It is a privilege to participate in Stencil Girl's blog hop today.
Jane LaFazio is one of my favourite online artists. Her sketchbook pages are truly inspiring. So I was keen to play with one of the stencils Jane designed for Stencil Girl.
I chose the sweet gum balls. We had these (or something like them) in our previous garden, and this design makes me think of all the wonderful things to be discovered and explored in that garden.
During our screenprinting workshop last week, as we talked about making stencils, someone asked whether you could use bought stencils to screenprint. I was glad she asked, as I had this stencil on hand ready to try out with a silkscreen in a quiet moment during the day. Unfortunately, the red print I made during the workshop was unsuccessful. Although very thin, the material from which the stencil is cut is still a bit thicker than paper, making it more difficult to get a clean print.
The idea didn't let go though, so this week I tried again, with some of my opaque textile paint, which is thicker than what I'd used earlier. Much better. It was more difficult to get a clean print than if I'd used a paper stencil, but I sure wouldn't want to have to cut out a stencil as detailed as this by hand. (I added strips of paper around the edge of the stencil, to stop the paint spilling past the stencil during the printing process). I look forward to trying out more stencils in this way.
The sweet gum balls design is perfect for adding texture to a design. I also tried to add some yellow highlights to my little pieced quilt by dabbing paint through just a few of the sweet gum balls. As much as I liked this idea, the paint I used didn't show up so well – should have used opaque paint!
I love cutting up and mixing together my accumulation of handmade prints. This little quilt remains unfinished. I'm considering cropping it but am not sure on the best composition yet. Maybe I'll even make the new cover that my daughter has been requesting for her Psalm Book. Which ever way I go with it, I'm sure there will be a bit more stitching and embroidery before it's complete. I am, however, so happy with the screenprinted texture that this stencil provided for this little piece.
Thank you, Stencil Girl, for the opportunity to play. And Jane, I love this design – I'll definitely be using it again in my art making!
Be sure to pop over to see what Debora Boschert has made now.
Also, StencilGirl Products is giving away a prize on their blog StencilGirl Talk. Comment on any of the blog hop posts to enter. The giveaway will close on Monday, November 11, 2013 @ 11:59 PM Central Time.
Blog Hop Order
Mary Beth Shaw
Jenny Lee Cochran
Helen Shafer Garcia
Leslie Tucker Jenison
Ruth de Vos
Mary C. Nasser