I"ll start out by saying that I have a problem with stencils--I can never have too many--and right now--wherever you look, you'll find new styles, sizes, shapes, etc.--which is fine by me. One of my favorite places to find them is at Stencil Girl Products
. You can get lost in that place for hours--tons of stencils designed by popular mixed media artists. This time I ordered some from a couple of my favorites--Carolyn Dube
and Laurie Mika
--took 2 of the new stencils I got and combined them to come up with this paper--
....and I'll show you how I did this...
first I started off by painting a background on a 110lb white cardstock paper (great paper from Staples)
...and my black acrylic paint--
--some tips--I used waxed paper underneath the paper when I put the tape on, and very carefully lifted the tape up when I was finished--I didn't even wait for the paint to completely dry--I wasn't worried about the paint moving as I was more worried about ripping the paper. But it's pretty easy if you use delicate surface tape--Scotch brand.
.......but I wasn't finished.....
I taped up the paper again, this time in the opposite direction and used my Laurie Mika stencil
using Titan Buff paint.
and that's how I got my end result--
So next I got out my gel medium, and some scrapbook paper and sheet music to make some texture
I like to use the gel medium, because it's more flexible when it's dry, and when you cut up the papers for collage it makes the textured papers very easy to work with. I pretty much covered up the scrapbook background with more acrylic paint, but I didn't have to--I could have wiped some paint away to bring out the original background. In this case, though, I added lots of layers of paint---putting it on and taking it away, until I was happy with it.
And here's another stencil by Carolyn Dube
--this one's great on its own--
I added these papers with other ones that I painted and textured, and even some Gelli prints thrown into the mix--
I've been playing a LOT with these papers now, but this post is getting way to0 long, so I'll show you just one piece that I made (show you more in the next post)
I found this very sad cupboard door at a flea market recently. I loved the size (10 x 30), and I knew that if I didn't get it, most likely, it would have been trashed. It was in really bad shape, and I knew I could do something with it.
....so I started using my papers--
With help from my painted papers I was able to give this forgotten cupboard door a new life. I'll show you more next time......