Saturday, December 30, 2017

Frieda Oxenham!

 Check out this blog post by UK artist Frieda Oxenham to see how Frieda used Washi Tape with StencilGuts bird shapes in a two-page art journal spread.  

These StencilGuts bird shapes were created from my 6" x 6" stencils Heron and Osprey Wings.  Here's a sneak-peek of Frieda's art:

Frieda's leaf imprints were created with StencilGirl's StencilClub October 2017 stencil set.

One of my pet-favorite stencils is the 6" x 6" stencil Bamboo Wall.  This is one of the stencils that was based on an ink drawing that I did, using a Chinese calligraphic brush.  

Below are some prints I made with my sponge brayer, loaded with heavy-body acrylic paint:

Above:  I used the brayer with brown paint to make the lower print.  Then I flipped the still-wet stencil over and pressed it to the old map right above the first print -- using the "inked" stencil as if it were a rubber stamp.
Above:  This print was created with Bamboo Wall, over an earlier print that I'd made with another 6" x 6" stencil, Trivet C.
Trivet C stencil, by itself, looks like this:

Above:  This is an example of how I load a sponge brayer with heavy-body acrylic paint.  For me, this method works better than a pouncing tool.  But it did take me some time to learn the right "touch" -- to add just enough paint thru the stencil, and to avoid adding too much.  

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Does Anyone Know?

The art journal page below appeared in The Scoop e-newsletter in April 2017.  Does anyone know the artist who created this piece?  I would love to give credit where credit is due!

The unknown artist used my 9" x 12" stencil Swatton Borders #3.  And used it very creatively!  I'm hazarding to guess that this artist did the same thing I've done with my Borders series of stencils.  Each stencil in the series contains three borders.  I find it easier to use them if I cut the borders apart.  

I think this artist took that idea one huge step farther.  In the artwork above, I see that one of the borders has been turned several ways during its use down the art journal page; and it's been used to create mirror-image combinations that I find fascinating and gorgeous.

The original stencil looks like this:

Swatton Borders #3

The unknown artist used the border on the far right.

I'm always delighted when I find someone using one of my stencils in a creative way that had never occurred to me!

I'm happy to say that I've designed 70 stencils for StencilGirl.  The multiple pages of my stencils start here.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

6" x 6" SPRIGS Stencil and Angel-Themed Christmas Cards

Belatedly I came up with an idea for ... yes, even more Christmas cards.   

But part of that statement is not true!

Back in October, when four of my stencils were newly released, one member of StencilGirl's Stencil Club made the comment that, in one one of those stencils -- Sprigs --she saw the figure of an angel.  For the life of me, when I looked at it, then, I couldn't see the angel. 

So this idea actually came from that Stencil Club member, whose name I'm embarrassed to admit I don't remember.  Everyone in Stencil Club quickly becomes a friend, with conversations shooting back and forth after many of the posts; my aging brain can't always keep track of who said what, especially not when it's two months after the fact!  But whoever you are, please know that I'm grateful for this idea that I'm finally converting into action!

Anyway, one day I happened to visit my StencilGirl page -- and voila!  Suddenly I saw the angel!

Of course my next thought was  More Christmas cards! 

For this project, I used my favorite tool, a sponge brayer.  But a Gelli Plate, or the traditional sponge-pouncing method, would work just as well. 

Besides the sponge brayer, my supplies included:

white and gold marbled paper
heavy body red acrylic paint
a disposable foam plate
glitter in a squeeze bottle
iridescent paint
a paint brush
color pencils (optional)
Gelatos (optional)
masking tape (optional)
the Sprigs stencil, shown here--

For starters, I rolled the brayer in heavy body acrylic paint till it was well-loaded.  Then I placed the stencil (shown below, already stained red) onto the marbled paper.  I started in one corner since this paper was large enough to hold 4 imprints from a 6" x 6" stencil.

As you can see in the above photo, I chose not to use masking tape to secure the paper or the stencil, because, being used to making prints this way, I've learned how to hold the stencil securely with one hand while running the brayer over it.

