Hi everyone! It has been such a treat to do this blog hop using StencilGirl and Imagine Crafts products. I love challenges especially with great tools and what goes better together than stencils and ink?
I have often said after creating a piece, “I had no idea where I was going to go with this project” and this particular quest was no exception. I decided to do what I now call “The MaryBeth” and just jump in and start inking up my paper using stencils. (And that is what MaryBeth Shaw does.) I mean really, what is the worse thing that could have happened? I might have had to throw the paper away and start again? That’s ok, right? Happens to lots of us. But you know, the stencils I picked were soooo perfect and the inks went together so well. And this is what I made and it was the first piece out the gate. That is very unusual for me. It’s more dry art rather than wet but I didn’t really mind at all.
So can you make this? Absolutely. First put on a little bit of brave, because for some of you, I am asking that you take a step outside of your comfort zone and do some improv. Grab a piece of heavy cardstock. I prefer 80 or 100 lb. mixed media paper or cardstock. The stencils I used were such a mish-mash. I am listing them all below but please note, you will still have a great piece even if you only use three of the stencils. I loved so many that I had a hard time making a decision and so they all got to go to the “playground”. (I love including everybody.) I chose three Staz-On ink pads, Midnight Blue, Saddle Brown and Spiced Chia. You know, art is all about the odds and threes. Just start inking them up in different places all over the paper. That’s right. No planning or overthinking here. Brave. You got this. Try to do them in three places before switching to a different stencil to save a bit of time and to keep your art work balanced. Once you got one stencil down, pick up another. It won’t take long to realize, you’ve got a work of art in the making!
Now, here is something I discovered when using these inks. I am not a very good “cleaner” when it comes to my blending tools for stenciling. (Sorry, not sorry…lol!). Since the Staz-On ink is permanent and generally dries very quickly, I was surprised when I used the Midnight Blue and then dipped it into the Saddlebag Brown and the color came out green. Ah! How cool was that? I believe there is a tad bit of yellow in the brown. Mixing yellow with blue equals green:). Happy commingling! So I really ended up with four colors, though two were different shades of brown. The perfect artist madness, mistake, messiness or whatever you want to call it. I own it. Lastly, I went back over random sections and just swirled some ink as filler. I felt like this piece looked earthy-tribal. What do you say?
I chose these ImagineCraft inks:
Saddle Brown-StazOn Ink
Midnight Blue-StazOn Ink
Spiced Chai-StazOn Ink
Stencils used…Are you ready for this? You certainly don’t have to use all of them. I got into playing so much that I just reached for whatever made me happy, and these made me very happy…
Polka Party by Tammy Tutterow
Petit Greens by Tammy Tutterow
Straight Stems Stencil by Terri Stegmiller
Make It Count-Mini by Seth Apter
Classic Feather Remake by Rae Missigman
Repetition Stencil by Rae Missigman
Circles Layer Me Stencil by Carolyn Dube
Woodcut Roses by Desiree Habicht
Whew! Quite the ensemble, right? But such great artistry!
I also wanted to mention that I used:
Seth Apter’s Dot Matrix stamp by Spellbinders and
Tim Holtz’s Cracks & Specs Stamps by Stampers Anonymous
Now, I’m generally not the type to hang up what I made, though I am getting better at it. I really love giving away my art most of the time. Since this piece was a bit large for me, I thought a great way to stretch the giving to encompass more people was to make something that is useful and since I am a crafter too, I decided to cut my artwork into pieces and make cards. I got 5 plus cards out of one piece of card stock!
How cool is that?
Here is each one, up close and personal, and very, very simple! The roses were created by outlining the stencil then coloring it in with ink. I started light in application then added more ink as I came closer to the base, as you see in the rose. I cut the roses and leaves out so I could add a little dimension.
Sometimes something as small as a sentiment finishes off a card.
Not hard to cut out the feather and ink up the edges as an embellishment for this card.
No sentiment needed because it’s right in the stencil.
And this one is a bonus. I thought wouldn’t it be so cool to stencil on my dinner napkins? I like the organic look, and shibori and the color navy are my loves right now. And these inks are permanent! Sweet!
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