Saturday, October 21, 2017

THISTLES, a Just-Released Stencil at

55 years ago, my farmer-father loaded up the pickup with us kids and a collection of sharp, long-handled tools.  He drove us to pasture land that lay at a distance from our home farm.  

As soon as the pasture came into view, I exclaimed,  "Look at all those pretty flowers!"

To this day, my three-years-younger brother will tell this story with glee.

The "pretty flowers" -- I was quickly informed -- were thistles in bloom.

And we had arrived in this pasture to level them with weed-whackers!

Well, I maintain one person's weed can be another person's pretty flower -- and my fascination with thistles has never waned.

One day an idea marched into my head -- why not make a thistle stencil?

So I did.

Here are prints I've made with my fourth just-released stencil --

Above:  (foreground) Thistle Stencil and (background) Mimosa Stencil (both 9" x 12")

Above:  (foreground) Thistle and (background) Mimosa Stencil (both 9" x 12")

Above: (foreground)  Thistle Stencil; (background) Loopy Ladders (both 9" x 12") Stencil; (central background) Ornamental Iron Curls Stencil (6" x 6")

Above:  Thistle and (background) Vases (both 9" x 12")

Above:  (blue foreground) Thistle Stencil; (distant yellow background) Mimosa Stencil; (gray background) Loopy Ladders (both 9" x 12")

Above:  (foreground) Thistle Stencil; (background) Tangled Pods Stencil (both 9" x 12"); (background) Tiger Lily Stencil (6" x 6")

Above:  a greeting card cover collaged with a partial print that was made with (background) 9" x 12" Prayer Flags Stencil and (foreground) 9" x 12" Thistle Stencil.
My four new stencils are also busily making Christmas cards.  More about that in December!

In its entirety, Prayer Flags Stencil looks like this:

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Friday, October 20, 2017

TIGER LILY, Third Brand-New Stencil at

The July/August 2017 Somerset Studio magazine carried Mary Beth Shaw's write-up about using silhouette stencils with patterned stencils.

Following Mary Beth's directions, I came up with this:

The "silhouette" stencil in this case is my 9" x 12" stencil Fantasia.  It left unpainted areas on the substrate (a colorful old map.)

The two 6" x 6" stencils that I paired with Fantasia are brand-new releases -- Sprigs (topmost in the image above) and Tiger Lily (bottom).

Mary Beth's technique is quick and easy:  

(1) Secure the substrate to the work area with masking tape; 

(2) use the same tape to layer the "silhouette" stencil atop the substrate.  (In the magazine article, Mary Beth used my Heron stencil and my Osprey Wings stencil -- both of which are closer to what we think of when we say "silhouette."  Here however, I chose to use Fantasia because I was curious to discover what the result would be.)

(3) Add a layer of acrylic paint over the stencil that's fastened to the substrate under it. (For this, I used a sponge brayer loaded with heavy-body blue paint.)

(4) After that paint dries, add one or more stencils with densely figured patterns; use masking tape to hold them down, if desired.

(5) Using a different color acrylic paint, go over the top layer of stencils.  (I used another sponge brayer, loaded with heavy-body white paint .)

Here are two close-ups of the above print:

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Second of Four Just-Released Stencils at StencilGirl.Com

Today's post features the second of four just-released stencils, all available here.

s523 Sprigs, my second new stencil measuring 6" x 6", has already been used in so many of my artworks that I will need to spread the photos over two days.

Thank you for visiting my blog today!  In my next post, I'll show more artworks made with Sprigs.  After that I will post art created with the other brand-new stencils -- Tiger Lily (6" x 6") and Thistle (9" x 12"). 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Four Brand-New Stencils Released Today at!

Happy to announce today's debut of four new stencils -- all of which appear here.

This post will showcase art samples made with the first of them -- s522 Medallion --

My next post will introduce the second of my four brand-new stencils -- s523 Sprigs.

Below is a sneak-peek at another new stencil -- part of  9" x 12" Thistles -- on a background printed with part of Prayer Flags stencil (also 9" x 12".)

Above:  a greeting card cover collaged with a partial print that was made with (background) 9" x 12" Prayer Flags Stencil and (foreground) 9" x 12" Thistle Stencil.

9" x 12" Prayer Flags, an older stencil

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

More Collages Made with Original Drawings for Stencils

During the summer just ended, I had the pleasure of taking an online art class under Jane Davies that focused on black-and-white art.

For some of her weekly exercises, I created collages using cut-outs from drawings I had previously developed; drawings that had become stencils.

Above:  Anyone familiar with my 9" x 12" stencil Loopy Ladders will recognize which part of this collage came from my original drawing.  Hint:  the original drawing was done with black pen on white paper.  But in the final stages of developing the stencil, I reversed blacks with whites.  So the stencil itself looks like this --

Loopy Ladders

Below is a collage that includes a leaf cut from my original drawing for my 9" x 12" stencil Clustered Leaves. 

Again, the cut-out above is color-reversed from the stencil itself, which looks like this --

Clustered Leaves

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Small-Art Focus on SASSY SPRAY and other StencilGirl Stencils

Check here for a step-by-step demo first shown in StencilGirl Talk.  

Below are just a few of the photos taken by artist Louise Nelson 
as she went thru the steps of this project, developing Artist Trading Cards and other small artworks.

My thanks to Louise for having chosen -- along with other StencilGirl stencils -- my 6" x 6" stencil Sassy Spray.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Black and White Collages made with Stencil Prints

This past summer I had the fun experience of taking an online class with Jane Davies, a class focused on black and white art.

Collage was the topic of one of our lessons.  Below are some of the collages I created for that class.  You can click on any of these images for enlargement, to better see details.

Above:  in the center of this piece is part of my original drawing that became the 9" x 12" stencil Clustered Leaves.  On the far left, a very small piece was made with my 6" x 6" stencil Links.

Above:  In the upper central area of this collage, I used a piece of the drawing I did when designing the 9" x 12" stencil Loopy Ladders.

Above:  The central and largest piece in this collage was made with my 6" x 6" stencil Sassy Spray.

Above:  In the upper right and again in the central right are two pieces made with my 6" x 6" stencil Links.  In the lower left is a collage piece made with my 9" x 12" stencil Blooming Where Planted.

Above:  The central collage element was made with my 6" x 6" stencil Palm Fronds Silhouette Small.  (There is a Mini version measuring 4" x 4".)

Above:  Again -- this time in the upper right, as well as in the central area -- I used collage elements printed with my 6" x 6" stencil Palm Fronds Silhouette Small.  The central area is dominated by a heart-shaped cut-out from a print made with Blooming Where Planted.  And in the upper left is a sliver of paper made with Sassy Spray.

These stencils in their entirety are shown below:

Sassy Spray

Palm Fronds Silhouette Small

Blooming Where Planted

Loopy Ladders
Clustered Leaves

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