Thursday, April 16, 2015

Facing Faces, Impressionistic Portraits


I'm teaching a "Facing Faces" class in my Meetup Group on Sunday.  I have some pretty amazing artists coming, so I figured I better do a little practicing myself!  Using an old photo of myself as a guide, I created a 9 x 12 canvas that went through lots of ugly stages, as most creations do.


The stencil on her top is the Paisley Floral Repeat from Stencil Girl.  


You can watch the whole process of Painting an Impressionistic Face on YouTube or right here!


Does painting faces scare you?  It used to scare me.  But thanks to lots of YouTube tutorials and classes, I can approach them with an explorers mind.

One of my classes at Art is You will expand on some of these techniques.  It's called "Paint Your Perfect World."  If you can make it in October, check out my classes and all the amazing offerings at Art is You!


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Monday, April 13, 2015

Angels and the Eyes of Wisdom

Remember the art journal spread I shared last week?  It started like this:


On the left hand side of the spread, I started outlining some of the flowers from the April Stencil Club 9 x 12, and ... wouldn't you know it, an angel grew out of them.


 I began filling in the flowers with a mixture of paint and glazing medium...


And then worked on my angel...


I continued to work on her, adding some doodling to her halo.  The page sat like this for several days.  And then, one of my yoga teachers said something so beautiful in class:  "Through the eyes of wisdom, difficulties can become good fortune."  I added those words to the page, to remember.


Even though I designed the April Stencil Club Stencils with a "Feelin' Groovy" theme, I think they work nicely in more muted colors as well.  Do you agree?

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Integrating Photographs On An Art Journal Page


I had a spread in my journal where I had been using up excess paint.


I grabbed the 9 x 12 April Stencil Club Stencil, and my Circles and Squares stencil, and started playing around...


I had cut up some of my Guatemala photographs.  I started moving around three of the women from the families we sponsor, placing them on the right side of the spread.  I glazed over the stenciled background so that it wouldn't be so busy behind these beautiful ladies.  I felt like the women added so much depth to the page.


I had a shot of one of the streets in their village.  I fussy cut it, and adhered it behind them.  I added one of the trees from the Judy's Trees stencil to fill out the background.  Then I extended the path through the village with paint to integrate the background photo into the page.


I added journaling around the trees about our last visit to Guatemala.  I'm going back on May 4, and I can't wait!


Linking to Mix it Monthly, where the April challenge is "Villages," and to Art Journal Every Day.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Embroidery Using Stenciled Templates and Paisley Floral Repeat Video


I'm on the Stencil Girl Talk blog today talking about stenciling, stitching, and using your stencils to create embroidery templates.  

I hope you'll hop over and take a look!




AND......

Today is the last day to leave comments to be eligible to win one of my three new stencils from Stencil Girl.  On Tuesday, I shared a video showing a few different ways to use the Happy Birthday Stencil.  

Yesterday, I shared step-outs showing some different ways to use the Coffee Mugs and Love stencil.  
Today I want to share  how I created my own fabric using the Paisley Floral Repeat stencil.




I'll be giving away one of each of my three newest stencils!  So make sure to comment today, and hop back to the last two days, because all comments will be considered!

And be sure to visit Stencil Girl Talk today for more inspiration about using your stencils with fabric!

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Coffee Mugs & Love Accordion Book



Today is day two of my introduction of my 3 newest stencils from Stencil Girl.  Here are step out photos showing how I made an accordion coffee book with the Coffee Mugs & Love stencil, which looks like this:


I had received a box from Amazon (how odd is that??) that contained lots of small rectangles of cardboard to prevent the contents from moving around.  I decided they would make a great book!   I was inspired by this tutorial by Michelle Ward on making an Upcycled Cardboard Journal.  


I took a piece of card stock from my stash and cut it to the height of the rectangles.  Then I scored it and created an accordion fold for each of the pieces of cardboard.  (Here is a video tutorial on creating a hidden hinged binding.... I wish I had watched it before I stumbled through this project!)


 I coated all of the rectangles with clear gesso to seal them and fortify them, and also give them some "tooth."  Then I used white gesso to coat the pieces that would be the back and front covers of my book.


I used the Paisley Floral Repeat stencil to add a pattern to the covers.  I liked it so much that I added it to all the pieces of cardboard.  (Tomorrow, I will share a video showing how I created unique fabric using this stencil!)



