Monday, October 15, 2018


Creating the art below, I used Longwood Florals Mask (on the left) and, on the right, It's a Jungle Out There Stencil.  Both measure 9" x 12".

Below is another piece, this one developed by pairing Longwood Florals Mask with Garden Montage and Buds StencilAll three are 9" x 12".

The three photos below show art developed with Longwood Florals Mask and Garden Montage.  

The other stencils used in today's samples include:

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

Buds Stencil (9" x 12")

Garden Montage (9" x 12")
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Sunday, October 14, 2018


Winter Berries Stencil (9" x 12")

Winter Berries Mask (9" x 12")

This stencil-and-mask set are exact opposites of each other. 

Today's post includes art made with the two together ....

Above:  a close-up showing detail.

These combinations barely scratch the surface of possibilities of pairing these opposites.  You will think of better ways to do it!

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Saturday, October 13, 2018


Today's post features Garden at Nemours Mask, which measures 6" x 6".  The art sample above was created on an old paper scrap that I'd previously painted and covered with random scribbles.

Below is a similar print, this one made on old newsprint that had been partially spattered with sprays of acrylic paint.

The art above was printed on another sheet of old newsprint, which has been previously painted with zinc white acrylic paint, which is translucent, allowing some of the print to show.

The sample below was a double-print made with this mask.  The first print shows up faintly in the center-to-mid-right, near the top.  

Today's final sample, above, was created on an old sheet of paper that had been painted and scribbled over.  

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Friday, October 12, 2018


Working on Fredrix Watercolor stretched canvas, I developed a painting that's shown in its first phase below.

In the upper left I used my 6" x 6" mask Garden at Nemours.

To its right and directly under it, I used my 4" x 4" Fern Fronds Silhouette Mini.

On the lower right I used Silhouette of a Wildflower Bouquet, which measures 6" x 6".

Maybe I should have left the painting as it appears above.  You can be the judge!

Instead of leaving it as it appears above, I decided on further development.  The result is below --

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

5 Just-Released Stencils and Masks!

These five brand-new stencils and masks are --

s658 Garden at Nemours.....6"x 6"

l675 Longwood Florals Mask.....9"x 12"

L678 Winter Berries Stencil.....9"x 12"

Today's post will show samples of art made with each of these new stencils and masks.

l675 Longwood Florals Mask

The artwork above is ready to be framed.  Its background is an old encyclopedia page that has a floral design in the upper right.  Glued over that is the mask itself, stained with paints after being used in a variety of art projects.

L676 Longwood Florals Stencil
Above is a double-print made with the same stencil.  The first print was made with yellow acrylic paint on a yellow-orange background paper.  After that dried, I placed the stencil back on the paper, spacing it so that it would be somewhat off-key with the original print.  Then I used purple acrylic paint to make the second print.

L678 Winter Berries Stencil

The artwork above was created on an old sheet of paper that had been printed and over-printed several times.  I could have used a Gelli Plate to make the topmost print with this new stencil, but instead, I decided to place the stencil onto the paper and go over it using a sponge brayer loaded with heavy-body acrylic paint.  The next 2 photos below show my process ....

Above:  a sponge brayer is being loaded with heavy-body acrylic paint.

Above:  a paint-loaded brayer is being run over a stencil.  (The stencil pictured in this example is Sassy Spray, a stencil previously released at StencilGirl.)

The art below was created with Golden high flow acrylics on a Fredrix Watercolor stretched canvas.  I prefer this type of stretched canvas because it has a smooth surface that picks up even fine details of a mask or a stencil.  

L677 Winter Berries Mask.....9"x 12"

s658 Garden at Nemours

Like an earlier example in this post, my artwork above was created on an old sheet of paper that had been printed and over-printed several times.  I could have used a Gelli Plate to make the topmost print with this new stencil, but instead, I decided to place the stencil onto the paper and go over it using a sponge brayer loaded with heavy-body acrylic paint.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

LONGWOOD FLORALS MASK and STENCIL -- 2 of 5 Brand-New Stencils and Masks!

Longwood Florals Mask and Longwood Florals Stencil each measure 9" x 12" and are two of five brand-new releases available today at StencilGirl!

Longwood Florals Stencil ... 9" x 12"

l675 Longwood Florals Mask.....9"x 12"

The first project highlighted in today's post uses the mask.

I designed this mask (and its matching stencil) to be used either upside down, or right-side-up.  However, the original flowers and leaves were dangling as shown in the first photo below.  You can click on the image to enlarge it and better see detail.

First, I'd placed the mask onto the white canvas.  Above, on the left, are the disposable plate and sponge that I used to add Liquitex Super Heavy Gesso over the entire canvas.  I used one hand to hold the mask in place as I dabbed the surface with this ultra-thick gesso.  Since I was working toward a 3-D effect, I did a lot of up-and-down pouncing with the gesso-laden sponge.  I could have used any other white texture medium, such as heavy-body Titanium White acrylic paint, or any of the modeling paste gels, or one of the heavy-body gels.

