Monday, July 27, 2020

A to Z StencilGirl® Art Journal Collaboration & Challenge

Hello all of my crafty friends!  With all of the challenges in the world right now, hope all is well with you.

Here is a short blog post of a collaboration/challenge that Tina Walker created for StencilGirl®. Everyone picked a "topic" for a Journal from A to Z. Every letter had to represent something from that topic.  I picked "Cities".

I picked Cities that started with each letter of the alphabet.  I tried not to repeat countries, but that proved to be difficult. I chose an image from that city as a backdrop to my page which was stenciled with anywhere from 1 to 3 stencils. A couple of the images I used actual photos that I was fortunate enough to be able to take myself.  I then created covers and hand-stitched it.  As you can see it ended up being quite the chunky "little" book.

Enjoy the photos of my book and check out the StencilGirl® Blog for the other participants.

Take care!

Monday, April 27, 2020

Rainy Day StencilGirl® Collaboration and Challenge

Hello everyone!  It's been quite awhile!  As you know, life gets in the way sometimes of our artsy creations.  When Tina Walker sent the word out of a new collaboration a few months back, I was all over it!  This one immediately got the juices flowing on all kinds of possibilities.

Using an umbrella (any kind of umbrella), alter it and use StencilGirl® stencils.  This was one of those challenges where I had a difficult time getting the ideas from my head "onto paper".  Anything that "could" go wrong "did" go wrong.  But in the end I LOVE it and it proudly hangs in my family room.

First thing I did was de-construct the umbrella, taking the handle and frame off of the fabric.  I gave the fabric a quick coat of clear gesso so that the paint would have something to adhere to. I gathered 5 or 6 springy colors of acrylic paint and some stencils (in the end I used 13 stencils) and began covering the umbrella.

I knew I wanted to cut the fabric in some sort of fashion so I grabbed a circular stencil and in opposite sections of the umbrella, penciled in the circles and cut them out.  I gathered similar colored embroidery floss (to that of the paint) and began sewing the floss onto the umbrella.

There were two other opposite sections that I cut out irregular 'X' from a stencil and tried the same technique, but it did NOT work the way I wanted to.  So I grabbed a piece of white felt and applied paint through that stencil onto the felt.  After it was dry, I cut them out and sewed the shapes over the cutout 'X' shapes on the umbrella.  Problem solved!

I added wire to the back to give it that 3D umbrella look and I wired it to a 38" x 38" wooden frame that I created (with the hubby's help). The last thing I did was take part of the original umbrella frame and cut off four of the arms and the handle and glued the handle to the remaining attached two arms.  When that was dry, I drilled a hole in the top of the frame for the armature to sit in.  Added glue to the hole and placed the armature in the hole.  For extra support I wired the armature to the frame.

Can I just say how happy I was that this project was done?!? I hope you enjoy my final project pictures below!  I have also listed all of the stencils I used below.

Stencils used:

Visit the StencilGirl blog post to see all of the projects.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, July 22, 2019

Wish Flag Collaboration

Hello everyone!  Today I'm sharing another collaboration using StencilGirl® stencils initiated by Tina Walker.  Our flag(s) could be made of anything and be as big or small as we wanted.  Mine is made of muslin, cotton batting and assorted ribbons and fabric.  

I tore 10, 6x8 pieces of muslin and cut 5 pieces of cotton batting. I applied white gesso through stencil L550 'Thicket Background'. I grabbed a couple of scrap pieces of muslin and a stencil from the February 2018 stencil club.  I sprayed some dye ink through the stencil onto 1 piece of muslin and printed on another piece of muslin with the excess spray from the stencil.

While those were drying, I applied 1 of 5 different acrylic paints through L676 'Longwood Florals stencil', L422 'Herbs stencil', L594 'Thistle' through 5 of the 6x8 pieces of muslin.  I wanted some "edging" so I applied paint through stencils from October 2018 and December 2017 stencil club in the corners.  While the paint was drying, I gathered some scrap ribbons and fabrics to make some "tails" for my flags.  I knew I wanted some sort of quote on the flags so I grabbed some quotes that I had stamped on some muslin quite awhile ago.

Once everything was dry, I used the same stencil L550 'Thicket Background' and applied pan pastels through the stencil randomly over the white spaces.  Since I wasn't sure if I was going to be hanging this outside, I sprayed all of the flags with a spray fixative so that everything stayed in place.

I sewed on my quotes, then pinned together the muslin with the cotton batting and another piece of muslin. I pinned my tails on the bottom in between the muslin and cotton batting. After everything was pinned up, I sewed around the flags twice with some turquoise thread.

Then I dug through my stash of sari ribbon and found the perfect color of turquoise to hang my flags from.  See below for photos of my beautiful Wish Flags.

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Monday, May 27, 2019

The Serendipitous Slipper Challenge

Hello my creative friends!  It's been awhile!  Today I am blogging about another collaboration.  I can always count on Tina Walker to gather a group of artsy people for a challenge that really makes you think out of the box.

This collaboration/challenge revolved around those "disposable" slippers you get when you go to the spa (I bought a package of 12).  When thinking of what type of project I wanted to do, I couldn't decide between two, so I made both!  Here is what the slippers looked like before deconstructing them.

My "secondary" project was to make a tote. The tote was constructed of washed raw canvas (duck cloth).  After cutting the slippers apart, I dyed a couple of the fabric parts of the slippers in tumeric with sprinkles of instant coffee. I dyed some smaller shapes in acrylic ink.  After everything was dry, I stenciled on shapes with acrylic paint.  I knew I wanted to incorporate the soles of the slippers, so I dabbed some acrylic paint on them and after they were dry, randomly sanded them to show the pattern on the sole.

I machine sewed all of the fabric pieces onto the tote and hand stitched the sole pieces on, then added more hand stitching all over.  I added a cross body shoulder strap made of cotton roping.

My "main" project was a book made after dyeing the fabric with inks, dyes and sprays and machine sewing pieces back to back. I added scraps of ephemera, fabric, paper and embellishments with photos of flowers and plants.

I hope you enjoyed these projects as much as I enjoyed creating them.  I especially love the book!

Here are some of the other projects people created: