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Friday, February 23, 2018

Artist Mary Ann Russo with 6" x 6" stencils WEBBED MEDALLION and TIGER LILY



My friend Mary Ann Russo has created gorgeous stained- glass-window artworks using my 6" x 6" stencils Tiger Lily and Webbed Medallion.

Mary Ann's method was to start with watercolor geometric shapes on watercolor paper.  Next, she used a brayer to roll black acrylic paint over the stencils.  While the paint was still wet, she flipped the stencils over and pressed them to the watercolor paper -- using the stencils like rubber stamps.

Since some of the lines didn't imprint fully, Mary Ann filled in a few gaps with a black marker.  

She cut one of the papers into a stained glass window shape and added a dark paper frame.



Made with Tiger Lily 6" x 6" stencil



Made with 6" x 6" Webbed Medallion stencil



Made with Tiger Lily 6" x 6" stencil

My thanks also to Mary Ann, for generously allowing me to post her artwork online.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

More Art by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou


Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou has notified me of another artwork of his using one of my Mimosa stencils (which comes in two sizes -- 9" x 12" and 6" x 6".)  This new, three-dimensional art is a beautiful encouragement for us all to grow and bloom!




Thank you, Kyriakos, for allowing me to share your artwork here!

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Mimosa 6 stencil (6" x 6")

Mimosa Stencil (9" x 12")

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

ORNAMENTAL IRON CURLS Stencil in Multiple Roles


Ornamental Iron Curls is a 6" x 6" stencil that gets used often in my house!

The first two artworks below were made following techniques given in the Absentee Artist chapter of Creative Paper Art, a book by Nancy Welch.  The same technique is demonstrated in Pat Dews' DVD Designing Great Starts with Texture and Form --
  






Below are two Ornamental Iron Curls stencils, side by side, that have become stained after having been used in another art project ... 




The stencils above were later cut up and used as collage elements.  Photos of that work will be posted here later.


Below is a print made with Ornamental Iron Curls and my 9" x 12" stencil Prayer Flags...





These two stencils look like this:



Prayer Flags


Ornamental Iron Curls
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Stencil-Print Scraps for Making Faces!


Here are stencil-made prints that have been cut up and assembled into a face.  

I tested the face against two dissimilar backgrounds before gluing down the pieces:






The top background of the face -- and the nose -- were cut from a print made with Two Vases (9" x 12") stencil.

Each eye was cut from a different print, both prints having been made with Medallion (6" x 6".)

The faces's lower background was cut from a double print -- a yellow bottom layer made with Mimosa Stencil (9" x 12") and a gray top layer made with Sprigs (6" x 6".)  The smiling red mouth was cut from a print made with Medallion (6" x 6".)

Assembling a face using bits of stencil-prints is every bit as much fun as building paper dolls with them!

I used free-hand cut-outs, but for anyone who wants to use a stencil, I suggest this one by Andrew Borloz --

Kunst Mask 2 -- which looks like this: 






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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Another Fun Way to Use Prints made with Stencils


I created today's project with free-hand cut-outs, but if you want, you can trace shapes using the 9" x 12" stencil Kunst Puppen Set A, by Andrew Borloz --





-- to make "paper doll collages" cut from a stash of stencil-printed papers:




The hat on the left figure is cut from a print made with Ornamental Iron Curls (6" x 6").  Her lavender blouse comes from a print created with Pavilion Shadows (6" x 6".)  Her skirt is cut from a print made with 9" x 12" Mimosa Stencil.

The middle figure wears a hat and blouse cut from two prints made using my 6" x 6" stencil Medallion.   Ornamental Iron Curls (6" x 6") made the print that was used to form her skirt.

On the far right, the figure head and hat were cut from a print made with Kaleid (6" x 6") stencil.  Her blouse was cut from a print made with two 9" x 12" stencils -- Facets and Mimosa StencilHer skirt came from a print created with Mimosa Stencil (9" x 12") and Sprigs (6" x 6".)

I encourage anyone with a pile of stencil-printed papers to give this a try -- it's fun!

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Two Unconventional Valentine Cards -- Made with Stencils


Here are cards that could be used as Valentines ...  despite less traditional colors -- 


The inner heart was made with Ornamental Iron Curls stencil (6" x 6") ... which in its entirety looks like this:

Ornamental Iron Curls

Below is another card featuring a heart -- this one, cut from a print made with Wrought Iron Gate, a 9" x 12" stencil that contains several built-in heart-shapes that are not obvious at first glance. 




Wrought Iron Gate, in its entirety, is shown below; can you find the not-so-obvious heart-shapes?





The background in the second greeting card was a print made with another 9" x 12" stencil --



Vases

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Quick and Easy Valentine Card Envelope


Today I pulled out two scrap-leftovers cut from prints I'd made with 6"x 6" stencils Ornamental Irons Curls (below left) and Kaleid (below right.)




My Valentines are already made -- but I needed an envelope for one of the 6"x 6" Valentine cards.

I cut heart shapes from each of the scraps and used a gluestick to embellish the envelope with them.  Then I added calligraphy.

I drew my hearts freehand, but if you would rather use a stencil to trace a heart shape for cutting, a fine selection is shown here.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Courtship-Themed Valentine


Not everyone would recognize this 6" x 6" stencil as being a silhouette of cranes doing their elegant dance of courting.


Dance of the Courting Cranes

So, in my approach to today's Valentine, I decided to emphasize the point by using traditional Valentine colors as well as adding a heart...





Above:  Having placed the mask half of this stencil onto the back-side of red paper that came pre-printed with a white floral pattern, I trace the shapes with a black marker. 

Below, I cut along the lines with Fiskars fine-detail scissors --





In the next photo, I've turned the paper right-side-up ...





