Monday 29 December 2014

Xmas 2014 #3UP {Stencils}

Hi everyone Leandra here for the final night of #3UP for 2014. What an amazing week our 3UPpers have provided us with! Thankyou!

Tonight we finish with the most popular technique of all, Stencils. As it is the final night, and there are about a zillion things you can do with a stencil, we have 4 people lined up for you!

First up it's Claire Snowdon (@Claires10) Stencil bumping is her thing...deliberately of course! If you haven't tried this yet you are missing out!

Hi Everyone, I'm ecstatic to be on the PaperArtsy blog tonight sharing my fave stencil technique with you all - stencil bumping!

Here is my finished project

Step One:
I used a 5x7" PaperArtsy grey-white board as my base and covered using Sage, Hint of Mint and Vanilla - spritzing with water as I went to blend them all together for a nice muted background.

Step Two:
I took the Lin Brown bubbles stencil PS001 and used Chalk for my first layer.  Once dry I moved the stencil slightly and added Ice Blue over the top of the Chalk creating a reverse shadow effect aka stencil bumping!

Step Three:
I then used the reeds from JOFY stencil PS007, first using Mocha Mousse then drying, moving the stencil slightly before using Irish Cream and Vintage Lace creating a shadow.

Step Four:
I then decided the background needed a little bit more interest so I used Vintage Lace to sponge through the flower image on the Lin Brown PS005 stencil - subtle but I like it there in the background.

Step Five:
I stamped the sentiment from Lin Brown ELB05 using Jet Black Archival Ink and also the foliage from JOFY22 using Olympia Green Versafine straight onto the grey-white board.  I distressed the edges of the board using the Prima Distress Tool then coloured the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Step Six:
I created my flower embellishment by painting some scraps of card using Hyde Park, Blush, Haystack and Plum then stamped the leaf and flowers from JOFY 22 cut out and assembled using a rusted brad.  Finally I added a rusted metal corner.

I hope you all enjoyed my stencil bumping 3 Up project! 

Love Claire x

Next we have Jax (@jax1369). Jax enjoys all things mixed media, and she's sharing some stencil tricks and tips that you need to remember to get good results every time.

Hi everyone Jax here

Tonight I am using tinted Grunge Paste through a Stencil to create the main image on an 8X8” cvanvas.  I got this idea originally from the Christmas special videos and projects from our very own Leandra made last year and have been using it in varying degrees since.

I started by using the following ingredients, plus a stencil. 

Step One:
I used the stencil as a guide and drew pencil lines for where I wanted the Baltic Blue to be as this would create Stars part of my Canvas.  I then used the Bora Bora to create the sky the flag was flying in and finally the messy bit begins.

I mixed Blood Orange into Grunge Paste until I got a washed out faded red and then scraped this through the stencil to create the Stripes.  I then used Dusty Teal to Create the lady.  The trick to doing this one is to let the previous area dry completely before doing the next.  The stars were created by using Snowflake white and GP (just to make it pop against the blue.

Have you guessed what it is yet?

Next I used Aquamarine and Pewter Treasure Gold to add age and depth and finished her off with the ladies first stamp from Gentleman Plate 3 as Lady Liberty is the first thing you see when heading to New York.  Finished the whole thing off with TG around the edge of the canvas as a frame.


Next up a #3UP newbie,  Chris Cresswell (@artmadnana) She might be new to #3UP, but she's been crafting for years, and is a great PA enthusiast from way back! Her work is always beautiful, and tonight I think we will start to understand why she is such a stencil addict.

Hi everyone. 
I am so excited to be here. My real passion is 'art journaling' and my favourite 'tool' is 'Stencils'. My favourite technique is layering stencils and mixing the media I use with them. I am a bit of a 'mongrel' crafter, using different media and influenced by different artists. In this project I have used various fresco chalks and added Dylusions inks over the top! 

Step One:
As you can see this page is very influenced by Dina Wakley. I love this technique of painting over what has already been created to make the focal image really pop. So how did I begin?

Step Two:
Using a small brayer I covered the page with a thin layer of Vanilla, then Cheesecake, leaving some white space. Using a credit card I then scraped Yellow Submarine here and there to float over the previous layer in patches. I then added Butternut and Tango in a few areas with a dry brush. 

Step Three:
Now the fun begins with stencils. Lots of stencils. With no thought or planning I just start layering different stencils over the page. I used the previous colours to sponge through a variety of stencils: dark colours over light and vice versa, and then added different colours to add more depth e.g. Pumpkin Soup, Blood Orange

Step Four:
Next I used Dylusions Inks (squeezed orange and postbox red) sprayed through different stencils, over the fresco chalks. I also immediately flipped over each stencil that I sprayed through, pressing down each one elsewhere on the page and drying them off by rolling kitchen paper over each image.  A technique I learned from Dyan Reaveley.

Step Five:
This produces a lovely transparent layer as the fresco paints generally resist the sprayed inks. I then sponged Snowflake through a Linda Brown stencil PS001  to reduce the brightness and to add a further layer over the inks which are just visible through the paint.

Step Six:
The next step was to mix Old Gold with Prima's 3D Gloss gel in equal parts and scrape it through yet another stencil. This gloss gel really makes the Old Gold shine. This takes some time to dry. A layer of stamping using different PA background stamps and a few ink splats (Squid Ink) completed the page.

