I've been playing with these for days and I'm amazed at what a beautiful background can be made by using not just one but two of these stencils. Here is what I made for today, it's a card but it could have been a tag. I'll show you the finished project and if you're interested in the tutorial just read on.
I started with this stencil called Quasi and some Pan Pastels in greens, yellow ochre and blues. I taped the stencil down on a piece of watercolor paper using some washi tape and applied the pastels.
When I liked the look I had achieved, I set the pastels with a spray on fixative. Next I tore the top and bottom edges and applied more of the darker green pastel. The next stencil from the series of four that I used was this one, it's called Penrose:
I applied white gesso on top of the Pan Pastels so that the piece I was gluing on top would stand out.
I decided to add some pop dots to the paper to simulate bubbles and then applied blue and green glitter to them. I also stamped some circles from Dina Wakley's new stamps and some lines from a Hampton Art stamp. I am using a lot of items from my stash lately and this was no exception. I pulled my "Mermaid in a Bottle" tag out of a box of old projects and glued a message in a tiny bottle onto her long, slender Stampotique hands.
I added another stamped message that says "just a note" on top of the "sunshine & seashells" message and did a few rub-ons from Tim Holtz's collection warning that it was Fragile Glass. This was a great way not only to play with my new stencils but also to re-purpose old discarded projects.
I was inspired by the Artistcellar new stencils but also by the altered Bottle art work on display at the Craft Stampers Take It, Make It Challenge. I hope you will check out the Artistcellar blog and see the other fabulous creations made by the rest of the members of the design team. There is also a blog hop taking place that you can participate in. Who knows maybe you'll win a fabulous prize! In the meantime, thanks for stopping by, take care ~ Renee
April 12 – Lisa Cousineau http://www.artistcellar.com/wp
April 13 – Chris Cozen http://chriscozenartist.typepad.com/my-blog/
April 14 – Lynn Krawczyk http://smudgedtextilesstudio.com/blog/
April 15 – Effy Wild www.effywild.com
April 16 – Jill K Berry http://jillberrydesign.com/blog
April 17 – Carmen Whitehead www.serendipitystudiobycw.blogspot.com
April 18 - Lea Cioci www.leacioci.blogspot.comApril 19 – Guadalupe Brizuela Cabal http://guadasartplace.blogspot.com.ar