Hi everyone, welcome to day 3 of the StencilGirl - Craft Attitude blog hop! All this week the StencilGirl creative team has been sharing projects using stencils and Craft Attitude Printable Craft Film. Lately I've been inspired by all of the gorgeous Artist's Trading Blocks that I've been seeing around the web, so I decided to make one for today's post. Here's what I ended up with:
I used my stencils along with polymer clay and lots of beads and other trinkets and then used the craft film to apply photos to the clay. It worked out really well!
Here's a quick overview of how I made mine. I started by picking a few colors of clay and getting them pretty well conditioned, then rolled out a few sheets that were big enough to cover a side on my box (which I cut from chipboard using the Eileen Hull Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Box Die). Once I had those, I pulled out a few 6x6 stencils and used my little clay roller to roll the clay into the stencils to get an impression.
You can see where the clay moved a bit while I was rolling, but it turned out fine. For the ones where it stuck a little to the stencil, I just cleaned it with a baby wipe. I rolled a few more pieces to use as layers on the top and sides - for the one with a 4x4 stencil, I just put it through my clay roller.
For the large square tiles, these are the stencils I used:
Then for the layers on the top I used Tiny Medallion Stencil by Maria McGuire (I cut out around the design with a knife) and the Bali Doily Stencil by Lizzie Mayne (cut with a circle cutter.) I also used a circle layer on one of the sides that was cut from the center of the Rose Window stencil, also by Lizzie Mayne.
I made the crown on top from a scrap of clay that I'd embossed with the Seaweed 6 Stencil. Since I wanted to use photos of my nieces and nephews dressed up and posing with princesses at Disneyworld, I thought it would be the perfect topper for my block.
After the clay was rolled out, I used Rub 'n Buff and some Inka Gold to color the clay. This is just after the first layer of color, but you can see how much it makes the texture from the stencils stand out.
From here, I kept adding color and started building layers on top of my tiles. I decided where I wanted my photos to go on each tile and then added embellishments around them. Once I had all the layers the way I wanted them, I baked them and let them cool, then started gluing them onto the cube.
I left the photos and frames off until after baking - I wasn't sure if the film would do okay in the oven and decided not to risk it. I sized my photos to fit the frames, printed them out on the Craft Attitude Craft Film and then cut them out. To apply, I just used spray adhesive and then adhered them directly onto the little clay bases I'd left for them.
I chose to use a light coppery clay with a little shimmer as the background for the photos, so that showed through the film - you can even see the shimmer! It's a pretty cool effect. You could also just use white clay so that the colors in the photo stayed a bit more true.
Finally, after all the glue had dried, I went through with dimensional paints to add details and also kind of act like grout to my clay tiles - I filled in around the edges with gold.
I let that dry and that was it! Here you can see the top and the four sides of my ATB:
I love how it turned out, and I'm excited to use my craft film in other projects - it worked so cool on this!
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I think I'm finally starting to get caught up after the holidays... so much going on for the last few months! Anyway, one of my goals for this year is to make more of an effort to post things besides my StencilGirl scheduled posts. Looking back at my blog recently, I think that's all I've posted! So I'll try and mix it up a little more :)
Now that Christmas is over, I can share one of the big projects I worked on last year. My mom had been saying she wanted one of my paintings to hang in her house. There were a few small ones I'd done (one version in my art journal and another 8x10 hanging on my wall) and she wanted a bigger version. However, while she thought I was giving her a framed reproduction of the one she liked, I decided to actually paint her one. When she opened it on Christmas morning she was surprised and excited to have gotten an original :)
Here's the painting for my mom - mixed media on 16"x20" clayboard (mostly acrylic paints, heavy body.)
And of course, I have to show some close-ups and a bit of the process.
The original that she liked had some filigree type rubons in the bottom right corner and throughout the piece. I wanted to replicate that, but I used molding paste and stencils to get a similar look. I took bits and pieces of new stencils by Kate Thompson layered together to get the swirly parts (Fractured Cherub and Cherub Circle.)
