Friday, June 23, 2017

Guest Designer Kim Dellow: What Are Your Favorite Ways To Use Your StencilGirl Stencils?

I've got a question for you! What are your favorite ways to use your StencilGirl stencils? I would really love to hear. As a fellow StencilGirl fan I am sure you have lots of amazing techniques to share with me today don't you?

But wait, hold up! I haven't introduced myself yet! Hi, I'm Kim Dellow and I'm an artist, blogger and designer based in London, United Kingdom and I am a self-confessed mixed media addict! I thought for my guest post today here on the StencilGirl blog that I would share with you a challenge I set myself using the Seth Apter Alpha Drips and Number Drips stencils. That challenge was to build an art journal page background using five different techniques using just these two stencils.
This is where favorite stencil techniques come in. I have a couple of tried and tested techniques that we all know and love in my list of five techniques that I am sharing in my video of this art journal page today, but there are also a couple of my personal totally top favorite methods in there too, like stencil printing and using stencils to make resists.
So if you were going to use the Seth Apter Alpha Drips and Number Drips stencils to make an art journal page background, what five techniques would you use? Let me know! Either comment here on the StencilGirl blog or come over to my YouTube channel and leave me a comment or you can leave a comment on my blog.

Better still, grab these two stencils and use five techniques to make your next art journal page background and share it with both StencilGirl and myself over on Instagram (@stencilgirl_products, @kimdellow) or Facebook (StencilGirl Products, Kim Dellow Design)! I know I can't wait to see it!

Kim Dellow, art and craft lifestyle blogger and designer, has a passion for sharing her latest art obsessions. She is regularly published in magazines and provides online content for many well-known companies both inside and outside of the art and craft industry. Self-taught and naturally inquisitive, Kim is never happier than when she is throwing paint around and sharing the results.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

July TBT: Artist tiles, art journal and planner spread, and a card!

Once again the time has come to share some stencils that are a little bit older but just as wonderful for art play as our newer stencils. Kiala, Belen, and I, Carol Baxter are excited to share a few simple ideas:

A Color Wheel Color Study Art Journal Page

Hi again lovely creatives. Kiala Givehand chiming in with a multi-layered, mixed media art journaling page. 

I just adore Lizzie Mayne's Rose Window stencil as a way to mimic the shape of the color wheel, while adding patterns and lines to create a complex mandala just waiting to be colored and explored. 

I'm currently spending time doing lots of color studies in my art journals. My love for circles and mandalas makes those an easy go to for color study and Lizzie's stencil is the perfect way to explore color in multiple mediums. 

For this page, I used acrylic paint and gesso for the background, deli paper, paint pens, and gel pens for my circles, Derwent Inktense blocks for the rubbings, and black and white pens to add the lettering. Talk about fun and meditative!!! 

TIP: I placed the stencil UNDER the deli paper and used the Inktense blocks to make a rubbing. So much fun!!!

Artist Tiles

About a month ago I took a class on Skillshare by Sadelle Wiltshire where she teaches how to draw interlocking shapes. It's an amazing class and you can do some cool things with interlocking shapes. But my hands are not the steadiest. Solution? Use a stencil to draw your shapes in pencil first, then interlock them and ink them with pen. 

I used Lizzie Mayne's Mod Ovals and Circles small stencil to see if my theory would work. 

It did!! And I'm in love with the results. No stencil will be safe after this. 

You are invited to check out my blog post, Using Stencils for Interlocking Shapes.

Happy stenciling,

Memory Keeper

Hello stencilers! Belen Sotelo greeting you.

Stencils can be used for more than crafting and mixed media. They're a wonderful way to add some visual interest to your planners and traveler's notebooks, too!. A drier medium, like ink pads are a great alternative to paint and wont buckle the thinner paper of your journal, as a wet medium would.

I'm using Julie Snidle's Scales and Legend, Borders, and Frames mini stencils in my memory keeping journal to add some texture and movement to my pages.

Miss You Card

   o'dark thirty
+ stencil turned sideways
+ Godzilla fan
pure, unapologetic silliness

Carol Baxter, "big kid" waving HI!!!!

I saw this large stencil from Mary Beth Shaw's 15.1 Collection for Stencil Club and it roared "Godzilla"! I'm an action movie over chick flick kinda gal....

(Psst! StencilClub members can purchase prior club sets!)

I used Carolyn Dube's Open Buildings, Mary Nasser's Just Plane Fun, and Andrew Borloz' Tribal Pattern B Twirl stencils, plus pens and glimmer mist.

That's it for June 2017 Throwback Thursday. What art are you off to make now?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Jo Firth-Young: Upcycled Bag with StencilGirl Stencils

Hi everyone, Jo Firth-Young here with you today – I’ve long been a fan of StencilGirl Products so am really pleased to share a project with you. I’ve used a few of my all-time-favorite StencilGirl stencils and masks – and we all have those don’t we?! Stencils that we reach for time and again, and never tire of.

