Hi friends! Thanks for joining me on the THIRD and final day of the StencilGirl Products and Mixed Media Inspiration Deck™ blog hop! I personally love hops because they showcase a variety of art from so many different creatives. If my project here today isn’t your cup of tea, I’m sure you will admire that of another design team member. And what is a blog hop without a GIVEAWAY? StencilGirl is giving away a $25.00 gift certificate and a deck of these pretty special cards by Kiala Givehand! Scroll to the bottom of this post to see how to enter to win.
So let’s get started. Here’s my completed project. Want to know how I got here? Ah, let me introduce you to my assistant, the Mixed Media Inspiration Deck.
What’s a Mixed Media Inspiration Deck you say? Well it’s a deck of prompts, better known as a handy art tool when you need a little extra nudge in getting started. You know, have you ever hit a creative wall, just didn’t know where to go or better yet, how to get to the next application? This might do the trick. I like to think of it as a little game too. You draw a card and then do what it says. Easy. Of course my reward might be a little bit of chocolate afterwards, but hey, that’s ok too, right? Anyway, this was my first time using them but it won’t be the last. If you have been creating for a while, this is a great way to get outside of the box and challenge how you approach art. Here’s how the deck comes…
Now I’m going to admit I might have cheated just a little bit in the beginning (ssshhh!) by using a piece of printed watercolor paper as my base because it was just too darn perfect to have to recreate a similar piece. When I was done with it, I think I pretty much made it my own. That was ok, right? :). No rules. Here are the blank sheets before I got ahold of them.
And my first card said to do this. “Start with several drops of watery watercolors and blow with a straw”. Got it! Thought I would try out the new Pantone 2018 color of the year, Ultra Violet, against the green background. 🙂
Next I chose the “go wild card”. For real? Yep. And I won’t say I went wild but I definitely had a great adventure using all these stencils!
Stencils can be used to make something dimensional too! Using the lavender paper as my background, I placed Rae Missigman’s Modern Buds stencil onto the page and spread texture paste on top of it then carefully lifted the stencil off. After the paste dried, I came back in with watercolor paints to add depth and then trimmed the whole thing out.
“Doodle a border around the edge of the surface”, the card said. So I chose to use one of Traci Bautists’s fabulous stencils. Go here. By brushing ink over the stencil, I created a soft brush of color that bordered the edges. I came back in and added my defining details with a thin, permanent black pen. Notice I brushed more of my Modern Buds into the corner.
I always add sentiments. Here I used Seth Apter’s Texture and Explore stencil.
I included my two words for 2018, “intentional” and “courage” and dated it with MaryBeth Shaw’s ATC Mixup 1 stencil. (I wrote my words to make it more personal.)
Applying 3-D embellishments, as the card suggested, can make a difference. I used some hooks as “bullet points”, measuring tape to draw the eye out and foam dots to raise up the flowers.
And I eventually added details with a black and white pen.
Let’s see how many cards did I use? Did I win? Wait, who was I playing with? Having a hard time jumping in on art? These cards might be the winning hand. Check them out here. And while you are checking things out, take a look at Cindy Gilstrap’s page. Bet she has an awesome perspective. And then there’s more to see…
You started here with me…Debi Adams
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