Posts Tagged ‘stencils’

Nonesuch Moon is an expressive painting using a paper plate for a template, worked on a stretched canvas. Like some of my expressive paintings, it exists no more as the desire to paint portraits of women with moustaches took over and this canvas got repurposed. In order to preserve the lineage of work I do like to take pictures of finished work, even if (or especially if) I think it may only have a short life span. I like this painting and will very likely use this image in my journal at some point if I ever again get a color printer that works. In this way, paintings that no longer exist, whether the canvas was repurposed or the image was sold, can live on for the artist in current work. Be sure to document all your work with either photos or scans, if the work is small enough. Shoot the work at least 300 dpi so that you could have a greeting card or print made, and do a separate image at 72 dpi for the web display. I always keep the original photo in case either “saved” copy (your altered copies) get destroyed. Another idea for photo use of artwork is having a book made. Not as expensive as you might think and great fun to have. Comes in handy when visiting a new gallery or going out on an art date with friends to keep them updated on your progress. Happy painting and happy shooting!


The design for this pretty picture was not mine but Dina Wakley’s, whose class I took on Saturday. In three hours I made this painting and another on stretched canvas. Dina is a good teacher and we used very good supplies which made the project even more enjoyable. This image is on watercolor paper, gesso’d, birds were traced, then overdrawn with Stabilo ALL water soluble pencil (which I LOVE–new go-to tool), painted, stenciled and journaled on. I don’t take very many classes, this was my first art class in many years. Definitely worth the time and funds. Check to see if Dina might be coming to a venue near you.

Another in my Mehndi Hand series, this one done a bit differently. First I stenciled the hand in purple Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paint, then when that dried, I re-stenciled with Golden Light Modeling Paste, using the stencil a smidge off register. This allowed the previous purple image to show instead of covering it up. Then I rubber stamped on the message and used the Sew Stamper tool to put in the crazy quilt inspired zig zag stitch line. Lumiere paint in green provides the background around the hand and I may have used a Distress dauber in chartreuse over top of the modeling paste. On 6″x8″ canvas board, the first background is paper.

Another mehndi hand, this one the classic eye in the palm. Stencil is from Balzar Designs by The Crafter’s Workshop. The stencil has six hand designs on it in this size, and the same designs are available reduced on a separate stencil. Paper foundation to canvas board, Golden Light Modeling Paste thru the stencil to give the image height and texture, then painted with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints. The stitching lines are these awesome little pre-inked stamps called Sew Stamper from We R Memory Keepers that you run along the image where you want the line to appear. They have about half a dozen stitch styles, are easy to use and really give this project a “crazy quilt” vibe. Words were rubber stamped with Staz-On ink, my favorite. I am not affiliated with any of these companies, these are my “go-to” supplies at the moment and I just want to share the info.

This shadowlet appeared on my working counter in the late afternoon one day. The patch of sun was quite small, just big enough to show through the stencils I was using at the time. I got probably half a dozen shots of different images as the sun moved before the opportunity was gone, likely no longer than 15 minutes or so.

There are times in my home during different seasons that shadows appear from the windows onto far walls. Sometimes the shadows are too faint to be picked up well in the photo. You need a pretty strong light source and the other problem capturing these images, as I said before regarding the found birdy, is that the sun moves so quickly that the prime image lasts only a little minute in some cases. Keep your camera handy and watch the walls for interesting shadows, act quickly and you can capture these illusive, fun shadowlets.

Yes, I know it’s supposed to be “a bird in the hand”. It’s Monday a.m. at Chez Getz and life continues in the new normal. There are many more locks on the door today than Saturday and by this evening a contract will be signed for bells, whistles and buttons and that will be another new normal. But all is well, all is well, all is surely well.

This piece is on a new surface for me, an 8×8 hardwood board. I picked this up at Whim So Doodle in St. Pete recently and wondered what it would be like to use, especially compared to my standby, stretched canvas. There are differences, one obvious one is the hardness and inflexibility of the wood compared to canvas, the other in surface texture. I did like the board for stenciling as there was no “give”, which can be a minor problem on stretched canvas during stenciling. Not enough to keep me from doing it but there was more stencil control and a finer image. This image is from The Crafter’s Workshop from Balzar Designs. I pushed Golden’s Light Modeling Paste through the stencil then used Claudine Hellmuth’s Studio Paints over top of the paste when it dried. The rough paisleys are Americana Writer which is an acrylic dimensional paint. The background is paper painted with Claudine’s Studio paints. I swiped white tempera paint all over the board when everything had dried, then sandpapered a lot of the white off to reveal various surfaces previously worked. Then I painted the folk art bird,  which is a cross between an old German fraktur design and a more traditional Indian folk bird. I had trouble with this piece, there are about 6 previously worked designs under this one. I think it was the newness (and preciousness) of the board which is more expensive than my usual 12×12 canvas, but even with all that, I do like the surface and would definitely use this product again.

Get it, digit-al! Wow, is that bad. But this stencil from Crafters Workshop is not, it is detailed and makes a great image. Some of the lustrous quality of this canvas is lost because the scanner can’t pick up metallic well, but it was painted in part with Lumiere metallic paints on a paper background. Pointilism is also in metallic copper-y gold. If I can find something cool in the way of a 3-D object that adds to this piece I will, but for now it is finished.