Step Seven: I took a Dina Wakely Girl figure stencil and painted the entire area around it in contrasting colours (Claret, Amethyst and Plum) thus painting over almost all of the page I'd just created. A scary technique, but one that allows the focal image to come forward. Next, I used Sky to paint in some circles to help balance the page; finally adding words and doodling to complete the project. 

I hope you like it.

Finally tonight it's Hazel Agnew (@craftroomgran). Hazel is another art adventurer, of late she is on a face drawing kick. However, she diverts from that to reduction stencilling....we are hoping we all lose a few pounds when we master this one!

At the risk of waffling, I just wanted to point out that, until I joined the crazy Patwits I was doomed to a life of card making. Having discovered PA, it opened my world to a maze of mixed media which I love!

I chose "reduction stencilling" because, to me, it is a bit like a magic trick. I decided to experiment with different colours first and this "practise" turned out to be my submission.

Step One:
First of all I gessoed my page to give it some tooth to work on. Next, I applied blocks of colour using Portfolio Pastels in Pink, Red and Violet and PaperArtsy Fresco Paints in Blood Orange, London Bus, Plum and Snowflake.

Step Two:
I worked a small section at a time, overlaying the Crafter's Workshop Heart Stencil and removing colour with a baby wipe. 

Step Three:
I laid the stencil in different directions for variation. I also applied colour through the heart stencil over the top. I layered colours by adding Snowflake over the top of some areas to reveal layered patterns.
For added interest...
  • I stamped through the heart stencil onto the heart shapes with Geranium Red and Black Archival Ink. The script was from ESN11
  • I drew through the stencil and cut out hearts on manuscript paper and edged them with Distress Black Soot.
  • I stamped the sentiment from Sara Naumann's ESN11 onto manuscript .
  • Finally, because this was only a practice, I drew around the edges in paint and doodled around the edges with Black Fudeball pen.
So, I stopped there and voila, my piece of work to show "reduction stencilling!"

Thanks Everyone

Well everyone, that is the final #3UP for 2014. We really hope you have enjoyed these wonderful ideas from all our crafting gurus from the wider PaperArtsy family! A big thank you to them for taking the time to share their magnificence with us all.

The 'end of semester' round up will be on the blog tomorrow, with the December challenge  link closing on December 31st, so you've still got a couple of days to join in, details below.

Enjoy your New Year celebrations, stay safe.


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Helen said...

What fabulous stencilled projects to finish a great week of 3up-ing. It's been great fun as usual.

Julie Lee said...

Wow, what a finale! Stencils are so effective and all four #3UP-ers showed just how versatile they can be tonight! I love the strong colours and really experimental vibe of each of these projects and the wonderful way all 4 projects explored colour, layout and integrating text with the stencils too! Again, truly inspiring work! xxx

Darcy Marshall said...

What a fantastic final night, well done to tonight's 3 upsters.. Stencil queens!

JoFY said...

lovely projects from tonights 3upsters.. :o)

Craftyfield said...

Awesome projects! Stencils are fantastic, so versatile. Methinks we need more from Paper Artsy...
Well done 3uppers!

Deborah Wainwright said...

4 stunning projects ladies well done loved them all.xx

Gabrielle said...

So pleased to end the semester on such a high with so much talent! The techniques are fabulous and to have four such amazing 3Uppers! xxx

Hazel Agnew said...

Well done Claire, you have demonstrated bumping so proficiently. The bull rushes really do look 3D. It's a beautiful piece of art.
Jax, a fabulously dramatic piece and so well executed. So original.
Chris. This has such beautiful layering. The colours work so well together and the snowflake sets them even more.
Well done on your debut!
All so different! Xxx

Rebecca said...

Whahoo it's been a week an 'arf what a way to finish...well done one & all!
Happy craftin

ionabunny said...

I am really into stencils at the moment and the ladies tonight have given me so many more ideas. Thanks for sharing. Such gorgeous projects ladies. Hugz

Claire said...

Well done to my three stencil buddies! Stunning work from all of them as well as everyone who has taken part this time, so many wonderful techniques and projects shared. Thanks to you as well Leandra for giving us all the chance to share our work on your wonderful blog! Claire x

Sarah B said...

A fantastic finish to a amazing week ladies - so many ideas and so little time xx

massofhair said...

Appreciate each person who joined in the 3UP this week, loads of play and awesome techniques. Thank you to each and every one of you for some amazing inspiration.

My favourite night is tonight using stencils and i love each project, have to say my favourite has to be Chris' just because of all the layering and colours. Both Jax and Hazel's projects are fantastic also so much work in them but so worth it.

Thank you again:-) xxx

Cocofolies said...

Wow, what a finale!!! I have loved each and every project today, showcasing fabulously four different ways of stencilling for amazing results. Well done ladies and thanks so much to everyone. Hugs, Coco xx

Artmadnana said...

Thankyou so much for these lovely comments. You are all so encouraging. I've loved taking part though it's a bit scary to be included amongst sooo much talent. Xxx

craftimamma said...

What a fabulous final post to complete the #3Up week! I love stencils too and this post is just crammed with inspiration from everyone. Please someone double the length of my days so I can have a go at the ideas I haven't yet tried ..... and there are several! Thanks for a wonderful finale ladies.

Lesley Xx

Kirsten said...

Talk about ending with a bang!! These are fantastic! I absolutely love using stencils & seeing all these different ideas has got my brain whirring. Thanks ladies for the inspiration. And huge thanks to all the #3UP-ers & all at PA HQ for a wonderful week.

Words and Pictures said...

Fantastic stencilling techniques and beautiful results. A fab finale to the wonderful 3UPing.
Alison xx