The photo below shows the first print (on the left) successfully made.  I've lifted the stencil, placed it next to the first print, and am getting ready to make the second print--

Below is a shot of two side-by-side marbled papers, each with four prints.

Next, I got out the pencils, Gelato stick, and glitter.  After using these tools to outline the angel shapes, I went to work filling in details on each print in ways that would bring out the angel.  You can click on both photos below to get a better look at these details--

Click on the above image to enlarge it and better see the glitter-blue in its squeeze bottle (between the jar of paint and the green Gelato.)

In applying glitter-glue from a squeeze bottle, I simply followed the lines of the stenciled imprints. 

After the glitter had dried, I cut apart my prints and collaged them onto both Christmas cards and gift-bags...

Next year I plan to print and cut out more angels, to create hanging ornaments for the tree!

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Two More Christmas Cards

Ten days till Christmas Eve!

Today's post makes use of two identical prints made with my 4" x 4" stencil Fern Fronds Silhouette Mini -- 

For the top card, I glued one of the prints to a 6" x 6" white metallic-finish bi-fold blank greeting card (; I then used a squeeze bottle of silver glitter (Ranger Industries) to add flourishes and dots of bling.

For the second card, I used the same kind of blank greeting card, this one made from bronze metallic cardstock.  And I used the same glitter glue.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Another Christmas Card!

I stumbled upon a treasure, back when I discovered "metallic"-sheened greeting card blanks at  ... I always feel that when I start with a blank that's already coated with a pretty surface, I've been given a head  start. 

An added bonus is that these "metallic" cards are cut from sturdy cardstock that tolerates some serious art-making.  

I use the card blanks that are just slightly smaller than 6"x6" so that they perfectly fit my 6"x6" stencils.  But in this case, I used one of my 9"x12" stencils, Facets, because I wanted to create the illusion of a church window for a Christmas card cover.

First, I (masking) taped a stencil over the front of the card; then I traced the lines of the design with a black Sharpie pen.  

Next, I dropped the alcohol inks over the stencil and let them run and mix at will, with a little drop-by-drop encouragement of rubbing alcohol.  (For some reason, the blending solution that comes with the alcohol inks didn't work.) 

Next time, I'll use the dauber tools that are meant to be used with alcohol inks, but this time around, I wanted to experiment with just dropping on the inks and letting them dry.

I made the mistake of letting them dry TOO much.  So the stencil stuck to the card surface and, when lifted, it made a tear in the upper right area, above.   (This was repaired, after the above scan, using a layer of liquid gloss medium.)

I'm happy to say that I've designed 70 stencils for StencilGirl.  The multiple pages of my stencils start here.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Never Can have Too Many Christmas Cards!

Here's an idea that I've used in the past to make Christmas cards.

For this project, I recommend wearing disposable gloves and gathering just a few supplies:  iridescent Shiva Paintstik oil crayons; a stencil; thin, dark papers; and an  X-acto knife.  I used black and other dark mulberry papers because of their thinness.  The best iridescent Paintstik colors to use on dark papers are silver, white, and light gold.  For this projects, I chose gold and silver.

Just before use, a Shiva Paintstik needs to be "primed" because, when not in use, it naturally forms an outer "skin" which must be removed. This is easily done with an X-acto knife -- but it should be done by an adult, never a child; these knives are sharp.

The stencil I'm using here, in Project One, is my 4"X 4" stencil Fern Fronds Silhouette.

The stencil is held secure with one hand, while the other rubs across the top of the stencil with the Paintstik -- held flat on one side, as shown below --

The above photo shows that all spaces in the stencil design have been completely filled with a layer of metallic Paintstik crayon.  In the photo below, the stencil has been lifted off the paper and placed above the imprint.
Above:  The oil crayon-coated stencil is at the top; under it is the imprint.
Below is a close-up of an imprint made this way.

