Monday, September 10

Simon Says: Use More Than One Stencil!

Hello Monday, my friends! I love to use stencils, and that is what this week's challenge is all about at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Our theme is USE MORE THAN ONE STENCIL. Easy Peasy, right?

I was inspired by the wonderful artist Gwen LaFleur, who I had the great fortune to meet on my trip to India last fall. I admire her mixed media work, and all of her lovely stencils at Stencil Girl - many of them inspired by her travels around the globe.

Fly high into the sky and soar on the winds...

I started off in my Dina Wakley Media Journal by scraping on a layer of white gesso. Next, I stenciled with Texture Paste once that was dry. Here, I am using the Boho Birds stencil and the Art Deco Peacock Feathers. I let this dry overnight, only because it was humid.

I wanted to make the background in browns, so chose a couple to splat down, and brush together. Some metallic is always fun. 

I added some other layers into the background with the Art Deco Flower Medallion and Art Deco Peacock Feathers, with the Cherry Red and Terracotta. I still like to sponge my paints into the stencils.

Detail of this step

Next, I am ready to work on the bird, and used several blues to get a nice variation in color.

I decided to add another stencil layer with the Double Denim and Boho Mandala Circle.

I wanted to also add in some stamped designs, and the Henna Patterns from Simon are perfect here. 

Time to add in some spray inks and create even more color and texture. I used Vibrant Turquoise, White Linen, and Gold.

I decided to go in again and stencil a layer of top of all of this with the copper. Love that metallic sheen!

I carefully laid the stencil over the areas I had done with the texture paste, then rubbed the tarnished brass distress crayon through the stencil. I used the heat gun and made it bubble up a bit. 

I did add a bit more with a white pen, and added a shadow to the bird. 

Closeup details...

Stencils are a fantastic tool to work with to add layers and designs, and are great for art journaling, creating a canvas, making cards, adding to fabric...I love how versatile they are!

I hope I've inspired you to join us this week and get out your stencils! I'm looking forward to seeing your creation.
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  1. amazing Maura! really a unique and original piece!

  2. Gorgeous art journal page Maura!! I love the stencilled bird, I thought that was a stamp at first! so beautifully done and I love the shimmer from the metallic paint, very lovely :-)

    hope you have a great week
    Lols x x x

  3. Oh wow Maura, the colours you have created on your page are gorgeous, the stencilled bird is beautiful and I just love all the wonderful texture you created. How lovely to meet up with the talented Gwen too, a treasured memory I am sure! Hugs, Anne xx

  4. Wow! I'm impressed by the way you created this project and by the way you used Gold Distress crayon! This work is fabulous in every way! Barbara

  5. Wow! There is so much work here! I love the final effect, so ethnic and mysterious. LOvely shades of blues and the main bird is fantastic. Hugs, Macarena.

  6. Wow, what an amazing page! I enjoyed following along to see how you made it too, the addition of the gold and copper is stunning 😁. Happy weekend! J 😊 x

  7. beautiful colours on this gorgeous art journal page, so much texture and detail on the background and that gorgeous bird, hugs kath xxx

  8. Wow, Maura! If I had to list one of your many crafty superpowers, it would be stencil utilization! Leave it to me to think of a nerdy-sounding superpower, but the bottom line is that I love seeing the clever ways you utilize supplies...especially stencils!

  9. Love love love the gorgeous colors on this journal page, Maura. The texture you created on the background is so beautiful! :)

  10. What an amazing project you shared with us this week too!!! I love your technique with the stencils....i keep forgetting it!!! Ahhh I love it!

  11. Oh amazing how many layers you've add to your project, Maura! so interesting to see and study it! Hugs, Sandra

  12. This is so beautiful Maura! I love all the layers, the tarnished brass textures and that pretty bird. I've got to get that stencil! Hugs!


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