Friday, April 29, 2016

Get out Your Fabric or Paper for Making Sun-Prints!


Artist Elise Bky has created gorgeous sun-print fabric art with a number of stencils including my 6"x6" Quilted Flower Garden...




Above:  My 6"x6" stencil Quilted Flower Garden was used in the upper left in this gorgeous piece of fiber art by Elise Bky.

Above:  Elise created this panel of fabric art on the same day; here, Quilted Flower Garden was used in the upper right.

What other stencils star in this wonderful artwork?

 Garden Swirl Stencil and Floral Swirl Stencil by Terry Stegmiller;

Alternating Ovals Stencil by Carolyn Dube;

Decorative Curvy Ornament Stencil and Ornamental Petals and Ornamental Embroidery and Ornamental Compass Mask by Gwen Lafleur;

and a couple of "mystery stencils" that I can't identify.

I think it works beautifully, the way Elise has brought all these elements together.

To see Elise's step-by-step method of sun-printing on fabric, click here.

To see a step-by-step way of sun-printing on paper, click here.

 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Another Canvas in Progress


Today's post is a continuation of an earlier post, which showed a 9"x12" canvas; today's post shows an 8"x10" canvas that I worked on, alongside the bigger piece. 

I'll start by showing 3 close-ups:







Directly above is the canvas as it appears now, in its entirety.  Altho I've already signed it, I've decided it's not finished.  I'm going to turn it "upside-down" and develop it further.

To provide some background info:

My method for developing this piece started with the "stencil-and-stain" technique that was part of the members-only StencilClub package of June 2015.   To receive this package (which includes a video showing the technique in action, as well as the 3-part stencil-set Crop Circles) just visit StencilGirlTalk.com -- and use the right side bar to become a StencilClub member.   Once a member, send an email to stencilgirlproducts@gmail.com, citing the month-and-year package that you want to buy; then, StencilGirlProducts will provide you with a invoice through PayPal.

After laying a foundation with that technique, I added several layers of acrylic liquid paints, and followed that with using a white Sakura Solid Marker. 

6"x6" stencils that helped create this artwork:

Kaleid

Mimosa 6

Palm Fronds Silhouette Small

Swatton Grid Stencil

Thanks for visiting!

 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

New Work...Old Technique




My method for developing today's pieces started with the "stencil-and-stain" technique that was part of the members-only StencilClub package of June 2015.   To receive this package (which includes a video showing the technique in action & the 3-part stencil-set Crop Circles) just visit StencilGirlTalk.com -- and use the right side bar to become a StencilClub member.   Once a member, send an email to stencilgirlproducts@gmail.com, citing the month-and-year package that you want to buy; then, StencilGirlProducts will provide you with a invoice through PayPal.

Below is a 9"x12" canvas that's still in progress, but it's far enough along to be shown, along with some close-ups of its surface; I'll start with the close-ups:









Above is the piece in its entirety.  It will be finished after I add deeper, darker orange above and below the green-blue focal point in the upper right.  I will also enhance the focal area by gluing on part of a stencil that was stained while working on this project.  (The "stencil-and-stain" method leaves stencils pretty much permanently stained.) 

6"x6" stencils used:

Kaleid

Mimosa 6

Palm Fronds Silhouette Small

Swatton Grid Stencil

Thanks for visiting!
 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Gwen Lafleur works Magic with VINTAGE SCRIPT!


Artist Gwen Lafleur has used my 9"x12" stencil Vintage Script in a way that delights me --


Please click on the above photo to enlarge its image.

Since Gwen is herself one of the stencil designers at StencilGirlProduts.com, I'm especially honored that she chose this stencil to use in her artwork.  This stencil in its entirety looks like this:




 Many thanks for visiting!
 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Spotlight on Bonnie Kittelson


Along with other stencils, artist Bonnie Kittelson has used two of my 9"x12" stencils in making a series of Gelli Plate prints:








 
 




The stencil used in making the top 6 prints was Prayer Flags.  The bottom print (left) was created using Twinship.  Many thanks to you, Bonnie! 
 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Sketchbook Project -- Opportunity for Art Journaling Enthusiasts


Mary C. Nasser is one of many who happily participate in a project that came to my notice when my friend (and stepdaughter) Christina gave me a book -- The Sketchbook Project World Tour -- about this art journal and sketchbook collection/library in Brooklyn, NY:

https://www.sketchbookproject.com/about

It's more than just a library local to Brooklyn, as you can see by visiting the webpages linked to the project's homepage above.  The project encompasses a number of programs, including a traveling library that takes portions of the collection beyond the walls of the main library.

Participation in the project comes with a fee; the project's goal is to display art journals and sketchbooks from a wide range and variety of participants.  It's open to everyone.

I've included this link to Christina's gift-book itself at AmazonSmile.com because (1) I want to encourage use of Amazon.Smile.com and (2) here, you can flip thru a handful of sample pages that show the wide range of work included in this project's collection.  Go thru the sample pages, until the very end, to see art journal spreads that will resonate with anyone who's seen the posts at

www.stencilgirltalk.com

and  

https://www.facebook.com/StencilGirlProducts

and

Pinterest

as well as other social media outlets displaying work by StencilGirlProducts' stencil enthusiasts. 

Happy art journaling!  


 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Begging for Life in 3D!


Since the Missouri Fiber Arts Conference just took place, Apr. 16, this page may interest stencil-users now wanting to further explore the world of fabric arts:

http://www.justpaint.org/gac-400-fabric-and-paper-stiffener/

Those of us who love using paper can likewise go in exciting new directions with our Gelli Plate prints and GAC 400. 

