Monday, September 18, 2017

Orange with SASSY SPRAY Stencil



Below is an early version of a painting that has now been re-worked ... and still needs more final touches.  This "start" was made with my 6" x 6" stencil Sassy Spray, following directions given in Pat Dews' DVD Designing Great Starts with Texture and Form (Cheap Joe's Art Stuff.)  (Note:  I altered my stencil -- only a little -- with Joyce Chen scissors.)  The reason I'm still working on this piece is that I decided it needed more contrast as well as an introduction of complementary color.  Since the piece is only 9" x 12" (on stretched canvas) I had at first thought one color family sufficed.  But since then I've changed my mind.  (The original version appears here and there ... such as at Pixels.com and Pinterest.)  




Below is another piece created with the same stencil; it has appeared here in at least one earlier version -- and I find that it, too, needs more development.  I'm still mulling over what to do ...





Sassy Spray looks like this before it gets scissor-altered --





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Friday, September 15, 2017

TANGLED PODS & DANGLED PODS Stencils



Tangled Pods and Dangled Pods are image-opposites, each made into a 9" x 12" stencil.  They can be used alone or together.  Below are some close-ups taken of several pieces I've created on stretched canvas using layers of color (mostly high-flow acrylic paint) with both stencils--










Today's final piece is not a close-up; it shows the 9" x 12" canvas in its entirety:




Dangled Pods stencil looks like this:





And Tangled Pods looks like this:





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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Gwen Lafleur and NOSEGAY STENCIL!


Artist Gwen Lafleur, one of my fellow designers at StencilGirlProducts, has delighted me by choosing -- among many of the StencilGirl choices -- my 9" x 12" Nosegay Stencil in a unique way, which I'm happy to share here.


In the first shot below, Gwen shows her application of gold metallic acrylic paint through selected areas of my stencil; her surface is an elaborate artwork-in-progress showing intricate detail -- which she has created using several StencilGirl stencils. 








Above and below are close-up details showing flowers and stalks made with my stencil.





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Nosegay Stencil itself looks like this:





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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Good News


Raise a Shout, shown below, is my mixed-media collage that was just juried into the Annual Open Show at Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJ.  This is the big once-a-year show open to anyone; it draws artists from the tri-state area.

To better see details, click on the image above.


I created this artwork using these StencilGirl stencils -- first in making the imprints; and later, using two of the stained stencils as collage elements --

Line Waves, designed by Trish McKinney

Curves, designed by Mary Beth Shaw

These two stencils are among my top ten StencilGirl favorites; I use them a lot!

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Friday, September 8, 2017

SASSY SPRAY Stencil in Triplicate!


I love the challenge of working on stretched canvas that comes in an elongated shape!  The first photo below shows the starting step in creating a current piece that was made with three slightly altered Sassy Spray 6" x 6" stencils. 

I've customized this stencil with Joyce Chen scissors -- perfect for stencil-cutting because they're sharp and have short blades.  The original Sassy Spray stencil looks like this:








Above is the early version of this painting; I developed it with Golden High Flow acrylics, using these stencil-bits and following directions given in Pat Dews' DVD Designing Great Starts with Texture and Form.

After I had reached this stage of the project, I decided to veer back to another favorite technique -- making altered stencils into collage elements.  Whenever I do this, I choose stencils that have been stained in previous projects.  

The stencils used in creating this painting wouldn't have worked since they'd become stained in the same colors as the background I created.  They would have simply blended in with the background.

So I searched my stash of stained stencils and came up with just what I needed, stencils not only stained in a complementary color scheme, but also stained to a darker value than the relatively light overall value of the background.  I added them with heavy matte gel medium.





Above is the finished collage-and-acrylic artwork.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The 2017 Canterbury Art Show ...Another Great Year!


Back in July, upon completing the collages shown below, I posted them here. 

I used stencils -- paint-stained from earlier projects -- as collage elements, matching them with mixed-media pieces.

I entered these collages in the 2017 Canterbury Art Show, which just ended.  They sold, and are now on their way to new homes ... 











The paint-stained 6" x 6" stencil used here was Palm Fronds Silhouette Stencil Small ... a design that has a matching "little sister," Palm Fronds Silhouette Stencil Mini (4" x 4".)

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Press and Pull with Stencils and any Stiff Paste


Some time ago, I made a three-dimensional painting on stretched canvas.  

First, I used an art spatula to spread the canvas with molding paste -- but  heavy-bodied Titanium White acrylic paint, or any other stiff paste or gel, would work just as well.

While the molding paste was still wet, I pressed two 9" x 12" stencils into it -- Blooming Where Planted and Prayer Flags.  

After the paste had dried completely, I brushed over it with a variety of acrylic paints.

I've already misplaced any photos of the whole canvas, but I recently ran across close-up photos of two areas where this pair of stencils had been used --


Above:  Blooming Where Planted is the stencil that was used here.



Above:  Prayer Flags was the stencil used here.


