Friday, May 26, 2017

A Smorgasbord of Prints Made with My Four Newest Stencils


Variety spices life!  Today's post has a little of everything.





Ornamental Iron Curls was used to make the top layer (yellow) in the above print, done on blueprint paper.  Under that layer is an orange print created with another of my four new stencils, Sassy Spray.

Below, Sassy Spray appears in more prominent roles:



Ornamental Iron Curls was used in making the first layer in the above print, before Sassy Spray was used to make the top layer with white acrylic paint.


Above:  With Sassy Spray, I made a yellow print over multi-colored paper.


Above:  The layered print above was made with Sassy Spray and Pavilion Shadows. 

My fourth new stencil, Ski-Lift Works, was put to use in making the print below --






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Thursday, May 25, 2017

More Stencil-Prints? Oh Yes!


Yes, I have still more prints made with my four May 4-released stencils!



Pavilion Shadows over Ornamental Iron Curls on textured foil 

Ski-Lift Works


Ski-Lift Works 


Sassy Spray over Pavilion Shadows

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Prints Made with Stencil Combinations!


Today's post shows prints made with the combination technique shown step-by-step in yesterday's post.

Below:  Heron stencil combined with Ornamental Iron Curls stencil.  Both stencils measure 6" x 6".




 Below: Pair O' Parrots stencil (6" x 6") combined with (left) Pavilion Shadows and (right) Sassy Spray.





Below: Pair O' Parrots stencil (6" x 6") combined with (left) Ski-Lift Works and (right) Ornamental Iron Curls . 





Below:  Heron stencil combined with Ornamental Iron Curls stencil.





The May-4-released abstract stencils, in their entirety, look like this:


Ornamental Iron Curls 
Ski-Lift Works
Sassy Spray
Pavilion Shadows

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Unique Way to Combine Stencil Prints!


Years ago, when designing art rubber stamps, I enjoyed combining silhouettes of recognizable forms with abstract patterns. 

Recently, MaryBeth Shaw and Carol Baxter gave me the idea of creating the same kind of imagery simply by overlapping stencils.  Their idea became today’s post.

My first step was to match up a few of my May-4-released stencils with silhouette stencils I’ve previously designed.  

The photo below shows Heron and Pair O’ Parrots paired with Ornamental Iron Curls and Sassy Spray.  Later photos will show that I eventually included Pavilion Shadows, as well – to give each parrot an abstract pattern of its own.


The Heron stencil -- not easy to see here -- is on the left and Pair O' Parrots is on the right.  This second stencil was used in an earlier project that left yellow paint, making this stencil easier to photograph! Under the bird stencils are Ornamental Iron Curls and Sassy Spray.

After taping the silhouette stencils to my paper --




-- I used the same masking tape to block off the tops and bottoms of each of the three bird shapes.  What I left open was the center of each of these silhouettes, as shown below:




 Over the top of these openings, I taped the abstract stencils.  Notice in the photo below that I didn’t bother to tape over the feet and lower legs of Heron; there was no need, since I knew from the taped boundaries to avoid this area with the first application of paint.




Using heavy-body green paint and a Smudgee, I daubed paint through the three abstract stencils layered over the two silhouette stencils.

Left to right, below, are Curls over Heron, Pavilion Shadows over the left Parrot, and Sassy Spray over the right Parrot:




The photo below shows the paint daubed through the abstract stencils, before the stencils have been lifted.




When the stencils were lifted …




… the printed abstract areas appeared.  Click on the photo above to enlarge it and better see details.

After these areas dried, they were covered with masking tape.  Then, more paint was daubed through the newly opened stencil areas – the tops and bottoms of the bird shapes:




If the finished prints need small corrections, a Sharpie pen of matching color works beautifully. 

Watch for tomorrow's post to see the finished prints!

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Monday, May 22, 2017

ORNAMENTAL IRON CURLS 6" X 6" Stencil


Today's post focuses on just one new stencil, Ornamental Iron Curls --












When I'm all done making prints, I feel surprised at the variety that's possible with just one stencil -- with help, of course, from piles of already-prepared background papers.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Day 18 of New-Stencil Prints


This is Day 18 since the May 4 release of my 4 newest 6" x 6" stencils, Ski-Lift Works, Sassy Spray, Ornamental Iron Curls and Pavilion Shadows.

