Thursday, January 22, 2015

StencilGirl Stencils and Craft Attitude



Welcome to my inspiration with using Craft Attitude and StencilGirl stencils. I had never used Craft Attitude before so I was excited to try it and then use it with stencils. 


I started by using one of Carolyn Dube's "Spark of Art-spriation" that she gives her newsletter subscribers every month to download. I thought it would give me the perfect base layer of color to play with. A BIG thank you to Carolyn for her Spark AND for giving me some inspiration at the perfect time for this project! I also went into my scrapbooking stash and pulled out some canvas embellishments Carolyn and I had bought on a trip a few years ago and I had been hoarding. I believe they are from Technique Tuesday.


 I used the directions that came along with the Craft Attitude which told me to print using the mirror image. This is especially important if you have text. I didn't but still did it this way.


 After my images were printed on the Craft Attitude I went to work right over the printed film with 2 of my stencil designs from StencilGirl Doodle It Tornado Bloom and Doodle It Tornado Flowers using acrylic paint.


 After I was done with the paint I added glue stick to the entire page. This was one of the adhesive suggestions on the instructions. It goes right over the printed/painted design.


 After I put the glue stick down I cut apart my canvas pieces, leaving the backing on them. I stuck the correct (top) side of the canvas down on the glue stick.


Then time for some cutting around each of the shapes. I still left the canvas backing in place as it is self-adhesive.


I then took off the paper backing carrier from the Craft Attitude. As you can see in the photo above the cool texture of the canvas came through on the surface giving a great texture.


Here is a look at all the pieces after I was done cutting them out. I still kept the backing on the canvas. This way I can be ready whenever I want to stick them down in a project.


Now came the really fun part for me.....the details. I used a variety of StencilGirl stencils (you can see them all listed below) and started to embellish the pieces. Here is a look at them. At this point, I could have gone on forever. The Craft Attitude took the pens and perfectly!


This is a peek of one of the pieces that I pulled back the backing on the canvas from. As you can see, now I have thin pieces of canvas already embellished and ready to use in my projects.


and another fun thing....I had some scraps of the Craft Attitude on my desk that I had tried some other stencils on and some doodling. I stuck them to a paper towel that was sitting on my desk and VERY COOL! I kept these to use on a future piece too!


 I'm always looking for new ways to use stencils and this was a great addition to my list.

Make sure you also visit Gwen and Carolyn today to see what they made!!!!

Here are all the StencilGirl stencils I used to embellish my pieces:

Nature Notes,Past Present FutureUrban Insiders SquareFowl PlayNow Is The TimeWall of WordsFridge PoetryDoodle It Tornado BloomDoodle It Tornado Flowers







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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Gesso, Gesso and Cathy Nichols Stencils from StencilGirl


Just a quick little post to tell you how excited I am about a NEW artist we have over at StencilGirl. Her name is Cathy Nichols and WOW!!!! does she have some FUN stencils to plan with! Not only that, her Encaustic Art is AMAZING!!!! I played with these the other day and I can see using them over and over and over again! SO many elements to choose from in 7 stencils!

I wanted to start my Week #2 DLP Documented Life Project--the challenge Gesso. I had prepped my page with DecoArt Black Gesso a few days prior and it was sitting there ready to work with. I am a huge fan of black Gesso and this was the first time I used the DecoArt Media variety. Let me tell you, it DID NOT disappoint! Totally matt (I love that in black Gesso), smooth and didn't show ANY brush marks! LOVE it!

Not much of a process to this one. What could be better on black Gesso...well you guessed it! White Gesso!!!! Stencils, Gesso and call it done...well I may add some of my own touches to the page, but for now I just want to look at it like this!

You can find these stencils HERE.




Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Sand Texture Paste and Stencils In My Art Journal

I'm over on StencilGirl Talk today showing how I made this Art Journal page with two new stencils from StencilGirl Artist, Lizzie Mayne! Come on over for a visit HERE :)

Monday, January 12, 2015

DecoArt, Stencils and My First DLP Page of 2015

 

I am happy to say that I completed a whole year of of the DLP (Documented Life Project) in 2014. I LOVED it. It brought me back to my scrapbooking days and incorporated mixed media story telling at the same time.

I am determined to keep it up this year!!! As a matter of fact I'm going to do the "new version" of DLP and keep do another version in a Moleskein to match my one from last year.

Okay...my other news...I have a NEW love!!! 
Well it really isn't new, but some of the products are.

The wonderful people at DecoArts sent me some of their Media Line 
of products to play with. 
NEW journal, new products = FUN!!!

I have long been in love with the DecoArt Traditions color Permanent Alizarin Crimson
In LOVE I tell you!

Well....now I am in LOVE even more with the new Media line of Fluid Acrylics. I can't tell you how excited I was when I played with them. They are like a fine art paint but don't leave that sticky surface on your page. Not matt, not shiny....but somewhere in between.
Here is a little look at what I did with some of the products.


