(Psst... there's a giveaway at the bottom of this post!)
Now that the cat's out of the bag about my new collection of stencils with StencilGirl, I thought I'd show some close-ups of the projects I've been making with them. Today I'm focusing on four of them - my Ornamental Circle Cluster 4x4 and 6x6 as well as the Ornamental Petals 4x4 and 6x6.
Here's a closer look at some of the stencils:
All of my stencils are hand-drawn designs, so if you look at them closely, you'll see that they're not perfect, but I like them for that reason :)
The Ornamental Circle Cluster 4x4 stencil and the 6x6 stencil are based on my love of using circle and dot motifs in my work. I wanted them to be complimentary and versatile, and I definitely wanted the 6x6 to be repeating. It lines up great for you to create a repeating pattern across large areas. It's also fun to just use pieces of it like I did here.
For this art journal page, I started with a page in my notebook where I'd cleaned paint off of my brushes (a lot of my favorite pages start that way!) and I just started stenciling on top of it. This was pretty exploratory, which is actually a bit unusual for me - I typically have an idea of what I want to do, but this time I just played.
I had tinted some heavy gel medium / molding paste (it comes as a combo which is pretty cool!) with gold paint and had a bunch leftover from another project (which you'll see next!) I just started spreading that through the stencil around the page and it grew from there.
Then I randomly stenciled through the 6x6 with paint and ink, then added some marks with pens, paint markers, and Liquid Pearls.
I also added a colored Chinese papercut that I've been hoarding, along with a little scrap of fabric and some vintage price stamps. Once I felt like it was done except for the writing, I just wrote was I was thinking - it was "something new!"
The other two stencils I wanted to highlight in this post are my Ornamental Petals Mask and the Ornamental Petals Screen - these are two of my favorites. (Oh, the 4x4 is a mask, and it works great with a gelli plate!)
This design was based off of a handcarved stamp that I made a few months ago - I loved it so much that it became the basis for me deciding to try my hand at designing stencils.
This led to one of my favorite projects with these so far... I had a handmade book from a class I taught a few months ago where I'd never decorated the cover. The perfect thing to work on!
There are actually three stencils on this one - this was the original project using the Ornamental Circle Cluster stencil - I used that tinted heavy gel / paste on a blue pearlescent cardstock, then when it was dry I coated the whole thing with Diamond Glaze and let it dry overnight, then cut it out.
Getting back to the Ornamental Petals stencils, here's a better look so you can see how I used the 6x6 screen:
I love the texture from that black embossing paste! I repeated the design on the front and back covers, then put it on the spine with a tinted molding paste. Look at all that gorgeous detail!
For the layering on the front cover, I stenciled the 4x4 mask onto deli paper with gold ink and cut it out, then cut it into two pieces. I added a beautiful gold frame made with a Spellbinders die and then distressed.
Then I painted the end papers on the inside black and used the 6x6 Ornamental Petals Screen to add a pattern with gold.
Even though the stencil designs are hand-drawn, I tried to make sure that the ones that were meant to be repeating would actually work really well - I absolutely LOVE how this one came out! You'll be seeing me use this one in particular quite frequently, I think.
So that's it for today... I hope you enjoyed seeing some more projects and detail using these stencils from my new collection!
Before I sign off, how about a giveaway? I happen to have an extra of each of the four stencils featured in this post. If you'd like to win all four of them, just leave a comment here telling me how you'd use them. Make sure to leave me a way to contact you if you win! Comments will be eligible for the giveaway from now until midnight Central time on November 29th. Good luck!