Sunday, July 14, 2019

Light vs. Dark Value Domination


Does value have value?  Oh yes!

In the art world, "value" is a word used to indicate the darkness of any color, the lightness of every color, and 5 - 10 of the shades that fall between these two extremes.

One example of a value scale is here.

A typical value scale shows 5 - 10 squares in a vertical row or a horizontal row.  At one end of this scale is a hue that's nearly white.  Each succesive square shows a darker hue.  The row of squares ends with a square that's so dark it's nearly black.  

Some artists use a rule-of-thumb that each artwork looks best when it's 80 per cent dark and 20 per cent light, or 20 per cent dark and 80 per cent light.

Today's art samples fit into that 80/20 per cent rule-of-thumb.  

These are not finished artworks; they are simple stencil-prints.  But they show the value of value:  what a difference it makes in the viewer's eye when a piece is dark-dominant or light-dominant.

At times, I find it helpful to look at examples like this, to remind myself of the difference in an art piece that stands out when pieces with dominant light values are contrasted with pieces wherein dark values dominate.
 





Above:  Light values dominate this image, created on an old calendar page with acrylic paint and my 6" x 6" stencil Mikki's Flowers.

Below:  Dark values dominate this image, also created using acrylic paint and my 6" x 6" stencil Mikki's Flowers.

The same stencil ... but what a contrast!  To my eye, the difference between dark value dominance and light value dominance is more striking than color differences.









Above:  Light values dominate this image, made with acrylic paint and my 12" x 12" stencil Prayer Flags.

Below:  Dark values dominate this image, also created using acrylic paint and my 12" x 12" stencil Prayer Flags .











Above:  Light values dominate this image, made with acrylic paint and my 6" x 6" stencil Swatton Links.

Below:  Despite the light-value background, it's dark values that dominate this image, also created using acrylic paint and my 6" x 6" stencil Swatton Links.





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Saturday, July 13, 2019

And the Winner is ...


Here's the list (in no particular order) of stencils and masks that I used in developing this artwork (a collage-in-progress) --





Random Circles by Mary Beth Shaw

Circle Style Stencil  by Mary Beth Shaw

Forked Bare Branch Background by Trish McKinney

Delicate Bare Branch and Twigs by Trish McKinney

Small Tangled Pods by myself

Fantasia by myself


CONGRATULATIONS go to the winner -- Cindy Powell! -- who will

soon receive one each of these 4 stencils/masks:



Left:  M and Y.  Right:  E and R.

Longwood Florals mask (9" x 12")
Longwood Florals stencil (9" x 12")

Many thanks to everyone stopping by here today!  To scroll thru the pages of all my StencilGirl stencils and masks, please start here.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Art by StencilGirl StencilClub Members





Above, Shelly Hilligoss Sturges shows us a creative, striking way to use my 9" x 12" stencil Vintage Script -- by using it backward, she made it exciting in a way I'd never imagined!  I love it when I run across an artist like Shelly, who thinks outside the box!

The artwork below shows more innovation paired with strong visual language, this time by Jill McDowell, who is a StencilGirl Creative Team Member.





Jill used several StencilGirl stencils in developing the art above, and among them, my 6" x 6" Heron stencil.

Below is art by Mary C. Nasser, who used one of my two hot air balloon stencils.   (Each of these two stencils come with same-size masks.)  The background was made with a stencil by Valerie Sjodin -- an artist whose work I'd admired for years, having had the good fortune to discover her long before her welcome addition to the team of designers at StencilGirl.








Above:  A charming detail from a larger, equally charming painting by photographer/artist Kim Ross, who used my 6" x 6" Cats stencil.  Kim used part of the stencil in the artwork above.  Below is another artwork of Kim's; this time, she used the entire stencil--






By clicking on the image below, you can enlarge it to better see detail.  Among other StencilGirl stencils, artist Lisa Dobry used my 9" x 12" stencil Prayer Flags to add texture to the background of this two-page spread in her art journal.









Above:  Again, by clicking on the shot above, you can better see its details.  This art was created by StencilGirl Columnist Jennifer Armstrong.  Jennifer used my 6" x 6" stencil Pressed Leaves to make this gentle, happy image. 

The exciting artwork below was done by Terry O'Neill, with StencilGirl stencils that include my 9" x 12" stencil Thistle (which also comes in a 6" x 6" size.) 





I'm so very grateful that these artists have allowed me to use their photos in this blog!

And my thanks to you, too, for stopping by here today!

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Who Will Win? -- A Giveaway to Celebrate My New Total of 85 StencilGirl Stencils!


To celebrate that I've now designed 85 StencilGirl stencils and masks, I will be sending one of each of my two 4" x 4" June 27 releases to the first person who correctly names the StencilGirl stencils and masks that I've used in making the artwork below.  

That's not all!  The winner will also receive one Longwood Florals Mask and one Longwood Florals Stencil.  Each of these is 9" x 12".





You can click on the above image to enlarge it, and better see details. (It's a collage-in-progress, so you will notice that many of the papers are not yet glued down.)  Alternately, you can go to StencilClub's Facebook Page.  There, I'll be able to post a larger version.

These papers, as well as the painted background, were printed using StencilGirl stencils and masks designed by other StencilGirl designers, as well as ones I myself have designed.  

The winner will be someone who lists the names of each stencil and mask that was used in developing the artwork as a whole -- both its background and its collage papers. 

Some stencils or masks were used more than once, but there's no need to count the number of uses.  All that's needed is a list of the stencils' and masks' titles.


Two hints:

(1)  My new set of 4" x 4" minis -- the ones I'm giving away to the winner -- were not used.  Neither were Longwood Florals Mask nor Longwood Florals Stencil.