The stencils I chose are:

My project uses a bag from a trade show earlier in the year. It’s made from a woven nylon fabric covered in kraft paper (if you’ve come across my work before you’ll know how much I love kraft!)... I knew it would be great to work on – the nylon weave gives the paper enough strength and structure to take paint. Here’s the bag before...

My plan for this upcycle was to cover the company name and most of the surrounding motifs while still retaining some of the original bag design and color.

Here’s how I upcycled the bag.
I painted the center of the bag with black gesso, leaving the edges rough. I then used the Marrakech Mix stencil to add motifs in black coming off the edges of the black paint.
I stenciled more of the Marrakech motifs across the bag shading from black to various shades of grey. All the paints I’ve used are Fresco Finish by PaperArtsy (Snowflake, Concrete & Bougainvillea). I achieved the blend by applying the paint with a brush rather than a sponge.
I used the Illegible stencil to add randomly placed writing (in Snowflake white paint), overlapping the Marrakech motifs in places.
Now to add the flowers. I wanted to use a quite vibrant color for these to contrast against the blacks and greys, and the color I chose was Bougainvillea from the PaperArtsy Fresco Finish range of paints. I adore this color, but as it is a semi-opaque paint I needed to add an opaque base color to block out the black and give the color maximum pop!

I laid down the stencil element of the Deconstructed Cluster of Lilies and painted white onto the surface of the bag.
When that was dry I laid the stencil over that layer and added a layer of Bougainvillia... LUSH!
I laid the stencil in place once more and laid the mask element inside taping it in place; this would protect the Bougainvillia from the next step.
I painted over the top with black gesso, here’s the result. I really like how the effect is that of a stencil rather than a mask.
I used the same process to add a single flower in the diagonally opposite corner.
The finishing touches were buttons sewn onto the center of the larger flowers and self-adhesive gems added to the smaller ones. I also decided the bag needed more words so I placed the Illegible stencil over the existing stenciling and added one or two more lines of text, fading them out to the edges of the bag.
This bag will definitely be coming with me on my next creative outing!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my project and it inspires you to upcycle bags.. or folders.. or boxes.. or clothes! Whatever sparks your imagination!

PS If you’d like to see more of what I do you can find me in the following places:
Instagram: @jofyjo
Facebook:  JoFY.JoFirthYoung
Twitter: @jofyjo

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

"Underwater" Stencil Layering with Debi Adams

Hi everyone!  I'm Debi Adams and I am a newbie to the StencilGirl Design Team but I am hardly new to the art field. (I refuse to be called "old" so let's just say I am "well-seasoned".) 

Anyway, I love everything about art but the clean up. So let's focus on doing the fun, messy work right now. I created this underwater piece titled "Anticipation" using a variety of stencils and art supplies.

I think my favorite part of doing art is in the discovery. With this particular project, I had no idea of where I was going. I just started creating. Here is a picture of all the "color" products I used but please don't be limited by what I selected. Not shown are clear Nuvo drops, foam dots, watercolor/mixed media paper, a white pen, and a brayer (optional for creating second project.)

To begin, I painted my 140 lb. watercolor/mixed media paper with black gesso and let it dry.

Then using the Clustered Leaves stencil and a sponge, I applied a variety of aqua, green and white acrylic paint on top of the stencil.

Here is what the project looked like after the application.

Now I have to interrupt right here to show you something I discovered. I found that the paint that was stuck to the stencil was still wet and so I decided to apply the negative image of the stencil to another piece of gesso paper using a brayer to see what would happen. (I added a few colors to the Leaves, as you will see further down in this post.) I ended up loving the result! Pretty cool, huh? No waste.  

Now back to our project.  Though I loved the Leaves the way they were, I really felt they needed some color.  Since I had just gotten the new Jane Davenport watercolor pens, I thought I would try them out on this piece.  They are rather bright, which I love, but I wanted to tone them down so I used a watercolor brush after I had brushed the watercolor pen onto the Leaves. I only put colors here and there.  

Adding  some of the metallic paint to the very edges of the Leaves gave it some interest. 
Because one stencil is not nearly enough, I went on top of the Leaves with the Crackle stencil using white paint and then added a tiny detail or two using Seth Apter's Numbers stencil.  

I applied aqua and white paint to the Urban Insiders Circle  onto a separate piece of black gesso watercolor paper and repeated the paint process above. When dry, I cut out the shapes. 

Circles of black thread were attached to the page.  The Urban Insiders Circle pieces were then adhered to the substrate using foam dots. Adding Nuvo drops to the page gave it the appearance of water.  Finally, small markings with a white pen and a hand-typed sentiment  completed the page.  

So there you have it.  Don't know how I got to this point but I sure did love the journey.  Hope you learned a thing or two in the process.

Thank you so much for joining me at StencilGirl.  To see more of my work you can go to my blog here or see my gallery on instagram at debi_adams.



