's Travel Note stencil
Kae Pea's Wheel in the Sky stencil
Seth Apter's Text and Texture Discovery stencil


The two photos below are taken from a full-length post here, where you can find step-by-step details, alongside Catie's complete set of photos.



Photo by Catie Guse
  


Photo by Catie Guse


The Feathers 6 stencil (6" x 6") looks like this:





Its big sister stencil, Feathers 9 (9" x 12") looks like this:





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My kudos and gratitude go to Catie Guse for choosing to use one of my stencils among the many StencilGirl stencils that went into the making of this artwork.  I think it's stunning, the look she achieved with pale pastels against deep black! 

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Honored to Say That ...


... Chris Cozen has shown StencilGirlProducts stencils, including my 6" x 6" stencil Mimosa 6, in at least one of her recently released DVDs on painting with acrylics. 

In addition, the Summer issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine carries an article by Chris Cozen, in which she writes about using stencils to build composition.  I'm delighted to say that in the shot below (taken by MaryBeth Shaw) it appears Chris has opted to include, among the many beautiful StencilGirl stencil choices, either my Tangled Pods stencil or my Dangled Pods stencil.  Or possibly both.  I may know more after picking up an issue of this magazine myself.   





Tangled Pods (9" x 12") looks like this:




And the 9" x 12" stencil Dangled Pods -- which is the reverse image -- looks like this:




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Saturday, June 17, 2017

July-August Issue of Somerset Studio Magazine


MaryBeth Shaw of StencilGirlProducts has a regular column in Somerset Studio magazine -- worth the cost of subscription, all by itself! 

What an honor, that in the July-August issue, among the many beautiful StencilGirl stencils used in these projects, MaryBeth chose to include an image -- shown below -- that she created with my 6" x 6" Heron stencil.  I love the way she layered complementary colors together in using another StencilGirl stencil in tandem with Heron!




The Heron stencil itself looks like this --






Be sure to catch this -- and every -- issue of Somerset Studio magazine!

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

"Subscribe" Disabled Today But "Follow by EMail" Continues


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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Anna Friesen and BLOOMING WHERE PLANTED Stencil


Today, I have the happy honor of posting gorgeous artwork by artist Ann Friesen, who did a beautiful job in her art journal using mt 9" x 12" stencil Blooming Where Planted.

The photo below shows Anna using the subtractive/reductive technique --





And the photo above is a close-up showing the stunning results achieved by Anna.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Mary Ann Russo's Vintage Art Journal -- Another Page in Progress, with Another Stencil


Now to showcase artwork by other artists!  Today's featured art-maker is my friend Mary Ann Russo, who's been working on an art journal with a vintage theme.  She's been using 300-lb. watercolor papers, which she will bind together in making her own book.

Mary Ann's dimensional art, shown in two shots below, was made with Liquitex flexible modeling paste, acrylic paints and my 9" x 12" stencil Vintage Script.

The full-page spread --





A close-up: 



To see more detail, especially in the sculpted, "old-plaster" look achieved by Mary Ann, you can click on the above images to enlarge them.

The Vintage Script stencil itself looks like this:





My thanks to Mary Ann Russo for allowing me to show her artwork here!

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Quick, Easy Marbling Technique with Stencils -- Guaranteed One-of-a-Kind Results Every Time!


Today's post is a re-fun but I can't resist sharing it again -- it's so much fun for me, especially since I delight in getting unpredictable results!

http://www.interweavestore.com/marbled-fabric-surface-design-dvd
 , which I learned about from my friend Mary Ann Russo, goes into depth on the topic of floating stencils on the surface of marbling liquid to create a combination stencil-and-marbled look on pieces of fabric. 


I'm not into fabric arts, but I tried this idea on printing papers -- the type of paper recommended in this short online video --

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J410yQ7PI1E   Please DO watch this short video, for complete directions.  I haven't included every detailed step in the photo captions below, but it all comes together once you see the video.

That recommended paper, copperplate paper, is a type of printmaking paper which can be found here (and is also available elsewhere):

http://www.dickblick.com/products/copperplate-paper/

And the marbling inks, Boku-Undo, can be found here:

http://www.dickblick.com/products/aitoh-boku-undo-suminagashi-marbling-kit/

The reason I went with this particular marbling process -- over the many others out there -- was (1) there is no need to prepare a special kind of floating liquid and (2) there is no need to clean stencils afterward.  That makes for quick preparation and quick clean-up -- leaving more time for having fun!

This method uses plain water as the liquid upon which the marbling inks float.  

I started with Maria McGuire's beautiful 6"X6" Stitch a Doily stencil-- http://www.stencilgirlproducts.com/product-p/s169.htm



Maria's doily stencil created the above design.

-- and the other stencils were mine: my 6"X6" stencil Kaleid --
  as well as Two Fans and Osprey Wings.


Above in this close-up of water in a foil basis, the floating blue and green inks are swirling together.  These trails of ink have been added by brush tips dipped in the inks -- reminder:  the Blick video cited above shows how to add the inks to the water.  

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

The above shot shows Maria McGuire's doily stencil floating on the water in the basin.



The following step:  Place the 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 while its "face" is downward, resting on the floating stencil and the inked water under the stencil.  

Next, the paper is lifted off the water, turned over to be face-side up, and set aside on a flat surface to dry -- and that's all there is to it!


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


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


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

Above is a close-up of one of the osprey wings.  Click on any of the above images to enlarge them.

