Monday, June 24, 2019

Outdoor Summer Stencils


Summer is blooming outdoors and -- thanks to stencils -- indoors too!


Above:  Made with part of 9" x 12" stencil Blooming Where Planted.

Above:  A 6" x 6" greeting card collage compiled from prints made with 6"  x 6" Garden Montage.
Above:  Made with 6" x 6" stencil Ginkgo.

Above:  a print made with 9" x 12" stencil It's a Jungle Out There (9" x 12" and cut from its original frame.)

Above:  A print made on holographic gold foil giftwrap using 6" x 6" stencil Mikki's Flowers (which also comes as a mask.)

Above:  Artwork on stretched canvas created with acrylic paints and collage-embellished (center) with a paint-stained stencil.  Used:  6" x 6" mask Small Tangled Pods and 6" x 6" stencil Small Dangled Pods.  (These pod patterns also come as a 9" x 12" stencil and a 9" x 12" mask.) 

Above:  A print made with 6" x 6" stencil Swaying Grasses on an old encyclopedia page that has botanical illustrations.

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Last Day of Sale at StencilGirl!



My stencils are on sale -- today is the last day!

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
Save 21% off all* stencils
Use code: sol21 

Coupon code expires June 22, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. CST (Central Standard Time) USA
PLUS The 10% discount when you buy 6 stencils of the same size still applies!
Choose 1 FREE large stencil for every $100 spent (after discounts are applied). You MUST specify your choice(s) by L### (such as L048) in the comments section of the cart when you check out or it will be StencilGirl's choice. Sorry, no exceptions.

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*Stencils only. Does not apply to DVDs, books, tools, wholesale orders, StencilClub, or gift certificates. The StencilClub exclusive monthly member discount does not apply. 
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Friday, June 21, 2019

StencilGirl Sale!



My stencils are on sale!

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
Save 21% off all* stencils
Use code: sol21 

Coupon code expires June 22, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. CST (Central Standard Time) USA
PLUS The 10% discount when you buy 6 stencils of the same size still applies!
Choose 1 FREE large stencil for every $100 spent (after discounts are applied). You MUST specify your choice(s) by L### (such as L048) in the comments section of the cart when you check out or it will be StencilGirl's choice. Sorry, no exceptions.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

StencilGirl Stencil Sale -- 3 days only! -- Starts Today


My stencils are on sale starting today!

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
Save 21% off all* stencils
Use code: sol21 

Coupon code expires June 22, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. CST (Central Standard Time) USA
PLUS The 10% discount when you buy 6 stencils of the same size still applies!
Choose 1 FREE large stencil for every $100 spent (after discounts are applied). You MUST specify your choice(s) by L### (such as L048) in the comments section of the cart when you check out or it will be StencilGirl's choice. Sorry, no exceptions.

SHOP NOW: 
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*Stencils only. Does not apply to DVDs, books, tools, wholesale orders, StencilClub, or gift certificates. The StencilClub exclusive monthly member discount does not apply. 
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Special Sale at StencilGirl -- 3 days Only! -- Starting Tomorrow!


Mark your calendars -- my stencils will go on sale at StencilGirl, for three days only, starting June 20! 

Details will be posted here tomorrow!



Tuesday, June 18, 2019

GARDEN MONTAGE Stencil and Friends -- and a Sale coming at StencilGirl!


Mark your calendars -- my stencils will go on sale at StencilGirl, for three days only, starting June 20! 

Garden Montage and Nosegay, both 9" x 12" stencils, have teamed up to create the two prints below.  After both prints had dried, I cut the blue and gold print (made with Garden Montage) to a smaller size, so I could collage it over the Nosegay-Garden Montage print.  And together they form the cover of a greeting card.




The two stencils in their entirety look like this --


Garden Montage, a 9" x 12" stencil 

Nosegay, a 9" x 12" stencil
Another collage greeting card is below --


Background was made with 6" x 6" stencil Sprigs; foreground, with Garden Montage.

The 
Sprigs stencil looks like this:


Above:  6" x 6" stencil Sprigs

Above is another greeting card cover, this one with a pale blue base that was printed with 
Garden MontageOver that, I first added a cut-out from a print created with lavender and gray acrylic paint and one of my Pods series stencils.  The main top embellishment is another print made with Garden Montage.  To the right of that is a strip of printed paper that balances out the composition.  
My Pods series of stencils are:


Dangled Pods Stencil (9" x 12")




Small Dangled Pods (6" x 6")


Tangled Pods Stencil (9" x 12")



Small Tangled Pods Stencil (6" x 6")


Above is today's last collage-covered greeting card.  It was made with three cut-outs from prints made with 
Garden Montage.
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Monday, June 17, 2019

StencilGirl Special Sale coming June 20!


Mark your calendars -- my stencils will go on sale at StencilGirl, for three days only, starting June 20! 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Feathers!



I've long been fascinated by feathers -- most are soft to the touch and most can float in lazy zig-zags as they surrender to gravity.  And I love the graceful curves that many of them form.  

These qualities inspired me to design two stencils, Feathers 9 Stencil (9" x 12") and Feathers 6 Stencil (6" x 6") ... and I've used them often.



Above:  made with Feathers 6 Stencil (6" x 6")


Above:  made with Feathers 6 Stencil (6" x 6")


Above:  Feathers 9 Stencil was used over a print made with 6" x 6" Penguin Family.


Above:  Feathers 9 Stencil was used over a 3-layer Gelli Plate print made with Feathers 6 Stencil and (in the central area) a real feather. 

  
Above:  Feathers 9 Stencil was used over an old nautical map, painted orange.



