The StencilGirl creative team is back again all this week with a new blog hop going with the team over at Viva Las VegaStamps.
I got to use a fabulous plate of stamps - steampunk animals and lots of other fun images. I combined their stamps with a bunch of great StencilGirl stencils and used the steampunk theme as inspiration for the project. Here are the stencils I used:
And now for the tutorial...
I started with the case using a matboard diecut that was made with the Sizzix / Eillen Hull Index Card Folder XL Die. I took the Warped 9 stencil and picked the part of it I wanted to use and traced it onto the part of the diecut that was going to be the front of the case.
I used a sharp X-Acto knife to cut out the pieces and then went through with a small pair of detail scissors and some files to help smooth any little bumps and notches left behind.
Then I added pewter Liquid Pearls to suggest rivets and some copper mica powder to make it look a little bit aged around the edges (you can also use eye shadow!) For this, I edged the places where I wanted the powder to apply with some Versamark (you need something to make it stick) and then applied with a brush.
To finish off the case, I ended up taking a few pieces of thin cardstock and cutting / folding them to fit on the sides so that the ends would be closed off - I didn't want the cards to slide out the sides. I painted those as well.
For the insides: I took six index cards and gessoed both sides. I only decorated the fronts so that the backs could be used for journaling or adding photos or whatever I might want. Here's the process I used for all of the cards after the gesso layer was dry:
3. Since steampunk is Victorian, I found a piece of patterned paper (an old sheet from Prima) that had some Victorian looking roses and did a little fussy cutting until I had enough flower groupings to use on each card. I added that on top with gel medium and then, while the medium was still wet, I used an eye shadow applicator to add some more copper or blue mica powder.
4. Stamped elements: I stamped one of my steampunk animal stamps onto deli paper with black Archival Ink and cut it out, then adhered on top with more gel medium.
5. I added a few words that I'd cut out of magazines and saved, and then once everything was dry I wrote some journaling around the edges of the front of each card. Then I used my finger to add in a bit of paint here and there.
You can also see where I added an actual gear onto the card over the gear in the stamp design that was the elephant's eye - I did this on each card using some watch parts I had in my stash from when I thought I was going to make my own steampunk jewelry (ha!)
6. I used some cream Distress Paint and the Seeds stencil to just give a little bit of brightness and texture, and then used a black Stabilo All Marks pencil to outline and highlight a few areas. I went over that with a slightly damp baby wipe to get just a bit of smudging.
For the closure on the case, I had a large, round, silver bezel that happened to be the perfect size for a metal clock face I had (I think it's Tim Holtz). So I glued those together and then added a few other watch pieces. I attached that to the front flap of the case - I used Weldbond glue for all of that part - it's super strong and works great for this kind of thing. I also added a few old Making Memories metal hinges toward the bottom. They help give support and add to the steampunk look.
Don't forget to visit the rest of the blogs on the hop because every comment on every blog will all be eligible for a grand prize from StencilGirl and Viva Las VegaStamps! So, the more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win! (One comment per blog per person, please.)
Updated: Here are the winners from the blog hop drawing - congrats!
Here are the rest of the blogs for you to visit today, and don't forget to check StencilGirl Talk every day to get all of the blogs for the whole week!
Thanks for popping in... I hope you enjoy all of this week's projects!
This week the StencilGirl creative team showcasing stamps and Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull!
I was pretty excited about this, because I'm kind of going back to my roots with some stamping and scrapbooking. We got to work with some of Eileen's acrylic stamps and Sizzix ScoreBoards dies. For today's post, I'm using the Picket Fence stamp set, and diecuts from the Sizzix ScoreBoards Mini Album XL Die, and the Sizzix Bigz Flower Layers with Heart Petals Die along with a few stencils from StencilGirl.
And without further ado, here's today's project:
I used the mini album ScoreBoards diecut to make... a mini album! It's been a while since I've done any scrapbooking and I had some photos I was excited to use. And I do love me a mini! Not only that, but I wanted to show how easy it is to use stencils and stamps to create your own patterned paper when you want to make a theme album and use the same colors and patterns to tie everything together.
Here's a little tutorial on how I decorated the cover and assembled the book. (The final album photos are in a thumbnail gallery at the bottom so you can see how I used the stamps and stencils on the inside pages.)
