Friday, June 22, 2018

Butterfly Journal by Lisa Hoel


Hello there, I’m Lisa Hoel and I’m honored to be here and share my latest journal project with you. I’m in love with Jennifer Evans’ Butterfly with Borders stencil and I designed a project around it! I thought it would look fabulous wrapped around the cover of a journal. So see for yourself and read on to see how to achieve this look.

Butterfly Journal by Lisa Hoel with StencilGirl® Stencils

When I’m using stencils, one of my favorite techniques is to use lots of layers to give it visual texture. (I’ll show more of that in my step by step photos.)

Butterfly Journal by Lisa Hoel with StencilGirl® Stencils


I used many stencils inside the journal as well:
Butterfly Journal by Lisa Hoel with StencilGirl® Stencils
Butterfly Journal by Lisa Hoel with StencilGirl® Stencils

Onto the how to…

Materials Used:
Eileen Hull Sizzix Journal Die
Sizzix matboard
Text stamps
Ranger Emboss-It Dabber
Distress Oxide Ink Pads (various colors)
Distress Ink Pad - Tattered Rose
Distress Spray Stain - Twisted Citron
Archival Ink - Pale Ochre
Sakura Souffle Pens
Charms & embellishments
Text weight paper for signatures
Button
Sari silk ribbon

Step 1 – After cutting out the journal cover pieces I stamped on them using archival ink and the script text stamps (Stampers Anonymous Ledger Script). I also rubbed my Tattered Rose ink pad on my craft mat and misted it with water – then laid my cover boards down onto the ink droplets to create a speckled ink pattern in addition to the stamping. (It’s all about building texture with layers!)

Next I implemented the “faux batik” resist technique using the Butterfly with Borders stencil. I took the Emboss-It dabber and used it to apply embossing ink through the stencil over my prepared cover pieces. I then embossed it with clear embossing powder to protect the lighter under colors and resist my subsequent layers of inking.

Butterfly Journal by Lisa Hoel with StencilGirl® Stencils


Step 2 – Once I was done adding all my layers of stenciling on the front, it was time to remove the embossed resist and really get that ‘batik’ look. You need a few sheets of absorbent plain newsprint paper and an iron. Lay the paper over the area that’s embossed and then place your iron (no steam!) over it until the heat melts the embossing again and it’s absorbed into the paper. I like to lift my paper up as I slowly glide the iron along so the paper doesn’t stick. If it does stick, just reheat the area to melt the powder again and lift off the paper.

Butterfly Journal by Lisa Hoel with StencilGirl® Stencils

I embellished the stenciled design with Sakura Souffle Pens. When the ink dries they turn a chalky color and are wonderful for adding details.

Step 3 – More stamping and stenciling on the inside of the covers!

Butterfly Journal by Lisa Hoel with StencilGirl® Stencils


When I was done with the stencilling and pen work, I glued the two cover halves together. I like to use a strong liquid glue and let it dry well but you can use the super strong tape strips too.

Butterfly Journal by Lisa Hoel with StencilGirl® Stencils

Step 4 – I made the journal inserts from scratch and gussied up the covers with Spray Stain and … more stencilling! ;-)

Butterfly Journal by Lisa Hoel with StencilGirl® Stencils

Stencil used: Butterfly with Borders

I hope you are inspired to go off and create! Thanks for stopping by. You can always come visit my little corner of the cyber world and see what else I’ve been up to.

Lisa Hoel

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Andrew Borloz's Stenciled World with StencilGirl® Products

Andrew Borloz's Stenciled World with StencilGirl® Products

In the past, I have done a lot of art journaling. The only trouble with art journaling is that they're often inside of closed books and not always visible unless opened. So, I looked for other opportunities to use my stencil designs on the things found at home so that they are more visible to anyone. I've come up with four examples: throw pillow, ticket roll bowl, backyard shed, and former fence post.

Andrew Borloz's Stenciled World with StencilGirl® Products
Stenciled Throw Pillow

I looked at one golden yellow pillow in the living room, and decided that it needs some updating. Not bold but subtle and needs to go with the other pillow with traditional motif. I used the right half of the Mixed Pattern Double Diameters stencil and applied Jacquard textile paint in two colors: yellow and goldenrod.

