Wednesday, January 23, 2013

STENCIL BLOG HOP


Thanks for joining me on Terri Stegmiller's Stencil Blog Hop!  Eight amazing artists are sharing their creative techniques with Terri Stegmiller's new line of stencils, produced by Stencil Girl Products.  Each day of the hop you will see two new stencils (14 in all) being used by an inspiring artist.  I am sooooo excited to be a part of this Stencil Blog Hop as I am a big fan of Terri's!!!

Be sure to leave a comment on this post and you will be entered for a chance to win your own set of the two stencils that I used here.  The winner will be drawn one week from today.  To be eligible to win you must provide contact information if you don't have your email associated with your comment ID.

And also be sure to visit all the other artists participating in the Stencil Blog Hop.  You can enter on every post for more chances to win some of Terri's great stencils!

Blog Hop Schedule:
Sunday, Jan. 20 (Kickoff) - Terri Stegmiller, http://stegart.blogspot.com/
Monday, Jan. 21 - Leslie McNeil, http://marvelesartstudios.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, Jan. 22 - Deborah Boschert, http://deborahsjournal.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, Jan. 23 - Margaret Applin, http://www.margaretapplin.com/
Thursday, Jan. 24 - Brenda Gael Smith, http://serendipitypatchwork.com.au/blog/
Friday, Jan. 25 - Vicki Welsh, http://www.vickiwelsh.com/
Saturday, Jan. 26 - LuAnn Kessi, http://luannkessi.blogspot.com/
Sunday, Jan. 27 - Sue Bleiweiss, http://suebleiweiss.com/blog/

Find Terri's stencils online at Stencil Girl Products (http://stencilgirlproducts.com/)

Today, I'm playing with Terri's "Leaves" and "Squiggles" stencils and I'm having a blast using my Liquitex spray paints! I love these paints as I can use them inside and not worry about fumes or air quality.  These paints are low odor and non-toxic.  Of course, I wish I had the entire line of sensational colors but I'm limited to 7 or 8 for now.  The whole line is sold at Michaels.


I started with Terri's Squiggles stencil and un-primed watercolor paper.  The spray paints work well straight out of the can.  Here you can see I kept layering the stencil and spraying lighter and darker in different areas. The dark area is where I sprayed the stencil first and then printed with it in a reverse print.  These spray paints are really easy to direct to specific areas as you can see the few I had sprayed in blue.  You have much more control than when you use the spray inks.

Once the paint dried, I went over the entire piece with some of my screen-printed images on deli paper.  The deli paper melts right into the background and you can see the shapes from the stencil through the deli paper that's not painted on.  Very cool!!!


Based on how I applied the stencil, different variations of the print showed through my screen-printed deli paper and it just added so much interest to the background.



Here is the full page of my collage.  It still needs something...but I love this stencil for the background!!!


I also played with the Squiggles stencil on a couple of journal pages.  I had lots of fun with my Sharpie marker making hash marks over the white spray painted images.  I'm still going to work on that one as well.


On this one, I used one of my new Sharpie stain markers (yellow) to add more emphasis around the squiggles towards the back to help make the squiggles look like they were floating.


My favorite stencil was Terri's "Leaves", which is no surprise since I use many leaves in my own artwork. I had loads of fun spraying with this stencil and layering the colors.  I chose to outline the leaves with different weight Pitt pens and heavier strokes on the blue leaves as they were more solid in color and popped out more.  


What I really want to do with this picture is scan it and play with more layers in Photoshop Elements!!


The technique I love the most using the stencils so far is spraying the entire stencil first and printing it down against the paper.  While the stencil is still in place, spray a different color through the stencil and Viola!  You have a beautiful clean layered image and background in one shot!


I love how sometimes if you scribble, it looks like you are a real sketch artist LOL.  This is such a gorgeous little piece and I want to frame it!


This last little piece was actually my pressing paper when I flipped over the stencils to spray again, plus a few extra secret stencils I was playing with of my own that have not hit the Stencil Girl site yet :)))))


I will be building this one out as well but I know this needs to be translated digitally just so I can see what happens to all those crazy layers in Photoshop Elements!


