Stencils have come a long way since the 70’s. At that time they were mainly used on walls and furniture. At some point, using stencils as wall decor became rather – well- tacky.
Who was the artist that decided that stencils could be used in art – either as a layered background or a focal point?
I was never that interested in stencils when I first began dabbling in mixed media art. I collected a few stencils here and there, but my interest really took off when I got my first gelli plate a few years ago Now, I am crazy about my stenciling and probably own WAYYY too many, but I really can’t live without them.
So….I thought I would present a few past and current projects showing off some of my favorite stencil projects.
In cleaning out my closet recently, I came across this pair of very white sneakers. They were just begging to be painted – so I did! Then after I painted the shoes, I painted the laces as well. I used lots of layers: blue and purple fabric spray paint, inexpensive acrylic paint in metallic gold, green and pink, a few stamps and stencils….
These are Balzer Design stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop.
Trying them out for the first time (It’s true, I do have very big feet – it is not an illusion!)
Metal Embossed Box
A few years ago, I took a metal embossing class and really loved the process. This particular piece started out with some metal house flashing, a stencil from Stencil Girl, copper tape, iris blue gilder’s paste and a few metal embossing tools.
The stencil used to create the lid of the box. I would really love to work on more projects like this – metal work fascinates me.
Sunset art journal page
This is how the page started
And how it looked when finished.
After applying a pink and yellow background using homemade water-color sprays, I stenciled half the page with a blue, then flipped it over for a reverse image on the bottom half. I brushed on a little matte medium to help protect the background , some gelatos. and gold Wink of Stella for a shiny sun.
Another Balzer Design from The Crafter’s Workshop. Do you get feeling that I really like Balzer Design stencils?
Rose coffee table-bench
Charlie decided that he wanted to be in the picture as well. Such a diva!
I decided to use an old bench for a coffee table in my living space and found this lovely rose stencil to use as an embellishment at either end. The stencil, from a company called Show-Offs uses a fine mesh for the open parts of the design, much like a silkscreen.
You can see in this close-up how the mesh creates a silkscreen-like stencil. Pretty cool!
Of course I have tons of other projects using stencils. These are just a few that I have been working on lately, or stand out as something kind of special to me.