Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Keepsake Boxes Adorned with Stencil-Prints Made 3D


In this post, I'm showing a way to use papers printed with my brand-new 9"X12" stencil Nosegay -- one of my two just-released stencils at STENCILGIRL(TM)Products.
 
Whether printed on the Gelli Arts plate or with sponge-topped daubers or with spray paints, the completed prints work great for origami and other kinds of paper-folding.
I'm no expert at origami -- but I can manage to fold a paper fan!
Ages ago, I bought a few square wooden boxes with hinged lids at a craft store.  I recently learned that these are still available at Jo Ann Fabrics and Crafts --

The main difference between those I bought long ago and the ones at Jo Ann is that mine came already painted.  Additionally, each of my pre-painted boxes came with a square of cardboard cut to fit into the recessed area on the lid.  (The company that created my boxes was Sudberry House in Old Lyme, Connecticut.  They were intended to be used for mounting and displaying needlework.) 

However, nearly any lidded box will do for this project.  The recessed lid is a nice touch, but not totally necessary.  Household spray paint from the hardware store will quickly paint an unpainted wooden box; and it's easy to measure the lid and cut a same-sized square of cardboard.
 
ABOVE:  THE BOX AS IT CAME, WITH CRANBERRY-COLOR CARDBOARD TO USE AS THE LID INSERT.
 
ABOVE:  I PAINTED IT GREEN TO GO WITH MY PRINT.
 
ABOVE:  HAVING CUT A STRIP OF PRINTED PAPER TO MATCH THE CARDBOARD SIZE, I BEGAN TO FAN-FOLD THE PAPER.
 
ABOVE:  I SECURED THE BOTTOM OF THE FAN WITH A STRIP OF METALLIC TAPE.
 
ABOVE: WITH A COTTON SWAB, I APPLIED HEAVY GEL TO ALL AREAS THAT WOULD TOUCH THE GREEN CARDBOARD BACKGROUND.


ABOVE:  THE FAN IS NOW GLUED TO THE CARDBOARD.

 

ABOVE:  TOP VIEW OF THE KEEPSAKE BOX, WITH THE CARDBOARD PLACED INTO THE DEPRESSION ON THE LID.
 
 
ABOVE:  A DIFFERENT VIEW OF THE FINISHED BOX.
 
These are my two 9"X12" brand-new stencils at STENCILGIRL(TM)Products --
 
NOSEGAY
BUD
Scroll down to see more artwork made with these stencils ...
 

BRAND-NEW STENCILS RELEASED AT STENCILGIRL(TM)PRODUCTS!


Two of my new 9"X12" stencils are released today at STENCILGIRL(TM)Products --


ABOVE:  BUDS

ABOVE:  NOSEGAY

 
And this post focuses on the Buds stencil.  Below are some artworks I created with it --









I used one of my prints from the Buds stencil as giftwrap --

ABOVE:  THE TOP OF THE GIFT

ABOVE:  THE UNDERSIDE OF THE GIFT
 And I used some of the printed papers to make greeting cards like this one --

 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Don't Throw Out that Used Giftwrap!


Rather than throw away that used giftwrap, I use it to make next year's Christmas cards -- or thank-you notes for gifts received this year from distant friends.  Today I'll show my way of doing this.

No giftwrap to recycle?  

Any paper can be used; in the past, I've worked from my stash of "catch-all" papers.  These are foreign-print newspapers used for off-loading leftover acrylic paint from just-used paintbrushes, before dunking those brushes into water.  (This practice is best for the environment.  The less acrylic paint that goes down the drain, the better for all of us.)  Here are two of my catch-all papers --



Having chosen an area that I like on this paper, I placed a stencil over it, using masking tape to hold the stencil in place ...


Heron (shown above) was one of the stencils I chose for today's "re-run" post because I needed a design that lets me easily trace inside its cut-out areas.

Some of my other stencils work well, too --

Queen Anne's Lace (9"X12")
Boxed Vines (9"X12")
Cats (6"X6")
Osprey Wings (6"X6")


For tracing along the cut-out stencil edges, I used watercolor pencil since it can be easily removed afterward, if desired.