Andrew Borloz's Stenciled World with StencilGirl® Products

I had to be sure to use the masking tape with very low tack as I am stenciling on the velour fabric. Otherwise, I could be pulling some of the pile off the cloth. Instead of a stencil brush, I used cosmetic wedge to apply the paint to the fabric.

Andrew Borloz's Stenciled World with StencilGirl® Products

I like how the design turned out to be duotone depending on the angle and type of light shining on it. Stencil used in this project: Mixed Pattern Double Diameters.

Andrew Borloz's Stenciled World with StencilGirl® Products
Ticket Roll Bowl

Several years ago, I created a bowl from a ticket roll. At the time I was creating it, I didn't have any stencil or even any idea of what would be great for the brim. It has been sitting in the living room of my residence for a good long time, and I knew it needed something. After designing stencils for several years, I finally found one that I thought would be good for this bowl.

Andrew Borloz's Stenciled World with StencilGirl® Products
Ticket Bowl with Plain Brim

You can create your own using the ticket roll that can be purchased from a party shop or a stationery store. I used a ceramic bowl and placed it on top of it. I pushed it down carefully and shaped it a little bit at a time - it takes time and patience. I would then apply matte medium to hold its shape, and then later apply matte craft paint in dull green color on the exterior. The stripes on the sides were created by putting it on the lazy Susan, turning it while holding the brush against the bowl's side.

Andrew Borloz's Stenciled World with StencilGirl® Products
Bent Stencil on Brim

I bent the stencil on the brim and taped it down with masking tape.

Andrew Borloz's Stenciled World with StencilGirl® Products

I then applied the craft paint (Plaid FolkArt - Soft Apple), removed the stencil and move it to the next position.

Andrew Borloz's Stenciled World with StencilGirl® Products

Finished bowl. The stencil didn't match exactly at the end, so I left a little gap between the first stenciled image and the last. Stencil used: Right Angle Triangles and Rings


I have been working in the backyard quite bit lately, and looked at the drab grayish blue paint on the shed that my father built.

Andrew Borloz's Stenciled World with StencilGirl® Products
Former color (grayish blue)

I decided that I would paint it in green to blend it with the flora from the woods.

Andrew Borloz's Stenciled World with StencilGirl® Products
New color

Then I thought about the stencils for the front.

Andrew Borloz's Stenciled World with StencilGirl® Products
Selected stencils taped on the wall.

I went through my own collection of stencils and selected six stencils for this project. 

Andrew Borloz's Stenciled World with StencilGirl® Products

The three stencil designs in the Crazy Quilt series (Bold and Beautiful, Calm and Frenzy, Crosses and Rounds) are fantastic for this project - I don't have to worry about "lining" up at the top or bottom. For the Curvies Combo stencil, I started at the top and work down. For others depending on the pattern, I would either start in the middle or at the top.

Andrew Borloz's Stenciled World with StencilGirl® Products
Completed with six stripes of stencils.

Andrew Borloz's Stenciled World with StencilGirl® Products
Right side of the sliding door.

Andrew Borloz's Stenciled World with StencilGirl® Products
Left side of the sliding door.

For this project, I used a mixture of white and black gesso paint (Liquitex) to create a grayish color so that they don't pop out too much. It is recommended that a clear acrylic finish be applied to make them last longer.


Andrew Borloz's Stenciled World with StencilGirl® Products

I was taking down the falling/rotten privacy fence, and noticed that one post is in pretty good shape. I have been pinning a lot of garden totem pole photographs, and have thought about creating one on my own. I had a Eureka! moment - why not use the fence post as a garden pole?

The video below shows the step-by-step process that I used to create the garden pole.


Paints used in this project: Sherwin William's HGTV Home Showcase (100% acrylic - used at the top of shed - same paint used on the shed), Plaid Folk Art, Craft Smart Premium Satin, Blick Matte Acrylic, Ranger Dylusions and Liquitex Gesso (black & white). I used POSCA paint markers for lines and marks. For protective finishes, I used Krylon UV-Resistant Clear Acrylic Coating and Minwax Polycrylic (clear gloss).

For your convenience, I have identified each stencil used by name. The only stencil not available from  is the one that I designed and made myself at my home studio. 

