Friday, May 18, 2018

Once Upon a Stencil

Imagine my shock when I received an email from StencilGirl Products asking me to be a guest blogger on the Stencil Girl BlogMe? Really? Wow! Thanks!

Little ol' me from very small town (okay it's a city, but not really) Northeastern Alberta. Needless to say I was beyond honored and humbled to even be asked!  I have been playing in the art world for more years than I can remember.  My parents were always encouraging any of kids to 'just try' - that is all they ever asked of any of us.  Oh and try did I!  Always into some form of art, craft, material, paint, ink, name it I dabble in it.  I have been 'art journaling' for over well 10 years now and am always 'just trying' something different and pushing the boundaries of art and its mediums.

If you follow me here or on social media, you will see my only real weakness is (are) stencils! I have what many would say are too many, I however and pretty quick to shhh them! Who am I, or anyone else for that matter,  to say no to a stencil?  It is one of the few tools out there that are multi-use (in more ways than one as you will see in the post), re-usable  and not to mention inspiring!

Full blog post on above available on StencilGirl Talk 

As I was preparing my project for the post, I tried a few different versions of it that I did not include in my submission for the StencilGirl Talk blog post and will share one with you here now.

I started with some of my digital mark making printed papers I created on the Paper FiftyThree app, torn it up and placed it down in the same way I would plan out a page...just to make sure (not sure why, just something I do in case you actually see the paper at some point).

I wet the Yupo (11x14") first with my spray bottle and moved the water around with my brush 

I adhered the papers down using Golden's Soft Gel Medium

I had just gotten in the new Dina Wakley paint color release for Winter 2018, so thought it was a perfect time to try them out.

I started applying the paints with a heavy hand as well a very wet brush.  I like this format as it gives me a great variety in the visual texture of color on my substrate.  Not to mention, Yupo is an synthetic watercolor paper and reacts amazingly to this application.

Colors used: Eggplant, Peacock, Olive and Marine


I pulled out my first stencil Buildings (L240) and began rubbing off some of the paint to expose the paper and white of the Yupo below. 

You can see I continue to move, flip, flop and turn the stencil all over the page.

I pulled out my favorite mark making tool - a flower pick! Yes, a flower pick! You know the ones that come in the arrangements that hold the card!!

I just played for several minutes making marks and patterns along the way, trying to keep in the same shape family.

I decided I needed more layers - so I grabbed another sheet of my digital images, tore it up and added to the mix using Soft Gel Medium again.

I tend to work in layers in one way or another - in this case using the papers and stencils, I placed them down in areas I felt needed the most work or visual interest (or just didn't like what was underneath)!

This time I added layers with paint through the stencil.  This gives you the reverse image(s) you would have wiped away in the precious application. However, this time around I used a different stencil, Batik (L320), again trying to stay in the same (similar) pattern family...linear.

Now it was time to take some of the paint away...
I know, but it is how my mind works....
Layers, remember?!?

Back to the Buildings Stencil.

It was becoming too dark now, so decided to add a layer of DecoArt Media Translucent White Fluid Acrylic Paint.  I simply applied a fairly light coat using a dry brush. 

Along the way, I took a drop of a couple of the colors (Olive & Peacock) and again dry brushed them while the surface was still wet so I got a washed out and soft look.

Now, again, it was time to take some away....

This time I used Simple Geo Squares (L212) to take away some of the white allowing the brightness from below to come forward.

When i take away, I use a baby wipe.  If you are getting near the end of your package (or your pack is overly wet), I recommend wringing out some of the excess to avoid seepage under your stencil.

You will note that I did not necessarily rub away the entire area of the stencil - I like the randomness I can get, yet still being able to see a pattern.

As will all my stencil application, I am always moving, turning, flipping and flopping the stencil all over the substrate.  I am always looking for and area that need to be either hidden or brought forward.

I once again pulled out the Batik stencil and used areas of it to create more visual interest on my substrate.

Now I was getting adventurous and decided to add yet another layer of color through the Simple Geo Squares stencil using a mix of  Marine and Translucent White blended using a Sofft Sponge applicator. I also used the same idea using a few of the other colors again mixed with the white.

Wanting to enhance some areas, I used a Charcoal pencil dipped in water and did some rough outlining around the square/rectangular shapes.

Now comes a fun technique.  I laid down the Buildings stencil, sprayed it with Rubbing Alcohol and started rubbing off areas with a baby wipe.  Now many will ask why the rubbing alcohol, I say why not - best part, it gets your paints moving!


Love how it was coming along. I probably should have just left it at this point but heck, that is so not in my nature...I always seem to just have to go one step further!

In this case, I pulled out one more stencil - Shape Shifter (S526) and light coat of Dina Wakley Media White paint.  