And below, having used a glue-stick to add the cut-out to a greeting card, I get out my paper-crafting heart punch from Marvy.





  Finally, I punch out a white heart shape and glue it to the cut-out:





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Sunday, February 4, 2018

More Unique Valentines


One more time, I'm using my 6" x 6" stencil Quilted Flower Garden to make a Valentine...



Again I've chosen textured gold foil paper, this time using a free-hand cut heart-shape as a pattern.  I placed the pattern on the back-side of the textured gold paper, traced it with a pencil, and cut it out with fine-detail scissors from Fiskars. 

Quilted Flower Garden (used to create the background paper above) looks like this in its entirety --




Today's second Valentine --




-- stars a print made with yet another non-traditional-Valentine design:  Swaying Grasses (6" x 6".) 

Among the grasses is a red mini-heart created with one of the paper-crafting  shape-punches by Marvy.

The background is a hand-painted silver heart, glued to a 5" x 7" greeting card blank made by Strathmore; this one is the watercolor card, which is cut from sturdy 140-lb. paper.

The stencil Swaying Grasses in its entirety looks like this --




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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Romantic Valentines made with a Stencil


Pair o' Parrots is a 6" x 6" stencil that I designed with romance in mind.  So it was natural to use this stencil in making two Valentine cards ...







Both of the above cards were made the same way.  First on red paper, then on gold textured paper, I traced the parrot silhouette shapes of the stencil.  I cut out all four shapes using fine-detail scissors.  

After gluing the cut-outs to their backgrounds, I added hearts created with a Marvy heart-shaped paper-crafts punch. 

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Valentine Cards are "Old-Fashioned" ... But So Am I


I have challenged myself to use some "not-necessarily-Valentiney"-looking stencils to make this year's Valentines; the first one appeared here yesterday.  Today I'm showing two more. 

Yesterday's card had a background strip of textured gold metallic paper.  Today's Valentines use the same gold paper but now I've cut the paper into heart shapes. 

I used a freehand drawing to make a heart pattern on  scratch-paper.  I cut out that pattern and traced along its edges on the back-side of the gold textured paper.

With two larger heart patterns, I traced another pair of hearts onto red paper, cut them out, and glued them behind the gold hearts to create red outlines.  


Above:  To the right of the heart, I used a portion of my 6" x 6" stencil Swatton Flowers Version 1.


Above:  Around the heart, I used my 6" x 6" stencil Ivy Frame 6.  (This design also comes in a 9" x 12" stencil.)

The above greeting cards were made with 6" x 6" card blanks but since I can no longer find white cards of this size online, I'll eventually be changing to slightly smaller greeting cards.  My 6" x 6" stencils will still work but in some cases I'll be modifying them, either with scissors or with masking tape.

In its entirety, Swatton Flowers Version 1 looks like this:




I used the right side of this stencil, masking off the rest with masking tape.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Not Your Run-of-the-Mill Valentine's Day Cards


Valentine's Day, for me, means making "old-fashioned" cards ... with stencils not normally associated with this love-celebrating holiday.


Central heart cut from a print made with Quilted Flower Garden.

Quilted Flower Garden measures 6" x 6" and looks like this in its entirety --





The rest of today's red-and-white print was used in making another card, shown below ...





The central red mini-heart was created with one of the paper-crafting  shape-punches by Marvy.

The greeting card blanks that I've used here came from JamPaper.com, but this company no longer offers a 6" x 6" greeting card blank in the metallic white version I'm showing here.  Other colors are still available in this size.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Jill McDowell and 6" x 6" FERNS 6 STENCIL


Last summer StencilGirlProducts.com held a contest, asking for artists to submit artwork created with SG stencils; the winner was Jill McDowell, as reported here.

I'm happy to say that, among her many artworks created with stencils, Jill chose to include a piece made with my Ferns 6 Stencil--




-- and I love her results!

The stencil itself measures 6" x 6" and looks like this ...





While I'm on the subject of 6" x 6" stencils, I want to mention that in the past I've posted greeting cards of this size and cited JamPaper.com as the source of the greeting card blanks.  These fold-over card blanks are still sold at JamPaper, but the white "pearlized" cards that I've often shown here are no longer available.  Other metallic colors are still available in this card size (as well as other sizes.)

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Flowers in January? Yes, with Stencils ...


... thanks to the magic of stencils, flowers can bloom any time, any place!

Before Queen Anne's Lace was a 9" x 12" stencil at StencilGirlProducts.com, it was a silkscreen.  I had the screen made by a professional; then I used it on stretched canvas in a layered painting.  The design is essentially the same, as you can see below.




Above:  the silkscreen print.

Blooming Where Planted is another of my floral-themed 9" x 12" stencils; below, I've used part of this three-section stencil as a collage element.  It's a stencil section that had been stained as result of a number of earlier art projects.  I began to like the stained version so much that I decided to mat it....








The original stencil looks like this:



Blooming Where Planted


Today's third floral image -- above -- is on the cover of a greeting card.  Its background was made with Prayer Flags (9" x 12") and its blue foreground is a partial print that I made with yet another 9" x 12" stencil of mine, Thistles.


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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

HOT AIR BALLOON STENCILS & MASKS as Giftbag Decorations


At Christmas, I bought a bundle of white gift bags ... with the original plan of stenciling right onto the bags themselves.  This plan got scrapped when I realized the wrinkles under the bags' handles wouldn't cooperate well with stencils.  But then I came up with an approach that works, using a glue-stick to add stenciled prints onto the sides of the blank bags.  

After making some Christmas gift bags, I decided to make two more for any occasion.  For these, I chose two of my Hot Air Balloon prints ...






After using the glue-stick to adhere the prints to the bags, I placed the bags under stacked books overnight, just to make sure the glue job became permanent.  

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