Below is the Heron tracing, after the stencil was lifted --




Above:  the heron has been cut out with fine-detail scissors and placed on the cover of a 6"X6" greeting card.  On the left, atop the stencil, is the watercolor pencil I used to make the tracing.
When I used the stencil Queen Anne's Garden, I decided to place the stencil on the back of the catch-all paper, instead of working on the paper's painted side.




Above:  the back of the paper, after the stencil has been lifted off.

 
After I finished cutting out the flower, I decided to add leaves that I cut out free-hand.  I also added a few additional "rods" and "blooms" to create a greater contrast with the background I had chosen -- a pearly white 6"X6" blank greeting card, shown above.  (If you would rather not freehand-cut leaves, you can use Striped Leaves Stencil by Terri Stegmiller.)

Above:  the finished greeting card with the heron on the cover.
 

In tracing part of Queen Anne's Garden with a red watercolor pencil, I simply drew lines inside the narrow openings at the top of the flower, rather than try to faithfully trace every fine detail. 



 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Happy News

   

Today I learned that one of my abstracts won Honorable Mention in the current show at our local art guild; its title is Lace and Letters --


Clicking to enlarge the above image, you can see that I used at least one, but probably two, stencils by Carolyn Dube, the queen of letter-pattern stencil designs!  In the upper right you can see where I used the stencil Calligraphy by Mary Beth Shaw.  And in the central lower section, I've used Warped Holes 9 by Lizzie Mayne.

Friday, December 12, 2014

A Happy Surprise


Good news today ... I sold a print of one of my original artworks at Fine Arts America --

http://fineartamerica.com/saleannouncement.html?id=f442edd7de7d3e789bf534b1fe963c1c

I think that I still have the original on hand; it was created using several stencils from StencilGirlProducts.com.  What sold today is a print of the original.

 

Friday, December 5, 2014

More Christmas Cards



I've cut simple shapes from papers printed with acrylic paints and a variety of stencils, then glued them to blank greeting cards to create collages --



The Christmas trees above were cut from a thick gold foil printed with several layered paint applications using my 9"X12" Mimosa stencil and another favorite of mine, Feathers and Lattice by Daniella Woolf.

ABOVE:  MY STENCIL BORDERS # 1 WAS USED TO CREATE THE COLUMN OF THIS CANDLE.

ABOVE:  MY STENCIL VINTAGE SCRIPT WAS USED TO CREATE THE COLUMN OF THIS CANDLE.

ABOVE:  MY STENCIL BORDERS # 1 WAS USED TO CREATE THE COLUMN OF THIS CANDLE. 

ABOVE:  MY STENCIL FERN FRONDS SILHOUETTE MINI WAS USED TO CREATE THE COLUMN OF THIS CANDLE.
 
The two parts of each flame can be cut out by hand, as I did, or they can be created by tracing inside the openings of stencils like Cornish Petals Stencil Large by Lizzie Mayne and/or Cascading Feathers Stencil by Jessica Sporn.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas Cards made with Stencils


Whether I'm making my own Christmas cards, like the ones shown here, or buying readymade cards, it's the unusual design that will catch my eye.  Maybe  because I've seen 65 Christmasses come and go, I'm always drawn to the cards that are different.

ABOVE:  5"x7" CARD MADE WITH MY 9"X12" STENCIL VINTAGE SCRIPT
 

ABOVE:  6"X6" CARD MADE WITH MY 6"X6" STENCIL BAMBOO WALL
 
ABOVE"  6"X6" CARD MADE WITH MY 6"X6" STENCIL BUDDING BRANCHES
 
ABOVE:  5"X7" CARD MADE WITH MY 6"X6" STENCIL BONSAI

ABOVE:  6"X6" CARD MADE WITH MY 6"X6" STENCIL BONSAI

ABOVE:  5"X7" CARD MADE WITH MY 9"X12" STENCIL BORDERS # 1

 
 
 
 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


I haven't been able to verify this, since my Internet search failed to locate the right Maggie Crawford, but I think that this lovely artwork created by her --


-- came to life with the help of my stencil Queen Anne's Lace.  If I'm wrong about that, then I can still say that it might have been my stencil.  Maggie Crawford's handling of color and text are a beauty to behold. 

Her artwork is featured in the 5X5 Collection curated by Seth Apter.