Thank you, Terri!!  Keep up the great stencil designing!!  

Don't forget to check out the rest of the Stencil Blog Hoppers and don't forget to leave a comment so you can be entered to win Terri's "Leaves" and "Squiggles" stencils!!!

Margaret








70 comments:

Gill said...

I love how you used the stencils Margaret! I especially like the 'Leaves' stencil - I'd love to try for myself!!

Kira said...

The samples that you've created here look fab. I especially love the ones where you've drawn over the leaves - as you say, it looks like a real piece of art! I've never done that yet it's so simple and gives a great effect. I feel inspired now :)

Leanne said...

Glad I found your blog to join the hop. Great projects. Beautiful stencils.

HollyM said...

Very delicious stuff! I love the first one with the black and I love those leaves too!

Micki said...

these are incredible!!!

elle said...

Oh my eyes thank you! The squiggles contrasted with the plaid lines, the leaves and the doodling and the scrumptious colours. Really like this. This is such a great blog hop. Stencils are now officially my new addiction! spray is pushing for number two position!

sophie said...

I think the Leaves stencil might be my favorite so far. I also loved the effect of outlining them with the Pitt pens. Everyone so far has really taken the stencils and creatively run with them ... and produced a lot of eye candy for all of us hopping along.

Bev Longford said...

I love the layers in your work and I am really enjoying following along on the blogs to see how everyone uses the stencils so many ways I never thought of.

Bev Longford

tisme said...

I am having so much fun with this giveaway and learning so much. New techniques, new friends, what better way to spend a day when it is 1 degree outside!

Linda Germain said...

I need to check out deli paper. Everyone seems to be enjoying it

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

oopes...somehow my post got lost. Thanks for being a part of Terri's blog hop. I love seeing what you are doing with the stencils it so enriches the design...can't wait to get my hands on some of these wonderful new tools. forbesrj@shaw.ca

SeeingStars said...

Those red leaves green background and the added outlines are amazing. I love versatility of Terri's stencils. Thanks for hosting a giveaway here. :)

patty a. said...

I did not know that Liquitex made a spray paint! Good to know! Love the stencils and thanks for sharing all your techniques!

LynneP said...

Love your pieces with the leave stencil-that is one of my favorites. Thanks for the chance to win.

Jennifer Scantlebury Vienneau said...

You have presented so many great ideas with such lovely, lovely results! Thanks for the tip on the Liquitex sprays- I will definitely go shopping for those.

Mary C. Nasser said...

I have loved using Liquitex Spray Paints with StencilGirl stencils, too!

Your results are absolutely delightful, Margaret!!

rvquilter said...

I Love these stencils, thanks for sharing your ideas.

Deb Levy said...

wonderful layers! the stencil work is fabulous with your screenprints.

Christina Fairley Erickson said...

Hi, Margaret- I'm really thrilled to have found your blog through the blog hop. I love doing surface design and your art is right up my alley. Looking forward to seeing more of your blog and following it in the future.

Laceflower said...

I enjoy what you have done with the leaf stencil and I'm going to try your technique for spraying the stencil first before applying and spraying in another colour. Lovely application and design.
OH boy, having trouble reading the capatcha!

patchouli moon studio said...

I love it all!

Franki Kohler said...

Great projects! I'm glad I found your site. Thanks for sharing.

Margaret said...

I like what you did with the stencils, very cool

Tonya Littmann said...

Good to know about the Liquitex spray paint! Thank you for the opportunity!

Leslie McNeil said...

Beautiful layers, GORGEOUS results ~ as always, Margaret! I can't wait to see your new designs, too! will have to see if our local Michaels carries the sprays; don't think I've seen them, but I definitely need one in white!

Gunilla.B said...

Your prints look fantastic, I can´t wait to give it a try!

Sheila said...

I really love the leaves , that is a really cool stencil , thanks so much for sharing !

Del said...

Interesting experiments, I'll watch to see where you go with them.

Nancy Lee said...

What warm, swset colors & designs!
Love all the ideas!
Would LOVE free stencils!

Persona said...

I love you stencils ! Free stencils would be great...

Michelle MMMM4 said...

