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StencilGirl Blog Hop: New Orly Avineri Stencils!

I have to say, I was pretty excited when I found out that Orly Avineri had stencil designs coming out with StencilGirl... I've been following her work for years! And I was doubly excited to participate in today's blog hop sharing her new stencils... available starting today!

This is the stencil I received to work with... it's called Soft Bones and I kind of love it.

Soft Bones stencil by Orly AvineriWhen I saw it, I immediately thought that I wanted to do something in encaustics with it. Why, you ask? Well seeing as I've never done any work with encaustics, it seems like the natural choice, right? But I wanted that kind of soft, melting, dimensional, layered, slightly translucent look, so encaustics it was! (Maybe also an excuse to try it out and use the supplies I'd gathered? It's possible, lol.) I figured if it didn't work, I would use it another way, but no harm in trying!

Here's what I did, and below are some details... (and be sure to scroll all the way down for the other blogs to visit, as well as a giveaway!)

Orly Avineri Stencil Encaustic Painting - Gwen LafleurIt's along the lines of what was in my head when I started, so I'm pretty excited about how it turned out and the fact that it actually worked!

First... I wouldn't suggest that a first timer try this without some prep work. I was actually pretty intimidated by the medium and held off on it for a long time because everything I read about it started talking about ventilation, fire extinguishers and safety measures, etc... which you absolutely need and should follow. But it's not as scary as it might seem. I read a bit, watched some short videos, but also watched this online encaustics class by Michelle Belto and took copious notes! (If you're interested, that class is worth the price of the download.)

This is not a tutorial... just sayin'. Because, you know... one sort-of-successful encaustic painting does not an expert make! But these are general steps that I took so you can see how it came together :)

Step 1: Safety first! Mise en place... get everything in place. I did this in my kitchen on my stove-top (using a small electric griddle with temp control and a surface thermometer) so that I could use the hood to draw up the fumes from the melted wax.

Orly Avineri Stencil Encaustic Painting 1 - Gwen LafleurStep 2: A few layers of encaustic medium over my base - I'd already adhered a few scraps of paper to peek through here and there. (Fuse and cool! I did this between every layer.)

Orly Avineri Stencil Encaustic Painting 2 - Gwen LafleurStep 3: Start adding the base color. I added just a bit of melted turquoise into a pot of encaustic medium to get a translucent paint. It was still pretty heavily pigmented... I would go much more translucent next time.

Orly Avineri Stencil Encaustic Painting 3 - Gwen LafleurStep 4: Use a stencil to add some color and texture to my background. (This is the Twinship stencil by Cecilia Swatton.)

Orly Avineri Stencil Encaustic Painting 4 - Gwen LafleurThis is the part where I maybe get a little giddy and dance in place because it's just so cool.

Orly Avineri Stencil Encaustic Painting 5 - Gwen LafleurStep 5: Add a bit of color with an oil stick (I happened to have some of these from years ago and had never known what to do with them. Don't you love it when you can dig out something like that and put it to work? Also, you fuse this layer too.)

Orly Avineri Stencil Encaustic Painting 6 - Gwen LafleurStep 6: I added another layer of wax... a bit orange this time. I deliberately kept in a lot of texture, but you can smooth it down a lot more. I'll probably try that next time to see how I like it.

Orly Avineri Stencil Encaustic Painting 7 - Gwen LafleurStep 7: Time to add the top layer... Orly's stencil! I used a pearlescent copper from Enkaustikos. Looking back, I'd probably have gone with white or something that would really stand out more from my background. Live and learn!

Orly Avineri Stencil Encaustic Painting 8 - Gwen Lafleur
Orly Avineri Stencil Encaustic Painting 8 - Gwen LafleurStep 8: I spent some time working on ways to make the top image stand out a bit more. I could probably have left it - it looks pretty darn cool, but it was a bit too subtle for what I wanted. In the end, I made it red, but still wanted it to stand out a bit more. I pulled out my clay carving tools to do a little carving in the wax.

Orly Avineri Stencil Encaustic Painting 10 - Gwen LafleurAnd that was it!

Orly Avineri Stencil Encaustic Painting - Gwen Lafleur

Orly Avineri Stencil Encaustic Painting close-up 1 - Gwen Lafleur
Orly Avineri Stencil Encaustic Painting close-up 1 - Gwen Lafleur
I hope this gave you some ideas for using Orly's new stencils... and don't forget to keep hopping to see what everyone else has done!

Kirsten Reed

Gwen Lafleur <-- You are here!

Maria McGuire


Before you go... make sure you leave comments as you go through the blog hop because...


All comments will be entered into a giveaway! The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win! The giveaway will close on Sunday, June 29th at 11:59PM Central Time, and the prize? 5 lucky winners will get one of Orly's new stencil releases. The winner will be announed on StencilGirl Talk.


Thanks for stopping by! Linda Kittmer is next on the blog hop, so don't forget to leave your comment and then head on over!