Saturday, June 18, 2016

5 BRAND-NEW STENCILS and MASKS Released Today at!

In using two of my five just-released stencils, I decided these new stencils needed pairing with a "new" substrate.

From US ArtQuest, I ordered sheets of mica, a translucent mineral that comes in thin layers (and can be split into even thinner layers.)  Mica lends itself to many delightful artsy uses.  It arrives looking like this:

Mica can be cut with scissors to form any shape you want.  It has a slick surface that accepts acrylic paint as well as some markers -- the one I've used is the IDenti Pen permanent marker by Sakura.  (Note:  when using acrylic paint applied with a sponge, make sure your work surface is rigid and even -- don't try this on a table that's covered with papers, the way I did!)

These tiles can be layered over paper or any other surface, using a clear-drying adhesive such as gloss gel -- it takes only a small dot or two of the gel, and in fact it's better to use a couple of dots rather than to spread the gel across the entire piece of mica.

Because it's flat, mica can be used for layered art that will fit smoothly onto the pages of an art journal.  But, because it's also rigid, it can be used on a journal cover as 3D art, supported underneath by 3D pop-up glue dots. 

My only caution is that, despite it being a mineral, its splitting quality sometimes makes it a little fragile around the edges of each piece.  The more the sheets are split apart, the more fragile they become.  When they first arrive, they are thickly layered, with barely any fragility.  But I end up splitting my tiles, to make them more translucent.  And to get more bang for my buck!

Stencil-printed mica really makes a statement when used as "dangle-art."  You can punch a hole in the top of stencil-printed mica to make dangle earrings, Christmas tree ornaments and wire-linked charms for hanging in windows.    

Today I'm posting artwork made on mica with some of my brand-new stencils that are available here ...

Above:  9"x12" stencil Clustered Leaves

Above:  9"x12" Clustered Leaves and 9"x12" Loopy Ladders.
Above:  Clustered Leaves
Above:  Loopy Ladders used on a piece of reflective mica
Above:  one leaf from Clustered Leaves (notice the translucency of the mica which lets you see part of the foil background)
Above:  one leaf from Clustered Leaves (notice the translucency of the mica which lets you see part of the background, which was created with a combination of Clustered Leaves and Loopy Ladders.)

I'm not a scrapbooker -- so, instead of showing images in a scrapbook below, I've substituted three digital art prints that I made several years ago.  On each of these three images I've used the same sheet of transparent mica, trimmed around the edges with metallic acrylic paint thru parts of my Loopy Ladders stencil.  This is to show how a piece of mica -- with its edges stencil-printed -- can be used as a frame-accent for areas you want to highlight:

The five brand-new stencils look like this:

Loopy Ladders (9"x12")
Clustered Leaves (9"x12")

Pair o' Parrots (6"x6" stencil)

Penguin Family (6"x6" mask)

Dance of the Courting Cranes (6"x6" stencil-and-mask combo)

All the new stencils and masks are available here -- and more artwork made with them will be posted here thruout the rest of June as well as part of July.

Here are a few sneak previews:


Thanks for visiting!

1 comment:

  1. as a hobbiest "rockhound" I know mica very well - and I must say - I NEVER would have thought of these brilliant ideas! WOW! You have "rocked" my world!