After looking at your blog my mind is racing with ideas. Those stencils look like a lot of fun!

Angela Grasse said...

so cool!!!

Quiltbug said...

I love that squiggle stencil. I can see a project using that

Imzadi said...

I have never heard of Liquitex spray paints before. Thanks for demoing how they can be used with the stencils. I like your color selections.

tesuque said...

Such a variety of looks.

Donna said...

Your use of the stencils is very cool and an inspiration too! So fun!
D~~~~

KelQuiltz said...

My list of "must try" techniques & supplies just keeps getting longer :-) Love the idea of deli paper for layering too! (i'm a newbie to this collage thing) Thanks for sharing! and thanks for the opportunity to visit your blog!

Sandy Chavez said...

All I can say is WOW! I am intrigued by your techniques and want to learn more because I am still not quite understanding your use of deli paper. I too was especially partial to the Leaves stencil. Thank you.

roadie said...

I'm really inspired by some of the techniques, especially using the deli-paper. Additional details of how you adhered it would be helpful.

Renate said...

I like the effect you have created by over printing the stencils with some of your silk screens. My favourite piece is the green and blue one with the butterflies.

Jeannie said...

Each day I am amazed and surprised at the diverse use of Terri's stencils. I keep thinking that I have found my favorite stencil to order and then I see another one. :) Thanks for sharing your artwork and process.

Kathleen Wilson said...

I must say you have sparked my interest. Deli papers? I must check into that. Love all of your pieces. Thank you for sharing.

Connie said...

Beautiful work with the stencils, would love to try this!

Anne Andrew said...

A whole new world of creativity has been opened to me.I am itching to try this new (to me) process. I have a stack of paints and they have been intimidating me for a long time. Thanks for sharing.

Candyce Grisham said...

So happy to find your blog. Going now to look at screens. Like what you did with the stencils. Thank you.

Createology said...

I am enjoying Terri's stencils and how each of you participating artists have used them. Spray paint indoors? I need to get some of this and the stencils. Fabulous creations you have made. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

Jane Prater said...

I love the way you used the butterfly.

Michelle Berkey said...

Beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

Renee said...

Wow! What inspiration!

Sandy in CA said...

Great work with the stencils! Thanks for the opportunity to win them.

Persona said...

I love what you've done with your stencils !

Vickie said...

I really like the two pass method you used -- spray the entire stencil and then flip over, spray with a second color through the holes! I have to give that a try soon! Thanks for the inspiration.

kathisgardenart said...

Thanks for all the great ideas, using the sharpies to add to the stencil images. Fun! Note to self checkout deli paper ;)

Frances Arnold said...

Such fun stencils and great ideas for using them. Thanks for sharing!!

Dotti said...

Love the stencils! Love what you have done with them!

Susan said...

Great ideas for using the stencils! Love your layering techniques. Would love to know more about the deli paper technique.

Thearica said...

The squiggles could be a ton of fun! Love what you have done with the stencils!

El in Oz said...

I love using stencils, deli paper and Gelli plates. I would love to add to my collection. Thank you for a chance.

This Dog's Mom said...

Your work is beautiful! i love have you used the stencil and the colors to create such delightful things!

liberal sprinkles said...

So many interesting ways of using the stencils, I especially love the look created on deli paper. Gorgeous!

grace

Janny said...

I love those stencils and the way you use them. Thanks for the giveaway.

Crickett Hutchinson said...

Lovely stencils! Please enter me too!

June said...

More stencil fun! I am enjoying seeing the creative uses for the new stencils. I would love to be entered to win a set!
~June in AZ

Linda Stokes said...

Love the creative ways you've used these stencils - thanks for the chance to win!

Carol C said...

I'm loving these stencils. Thanks for the chance to win.

tropicslady said...

I really love the composition you made with the leaves stencil!

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Manuela said...

WOW-I love this stencils and your great desing with them.

Manuela

Corinne Loomer said...

Love these Stencils!

Vivien Zepf said...

You've made lovely work using the stencils!

~June in AZ said...

Margaret, I am wondering if you have used the Liquitex spray paints on fabric and if so, how it worked.
Love the stencils!