Immediately after covering the canvas with gesso, I lifted off the mask and placed it in a basin of water.  That way, the gesso on the ask wouldn't harden while I moved on with the project.  Later, I lifted the mask from the water and cleaned it.  I seldom clean masks or stencils, but the exception is when I've used them with 3-D media.  If this kind of medium dries on the stencil or mask, it can interfere with getting detailed prints from that time forward.   

The photo below shows the very start of adding colors to the canvas.  I could have used acrylic inks or liquid watercolors, or even spray paints, but I chose to use Golden High Flow acrylics.  I could have waited for the ultra-thick gesso to dry before adding color, but there was no need, because I planned to allow the color to somewhat sink into the surface.

The above photo shows dribbles of high flow acrylic paint as they began spreading over the surface.

To speed the flow for the sake of complete coverage, I sprayed the dribbles with water in a spray bottle, as shown below.

The above photo was taken while the paint and water mixture were still wet.  I knew there would be a color shift, once the piece had dried overnight...

... and the photo above -- showing the final artwork -- shows that the colors have lightened.  

When I approached the second canvas, I started -- as shown below -- by spreading light molding paste thru the stencil that matches the mask.  (Note:  The stencil shown here has been stained orange as result of an earlier project.)

After I lifted the stencil, I had a raised imprint; see below. 

Right after lifting the stencil, I placed it in a basin of water, as shown below, where it would wait until I had time to clean it.  I don't clean stencils after using acrylic paint with them.  But after using any of the 3-dimensional media, I want to take the time for cleaning.  Build-up of heavy media can result in clogged stencil openings. 

I let this paste dry thoroughly on the stretched canvas, before I added Golden high flow acrylics in the same way as described in the early section of this post.

After those paints had dried, I went in with cotton swabs, heavy-body acrylic paint, and a white marking pen --

One reason I like Golden brand is that its high flow acrylics come in colors that match Golden's heavy-body acrylic and liquid acrylic paints.  

I used the white marker pen to highlight some of the stems and leaves, so that the finished artwork looks like this --

Before ending this post, I want to mention that the titles of this mask and its matching stencil come from my having seen these flowers and leaves at Longwood Gardens, Kennet Square, PA.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Aluminum Foil Tape with Stencils -- and More about Embossing

Home improvement stores carry rolls of aluminum tape like this kind which measures  just shy of 2 inches in width.  When it comes off the roll, it has a paper backing that peels off, revealing this tape's self-adhesive side.  I'm sure it does a good job with ducts and in its other applications -- but for me, it's kept with my collection of art-making supplies!  Below are two examples of ways I've used it.   

Today's first art sample is a Christmas card that was quick and easy to make.  I simply rolled out the tape and -- while its white paper backing was still covering the self-adhesive side -- used one of my Borders series of stencils -- Swatton Borders # 2 -- with red paint, adding a pattern.  After that paint dried, I trimmed one end of the tape to be slanted, suggesting a candle being burned.  Then I removed the white backing, exposing the adhesive side of the tape and used that to attach it to the card cover.  (The flame was cut from marbled paper.)

Today's second art sample results from a technique with more steps:

For this project, besides the aluminum tape, I used stencils, alcohol inks, Sharpie pens, an embossing stylus, padding (a craft foam sheet and an old mouse pad), masking tape, and a non-stick paper (non-stick aluminum foil or freezer paper, shiny side up) to spread over the work surface for its protection.

Above, at the top of the photo, is a view of the tape as it comes, in a roll.  Here, I have cut off 2 lengths of it and secured them with masking tape to (left) a sheet of yellow craft foam and (right) an old mouse pad. 

Below are two close-ups of the next step I took -- placing stencils over the tape.  The first photo shows my 9"X 12" 
Wrought Iron Gate stencil and, below that, the smaller photo shows my 9"X 12" Swatton Borders 1 stencil.

I traced inside the stencils' open areas with an embossing stylus, the top of which is shown below -- but a ballpoint pen would work, too.

My next step was to lift off the stencil to reveal the embossed tape -- 

Below are two photos showing the embossed tapes with alcohol inks added--

I liked the colors of these inks, but wasn't happy with the way the embossed line-work disappeared under them.  So I began experimenting.  One experiment was to remove most of the ink with rubbing alcohol.  I also got out my Sharpie pens, knowing that these deeply embossed lines would be easy to trace.  But to be on the safe side, I replaced the stencils, lining them up with the embossed line-work --

After lifting off the stencil a second time, I had the results below.

Above:  The lower strip of tape has been embossed, alcohol-inked, and wiped with rubbing alcohol.  Some of the alcohol ink remains, highlighting the embossed line-work.
Below is a 6"X6" greeting card I made using this tape --

Stencils used for today's two projects:

Swatton Borders #1 stencil (9" x 12")
Swatton Borders #2 stencil (9" x 12")

Wrought Iron Gate stencil (9" x 12")

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