To start, I picked out a color scheme I wanted that would go with my theme and photos (yellow, blue, dark blue, ivory, and kraft) and then painted the outside of the album with Golden Titan Buff as the base. Then I laid down the Heart Grid Stencil by Terri Stegmiller and pounced Golden Hansa Yellow fluid acrylic paint through the opening with a Sofft Art Sponge.
Once that dried, I put the stencil back in place and then stamped over it with one of the background pattern stamps from the Picket Fence stamp set. Two great things here: first, the stencils are thin enough that they don't interfere with getting a good impression when you stamp through them. Second, the background stamps are designed so that you can create a larger background pattern by matching up the edges. So I just stamped over the stencil like I was creating a large background across my cover.
Next, time to do the inside covers. I painted the background with Golden Cerulean Deep Blue fluid acrylics, let it dry, and then stamped all over the inside cover with a cream ink and the polka dot background stamp from the stamp set. Then I layered the Heart & Flowers stencil by Margaret Applin over top and pounced my Hansa Yellow paint through the openings. Once that was dry, I outlined with a fine line applicator filled with Titanium White fluid acrylics mixed with a bit of airbrush medium. Finally, I masked off around the larger opening and then stamped through that again with more polka dots.
Next, I worked on the inside pages. I cut several sheets of white and kraft cardstock into 10.5"x4.5" strips, folded them in half and creased with a bone folder, and then stacked them inside of each other and clipped them in place. I created a template showing where the holes were going to go (make sure you mark the top,) and used that to poke 5 holes in the fold of the pages.
Next, I took my stamps, stencils, and inks and went and sat in front of the TV while I decorated the inside pages. I alternated stamping and stenciling and also switched back and forth between yellow and blue inks, just working steadily through them until all of my pages were decorated with patterns. I continued to use the Heart Grid Stencil, and also added the Inky Hearts stencil (also by Terri Stegmiller) and the Random Squares stencil by Jessica Sporn.
From there I grabbed my dried cover and used my template and centered it on the spine and used an awl and a self-healing mat to drill the holes. Then I just used a embroidery needle and some bakers twine to bind the book (make sure all of your pages are right side up first. I'm not speaking from experience or anything. lol.) I took the needle through the top hole from the outside, and then just went in and out down to the bottom and then back up again so that there were no gaps between holes inside or out. You'll come back out again through the top hole, and I just tied it off, but you could add some beads or charms or something here - I've done that before and it's a nice effect.
Next I added the photos to the right hand pages and then I just went through my stash and found embellishments and journaling spots that went with my colors and theme to do the rest. Finally, it was time to finish the front cover. I took some flowers cut from mat board and stenciled and stamped them, inked the edges, and then added some blue and yellow ribbons to the back of the largest flower.
You can see here and in the inside pages where I took yellow and blue paint markers (the one below is from Krink) and filled in some of the openings in the stenciled and stamped images. It really made a difference and helped them look more like patterned paper. I loved the effect!
That's my project for today! I hope you enjoyed it :)
Updated with the winner - congrats Auntie Em!
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Just popping in with a quick post... things got crazy (again!) but I finally have a little time to start getting back to normal. I hope! Probably for just long enough to enjoy it before I get bored again. lol.
So, last week was my final figure drawing class, and it went really well! I have a few things I might be able to post, but also a few class projects that I'd like to finish up now that I have a bit more free time. So hopefully I can share something soon.
Also finishing up in the last week was my first semester of Sketchbook Skool... the Beginnings course. I gave a summary of the first 3 weeks of class a few posts ago, so I thought I'd share the rest of my class work now that we're done.
The 4th class was with Jane LaFazio - we brought in watercolors and used them with some of the things she does in sketching which was really fun. Here's my homework from that class:
Next was a week with Roz Stendahl. She was fascinating... she gave us so much information and so many examples! It really changed some of my views on keeping a sketchbook and was very different from the other instructors. First, we had an unofficial assignment to draw our sketch kit. Mine varies, but these are the basics. Sometimes I carry watercolors. (This ended up being a great warm-up for my last class!)
And then my homework for the class - sketching animals. We started with a toy or something inanimate - I used a carved wooden elephant. We started with warmup exercises and then moved on to a more finished sketch.
Then our second homework assignment was live animals. Short of going outside and trying to chase down some pigeons, I didn't have easy access to anything during the time I had for sketching, so I used the Monterey Bay Aquarium live webcams.