(2)  A total of 6 stencils/masks were used.  The winner will name them -- or, the winner will be the one who comes closest to the correct list of 6 by the deadline.

Deadline to enter is 12:00 am July 12, U.S. Eastern Standard Time.  The winner will be announced July 13.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment with your name and your list of stencil or mask names.  

Then watch this blog -- you can subscribe by email using the option in the upper right -- to see my announcement with the name of the winner.  

When the winner sees her or his name, I ask her or him to leave another comment, which I won't publish.  In this second comment, I want the winner to provide her or his full name and mailing address -- so I can send a set of my brand-new 
4"x 4" minis -- the stencils/masks that I've been featuring on this blog June 27-July 5.  And along with them will come one Longwood Florals Mask and one Longwood Florals StencilAll four are pictured below.



Left:  M and Y.  Right:  E and R.




Longwood Florals mask (9" x 12")
Longwood Florals stencil (9" x 12")

I'm looking forward to announcing a winner on July 13!

Friday, July 5, 2019

Anybody Want to Win ...?


Anyone want to win a free set of my two newly-released mini stencils/masks?  That's this pair --

R and E m268 and M and Y m267each 4" x 4" (shown at the bottom of this post)

Details will be posted here on July 8!

Meanwhile, let me show you the prints below:



9" x 12" stencil Prayer Flags was used to make the bottom layer (purple and white.)  The top, green layer was printed with M and Y m267.


Overlapping prints with R and E m268 and M and Y m267 created the top layer above.  The bottom layer, peeking thru in a few areas, was created with acrylic paints and my 9" x 12" stencil Clustered Leaves.


The near-twin prints above were made using  R and E m268 and M and Y m267.  Underneath them lies a print made with the May 2019 StencilGirl StencilClub Stencil of the Month.


In the 2-part photo above, the bottom print came from making a top-layer print with R and E m268 over a bottom layer printed with  the May 2019 StencilGirl StencilClub Stencil of the Month.  The top print (dark green and lavender) was created with M and Y m267 .


M and Y, measuring 4" x 4"


R and E, measuring 4" x 4"

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To get details about a chance to win today's featured brand-new stencils/masks -- as well as another stencil-and-mask set -- please come back on July 8!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Quick Prints with Just-Released 4" x 4" Stencils/Masks


While making plans to celebrate Independence Day -- or if you're in the Detroit-Windsor area, the Freedom Festival -- maybe you can take a little time to make a few simple prints with my brand-new mini stencils/masks,  R and E m268 and M and Y m267, each 4" x 4".

The prints below took just minutes to create:



M and Y m267

M and Y m267

This was actually plain paper that I had placed under M and Y m267 to clean it! 


This sheet of cardstock is a background-to-be for a future project.  The stencil used in the upper right is M and Y m267.


M and Y m267 and R and E m268



R and E m268

R and E m268


Bottom layer printed with 6" x 6" stencil Trivet A.  Top layer overlapping prints: M and Y m267 and R and E m268.


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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Pairing Brand-New Mini Stencils with May 2019The StencilGirl Stencil Club Stencil of the Month


After designing the 3-stencil set that made up the May 2019 StencilGirl StencilClub Stencil of the Month, I wanted to use that 3-piece collection with lots of other stencils and masks!  I started with my just-released 4" x 4" minis, R and E m268 and M and Y m267



R and E m268 paired with the 4" x 4" stencil in the May 2019 Stencil of the Month


R and E m268 along with M and Y m267 , used over a print made with the_9" x 12" stencil in the
  May 2019 Stencil of the Month


M and Y m267 and the_6" x 6" stencil from the 3-piece set of
  May 2019 Stencil of the Month


R and E m268 along with M and Y m267 and the_6" x 6" stencil from the 3-part 
  May 2019 Stencil of the Month


R and E m268 paired with the 4" x 4" stencil in the May 2019 Stencil of the Month


Here, prints made with 2 stencils in the May 2019 set are hiding mostly in the background, but peeking thru the white paint. R and E m268 paired with M and Y m267 in developing the top layer.

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Monday, July 1, 2019

More Variety in Stencil Prints using 2 New 4" x 4" Releases


 The photo below is a close-up of black cardstock that became background for spreading heavy-body matte gel medium thru a stencil using an old credit card.  After the gel had dried, I dry-brushed* over the raised areas with silver metallic acrylic paint.  





The 3-dimensional imprint above was made with M and Y (m267), one of my two new 4" x 4" mini stencils/masks --


M and Y, measuring 4" x 4" (m267)

And the 3-dimensional piece below was made with R and E (m268)...






R and E, measuring 4" x 4" (m268)


The stencil I chose for making the first two prints below was M and Y (m267).



The background was highly textured with several heavy body acrylic paints, mashed with an old credit card to form peaks and valleys.  After that had dried, I used M and Y with a mix of zinc white  (translucent) acrylic paint and Titanium White (opaque) acrylic paint.


Light magenta acrylic paint mixed with white molding paste, applied to dark blue cardstock.  Metallic gold crayon was added to two corners after the paint had dried.


R and E (m268) was the stencil/mask that I used in creating the next two prints:


Borders:  metallic crayon; print:  light magenta acrylic paint mixed with white molding paste.


Bottom layer:  gold metallic acrylic paint.  Top layer:  Titanium White (opaque) acrylic paint.

Many thanks for stopping here at my blog today!  To scroll thru the pages of my StencilGirl stencils and masks, please start here.

*In this blog post, I give step-by step photos and directions on the dry-brushing technique.