Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Fun with Stencils...

The stencils used below can be found here:

Borders 2 (9"X12") --

Mimosa (9"X12") --

The above greeting card cover started with collaging on one of the borders from my Borders 2 stencil, which measures 9"X12" and contains 3 borders in all.  I applied Distress Ink thru the stencil after securing it to the substrate with masking tape.  The top part of the collage is a leftover from the days when I created digital clipart.  More Distress Ink was used around the card's outer edges.
The above photo was taken during a scraping technique session.  On the far right is the mostly-red substrate (an old Gelli Plate print) as it looked before the scrape.  On the far left is the palette paper holding the off-white acrylic paint that is being spread.  In the top middle is the old motel room key (like a credit card) which I was using to spread the off-white paint across the mostly-red substrate.  My 9"X12" stencil Mimosa is taped down securely right under the substrate, which is made from thin but sturdy paper.  Holding the credit card scraper at different angles, while pressing it downward over the substrate, produces slightly different scraping results.

The above greeting card cover started with collaging on a print created with my 9"X12" stencil Mimosa.  (The Mimosa design also comes in a 6"X6" version.)  I created this print with the paint-scraping technique described above; this method is simply a wet version of the traditional crayon-rubbing technique, replacing the crayon with a thin layer of paint scraped over the substrate using a credit card.  The stencil is placed under the substrate so that the scrape brings out the stencil's pattern.  The top part of this collage is a freehand cut-out.


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