Saturday, March 23, 2019


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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

2 StencilGirl StencilClub Members Showcasing their Art


Artist Lisa Dobry often leans toward an earthen palate and she handles those earthy colors beautifully!


Above:  Click on image to enlarge it.  Print by Lisa Dobry using my 6" x 6" stencil Heron.


Above:  Artist Kate Palmer using Palm Fronds Silhouette Stencil Small, which measures 6" x 6" (and also comes in a 4" x 4" size.)


Above:  The finished art by artist Kate Palmer.
Above:  Artist Lisa Dobry once again!  Creating these beautiful pieces, she used my 6" x 6" Pressed Leaves stencil as well as one of my Pods series stencils.  Feel free to click on the above image to enlarge it and better see details.

My Pods series of stencils and masks include:


Small Dangled Pods Stencil (6" x 6")

Small Tangled Pods Mask (6" x 6")

Dangled Pods Stencil (9" x 12")

Tangled Pods Mask (9" x 12")

Many thanks to these two artists for allowing me to show their artwork here!  Kate Palmer's art had originally appeared in StencilGirl's StencilTalk blog.

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

PRAYER FLAGS and the Reductive/Subtractive Technique


A technique called reductive or substractive has been highlighted in this blog before.  

Today's post won't repeat those directions with those step-by-step photos; instead, it will show a new stretched canvas with a background created almost entirely with this technique.

The stencil used in today's project is my 9" x 12" Prayer Flags --





 Below are three close-ups showing different areas of the stretched canvas....



Above:  This reductive/subtractive area was done with Titanium White acrylic paint over a multi-hued background.



Above:  After the reductive technique was used in this area, I came back in with diluted acrylic paint and added these orange highlights.

Above:  This reductive/subtractive area was done with Titan Buff acrylic paint over a multi-layered background.  One of the background layers had undergone the same technique, but with blue paint.
Above:  a close-up of the focal point when the painting is near completion.  The blue foreground is the stencil itself, stained and added with heavy matte medium to become a collage element.

Above:  The entire canvas, at the point of near-completion.

Below:  Note the right side of the canvas, now that an art crayon has been used to add a blue line.  This line was then covered with matte medium to set it permanently in place.


The final version appears above; its title is Go Fly a Kite!

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

GARDEN MONTAGE 9" x 12" Stencil



Wanting to remind myself that spring is on its way, I've been making prints with my 9" x 12" stencil Garden Montage --




Some of the prints line up below:












And some of the collages I've made with them are below:












This is only the tip of the iceberg -- I enjoy using this stencil over and over!  I'll post more pieces made with it at a later date.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

THISTLES in the Artistic Hands of Jenny Marples


Artist Jenny Marples has done a blow-my-mind job with the three-dimensional artwork she created --




Feel free to click on this image to enlarge it, so you can better see the details of this work!

The front image in this dimensional work was created with my 9" x 12" stencil Thistle--




This particular design is also available in a 6" x 6" size --


Small Thistles

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Visit Jenny's blog here! -- to learn how she created today's fabulous artwork.

Thanks for stopping by today!  

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Leftover Paint paired with Stencils!


When working on any painting, I always have leftover acrylic paints, which I could try to save for the next painting session.  But I find that I get better results when I use up all of each day's paint and start fresh with the next time I bring paint to canvas.

So I use a sponge brayer, stencils and collage papers (leftovers from earlier projects) to use up this extra paint, rather than try to save it. 



Above:  a sponge brayer being loaded with leftover acrylic paint.

Above:  a loaded brayer being run across my 6" x 6" stencil Sassy Spray.  Note the stencil has been secured to the substrate  with green masking tape.  This is to keep the stencil in place while the pressure of the brayer rolls over it.

Some prints I've made with leftover paints:



Made with 6" x 6" stencils Pressed Leaves and Feathers 6.


Made with 9" x 12" stencil Wrought Iron Gate.


Made with 6" x 6" stencils Quilted Flower Garden and Small Dangled Pods.


Made with 6" x 6" stencil Swatton Links.

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Monday, March 4, 2019

CLUSTERED LEAVES, LOOPY LADDERS and other StencilGirl Stencils in an Art Journal


Please visit here to see StencilGirl Creative Team Member Louise Nelson showing a plethora of photos to describe the creative work she did in an art journal.  

I'm delighted that, among other StencilGirl stencils, Louise chose to include two of my 9" x 12" stencils, Clustered Leaves and Loopy Ladders.  



 Clustered Leaves 


Loopy Ladders

Curious to see these two stencils used in other applications?  Below is a work-in-progress of mine.  Its pale background has been established with acrylic paints and Loopy Ladders....




And ....




The above photo shows another background -- this time a dark one -- created with Loopy Ladders, while the foreground has been created with three leaves cut from a Clustered Leaves stencil; after cutting them free from the stencil, I added them as collage elements over the background.  

Stencils can be used in so many ways!

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Step-by-Step Photos


Today's post focuses on a 3-dimensional project that's still in the works.

Its base is a stretched canvas that I coated with two colors of acrylic paint.

After that paint had dried, I used masking tape to secure two of my stencils to the canvas; then, with a plastic artist's spatula, I spread molding paste thru both stencils.  (A credit card works just as well for this step.)  




Above:  the top stencil is Mimosa 6, which measures 6" x 6", and the  bottom stencil is its "big sister" stencil, Mimosa, which measures 9" x 12".

Below:  the stencils have been lifted off the canvas and placed into a basin of water, to keep the paste from hardening on them.  Later, I would lift the stencils from the water and wipe them clean with paper towels.





After the paste has had time to dry completely -- and no longer feels "cool" to the touch -- I used the spatula to place opaque white acrylic paint and orange acrylic paint onto a disposable plate.  I mixed the two colors only slightly.  With the same spatula, I spread this paint across part of the raised images, as shown below.








The photo above shows that my next step was to start brushing green liquid acrylic paint onto selected areas.

Below, another photo shows more green being introduced, this time in the form of Golden High Flow Acrylic paint.









The photo above shows a close-up of the artwork at this stage of its progress.  The photo below is another close-up, of a different area --





I diluted white acrylic paint and spattered it across part of the surface.  Two close-ups below show this spatter --








This is as far as the work has progressed.  Now I've set it aside to await further inspiration!

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Artist Janis Graham and CATS


Artist Janis Graham created the greeting card below using "Stencil Guts" that had come from the making of my 6" x 6" stencil Cats.  To get these figures, the traced around the "Stencil Gut" on the back of a sheet of marbled paper.





The Cats stencil looks like this --





It was the Cats stencil itself -- along with other StencilGirl stencils --that Janis used in making two of the ATCs in the photo immediately below:



Please click on this photo to enlarge it and better see detail -- my special favorite is the upmost card.


Above:  Another artwork by Janis.


Many thanks to Janis for sending me this photo showing her ATCs!

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