My last class was with Tommy Kane - I'm a big fan of his work, and I'm super excited for my copy of his new book to be delivered. He had some great videos and demos, and the homework was fairly long and involved, but I really enjoyed it and love the results! (Plus, he commented on my homework that it was awesome and worthy of being a professional illustration in any magazine. Probably a bit of teacher hyperbole, but I'll take it!)
We had to draw our kitchens - we were supposed to be super detailed, looking for details within details, and it was supposed to take us around 4 hours or more. I did it in about 3 hours and 15 minutes or so (including color,) but I just felt like it was done. Here's the initial sketch before I added color:
And that's it! Sadly, I'm not sketching every day, but I'm still doing something creative every day and sketching has now become part of my list of things that I turn to, and I definitely do it a lot more than I have before! So I'll keep practicing. And, they're in production for a new klass that should be announced in a few weeks, so I'm excited to see what's coming next!
This week we're showing how cool it is to use PanPastels with stencils... I love PanPastels - there are so many different ways to use them. I had a few different ideas that I wanted to try, but I decided to keep it fairly simple. I love all the work with faces that I've seen online lately, but I haven't really tried it myself... I decided this was a great way to start doing some of my own since PanPastels blend so well and work perfectly for this type of thing. Here's my final art journal page for this project:
Here's how I did this one...
First, I laid down a layer of Golden Acrylic Ground for Pastels. I wanted to get a bit of texture on the paper (I'm using a Dylusions 9x12 journal) - you can see it in the finished product - the brush strokes from the application, and I really like the look.
Next, I laid down the Stitch a Circle stencil by Maria McGuire and pounced through the openings with a VersaMark pad. I pulled off the stencil (I wipe it off with a baby wipe as it's a bit sticky) and then used a Sofft sponge to apply gold PanPastels - the VersaMark grabs the pastel so that it's darker than the other areas where it's applied. (I gunked it up a bit in places, but I knew this was going to be in the background so I wasn't too precise.)
Next, I laid the Abigail, a Timeless Woman stencil on top and used PanPastels and a Sofft sponge and knife applicators to apply the pastels through the openings. I used different colors and blended them with the applicators. I love how sharp the lines were! (and the cool thing about PanPastels, they're erasable if you do happen to smudge or want to make changes.)
Finally, I used just a touch of white acrylic paint in a fine tip bottle to add some highlighting and my Stabilo All Marks pencil to outline the eyes (you could do this with PanPastels too, but I need to practice more before I can do work that fine :) I sprayed the page with a fixative, then I added a strip of washi tape and some journaling - I added that before the gel medium (it seals the tape) so that it would smear a bit - I didn't want it to be legible. And it's done!
Make sure you hop through all of this week's blogs and comment in order to be eligible for this week's giveaway! Here are the blogs to visit:
All comments on all 4 days of posts will be eligible for an awesome grand prize! Have you ever used PanPastels with stencils? If so, tell us your favorite ways to use them... if not, tell us what techniques you'd like to try if you win!
Edited to add the winner - Congrats to Dana!
If you're inspired to shop for some stencils this week, be sure to check out the Sofft sponges now on sale - they're awesome for stenciling and, of course, working with PanPastels (or both!) There's a variety pack of 4 small Sofft sponges as well as a package of 2 larger sponges great for doing large areas.
Finally, a super huge THANK YOU! to the wonderful people at PanPastel - they were incredibly generous in giving us some of their amazing products to work with this week. Check them out on the PanPastel website and on their Facebook page for more about their fabulous products.
I've mentioned before that I'm taking an online "kourse" from Sketchbook Skool, and now that the semester is half over, I thought I'd share some of my work from the first half of the kourse. I'm taking the "Beginnings" klass, which has been pretty good so far. If nothing else, it's gotten me to pick up my sketchbook a few days a week. I try to do something creative every day so even if I don't sketch I'm doing something, but since I want to build my drawing skills I really wanted to do more, and now I am! If anyone is interested, I'm using a Fabriano "Venice" sketchbook that I got with a coupon at Michael's. The pages are nice and thick with a bit of tooth, so they hold up to watercolor if I want but also for colored pencils and pen or pencil sketching and it's easy to carry around.
The first klass was taught by Danny Gregory, and we had two homework assignments. One using specific techniques and then sketching something meaningful to us. I drew my new ring that I got shopping with my mom on the wharf in Monterey.
The second was to sketch something every day of the week... and I sketched something for every day of the week, but since I was in Monterey when the klass started I got a bit behind but caught up before the first week was over.