It's not easy to recognize the two stencils used to create this texture, since the pressing in and the pulling out of the stencils creates distortion of the original designs -- but in this case, distortion was my goal.  You can click on the above photos to enlarge them and better see details.


This technique makes it necessary to clean the stencils immediately after use.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Artist Debi Adams and CLUSTERED LEAVES Stencil!


Check out StencilGirl Talk here -- to see a full-length write-up, with step-by-step photos, showing the artistry of Debi Adams with stencils by Seth Apter and Nathalie Kalbach, alongside my 9” x 12” stencil Clustered Leaves.

Here is just a small sample:







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Sunday, August 27, 2017

IT'S (Still) A JUNGLE OUT THERE!


Today's post again throws the spotlight on my 9" x 12" stencil It's A Jungle Out There.

Like a number of my other stencils, this one has been altered ... I customized the stencil with Joyce Chen scissors -- perfect for stencil-cutting because they're sharp and have short blades. 

The first three prints below were made with a technique that I'm not at liberty to describe here, since it was shown on a video included in the June 2015 Stencil-of-the-Month package for StencilGirls' StencilClub members.  It can be back-ordered; directions are here

These first three prints are --








Going forward to the other prints for today, I need to mention that the subtractive technique was described in full detail, with photos, here. And here.



Above: Multiple layers of prints using a variety of techniques, especially the subtractive technique.

Above:  a print created by using the stencil-piece in the same way as a rubber stamp -- wetting it with paint, then turning it face down and pressing it onto the substrate.


Above:  The subtractive technique as well as the "rubber-stamp" technique were used in making these layered prints.

Above:  The subtractive technique as well as the "rubber-stamp" technique were used in making these layered prints.

The 9" x 12" stencil It's A Jungle Out There -- when not yet cut up! -- looks like this:




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Thursday, August 24, 2017

IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE -- Another Example of a Stained Stencil used as a Collage Element


Above:  This is the full-sized sheet that started life as a Gelli Plate print; its circular designs came from a plastic support gismo made for holding paper plates at a picnic!  Over that background I added, as collage elements, pieces of It's A Jungle Out There, left over from a previous project that had stained them green-blue-aqua.  I also added a gold-stained piece of Map stencil by Mary C. Nasser.

Below is a close-up detail of one area; in this shot you can more clearly see the piece of reflective self-adhesive shell that I added as another collage element.  I bought this sheet of reflective shell years ago and can no longer remember its source.  I added a drop of alcohol ink to this piece of shell to heighten its color.




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Monday, August 21, 2017

Mixed-Media Wall Hangings DVD by MaryBeth Shaw and artwork by Donna Watson


Under Products at www.StencilGirlProducts.com, you can find (among many other goodies) MaryBeth Shaw's DVD Mixed Media Wall Hangings -- wherein, I'm delighted to say, two of my 6" x 6" stencils were used ... Seaweed and Mimosa 6.

And Seaweed was my stencil of choice when I made this Gelli Plate print --




-- as well as this simple collage:





Mimosa 6 also has appeared in other places besides this DVD by MaryBeth -- for example, in this lovely box made by artist Beth Watson:





 Beth did a fantastic job with this stencil; to better see details, just click on the above image to enlarge it.

The stencils themselves look like this:



MIMOSA 6


SEAWEED
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Friday, August 18, 2017

Return Visit with TANGLED PODS and DANGLED PODS Stencils



As I've scrolled thru old blog posts, I've noticed to my dismay that at times I've posted identical images more than once.  I run the risk of repeating that mistake with the first photo I'm posting today.  I created it with Tangled Pods stencil (9" x 12") on stretched canvas.  In making it, I followed directions given by Pat Dews in her DVD Designing Great Starts with Texture and Form.




Using the same stencil -- and sometimes adding the opposite-image stencil Dangled Pods -- I've created other artworks, including:











The last artwork here, shown directly above, is one of three similar pieces (all made with these two 9" x 12" stencils) that hung for a month in the gallery at my local guild, before being chosen to hang as one of our off-site locations.  In this case, it was Central Jersey Blood Center.   Having been a donor there myself, I know it's nice to have distractions of artwork to enjoy during the process.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

More of my Older Stencils, Making New Appearances


Today's top print is a layered piece, with Facets having been used with blue acrylic paint in the lower layer , and Vases put to use in the upper red layer.  Both stencils are 9" x 12".




Vases also volunteered for other recent prints.  The first print below was made by running a paint-loaded sponge brayer over the stencil ...





... and this second print, below, was made by flipping the paint-coated stencil upside-down and pressing it onto another sheet of paper.





Wrought Iron Gate is another 9" x 12" stencil that I designed a few years ago, and its many uses have included Christmas cards and birthday cards in which I've used individual vertical sets of curls to represent candles. 

The print below is not my best example, but it illustrates what I mean when I say that one vertical strip can be cut from a whole-image print and used to represent a candle.  I've cut many of these strips and have created collaged flames to sit atop each of them.





Wrought Iron Gate stencil in its entirety looks like this --





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