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Mixed Media Card Using Stencils

Spring is finally here!  Although it has still been cool, the sky is blue and sunny and the plants are beginning to stir.  In their honor I chose to work with blues and greens this week.

I started with two gel prints which were made with the same paints.  One was more green and the other more blue.  In fact, one of the prints is even on blue paper.  I cut them both into 1" strips.  I wanted an uneven mosaic so I used one long piece and 6 shorted pieces of various lengths.  

Each of these pieces had the edges darkened with green ink so that they would all blend together.  It also hides the fact that the card stock of each print was a different color.

I tried to get an even distribution of green and blue.  Double sided adhesive holds all of the pieces in place on the black card stock.

I just bought to lovely stencils from Altered Pages and couldn't wait to use them!  I chose blue and green inks to compliment the paints.

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Playing with Paint and Stencils Part 2

Early this month I played with some Paint and Stencils which is my favorite thing to do in my art journals.  Sometimes I journal just for fun and for the art aspect, other times more for the personal release of emotions and then other times for the recording of relevant facts, sometimes it is a bit of both.  My project I shared with you started out with fun in mind but in deciding what to add to the background it now has become more of a record of relevant facts.

The warm tones reminded me of the outback landscapes here in Australia in the Desert which then turned into thoughts of Egypt and then I noticed that some of my details of my stenciling looked like the Egyptian Ankh Symbol.  I then remembered my Egyptian Horoscope which I read at the start of each year in a magazine I buy.  I had last years magazine lying around so took some images from this along with the details of my personal horoscope to complete my page in my journal.

This is how it turned out!

I'm late, I'm late...

Spring is in the air BUT it feels a little far away yet. So I had a little fun with this atc. My spring bunny happens to be from Alice in Wonderland. It's Stencil month at Altered Pages. 

I began by choosing a brick stencil and some homemade texture paste. Made from a mix of School glue (PVA in UK ) talcum powder and white paint. I used a spatula tool to smooth the paste over the stencil and then left to dry overnight. I painted over with a coat of pale yellow acrylic paint and dried with heat gun.

When dry I chose a brown ink and using a sponge applicator, I sponged over the bricks in a random way so it varied the coverage.   It looks like old bricks. I cut the paper to fit over an ATC size card as a base.
I chose some flowerscharms, etc from my stash and adhered. Then added the text using my Dymo labeler. I was pleased with the results it was a lot of fun. 
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Spring Equinox

Rebirth, Renewal and Refresh
The vernal equinox, also called the Spring Equinox, marking the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, occurs on Tuesday, March 20 at 12:15 P.M. EDT. On this day, the Sun rises due east and sets due west. In the Southern Hemisphere, this date marks the autumnal equinox.

Spring is associated with rebirth and renewal, therefore Easter is such an iconic Holiday.  The Easter date travels as it is based onthe approximate time of theJewish Passover, which was celebrated on the firstfull moonfollowing the vernal equinox.
This soon led to Christians celebrating Easter on different dates. At the end of the 2nd century, some churches celebrated Easter on the day of the Passover, while others celebrated it on the following Sunday. Flowers play such an important role for Spring and Easter, that is why I chose to create a floral stenciled project this week.  

Supplies: Dutch Spring Stencil Acrylic and Chalk Paints Oversized Tag Washi Tape Seam Binding Ribbon Gel Medium As…


Today I have for you a mixed media piece  featuring a feather stencil.
This project started with a substrate of cardboard.  (actually it is about a 9x10 inch piece of ceral box)  With matte medium, I adhered scraps of patterned paper, vintage music sheet and inked up vintage text pages to the cardboard.  Then, I gave the whole piece a thin coat of gesso.
Next, I used a flower stencil and added a bit of texture with white acrylic paint. 
Then came time to ink it up.
This piece basically used all the same steps.   This was a smaller piece of cardboard, gesso, a feather stencil with  modeling paste and inks. 
I felt it needed a bit more dimension so I added a vintage text page flower that I made previously.  The colors were spot on and I had the perfect feather giant gem for the center of my flower.    I just happened to have a few chip board peacock feathers that I inked up as well.  I also added a couple strips of burlap for a bit more texture and dimension.  I am not 100% sure about the burla…

Stencils from the Past!

Today I have gone back to the Archive Stencil posts!!!   Here are a few using stencils in a variety of projects!!!

Stencil Background by Trisha Neal

Stencil Butterfly - by Barbara Rankin

Stunning Stenciled Tags - Danie May

 Journal with Stencils - Stephanie Siatta

Stenciled Background - Robin Horasanian

Sing in SPRING

Spring has sprung, the weather is warming up, flowers are getting ready to bloom and birds are singing in the morning! Today I have a beautiful tag created with the Music Sheet Stencil, on the Large Watercolor Tag and Little Birdie Medley.

Music Sheet Stencil
Altered Pages Collage Sheet - Little Spring Birdies
Large Watercolor Tag
Little Birdie Medley
Metallic Rub
Water brush
Mist Brown
Tacky Glue
Ribbon - Seam Binding

Spray water on  Large Watercolor Tag, add color to tag with Gelatos (blue and yellow) with Water brush blend colors on the tag, let dry.  Spray with Mist Brown on the tag, let dry.

With Metallic Rub and Music Sheet Stencil add the notes to the top of the Large Watercolor Tag.  Apply a little rub around the edge of the tag.