Above:  Feathers 9 Stencil was used over a blue print made with Prayer Flags stencil (9" x 12".)



Above:  Again, Feathers 9 Stencil was used over a 3-layer Gelli Plate print made with Feathers 6 Stencil and (in the central area) a real feather. 

Last but far, far from least, I'm delighted to show this artwork --





-- a beautiful journal cover created by Kymona Tracey.  The beauty of her art-making equals the beauty of her name!  

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

This 'N' That


A beautiful bullet journal cover was created by artist Cheetarah Cheda -- whose name is as pretty as her artwork!





Please click on the above photo (courtesy of Cheetarah Cheda) to better see detail in the way she took a plain journal cover and magically transformed it.  Unless I'm mistaken, Cheetarah used one of my two Marbles stencils -- 



Marbles 6 Stencil (6" x 6")


Marbles 9 Stencil (9" x 12")

Below is a stretched canvas that I painted using Palm Fronds Silhouette Small (6" x 6") and Palm Fronds Silhouette Mini (4" x 4").






The above painting was done on a stretched canvas.  Before applying the stencils and paint, I spread the surface with a uniform layer of Titanium White liquid acrylic paint and waited for that coating to dry thoroughly before moving forward.  This bottom layer of bright white paint makes stencil prints stand out dramatically.  The tool I used to add this coating was a drywall taping knife.  This knife comes in several widths, so I used one that was slightly larger than the 12" x 12" stretched canvas.  With a little practice (and a little wasted paint*) the knife makes it possible to create a perfectly uniform surface.

* There is leftover paint, but rather than let it go to waste, I gather it up with a brush and use it to coat papers that will later be used to develop stencil prints and collage.

Today's post ends with a print I made using Ornamental Iron Curls (6" x 6") and Prayer Flags (9" x 12").




The 6" x 6" stencil looks like this --


 Ornamental Iron Curls (6" x 6")

And the 9" x 12" stencil looks like this --


 Prayer Flags (9" x 12")

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Part 2 of Making Sun-Prints with Stencils


For today's post I'm deeply indebted to Marsha Valk, whose write-up on sun-printing with stencils has appeared in StencilGirl Talk Blog.

To my delight, Marsha chose -- among many of the gorgeous StencilGirl stencils -- two of my 9" x 12" stencils, Clustered Leaves and Flower Montage.

To give just a hint as to the beauty of Marsha's sun-prints, here are a few of her photos --



Pictured in upper right:  9" x 12" stencil Clustered Leaves.



Pictured above and below:  Garden Montage (9" x 12") Stencil.



Above:  Marsha Valk used Clustered Leaves to make the first print and, to make the top print, a StencilGirl stencil designed by Jennifer Evans, Mosaic Flowers Repeat.


Made with Garden Montage (9" x 12") Stencil.



Marsha's step-by-step directions, with photos, are available here.  Enjoy!

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Using Sunlight and Stencils to Make Sun-prints!


This is part one of a two-part post... 

 Sun-prints are fun!

In making them, the first step I took was to paint opaque paint over the stencils to be used.  The four shots below show two of my stencils -- Boxed Vines and Queen Anne's Lace -- while they are creating the prints on the sun-print paper.  Previously they had been painted with opaque green acrylic.  (Any opaque color will work.)






The three photos above show the sun-prints being made -- the top layer is clear acetate (you can see its borders); the next layer is the paint-coated stencil; the bottom layer is the sun-print paper.
Below is a sun-print created with my 9"X12" stencil Queen Anne's Lace--

I'd love to say that the faint double-image and the right-side tone-shift were planned, to create an artsy effect, but the truth is they were not.  These prints were all made on a sunny but windy day and I was just re-learning how to do them, having been originally taught years ago by my friend Mary Ann Russo. 

When making this batch, I had forgotten that the stencil and sun-print paper should be kept in the dark until it is ready to be placed into direct sunlight.  This can be done if you create a "sandwich" with sheets of glass or Plexiglas as the "bread" and the sun-print paper, under the stencil, as the "meat."

But I plan to go for the artsy multiple-exposure look, again -- on purpose, next time.  I'm going to create multiple exposures on each sheet of sun-print paper, so I probably won't use Plexiglas at all.  I will just keep moving the stencil across the paper as each exposure happens.  It takes only a few minutes, on a day with bright overhead sun. 

After the last exposure, the paper is to be placed in a tub of water and swished around, then laid flat to dry.  I dried mine in a shaded area.  After that water-rinse, they should not continue to change with light exposure, but I chose a shaded area just to be on the safe side.

The sun-print paper that I chose -- the only one I could find that would fit my 9"X12" stencils -- was Super Sunprint Kit by Lawrence Hall of Science.

Below are the sun-prints as they were spread out to dry:


Above:  created with my 9"X12" Boxed Vines stencil.

Above:  created with my 9"X12" Mimosa stencil.

Above:  created with my 9"X12" stencil Queen Anne's Lace.
  
The stencil I used below was my 9"X12" Boxed Vines. 



It was an accident that I got this double-exposure -- it happened because I moved the stencil during the exposure period -- but I like this look and plan to do it on purpose next time!
Note:  I think it's possible to make sun-prints with stencils that have not been pre-coated with opaque paint.  But the resulting images will have less contrast between the exposed areas and the unexposed areas.  One fun thing to try would be to spatter or streak opaque paint across a stencil and then use it to make a sun-print.  This would result in an exposure that has a hit-and-miss, artsy look. Try it!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  To scroll thru the pages of my StencilGirl Stencils, please start here.  And please come back on May 3 for Part Two!