Lesson 2 was taught by Koosje Koene and we learned about drawing an object by layering with colored pencils (I drew Ranier cherries) and also going out and drawing in public (I went to Millennium Park after work last week, which took much more effort on my part than I originally wanted to put in, but it ended up being a relaxing, beautiful, and fun evening.) You can see another sketch I did in here of my awesome new Uppercase magazines.
This current week (new weeks start on Fridays) has been taught by Prashant Miranda and we learned more about seeing the colors in our surroundings, and taking note of the little things going on in our lives every day. Also using watercolors. So during lunch I did a quick sketch of what was on my desk - it was a good snapshot of what I was doing at work. Then I worked on watercolor washes and sketching by doing a scene through the window of my house. I did the watercolor first and added a bit of ink on top.
I also have a few other sketches... some random ones that I drew a week ago in my living room while I was trying to practice perspective... I need more practice. lol.
In the meantime, the 2nd half of Sketchbook Skool awaits, and this Saturday is my 3rd week of my Beginning Figure Drawing class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The first week was intro, slides, supplies, and some basic introductory techniques which involved lots of stick figures while we worked on visualizing the positioning of the models' spines, shoulders, etc... it was one of those frustrating things that you don't really enjoy, but you know you need to suck it up because it's going to make it so you get so much better than you would otherwise be. So I sucked it up. Last week we were able to move forward a lot and I saw so much progress in 2 weeks! Here's a peek from after the first session finished:
We're saving work from each week to put together a portfolio for critique on the last day of class. I may or may not share some... we'll see. Since it's figure drawing I want to be careful about what I post since my 6-year old niece frequently sees my blog over her mom's shoulder :) But I'll maybe share a bit if I have some that will be okay. But I'm super excited to be seeing success, and I think it will help my overall drawing skills.
So with that, I'm off! It was an early day at work today (although not nearly as early as some!) and I'm beat!
If you're stopping by for the Traci Bautista / StencilGirl blog hop, scroll on down to the next post!
And now, I'm just doing a little catch-up post with some random projects I've done over the last 6 weeks or so that haven't been posted here yet.
First up, an online mixed media class that I did in early June... I overdid the texture on the underpainting, but I do like it and I learned a lot.
Next up, I downloaded the Art Journaling LIVE courses and went through the one by Dina Wakley. I ended up going with really dark colors - must have been in a mood, and I don't exactly love the right side, but it was a good exercise.
Then... I got the new Paint Mojo book by Tracy Verdugo and went through one of the exercises and I also love this page. There's journaling on it, but it's in the base layer so you can't see it which I love :D
And... last week I discovered a new-to-me magazine. I'd heard of it, but never really explored or appreciated it until now... Uppercase Magazine - I explored, drooled, subscribed, and picked up a few back issues at the same time. It's not a cheap magazine, but it's beautiful, inspiring, and very well designed and produced. I was pretty excited when my issues came - and so quickly! No six week wait for a new magazine sub to kick in. Nice. I'm trying to sketch more, so after going through my new goodies, I sketched these too. They're just so pretty! Inside and out.
And speaking of sketching, I'm currently working my way through the Sketchbook Skool Beginnings class (are you sensing that I like to take classes? lol. Just a bit ;) I've been keeping up pretty well on my homework and I'll do a post on that eventually as well. In the meantime, I've got another fun project to do, so I'm off to play with paint and stencils! Later!
I'm so excited about today's blog hop! I love Traci's work and I was pretty psyched when I found out she had stencils coming out. For today's project, I received Circles Circles to play with. If you know me at all, you know I love me some circles! So I couldn't wait to use this. And I used it a lot!
If you follow Traci's work, you know she has a new book that just came out called Printmaking Unleashed so, inspired by the idea of printmaking, I used this stencil to make a mini art journal with background pages full of lots of prints and mark making using this awesome stencil.
The finished book measures 5.5" tall by 4.25" wide, and there are 40 pages packed in there! There's a thumbnail gallery of all of the inside pages at the bottom of the post if you want to see the whole thing. In the meantime, here's a peek into the process of creating it, along with some of the different techniques I used.
First, I got 11 sheets of paper roughly the same size (one will be the inside cover.) I had cardstock, deli paper, cut up manila folders, and some Rives BFK printmaking paper that I cut from scraps from another project. I also pulled out my Gelli Plate and brayer since I knew I wanted to do gelli printing as the basis of most of the pages.