Today's post starts with prints made from Ski-Lift Works teamed with Sassy Spray --











-- and next, below, comes a printed combination made with Sassy Spray atop Pavilion Shadows:





Bringing up the rear is one more print for today:





The print above was made with Ornamental Iron Curls stencil.  Lots more prints created with this stencil will be posted tomorrow.   

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

What To Do with All These Stencil-Prints?


Besides using stencil-prints for greeting cards and art journals, I like to build collages.  Today's post shows one that I created on stretched canvas using a print made with one of my May 4-released 6" x 6" stencils, Sassy Spray.





Sassy Spray was used to make the focal point in the above collage, and to make the two prints below:









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Friday, May 19, 2017

Progressive Prints with Stencils


Isn't it fun to use new stencils over old stencil prints?

The first layer on today's multi-print image was made with a 8-inch round Gelli Plate and my 9"x 12" stencil Facets, which looks like this:





Because I used a round Gelli Plate, the blue-and-white imprint was round.  (The background was a sheet of foreign newsprint.)  Over that first print, I added a green layer with Ornamental Iron Curls, one of my four new 6" x 6" stencils:





For the next layer, I reached for yellow acrylic paint and another new stencil, Ski-Lift Works --





Above, you can see that stencil's imprint in the upper left.  Then, on the lower right, I used Ski-Lift Works once again -- by flipping it upside-down while it was still coated with that heavy-body yellow paint; I pressed it to the paper, using it in the same way a rubber stamp would be used. 

This is a work-in-progress.  As the layering process continues, some areas will be muted with tinted gesso-water washes so that a basic pattern of composition will eventually emerge.  Some type of crayon markings will make the final touches.  

The two new stencils named above look like this:


Ornamental Iron Curls 
Ski-Lift Works


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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Brand-Spanking-New Stencil-Prints Parade


Today my blog returns to a parade of art samples made with my four new 6" x 6" stencils ...

First comes a print made with Ski-Lift Works.  I used heavy-body acrylic green paint and applied the print over an old painting:





The next two prints were made with Pavilion Shadows:






And finally, the print below was made with Sassy Spray, on a paint-sample card from a house-painting supply store:





All of today's prints were created using a four-inch-wide sponge brayer loaded with heavy-body acrylic paints.

Have fun making your own prints!  Stencils make it easy!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

SASSY SPRAY -- Post Chop-Shop


Following in the footsteps of many of my earlier stencils, Sassy Spray, one of my newest 6" x 6" stencils, has been to the chop-shop.

This time, the alterations weren't major.  I merely customized the edges, using my Joyce Chen scissors -- perfect for stencil-cutting because they're sharp and have short blades.  

To make today's posted artwork, I used two of these altered stencils together:





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.  It 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.

Sassy Spray in its entirety looks like this:





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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

New Combo Prints with New (and Old) Stencils!


Time again for some prints made with more than one stencil.  All of today's prints were made with one or more of my brand-new 6" x 6" StencilGirl stencils.  Some of them were made in combination with older stencils of my design.



Above:  Okay, I lied.  This first image is not an actual print.  It's one paint-stained stencil laid atop another.  On the bottom:  Ski Lift Works.  On the top:  Sassy Spray.

Now, for the real prints --



Above:  The top print was made with Ski Lift Works, with yellow paint.  The bottom layer (blue, green and white) was made with a 8"-round Gelli Plate and my 9" x 12" Facets Stencil.



Above:  The top (yellow) layer was made with Sassy Spray.  The underneath layer was made with (top, right) one of my  stencils, which come in two sizes, 6" x 6" and 4" x 4".  The lower left print was made with my 4" x 4" Fern Fronds Silhouette stencil.  



Above:  The bottom layer (green and white) was made with a 8"-round Gelli Plate and my 9" x 12" Facets Stencil.  The top layer (left side) was made with my 6"x 6" stencil Pavilion Shadows.  The right side of the top (yellow) layer was made with the same stencil, flipped over while the paint was still wet, and pressed to the paper in the way a rubber stamp is used. 



Above:  This two-layer print was made on a white sheet of "blueprint" paper.  The bottom print, made with red paint, was created using my stencil Ski Lift Works.  The top print (yellow) was made with Ornamental Iron Curls .
Stencils used today:



Facets Stencil

Ornamental Iron Curls
Ski Lift Works


4" x 4" Fern Fronds Silhouette


Palm Fronds Silhouette 



Sassy Spray 


Pavilion Shadows

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