Then I adhered one side of each rectangle to the accordion folded card stock using tacky glue.  My two gesso containers were great weights!



 While the book was drying, I spread embossing paste through the stencil onto card stock.


Once the book and all the embossing paste was dry, I got to work collaging and decorating all the "pages." 

I found some great quotes on Pinterest that just rounded out the book.



I'm thinking that a book like this plus a bag of good coffee beans would make a sweet gift!

Leave a comment to be part of the giveaway for one of my three new stencils!  Yesterday's post about the Happy Birthday Stencil is here, and tomorrow I will post about the Paisley Floral Repeat.  All comments over all three days will be in the hat!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Three New Stencils from Stencil Girl Products and a Giveaway!

               Coffee Mugs & Love                Happy Birthday Icons                Paisley Floral Repeat!

I'm so excited to announce the release of these 3 new stencils from stencil Girl Products!  

Today, tomorrow and Thursday, I'll be sharing videos and step outs showing how I used each of these stencils.  

Today, I'd like to share some different ways to use the Happy Birthday stencil. 


Here's a short video showing how I made some birthday cards.



Tomorrow I'll share step out photos showing how I made an accordion book using the Coffee Mugs & Love Stencil.      4/1/15 Update - The Coffee Mugs and Love post is here.  

And on Thursday, I'll share a a video showing how I designed my own fabric using the Paisley Floral Repeat.    4/2/15 Update - The Paisley floral Post is here.  

GIVEAWAY ALERT!

I'll be giving away one of each of the stencils!  So make sure to comment today and each of the next two days because all comments will be considered!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Repurposed Plastic Eggs and Vintage Spools

Years ago when my oldest daughter Mariel was little, we hosted an Easter egg hung in our backyard.  I never threw away those plastic eggs, but I also never again filled them with candy.  They sat, empty, for the last 16 years, and were moved to two different houses.


When I unpacked them again in September, after our August move, I thought - I have to use them this year or give them away.

In the meantime, I had acquired a bunch of vintage spools...


Looking at them side by side, I remembered the Faberge Eggs and their elaborate stands.     


I decided to make a mixed media version of these classic eggs.

1.  I pierced little holes in the tops of the eggs.I threaded a piece of string inside, so that I could hang them to dry.

2.  I got out my collection of scraps, and randomly adhered the scraps to the eggs with Matte Medium.  Then I dabbed all of them with Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold and Indian Hue Fluid Acrylic paint to unify them a bit.  Here's how they looked:


3.  To give them some individual character, I dabbed them with different colors of craft paint, mixed with glazing medium.


4.  I stenciled different color flowers onto a sheet of deli paper, using the Garden Flowers and Leaves stencil.  It's very springy, don't you think? 


5.  I cut out the flowers and leaves, and adhered them to the eggs.  The parts of the deli paper where I did not add color "melted" into the background, making it look as if I had stenciled directly onto the eggs!

6.  Using Iridescent Gold Paint (Golden Fluid Acrylics), I stenciled the Five Hamsas onto white tissue paper.  I "cut" them up using a thin wet brush, and adhered the bits to the eggs.  I also stenciled some of the borders from the Stitch a Greek Border Stencil in gold as well.

7.  I painted the spools either gold or black, and adhered the borders to them.

(Hint:  This is why stamping or stenciling onto tissue paper is such a cool technique.  I NEVER could have gotten such crisp images on the spools if I tried to stencil directly onto them.  But with the tissue paper, the un-stamped or stenciled parts become translucent as the matte medium dries, leaving a crisp image!)


8.  Using black paint and white tissue paper, I stenciled Now is the Time words.  I adhered the words onto the spools and eggs too.



 (I used Weldbond glue, which eventually became transparent after I took the pictures.  But a glue gun would have worked too!)

I'm in love with these eggs.  I think they look classic and yet fresh and whimsical.  Here's my Pinterest board with other egg-alicious ideas.   Are you doing any spring-inspired art or craft?  Share your links in the comments.

Giveaway:  I made LOTS of these, and would love to give one away.  So leave me your email address in your comment if you're interested.  And check back HERE after Saturday 9AM EST to see the winner!

And the winner is Terri Richardson!  Thanks everyone for commenting.  

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