Here's where you want to have all of your paper handy ahead of time. I put the stencil down on the painted plate and then used a sheet of paper to print through it, and was able to pull a second print as well.
Then you lift off the stencil and put another sheet on the plate to print the reverse of the stencil with the paint that was under it. Sometimes you can also get a print off of the stencil itself. I got some faint ones that I built on top of. I repeated this several times, and changed my color palette halfway through to add some variety. On some of the papers, I didn't print, but instead cleaned my brayer on them to just lay down a wash of color... you'll see how I used that further down.
Once the pages are printed, it's time to start adding more layers! I put away my gelli plate and got out stamps, inks, rubons, and more stencils. I'll share just a few of my favorite ways that I layered on top of my prints.
First up, part of why I love circles is because they create these happy little spaces just waiting to be filled. For this one, I used the Hunab Ku stencil by Mary Beth Shaw along with a foam stamp that I made out of it to fill in some of the circles.
Next, one of the options for how to use the papers that just have paint straight from the brayer. I layed the stencil on top of the painted surface and then used my blending tool to ink over it so that the color showed through.
Another fun way to layer... I got my Circles Circles stencil back out as well as the Runes stencil by Jessica Sporn and layed the circles on top with the Runes underneath and then inked through them (being careful to keep the circle stencil in place as I moved the smaller one underneath.) Then I went back over with my blending tool and ink to add a bit more color to some of the areas that needed definition.
Above is one reason why it's cool that these stencils are so thin, and below is another! This time I used one of Traci's stamps to stamp through the openings in the stencil (I lined it up with the print underneath.)
And one more layering photo... in this one I just used paint and a sponge to daub through one stencil directly onto the page. I just watched the lines to keep it within the circles, but you could also layer the stencils like I did with the Runes stencil above.
Once all the pages are done and dry, you can do a quick and easy binding technique to make a little pamphlet book. I fold all of the pages individually with a bone folder, stack them inside each other, and then use an awl to make the holes going through all the pages at once. I used binder clips to hold my pages together while I did this.
Then you make the cover. I took a piece of thin chipboard (I save the pieces that I get in the mail if I order paper or anything. The envelopes you get when you order from StencilGirl work well too - just sayin' ;) and cut it so it was about 1/4" larger than the pages on all sides. Then I fold it in half and center the paper that I've chosen for the inside cover and adhere it with gel medium.
Once that's done, find a piece of decorative paper or another print for the outside - it should be about 1/2" bigger on all sides than the cover. Center the cover and adhere with gel medium, and then clip the corners as you see in the photo below so that you don't get lumps of paper in the corners when you fold the flaps around. Once that's done, center the inside pages and use them as a guide to poke holes in the cover, and then tie it all together. I used a piece of waxed linen thread.
The other stencils used in the book not yet linked up are:
Here's the thumbnail gallery, and make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for the next blogs on the list and a giveaway!
Links for today's blog hop:
And... of course, it's not a blog hop without a giveaway!
Update! The winners for the blog hop prize have been announced... congrats to the winners!
For those who haven't joined in yet, you have until tomorrow night (Sunday, 6/29) to leave a comment on Monday's blog hop! Scroll down 2 posts for my project if you haven't seen it yet.
And now for today's post... I got the rest of Orly's StencilGirl stencils in the mail this week and really wanted to do something else with them. I started flipping through my notebook where I clean off my stencils thinking one of those pages would make a good background. I found one that was just perfect for what I had in mind. I went ahead and traced the stencil on top of what was on the page with a sepia Pitt pen and just started going to town.
The background is from where I cleaned spray paint off of two of the stencils I used on my stenciled cardboard art journal from a few weeks ago... these stencils were Unfinished by Seth Apter (orange) and Celestial Grove by Kae Pea (you can just see a few hints - it's in green.) Seth's stencil ended up being really perfect as the background - I love how it peeked through the holes as I worked and added meaning to the page.
The stencils from Orly's release that I used on this one are Subliminal Skull and I used the roses from Splats, Blooms, and Bones. I also added butterfly wings from the Nature Notes stencil by Roxanne Evans Stout.
Once I finished painting, I used paint markers, oil pastels, and my Stabilo All Marks pencil to add some hints of color, detail, and shading.
A bit macabre? Sure! But what I love about Orly's stencils is that using them kind of helps enable the freedom to go outside of my comfort zone and be a bit more honest and raw in my journal. It's like the stencils gave me permission to go someplace uncomfortable. I love that.
On to the next project :D