Thursday, February 23, 2017

LINE WAVES, a Beautiful 9"x12" Stencil by Trish McKinney

Line Waves by Trish McKinney is one of my all-time StencilGirl favorites!

Here is yet another artwork on stretched canvas that I made using this stencil, modeling paste and acrylic paints:

Close-ups appear below:

My thanks to Trish McKinney for creating such a gorgeous and versatile stencil!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Mary Ann Russo's Vintage-Themed Artwork with WROUGHT IRON GATE and SWATTON BORDERS #1

My friend Mary Ann Russo has kindly allowed me to post photos I've taken of her vintage-themed art journal-in-progress; today's post focuses on two of her 2-page spreads, both done on heavyweight, cold press watercolor paper, with Liquitex flexible modeling paste, acrylic paints and a couple of my 9" x 12" stencils.

First, I'll show the full spread of two pages with their centers yet unfinished; a smaller page is lying atop a larger page:

Next come two close-ups:

The yellow page-edges were created with portions of Wrought Iron Gate --

-- and the rust-beige page-edges were one of the three borders included in my stencil Borders #1 --

Above, the border used by Mary Ann is highlighted in red.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

DANGLED PODS and TANGLED PODS Stencils Used Together, Yet Again

My earlier posts have shown similar versions of today's pieces ... but since I haven't yet stopped tweaking my experiment-paintings, updated photos end up in my files.

In an earlier post, I showed an artwork made with Dangled Pods alone.
Just for fun, I used the same piece as background and overlaid it with a the sister stencil, Tangled Pods, which had been, when used in an earlier project, stained with shades of orange:

The two stencils look like this:

Tangled Pods
Dangled Pods (the reverse of Tangled Pods)

Any questions?  Please feel free to post them in the Comments, and I'll gladly answer.

Friday, February 17, 2017

TANGLED PODS and Its New Sister-Stencil DANGLED PODS

Here are still more close-ups of my experiments using Tangled Pods paired with Dangled Pods --

Again, the majority of these experiments was done with a technique that's part of the June 2015 Stencil Club package, which includes an instructional video by MaryBeth Shaw.  (For more information, join Stencil Club.)

In addition, the knobby texture of the final piece above is the result of my adding a layer of clear bead gel over the originally painted surface.  This gel looks opaque-white when it's first spread over the surface, but when dry, it's transparent. 

 These two stencils look like this: 

Above:  the original stencil, Tangled Pods.
Above:  the new stencil, Dangled Pods -- the reverse of the original stencil.

More Dangled Pods examples are coming!

Thursday, February 16, 2017


Maybe it's time for some close-ups?

These are culled from a number of experiments I've been doing on stretched canvas ... I use Fredrix Watercolor gallery-wrap-edged canvases because I like their ultra-smooth surfaces and their erasability.  And because their finished-look edges eliminate any need for framing!

Most of these experiments were done with a technique that's part of the June 2015 Stencil Club package, which includes an instructional video by MaryBeth Shaw.  (For more information, join Stencil Club.)

In addition, the slightly speckled light-blue pods directly above were created with spray paint, thru my Tangled Pods stencil.

This pair of stencils looks like this:

Tangled Pods
Dangled Pods (the reverse of Tangled Pods.)

Continuing experiments will be posted here soon!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

More DANGLED PODS Stencil (New), Paired with the Original TANGLED PODS Stencil

After that short break for Valentine's Day, I'm back to daily posts showing ways I've used my new 9" x 12" stencil Dangled Pods, paired with Tangled Pods.

Both these stencils, by the way, were inspired by the beautifully dangling seed pods of the Japanese Pagoda Tree.  

 The piece above was created by piling layer after layer of black and red acrylic paints on a 9" x 12" stretched canvas.  After so many layers had been added, ridges had formed in the shapes of the pods.  I dry-brushed metallic gold paint over these ridges to reach the finishing point above.  Below is a close-up of one detailed area:

Above is another piece created with the technique cited in my Feb. 13 post.  Below are two close-ups focusing on areas of this painting:

These two stencils look like this: 

Above:  the original stencil, Tangled Pods.
Above:  the new stencil, Dangled Pods -- the reverse of the original stencil.

More Dangled Pods examples are coming!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day with MIMOSA 6 X 6! -- and The Honor of being in THE SCOOP with my New Stencil DANGLED PODS

I made the embellishment for this greeting card with air-dry clay, painting it with metallic acrylics after the clay had hardened.

Its background is a metallic bronze blank greeting card ( that I imprinted with acrylic paints using my 6" x 6" stencil Mimosa 6

The stencil itself looks like this:


It remains one of my favorite art-making tools; both my 9" x 12" and my 6" x 6" mimosa stencils were inspired by a beautiful young mimosa tree that lived in our front yard, until a fungus attacked it.  Here in NJ, mimosa is actually considered a weed; I've seen it growing wild along roadways and in at least two nearby coastal towns.  But every mimosa we've cultivated has fallen prey to this fungus.  Go figure! 

On another note, I'm honored and tickled pink to be one of the designers featured in the current issue of StencilGirls' The Scoop --
and I'd just like to add that the Wrought Iron Gate artwork used there, was created by my friend Mary Ann Russo.  It was featured in this December post

Monday, February 13, 2017


Since these two stencils -- altho created far apart chronologically -- are a paired set, it's natural (and easy) to use them together.  Here are the results of five of my adventures in pairing them ... 

These were created with the technique that I used in preparing art for the June 2015 Stencil Club release of a three-piece set of stencils I'd designed (Crop Circles.)  This technique was demonstrated in a video that features MaryBeth Shaw.  Since the video was part of that month's special package, I won't discuss the technique here.  But anyone who joins Stencil Club can order this package by following the directions here.

Many of my posts showing this new stencil, Dangled Pods, were made in the same way, because this technique continues to intrigue me.  Easy variations are proving to be endless!

Above:  the original stencil, Tangled Pods.
Above:  the new stencil, Dangled Pods.

Thanks to for this new combination of stencils!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Stencil Scraping with DANGLED PODS (The Reverse of TANGLED PODS)

Stencil Scraping -- a wet version of the old traditional technique, which was done with crayon -- has appeared in this blog several times earlier ...  here ... and (as the final technique at the end of the post) here ... and (as the second of two techniques) here

I've done it once again with my newly-released stencil Dangled Pods.

My goal this time was to create collage papers.  I used a white, new-for-me, tissue that's sturdy yet translucent -- which will let some background paints show partially thru these papers, once they're collaged over pre-painted surfaces.

Here are close-ups of two of the finished papers--

And here are the steps I took...

First, here's a close-up showing the tissue I used and its source.

My starting step, below, was to use masking tape to secure my stencil (already stained from earlier projects) -- this step is needed to keep the stencil from moving while being scraped.

Next, I covered the stencil with tissue, which I likewise taped securely to my work surface --

In the photo below, notice the blue and red acrylic paints squeezed in lines across the right side of the tissue --

The above photo also shows the tool I've chosen for the scraping.  It's an ad that came as junk mail, a piece of plastic as wide as the stencil and its tissue overlay.

Once this set-up is complete, the scraping itself takes a minute or less! With the scraping tool, I place one edge vertically to the right of the line of wet paints, then drag the paint across the tissue, right to left, using firm pressure.  

I always use paints of more than one color, as shown above, to get the rainbow effect appearing at the top of this post.

To see this technique used in similar ways, please visit the links listed at the start of this post. 

Altho I plan to use my finished papers in collage, I want to add that these papers are great for gift-wrapping, too!  

Above:  the original stencil, Tangled Pods.
Above:  the new stencil, Dangled Pods.

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