Monday, June 19, 2017

Gwen's Gems - Stenciled Textured Book Cover

Hi all, it's Gwen - back with the June edition of Gwen's Gems! This month I was inspired by the gorgeous work of contemporary ceramic artist Neil MacDonnell. He did a series of beautifully textured and layered square and circle compositions that really spoke to me. As I looked at them, I decided to use these pieces as my inspiration for a heavily textured piece that had some clearly defined layers. As I worked, it became clear that this needed to become a book cover for a new art journal, so that's what I did!

Here's how I took this inspiration and made it my own using stencils, lots of molding paste, chipboard, cardboard, and a few other supplies.

First, I decided what pieces I was going to use to create the layers - I found some different weights of chipboard, some very thin cardboard, and a wooden floral ring that I'd picked up in the clearance aisle at the craft store, just knowing that I could use it for something.

Since it was the one thing I couldn't really change, I used the wood ring to determine the sizing for the rest of my pieces and cut them accordingly. The overall square is 9"x9". I had a thin circle to go under the wood - I covered the cut edge of the opening with masking tape to keep it clean. Then I cut a thin chipboard frame that would layer on top of the solid square.

With all of my pieces cut to size, it was time to start building the texture. To get the effect I wanted in the background, I cut the 9"x9" background into 9 pieces, keeping them in order so I could reassemble them later. Then I used a different stencil on each of the pieces (except the center which was going to be covered completely,) and applied a thick layer of molding paste through each stencil.

I set those aside to dry, then stenciled all of the frames. On the wooden circle, I also added a thick layer of paste around the edge with my palette knife.

Here are all of the stencils I used:

For the 8 pieces in the background:
Fishscale Brick Stencil by Lizzie Mayne
Paste Paper Stencil by Daniella Woolf
Brick Factory Stencil by Daniella Woolf
Buildings Stencil by Carolyn Dube
Random Squares Stencil by Jessica Sporn
6x6 from April 2016 StencilClub by Mary Beth Shaw
6x6 from June 2016 StencilClub by Carolyn Dube
4x4 from May 2016 StencilClub by Terri Stegmiller

Around the frame I used the Fade Horizontal Stencil by Michelle Ward. On the small frame that would show through the center I used the Rose Window Stencil by Lizzie Mayne, and on the wooden circle I used my Art Deco Flower Medallion. Finally, I stenciled the eye from the 4x4 from May 2017 StencilClub by Pam Carriker on a piece of cardboard that would go behind all the circles.

Once all of the paste was dry, I reassembled the background into one big square. I used Weldbond glue (any strong white glue or something like YES! paste would work,) and made sure to get a solid coat so that it would stick evenly and well.

Next, I started adding the layers of color. I began with a layer of Antique Blue Matisse background paint (essentially tinted gesso.)

When that was dry, I used Payne's Gray fluid acrylic paint and water to add a wash on top of all of the pieces (some of the lighter blue still showed through.)

Next up, I used a glaze made with brown paint and glazing medium and put that on each piece, wiping back a bit of it after a minute or two so it was darker in the cracks but not solid on the high points - this helps emphasize the dimension from all of the stenciling.

Finally, I used a variety of colored waxes and applied them with my finger, just catching the high points of the texture (I used Tonic Studios and Finnabair Metallique waxes on this project.) The colors I chose are platinum, aged brass, and a vintage gold.

Once all of the paint was completely dry, I glued the frame onto the background - make sure to use a really strong glue to that it will stay connected with all of that texture in the middle.

For the circles in the center, I took a long border of German Dresden Trim and cut part of it out (I knew it would be partly covered, so I cut the arched section off, leaving the circles to be used later) and placed that around in a circle on the back of my piece. Then I used Goop (or E-6000) to glue the whole center section down.

You can also see in the photo that I added my focal point. Although I'd stenciled the eye in the background, I wanted the texture from it instead of an actual eye element. I really felt like I needed more dimension coming back up in the center, so I added some Turkmen jewelry pieces in the middle (I used Goop to adhere these to each other and to the background.)

Finally, I added some gold and pearl trim around the circle.

From here, I let all the glue dry completely... 

Ready to become a book cover! To do that, I went to my standby method for making my art journals - I made signatures with watercolor paper, patterned paper, etc... and then used the Codex binding to bind it all together. That works well for this project because it doesn't require putting any holes in the cover itself - just covering up a bit of the frame when I wrap the binding tape around the spine.

Voila! A lovely new 9x9 art journal, just ready to be used!

Here are a few more close-ups of the cover so you can see more of the texture and dimension:

And there you have it! A fun, ceramic-inspired journal cover. Of course, it you could use the same techniques on a panel or other substrate. Couldn't you see this as a clock?

I hope you're feeling inspired to pull out your stencils and molding paste and start building some layers and texture!

Until next time, happy stenciling!