2 CAUTIONS:   (1) 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.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Artist Katie Smith and FERNS 6 Stencil




is the blog address of Kathie Smith, who used Ferns 6 to decorate a piece of sliced wood from Walnut Hollow to embark on brand-new creative territory by making plant-dollies.  Isn't it fun to find ever more ways to use stencils?!  Once again, here is a project that never would have occurred to me.  But I can readily enjoy seeing the results when someone else develops an innovative idea!

You can get full step-by-step directions behind these photos by clicking on Kathie Smith's blog, above.







You can also keep up with Katie Smith on Facebook.

My Ferns 6 stencil looks like this:




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Friday, June 2, 2017

Elise Bky (a.k.a. Elise Buskey) and CLUSTERED LEAVES


The stunning artwork below was done by Elise Buskey, using Tim Holtz' Oxide Inkpads with sprinkles of water --




-- and the stencil she chose was my 9" x 12" Clustered Leaves , shown in its entirety below --





(If you're like me, you'll cut off the outer rectangular border of this stencil to make its design more versatile.  Trust me, the leaves will all hang together!)

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

More SASSY SPRAY!


In following yesterday's post, today I'm posting another artwork (on a 12" x 9" gallery-wrap canvas) that I've created with the same "start-technique" mentioned yesterday.

Again, I used a pair of Sassy Spray stencils that I'd slightly altered... 




 I'm not at liberty to describe the technique that I used on this painting, since it was shown on a video that's included in the June 2015 Stencil-of-the-Month package for StencilGirls' StencilClub members.  This package can be back-ordered; directions are here

At this point, I'm considering this artwork finished.  Usually I take the form forward from its "start-step" but this time I decided not to.


Sassy Spray in its entirety looks like this:





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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

SASSY SPRAY 6" X 6" stencil -- Reworked Art



Earlier this month, I posted an artwork I'd made on canvas using a pair of Sassy Spray stencils that I had slightly altered.  This is what the art looked like at, then:




I liked all of it except for the upper left side.  I wasn't satisfied with the focal point that I'd tried to establish there. 

So I re-worked the art.  Its new version is below --





I'm not at liberty to describe the technique that I used to start this painting, since it was shown on a video that's included in the June 2015 Stencil-of-the-Month package for StencilGirls' StencilClub members.  This package can be back-ordered; directions are here

But that process was only the start of this particular acrylic painting, done on 12" x 9" gallery-wrap canvas. 

After that first step, I used a variety of sizes of flat-tipped brushes to add yellow highlights in emphasizing areas of the design.  I also added a number of layers of zinc white acrylic paint to mute areas of lesser interest.  And I used a nearly-empty bottle of this paint to add a spatter in the lower middle area.

When I came back to re-work the piece, I repeated the start-technique in one area on the right side.

Then I used Gelatos.  I applied them dry, then brushed over them with liquid acrylic matte medium, to spread the color, and set it.

I also masked off a small area on the right before spattering it with the same zinc white paint that I'd used originally, in making spatters elsewhere.

Sassy Spray in its entirety looks like this:





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Monday, May 29, 2017

3-Layered Stencil Print


This post focuses on multi-layering.  Today's art sample started life as a Gelli Plate print using my stencil Facets.  Altho Facets is rectangular, measuring 9"x12", the background image here is round, since I used the 8-inch round Gelli Plate.   




The middle-layer print, made with green acrylic paint and a sponge applicator, was created using one of my just-released stencils, Curls.

The top layer was made with a 4-inch-wide sponge brayer, loaded with heavy-body yellow acrylic paint, using another new 6" x 6" stencil, Lines and Squares.

The original piece of paper was cut from one of those gigantic rolls of heavy-duty paper used by contractors and other builders, as a protective cover for hallway carpeting and similar areas.  It's tough paper, meant to be walked on and abused, but the "wrong" side of this paper is smooth -- and a shade of salmon-mauve that I find attractive.  I bought my roll of this paper in a household paint supply store.

Stencils used in this post:


Curls 


Lines and Squares


Facets Stencil (9" x 12")

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

More Stencil-Combo Prints Made with My Brand-New Stencils


Again today I'll post yet more stencil combinations, using the full stencils and placing them atop one another -- either directly on top, or off to one side.  I'm still making the prints with a 4-inch-wide sponge brayer loaded with heavy-body acrylic paints.  My substrates are "found" papers of various kinds. 



Above: Ski- Lift Works was the main stencil used here, on a substrate that had been previously printed with on a Gelli Plate.  On the right, I made a direct print with the stencil, using green paint.  To the left of that print, I made a "rubber stamped" print by flipping the stencil over -- while its paint was still wet -- and pressing it to the substrate.  Another layer in this multi-layered print was made with Sassy Spray.

Above:  On blueprint paper, I first printed with Sassy Spray.  The stencil I used in my top-layer print was Ski-Lift Works.
Above:  I used Sassy Spray for the top-layer (yellow) print.  I chose green paint for the bottom layer.  The stencil used there (with green paint) was Pavilion Shadows.

These 3 stencils look like this:


Ski-Lift Works 
Sassy Spray 
Pavilion Shadows

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

More Prints Made with ORNAMENTAL IRON CURLS 6" X 6" Stencil


Ornamental Iron Curls has grown into my favorite of my four May-4-released stencils!












Any questions about art samples made in these posts?  Just leave them in Comments and I'll reply!

The Ornamental Iron Curls 6x6 stencil looks like this:




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