Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Artistcellar Quasi-Crystals Series Stencils

Hello, it's Tuesday so I will be doing a mini tutorial showing the new Artistcellar stencil series called Quasi-Crystals.


 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 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.com
April 19 – Guadalupe Brizuela Cabal http://guadasartplace.blogspot.com.ar

6 comments:

  1. Great process tut. Your card looks amazing! I love that color mix and your design is so cute. Hooray for re-purposing too.

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  2. I knew this would be a beauty.

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  3. I love these-they have a Kaleidoscope look-how fabulous! Your posts always inspire me~

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  4. Just wonderful backgrounds, Renee! It is oftentimes difficult to imagine what can be done with a stencil, so this tutorial opened my eyes to the possibilities. Love seeing the Stampotique stamp in your art!

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  5. Fab tag Renee! Love the pop dots and the mermie and your colors and well, everything about this! And thank you for the tut- always fun to know how you achieve the final awesomeness! hugs

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  6. Love the stenciled background with all the color! Very cool! Beautiful project!

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