The challenge in the first DLP page was to use book paper. I laid down book paper in my Dylusions journal with the DecoArt Media Matt Medium and then when it was dry scrapped over the page with some of the DecoArt Media Gesso. LOVE the feel of this Gesso--so smooth!!!!


I think took just a few drops of the DecoArt Fluid Acrylics and a very wet brush and made a watercolor type wash over the page.  It took so little paint to get a rich color.


Let's try that fluid acrylic with a stencil! I picked two of my two new stencil designs from StencilGirl Doodle It Dream Landscape and Doodle It Geometric Landscape and used a make-up sponge with the Quinacridone Violet to stencil bits and pieces of both stencils over the spread. Yes! I'll take a gallon of that color thank you!!!!!


I then added a few more colors of fluid acrylic on the page.


Let's try that Antiquing Cream! I really love how it gave an aged look to my paper and so easy to use. It even has a really great texture.


Last, but not least, I couldn't wait to play with the Liquid Glass!!!! It did not disappoint! Pictures just can't do it justice. I think it dried quicker than any other product like this that I have ever tried.

I thoroughly enjoyed playing with these products and am SO in love with the paint. I love the size of the smaller bottles too because it makes it easy to travel with which I'm going to do soon! 

Thanks DecoArt
I tried a few more of the products on a page that 
will be on StencilGirl Talk tomorrow. 
Hope to see you there! 
Of course, I'll be back here soon on my blog playing with the products a little more too!















Stencils Used:
Doodle It Geometic Landscape and Doodle It Dream Landscape


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Stencils and Texture!


I'm over on StencilGirl Talk today showing what I made with the January StencilClub stencils. 
Come on over for a visit!

I was also over on StencilGirl Talk earlier this week with this page....making ART a PRIORITY this year! See it HERE.

Happy New Year Everyone!!!!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

StencilGirl CYBER Monday Sale!!!!

Not that I am an enabler or anything.....but.....

Monday, November 17, 2014

NEW Word Stencils....I Can't Get Enough



WORDS, WORDS, WORDS!!!
They are so important to me...especially in my art!
Luckily I have a very good friend that designs stencils with WORDS
Even better that sometimes I can influence the choices in her choice of WORDS :)
These two pieces of art came flying out when I got my hands on these new stencils by Carolyn!

You know those days that you have a good art day?? 
This was one of them! 
Totally from the heart :)



Want to see even more ideas with these stencils
Carolyn has a new video and giveaway EVERY day for the next SIX days on her blog. 
Click HERE to get started!



StencilGirl Stencils Used:


Friday, November 14, 2014

StencilGirl and Lesley Riley TAP Transfer Artist Paper Blog Hop

Stencils, fabric and TAP...now that = FUN!!!!
I was so excited to try Lesley Riley's TAP Transfer Artist Paper and I had the perfect photo that I wanted to try. 

One day my husband and I were driving down the street and I said "STOP!!!"....of course that caused a very high heart rate in a certain husband, but that is a story for another day.
I jumped out of the car and took this photo.

On to the project.....
A fabric cover for watercolor signatures to make my own customized art journal.



Starting with an off white piece of muslin, I cut a scrap piece of paper the size of my photo and taped it down where I wanted the photo to go on the project. This would protect it while I stenciled. I then used the Eddy Rose stencil from StencilGirl to stencil the entire piece of fabric. Here is what it looked like after I removed the paper mask. I'm telling you, who needs to buy fabric when you can make it yourself. This is one of my all time FAVORITE stencils!


I then followed the instructions that came along with the TAP and printed the photo on the white side of the TAP. Just a note here: make sure if you are putting text on your photo (like I did here) to use the mirror image setting when printing. I trimmed away the TAP that was left around the photo after printed and following the directions, ironed it onto my fabric. As you can see I used another piece of scrap paper to cover the photo when ironing. Yes, I ironed right on the kitchen counter. Ironing not my strong suit, LOL!

I got a perfect image transfer and was I doing a HAPPY dance! Years of doing less than perfect image transfers with a variety of methods and then getting PERFECTION on the first try--I'm SOLD!!!


This is what my fabric looked like when complete.


On to those french knots! I didn't really intend to do 2 million french knots. I started by pulling colors in the photo and making random french knots as seen in the photo below. Well one thing led to another and I couldn't stop.....


Look at that close up of the image transfer--INCREDIBLE!!!

Final details including a little free motion quilting, just playing around to add some texture.

Here is what the final piece of fabric looks like

 My cover is all ready for me to sew in my watercolor signatures. I love to make my own journals like this. The size I want and the satisfaction of making it myself from beginning to end.

                               
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A BIG thank you to Lesley for sharing her product with the StencilGirl Team

StencilGirl stencils + TAP = PERFECTION

As a matter of fact, I have another project that I'm dying to show you incorporating the two! 
Watch for that soon!

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