Thursday, March 28, 2013

AlphabeThursday - S is for Stencils

I've been using 7½" x 10" composition books for the past few years, as art journals.  And I love them!  What I usually do first is to put gesso down on the pages, to make the paper sturdier.  
But what next?


Stencils have become one of my favorite methods of getting a second layer into my journal.  Very often I'll pull out my ink pads and ink sprays to add color and depth.  There are many items you can find around the house, like screens and washers, to use as stencils which make perfect backgrounds.  


Then there are thick Mylar stencils.  These are a bit expensive so I'm careful with what I buy.  I must admit, I've found that bigger stencils work better than smaller.  If I want to use a specific part of a stencil, I'll either apply color with an applicator or mask off the sections I don't want to use and spray my inks on the page.


But I've found it hard to spray liquid inks through stencils because everything gets so wet!  Sometimes I'll take a paper towel and blot or rub over the stencil, which leave the design on the page.  That's what happened here with my green spray "Cut Grass" from Dylusions.  Because I put white gesso down first, my green has tinted to a lime color as I rubbed over the stencil. 


I continued to add things on top of my page: tape, paper and glue.  I had glue on my mind because I was thinking about Glue It Tuesday!  So this page became a spread!  Usually, when I feel I've worked enough, I'll stop.  The worst thing to do is not know when to stop!  I've done that before...  Nowadays, I'll walk away from my artwork (and blogging) and return later to see how I feel about it.


 All I needed to do was write in the date (and here, a title)  - that's always important to me!


This post is for my favorite weekly prompt: AlphabeThursday.  
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20 comments:

Erin said...

Great! I love it!

Duni said...

I once stencilled the circumference of a room and the front of a cabinet.
Your spread looks fun! Very happy!

Lola said...

Fantastic! You're so talented!

Lovely images!

Have a great Easter weekend,

Visiting from Alphabe-Thursday

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

That's a cute mushroom stencil -- I thought it was a dress at first! :)

Pondside said...

That looks like fun.
I, too, use the 'walk away for a while' method in my writing.

Memories for Life said...

I love the toadstool :) And the screen is great too. Fun page!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Fun page! I might even be capable of stenciling!

Natasha Hoover said...

I love stencils! I like stenciling fabric and furniture, though.

Jesh St Germain said...

A great way to add structure to your journals! Happy Easter!

Tracy Cook said...

That's a good post . I lack ambition when it comes to scrapbooking

Janet Bocciardi said...

Interesting! I have a couple of collages I started and was afraid to keep going, even though I know they need more layers. Maybe I'll try stenciling. Thanks for the insight.

Sue said...

I love stencils because they can help even someone like me be artistic!

=)

Kathleen said...

What a fun project!

EG CameraGirl said...

I would really like to get back to working artistically in my journals. Thank you for this inspiration!

Isobel Morrell said...

Interesting and enjoyable read! Sounds like a recipe for mess, so perhaps I'll pass on this particular craft, although it's definitely got its attractions! Look forward to seeing more.

Isobel from www.ColdhamCuddliescalling.blogspot.com

Judy Nolan said...

It's amazing how many things around the house, especially the kitchen, could be classified as stencils. I love what you've done with these pages.

Cathy Kennedy said...

Your art journals are so much fun and stencils...what a cool 's' word for today's assignment in the Alphabe-Thursday classroom!

Linda Pruitt said...

The only stencils that I have are quilting stencils, but I rarely use them. I did when I first started quilting. Thanks for sharing your processes.

Splendid Little Stars said...

How fun it is to play-- and to see your processes! I have a small box of potential stencil items that were not originally meant to be stencils. Alas when will I get to play?!

Jenny said...

I love Stencils and Stamps and Scrapbooking...

Maybe one of these days I will find the time to get back into them...

Spectacular post for the letter S...

A+

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