Andrew Borloz's Stenciled World with StencilGirl® Products

Stencils used in this project: Post Memphis Collection (available for purchase by StencilClub Members only) - Alternative stencils: Chevron and Wheel Spokes Set #2 or  Crossed Rounds and Squares.

Andrew Borloz's Stenciled World with StencilGirl® Products

I hope I have inspired you to find many opportunities to use the stencils more creatively for home d├ęcor & accessories. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Stenciled digital play inspired by a favorite art book

Let's get digital!

I bring you stencilicious greetings from behind my dual screen desktop.



The work pictured above evolved from a piece of paper I gel printed in a class with Carolyn Dube.

Some years ago and ever inspired by the digital art of my friend Pamela Huntington, I was prompted to purchase Digital Expressions, Creating Digital Art with Adobe Photoshop Elements by Susan Tuttle.



The book sits on the shelf with my manuals rather art books but when I thought of this month's theme I decided gel printed paper + a pic of my daughter manipulated in Photoshop Elements would be perfect. Bonus: I still have my paper to use for something later. 

I used the watercolor filter over colored pencil on the photo.



The hardest thing for me is having a steady enough hand to make the "marching ants" from the Magic Wand or Lasso tools go exactly where I want them.

Before, using the Square Dance Stencil by Terri Stegmiller (it comes in large and small sizes):



I played with the Hue, as well as Saturation and Contrast, under the Adjust Color settings until I forced the color I had originally painted to match her red lips. After:



I used 3 different cookie cutter shapes to give the edges of my layers a torn look for more visual interest.

The background of this one was gel printed in layers with the Clustered Leaves Stencil (at least I think so) by Cecilia Swatton and the Solar System Stencil by Carolyn Dube. 



I turned the stenciled image and only played with the hue a little. 


Absolute Focus
Thanks for letting me share with you. Be sure and check out all the other completely amazing posts on StencilGirl Talk as we learn new art techniques together.

Wishing you an art-filled day!
Carol B.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

"Art Saves" One of My Favorite Art Books by Belen Sotelo of Art & Whimsy



“What inspires you to create art?” is a question that many of us have been asked countless times. Because we creative types can draw inspiration from so many different places, it’s a question that isn’t always easily answered in a few words. I’m inspired by color, by feelings, by people and mostly by their stories. I like to know what drives them and what influences them to create.



That’s why I was so taken by “Art Saves” a book by Jenny Doh. It’s a compilation of stories, inspiration and prompts, from 20 artists, sharing the power of art. In addition to the beautiful artwork and inspired lessons that it contains, I love reading the advice and wisdom that each artist shares.

Normally I use a lot of bright, bold colors, but for this journal spread I was inspired by Jenny’s entry in the book to use a more muted color palette. I did have to add in some color, though, because well… you know me!



Using gel medium, I first randomly collaged a few pieces of misc papers onto the pages of my Dina Wakley journal.




After hitting it with a heat gun, I brushed on some vintage lace acrylic by Paper Artsy and wiped it off through the Spirit Wind Mask by Valerie Sjodin to create some texture, and collaged on a vintage photo.





Next, I used acrylic in Squid Ink and the Vintage Typewriter Numbers stencil by Carolyn Dube as well as her Vintage Typewriter Alphabet Stencil, to add some more visual interest.




I got so caught up in the process of creating that I failed to snap of photo of me using the Beautiful Halo stencil by Pam Carriker over my vintage photo, but I thought it would add a fun touch to the photo.

To create more texture, I used another baby wipe and wiped off paint through Rae Missigman’s Bittersweet stencil.


At this point I decided that it needed more roses that I had cut from a gift bag, so I added a couple more.


I always like to add at least a bit of mark making so I pulled out my favorite white Sharpie and did just that.



Next I stamped out a sentiment, and what better than “Art Saves”!


To finish off my spread, I added a little pop of shine using gold acrylic and sponged it on through Rae Missigman’s Open Leaves stencil, then outlined them with the sharpie.







 

Thank you for allowing me to share one of my favorite art books with you. I hope you get the opportunity to flip through a copy yourself and soak up all of the wonderful inspiration contained within its pages. 
xo, Belen