(When I'm shopping for stencils, I don't just look at the image as a whole. These are both gorgeous stencils, but looking at bits and pieces of them makes them exponentially more usable!)
I also took the Tiny Medallion stencil by Maria McGuire and masked off part of it to get the design I wanted and added that here and there on the background.
I switched back and forth between working on my easel and working on my desk as I went...
(I'm pretty proud of my "poppy" circles... in the original versions, I cheated on the shading and used oil pastels. On these, I could really see the effect of my drawing classes on how I could shade with paints. Exciting!)
Since the piece was so much larger than my art journal page and didn't have a quote, I added more to the top right corner. Then I finished it all off by using Fragments embossing powder with gel medium along the bottom of the book paper (which was from a vintage copy of "Tartuffe" by Moliere) - when you heat the gel medium, it makes it bubble which is the exact look I wanted. And that was pretty much it!
Voila! The finished product. This was fun, and Mom loved it which is all that really matters :)
Today I have a new mixed media painting to share. It was so much fun to get back to this after weeks of traveling and craziness with holidays and work and classes... I finally had a chance to relax and do one of the projects that's been floating around in my head!
Background for this project: early last month I was contacted to see if I would be interested in playing with some new products. Um... yes!!! So when I got back from Thanksgiving, there was a wonderful and extremely generous box from DecoArt waiting for me with lots of cool products from their DecoArt Media line for me to play with. It was like Christmas came early! They have lots of professional quality fluid acrylic paints (including irridescent,) mediums, shimmer sprays, antiquing creams, and more! I have to admit, before I was asked to do this, I didn't even realize that they had a line of mixed media art supplies!
So... my job - to do a project using their products with stencils to share. Here's my disclosure - all paints and mediums were provided to me by DecoArt, but projects, thoughts, and opinions are all my own.
That said, here's my painting and a quick overview of the steps to complete it and what I used for each part.
I started with a plain 18x18 canvas and mixed up a few colors of DecoArt Media fluid acrylics with their tinting base to start the underpainting.
Then I used the untinted fluid acrylics to start building layers of color. The paints are mostly translucent, which works well to get lots of layers, but you have to be patient.
I have to say, I was super impressed with the quality of the paints. I'm pretty picky about my paints, but these are really good and I'll keep using them for sure!
Between the Tinting Medium and the transparency of the paints, I was able to get lots of different gradations of color just by mixing and layering. And I love how vibrant they are! They have a nice finish too. I also took some of the white DecoArt Media Shimmer Mist and spritzed it across the flowers to get a little softness and lots of white dots. I really liked how thick and opaque it was, but you have to be careful because it comes out in a pretty heavy stream rather than a mist.
After I got the main images down, I brought out my stencils to get some pattern on the vase. I used the Stitch a Circle stencil by Maria McGuire with some Pthalo Turquoise fluid acrylics. (Just a hint - the trick to stenciling with the thinner paints is to keep your brush almost dry - don't load it with paint - and then build up layers so that the paint doesn't spread under the stencil.) I also put some of the acrylics in fine line applicator bottles so I could add some dots.
You can also see above where I used some of the DecoArt Media Sand Texture Paste in the background. I also used some of their Ultra Matte Varnish to collage some pieces of torn patterned paper and maps onto the background. I wanted to get some additional texture into the background and this worked perfectly!
For the vase, after everything was dry I went over the entire area with a thick coat of Crackle Glaze and let it dry. Then I used some dark brown Antiquing Cream and rubbed it in so that you could really see the cracks. I love the effect! (See the close-ups below for a better look.)
I used a few different colors of turquoise and green fluid acrylics to work my way around the painting putting in the background. You can see where the Texture Sand Paste is because it grabs the paint and makes it a tad darker and you get the rougher texture.
Once the background was dry, I took the River Rocks Stencil by Mary Beth Shaw and some Pthalo Turquoise fluid acrylics to add a bit more to the background. To finish it off, I mixed some glitter and microbeads with some of the Ultra Matte Varnish and spread them in a few places to get a bit of sparkle. It might have been a bit of overkill, but I've always liked lots of "stuff" in my work, and this was definitely no exception!