Not sure you can really see much of it, but it did soften up a few of the stronger areas.  At this point I put it aside and moved onto my next project.

Chances are this will show up in another project at some point.  As mentioned in the StencilGirl Talk blog post , I will reuse many of my pieces - often in journals; scanned, copied, edited, cropped, cut, photographed...I have even copied them and used them as image transfers on top of some of my own work.  
The possibilities are seriously endless...I give the word recycle, reuse, re-purpose and reduce a whole new meaning!

Thanks for stopping by, look forward to seeing you again! 
In the meantime, you can usually find me more often over on Instagram or one of my Facebook Pages W2 Scrapbooking Mixed Media & Art Studio (only until end of 2018 then it will be removed) or the newer W2 Studio Arts (be sure to like & follow).

Don't forget to check out the online store - there are loads of great deals to be had with this being the last year - stock is moving fast! Be sure to use the coupon codes, they can be found on the home page.

until next time... 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

My Weekend Getaway - Part 2

More fun projects during my weekend away with my girlfriends (May 3-6, 2018)

Stencil Play

Using one of Shawn Petite's stencils Geometric Triangles , I started layering the stencil on a sheet of gesso'd watercolor paper using some of my favorite go to colors lately - DecoArt Media Titan Buff, Medium Grey Value 6, Titanium White and Bone Black Fluid Acrylics.

It needed a pop of color, so I snagged some paint from one of my girlfriends across the table - DecoArt Americana Neon Lights Peach Punch and Golden's Fluorescent Magenta. I also introduced more 'triangle' shapes - this time using Stencil Girl Products stencils by Rae MissigmanRows of Triangles to start with.

I offset and layered throughout the piece.


I continued to add layers of colors and stencils - Rae's Quilled Arrow  and Carabelle Studios Art Template Calligraphy Composition (TE40108)

I continue to move. flip, flop, turn and rotate the template/stencil over the page to get the fullness I am after.

More Stencil Playtime

Using another Shawn Petite stencil - (sorry, not sure of the name as it is no longer on her site). I pieced areas on the gesso'd watercolor paper using Prima's Heavy Gesso in Black. The gray you see on the background is some of the remaining wax mixture.  I just wanted to see if I could get some resist happening along the way...

spraying a good amount of water onto the one side of the page, I dripped some Golden High Flow acrylic (Indigo)

I added more water and move the paint around - tip, turn and draw/mark make and add more color (Raw Umber)....

Not really liking where it was going - I dried it and added more stencil coverage picking and choosing the areas of the stencil I wanted to use.

It's simple, but I quite like how it came out.  I will scan it and no double use it in future art pieces. 

Collage Journal

I hadn't worked in this journal for some time now, so since I had a good amount of my vintage papers with me, I thought it a great time to do a page in it!

This journal is strictly vintage papers in a collage format - simply to get paper onto paper and try new ways to use it and have fun.

It again starts with me simply putting down papers in a collage format that I like.  This page was an older one that I tried scraping down some gel medium and putting printed tissue down on it.  Once it was dried, I torn it off. So the areas where there was not enough or no adhesive, the tissue came away.  All these papers are from various Etsy shops I frequent (Sawatsky's Creations and Julie Kirk)

I adhere the paper down using a collage medium - Traci Baustista's Collage Pauge, one layer at a time. 

Note the layers, I use just about anything! There is an hand sewn envelope that was included as an extra shop gift from Rebecca (Sawatsky's Creations) and I of course had to keep it and use it!

The inclusion of the tag in the hand sewn envelope was a perfect home! Note, the tag was from a recent purchase of new jeans!

Journal Collage Cover

Another mini journal to either sketch in, collage in or simply journal in one way or another.  The idea is from Roben-Marie and I have of course just ran with it and made it my own.

These papers are again from Etsy finds and you will see I once again used printed labels (circular) that I had scanned some favorite pieces and printed off onto labels.

All papers were adhered again using the Traci Bautista Collage Pauge.

Simple paint accents using my palette knife and white paint (usually gesso, but sometimes actual paint)!

Thanks for stopping by!  Don't forget to stop by often to see what is new and  inspiring for you (following would assure you will bet notification of new posts).  

At the end of this week there is a huge surprise in store for you!

In the meantime, you can usually find me more often over on Instagram or one of my Facebook Pages W2 Scrapbooking Mixed Media & Art Studio (only until end of 2018 then it will be removed) or the newer W2 Studio Arts (be sure to like & follow).

Don't forget to check out the online store - there are loads of great deals to be had with this being the last year - stock is moving fast! Be sure to use the coupon codes, they can be found on the home page.

until next time...