At this point, the stencil is heavily coated with leftover oil crayon.  To create another imprint of a different kind, without using more crayon, the stencil is placed on fresh paper and held in place with one hand, while the other uses a soft rag or a paper towel to rub across the stencil and the open areas of the stencil --

An imprint made this second way is shown close-up below.

More than one "ghost print" can be made in the way I just described, until most of the crayon has been removed from the stencil.  Then the stencil can be completely cleaned with an alcohol wipe.

Now comes Project Two, using the same materials. 

The first step is to slide the stencil under a fresh sheet of dark, thin paper.

Above:  the stencil is being pushed under the paper.

The second and last step is to rub the sideways oil crayon across the paper, pressing into the outlines of the hidden stencil below.  Below is one rubbing created in this way:

One place to purchase these oil crayons is --

Another vendor is --

The second link, for Dharma Trading, takes you to a webpage where you can watch a video of these oil sticks being used to make rubbings on fabric.  I'm not into fabric arts, but I suspect that when these oil crayons are used on fabric, there are follow-up steps for setting the color permanently.  Dharma would have information on this. 

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Foil Christmas Cards ... Embossed with the Help of Stencils

Today's post is a "re-post" from two years ago... 

Above is one of the Christmas cards I've made using Inkssentials self-adhesive foil from Ranger Industries.  Foil is very difficult to photograph, but I love working with this surface because embossing it is so easy and quick.  The results are subtle, not flashy (unless alcohol inks are introduced.  Something for me to try, one of these days!) 

My first step was to measure the foil needed to cover the front of a blank greeting card--

Then, I placed my 4"x 4" stencil Fern Fronds Silhouette Stencil Mini atop the foil, holding it in place as I traced the openings with a stylus...

Note: this stencil is stained green as result of a previous project.  Click on the image to enlarge it and better see the embossed lines made with the stylus.)

My 4"x4" Fern Fronds Silhouette Stencil Mini is what I chose to use this time, but the greeting card blank was large enough for me to've used  any 6"x6" stencil.  I buy these sturdy, square greeting card blanks from

After I lifted the stencil, its embossed outlines were revealed, as shown below.

After this, I introduced Titanium White acrylic paint -- 

 -- which I brushed across the surface.  While the paint was still tacky, I removed most of it with a paper towel.  This method was called "antiquing" back when I first learned it.  The goal is to leave a hit-and-miss look, with foil showing thru in most areas, but with most of the paint remaining in the embossed areas:

Click on the above image to better see the remaining white paint.

Next, I got out the glitter glue.  Below are two photos showing the border I created this way:

Now I wanted to add some color, so I used red glitter glue to apply dots--

Above These dots are easier to see in the finished greeting card, shown at the start of this post.

Once the glitter dried, I peeled off the foil's white backing paper and applied the foil to the front of the Christmas card -- as shown in the top photo in this post.

Check with the Postal Service before mailing 6" x 6" greeting cards -- there is a non-machinable surcharge for sending mail of these dimensions.  I use two Forever stamps, for convenience.

I'm happy to say that I've designed 70 stencils for StencilGirl.  The multiple pages of my stencils start here.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Unique 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 69 Christmasses come and go, I'm always drawn to the cards that are different.






Today's post first appeared here in 2014.

I'm happy to say that I've designed 70 stencils for StencilGirl.  The multiple pages of my stencils start here.

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Quick and Easy Christmas Cards Made with Stencil-Prints

Today's post first appeared here in 2014...

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"X 12" Mimosa stencil and another favorite of mine, Feathers and Lattice by Daniella Woolf.

Flames for the Christmas candles below were free-hand cut from assorted papers:




Above:  Like all three stencils in my 9" x 12" Borders series, Borders # 1 stencil comes with three borders.  The far-left border is the one used in making today's prints.
Above:  Vintage Script stencil (9" x 12") was used to make a print that was cut down to form one of the pillar candles in this post.

(Altho I didn't use a template for these candle flames, they can also 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.)

I'm happy to say that I've designed 70 stencils for StencilGirl.  The multiple pages of my stencils start here.

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