3D fabric or paper sculptures?  Absolutely!

Look here --

http://smile.amazon.com/dp/1600597882/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=34NBXQSBTVUQI&coliid=I20PC14SGEOIPN

and here --

http://smile.amazon.com/dp/1856697215/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=34NBXQSBTVUQI&coliid=I2TO2XM81UJGIF

If you're like me, you have stacks of stenciled Gelli Plate prints -- begging for 3D life!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Mary C. Nasser's 9"x12" MAPS STENCIL in Action after Plastic Surgery


Here are the photos I promised!




This collage-in-progress shows part of Mary's stencil (coated in gold acrylic metallic paint) -- just picture it without the pieces of green masking tape.

Clicking on the above photo to enlarge it, you can better see the details of Mary's stencil as well as the stencils used in the background.  These include:

Scribble Scratch by Carolyn Dube;

Illegible Stencil by Kae Pea;

Borders 3 Stencil by myself.  This stencil contains 3 borders and I used the middle one, shown below...


... because this middle border fits with the script theme used in the general background.

More pieces of Mary's lovely stencil were used in the mixed-media collage below.  I've marked the two areas where these stencil parts were added:




Other stencils of my design that were used here included:

Prayer Flags

Palm Fronds Silhouette Small

and

Palm Fronds Silhouette Mini.

How much of Mary's beautiful stencil is now left?  Not much.  Time to order a new one!




 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

MAP STENCIL Magic, thanks to Mary C Nasser!


Here's a short story about omelets and a 9"x12" stencil by Mary C. Nasser ...

At the risk of making some people wince, moan and turn pale as I bring up this subject again, the abiding fact is this:  I long ago decided that, to end up with an omelet, you have to break some eggs.

What has this to do with Mary's Map Stencil

I think it opens up wonderful creative avenues -- pun intended -- when  you take a leap of faith and start cutting up stained stencils for use as collage pieces.

Mary's gorgeous brand-new stencil emerges from the laser looking like this...


http://www.stencilgirlproducts.com/product-p/l200.htm

... but ages ago, after I had used it in an art project with thick metallic gold acrylic paint, the stencil became so beautifully coated that I decided (1) I would never clean it and (2) one day I would cut it up.

That day has come.

Photos will follow soon!
 

Friday, April 15, 2016

MIMOSA



Feel free to click on this image to enlarge it and better see its details:




In this close-up of a mixed-media collage-in-progress, I've highlighted three areas that started life as a Gelli Plate print on Yupo.  After cutting this print into pieces of assorted shapes and sizes, I've been using them in collage.  The original print was made with my 9"x12" Mimosa stencil:




This design also comes in a 6"x6" version, Mimosa 6.
Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Pamela Levingston does Magic with PRAYER FLAGS


With One Stencil is the title of this beautiful double-page art journal spread created by artist Pamela Levingston-- 





I'm happy to say that the one stencil she chose was my 9"x12" stencil Prayer Flags--


Pamela's artwork shows a wonderful layered blend of complimentary colors, creating a sense of depth and mystery.  Many thanks, Pamela, for letting me show your artwork!


 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Leaf it to Sherry Canino!


Artist Sherry Canino has been playing with the new small round Gelli Plate.  To my delight, she chose to use one of the feathers from my 9"x12" Feathers 9 stencil, which in its entirety looks like this




Sherry chose to use just the tip of one of the feathers, because to her, this feather-tip looks like a leaf.   Her results are dazzling -- almost luminescent --




 
 
 
Feathers 9 has a "little sister" stencil, Feathers 6, shown below:
 
 
 
 
If you're ever in the Finger Lakes area of upstate NY, you're welcome to visit Sherry's store, Canino's Artistic Café, at 106 Metropolitan Park Drive, Liverpool, NY; Sherry offers workshops too.  Liverpool is a community on the north shore of Onondaga Lake, offering a range of one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants, as well as scenic lakeshore trails. 
 
Thanks for visiting! 
 
 

Saturday, April 9, 2016

PRAYER FLAGS and a Smaller Stencil by another StencilGirl Artist, Daniella Woolf


I've been at it again -- cutting up stained stencils and using them as collage elements.  Below are three close-ups, followed by a shot of the canvas in its entirety:

 




In creating the background, I used the stencil-and-stain technique that was part of the members-only StencilClub package of June 2015. 

To receive this package (which includes a video showing the technique in action, as well as the 3-part stencil-set Crop Circles) just visit StencilGirlTalk.com -- and use the right side bar to become a StencilClub member.  

Once a member, send an email to stencilgirlproducts@gmail.com, citing the month-and-year package that you want to buy; then, StencilGirlProducts will provide you with a invoice through PayPal.
 
After using that technique to lay in a background on today's artwork, I used heavy matte medium to add cut-outs from my 9"x12 stencil Prayer Flags, as well as cut-outs from Seoul Night by Daniella Woolf.   The third close-up, right above the shot of the artwork in its entirety, shows a large (white) part of Daniella's lovely stencil. 

The stencil Prayer Flags looks like this when still intact:



Thanks for visiting!

Friday, April 8, 2016

CROP CIRCLES


To make the final touch on this mixed-media collage, I used a stencil from my 3-piece Crop Circles set, which was the StencilClub Stencil of the Month for June, 2015.


Above:  The stencil was used in this lower right corner.



These June 2015 stencils (shown above) can be ordered by visiting StencilGirlTalk.com and using the right side bar to become a StencilClub member.  Once a member, you can purchase past stencils at your regular membership price.  Email stencilgirlproducts@gmail.com citing the month you wish to purchase; then StencilGirlProducts will provide you with a invoice through PayPal.