Here are a few close-ups so that you can see how vibrant the paints are and how the crackle glaze and texture paste turned out.
I just want to say a HUGE thank you to DecoArt for sending me their wonderful products to work with! I have to say, there wasn't anything I didn't like, and that's being totally honest. Their Media paints and mediums are very nice and the results were excellent. I definitely feel like they're pretty comparable to some of the higher-end professional paints but without the price tag; I'm excited to keep playing with them!
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I frequently audition ideas for bigger pieces of art in my art journal, and I had an idea I wanted to try out using TAP to transfer a photo and embellish with stenciling. So my project today is my art journal "prototype" using a picture of my niece Aubrey that was just begging to be played with!
I started out by following the directions on the packaging for creating the transfer and printed out my photo.
Then I cut it out and ironed it onto a blank page in my art journal.
For my first time trying this, I was pretty pleased! I messed it up a little, but I was good with it... most of it was going to be covered up. The transfer has kind of a cool, grainy texture (which might be because I did it wrong... lol. It could happen.) and you get pretty true colors but with a slightly grungy feel. I really liked it!
From here, I wanted a background to surround the photo, so I took the backing I peeled off during the transfer and used it as a mask to stencil the background.
To do this, I used the Rembrandt's Words stencil by Carolyn Dube and stenciled it first in light green ink, then just nudged the stencil over a bit and did it again with teal to create an offset effect with the words.
Next, I took the Layered Peonies stencil by Jessica Sporn and started creating a crown of flowers around Aubrey's head with various shades of pink acrylic paint.
So far so good! Then, since she had pink and purple flowers on her shirt, I thought I'd add purple flowers to her crown. So I used purple paints and the Tossed Blossoms stencil by Terri Stegmiller to put some in here and there. Yeah... the purple? Not so good. Maybe it would look better with a butterfly? I had planned that all along, but was hoping it would cover up some of what wasn't working and make it better. I added that using the one on the Nature's Promises stencil by Roxanne Evans Stout. The butterfly looked good! The rest? Not so much. This was definitely an ugly phase.
Am I wrong? No. Ugly. (Not my niece, she's adorable. But the rest? Ugh.) In an effort to keep going and salvage things, I attempted several potential remedies that didn't turn out well. I was about 90% convinced that I was going to be starting over, but decided to give it just one last try before throwing in the towel.
I kind of morphed the pinks into yellow (because neon is really best in small doses.) Then I glazed the entire page with Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide Golden fluid acrylics and let it dry. And finally, when all else fails, add Liquid Pearls (and turquoise, of course!) I thought I might have gone too far and finally ruined it completely, but I kept pushing it and ended up really liking it, even though it was absolutely not what I originally had in mind.
It's kind of like a cool, pop art piece and despite the fact that it's a little weird, I really like it! A few close-ups:
And that's my project for this hop! Despite my near epic failure, I had a lot of fun and really loved using the Transfer Artist Paper. Such a fun product!
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Just popping in for a fun little announcement... the latest issue of Mixed Media Art Magazine just came out, and I have an article in it! It's a 13 "page" product review of a variety of IMAGINE Crafts / Tsukineko products. I have several small projects and tips that are shared in here where I used and reviewed the various products they sent me.The magazine is digital only... you can download their app for free and either subscribe our purchase individual issues. You can check out the MMAM Facebook page for details, links, and fun posts.
Anyway, I was pretty excited to be included in this issue and just had to share. Big thanks to MMAM for taking a chance on me for this review, and to IMAGINE Crafts for the generous package of products they sent for me to use and review. And in case you're wondering, my reviews were totally honest! I've since picked up more of these specific products in different colors and started using them in my work (and convinced Tracie to carry the irRESISTible Pico Embellishers at the Clubhouse!) Really great stuff for anyone looking for new sprays or mediums.
If you get a chance to read the article, I hope you enjoy! (And enjoy the rest of the magazine too... they put out a very nice publication!)