Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Fun with Stencils

I'm so happy to share my small art quilts created with Terri's new stencils! This is day 3 of Terri Stegmiller's blog hop celebrating her awesome new line of stencils! I hope you'll follow along each day and see lots of great art projects using her stencils -- 8 days of art and 14 stencils!

 
Voyage, 10 x 7.75 inches
 
Passage, 9.75 x 8 inches

I was thrilled when my stencils arrived. Did Terri pick these just for me? If so, she was spot on! I got the Spinners and Waves patterns.


I knew I wanted to create two small art quilts to show off the diversity and graceful designs of the stencils. I also knew I wanted to use a neutral color palette. So I pulled out a stack of fabrics.

This is way more than I need for two small fabric collages, but it's inspiring!

I thought it would be interesting to try the stencils on felt. So, here I sliced a piece of black felt and went to work.

Here's a detail of the finished stencil on felt with added embroidery. It's tough to photograph felt... it absorbs so much light. Even tougher to get a good image of black felt!

I added just a tiny bit of black outline to some sections of this stencil and a few dots which tie in to the dots on the "waves" stencil.

I used acrylic paint right out of the bottle. I love the additional layer of texture and body that paint can add and it has great consistency to use with stencils. Nice clean lines! I also use a spouncer sponge/brush to dab the paint through the stencils.


I kept painting and playing and experimenting with various colors and fabrics until I had a stack of options to use in building my collages.


After the background of the collages was mostly composed and stitched, I used a white gel pen and outlined the spinner stencil to add layers of detail.  This is a great way to use stencils -- and somewhat unexpected.


Here's the finished detail. I especially loved twisting and turning and overlapping the stencils.

Stencils play so well with all kinds of other elements... commercial fabrics, embroidery, original surface designs and machine stitching.


Now, you are really itching to use some stencil in your work, right? Here's your chance to win your own set of the two stencils that I used here.  To be eligible to win you must provide contact information if you don't have your email associated with your comment ID. Leave comments over the next week and I'll announce the winner of January 29.

And also be sure to visit all the other artists participating in the Stencil Blog Hop.  You can enter for more chances to win some of Terri's great stencils.

Blog Hop Schedule:
Sunday, Jan. 20 (Kickoff) - Terri Stegmiller
Monday, Jan. 21 - Leslie McNeil
Tuesday, Jan. 22 - Deborah Boschert (That's me! You're here!)
Wednesday, Jan. 23 - Margaret Applin
Thursday, Jan. 24 - Brenda Gael Smith
Friday, Jan. 25 - Vicki Welsh
Saturday, Jan. 26 - LuAnn Kessi
Sunday, Jan. 27 - Sue Bleiweiss

Find Terri's stencils online at Stencil Girl Products.

81 comments:

patchouli moon studio said...

I love those stencils. I would love a chance to win, thanks.

Nancy Lee said...

Wonderful! I just got a new sewing machine. Would LOVE FREE stencils!!
lol

kathy said...

So nice, Deborah. This is so interesting to look at, so many areas to study.

This Dog's Mom said...

Your work is delightful! Thanks for the opportunity to win the stencils.

Kristin L said...

Super classy (but you knew already that I like them). Your work and Terri's compliment each other nicely. :-)

carol said...

I enjoyed seeing the unique ways you used the stencils.

Deb Levy said...

Wonderful Deborah! I love that you show how stencils can make a big impact without being in your face; sometimes subtle is best.

Linda Germain said...

Thanks for sharing. I would really enjoy the stencils

Jane said...

As always, I am so inspired by your work. Truly love it!
The stencils look wonderful with your style! Would love to try my hand with them!

Gill said...

Thank you for showing us what you did with your stencils! I would love to try some!

Linda Strowbridge said...

This is a lovely, sophisticated use of the stencils, Deborah. I love the outlining of the stencil's lines in pen on the background fabric.

tesuque said...

Interesting to see a small segment of the stencil featured in a piece.

Tonya Littmann said...

very nice! Thank you for all the great photos.
And thank you for the opportunity to win!!

Quiltbug said...

I liked the idea of using a white gel pen with the stencils. I would love to win

LynneP said...

Loved what you did with the stencils...especially the Waves used vertically! Thanks for the chance to win.

LynneP said...

I commented on Facebook but don't know if done correctly :) Not very knowledgeable about FB.

Love you blog-read it regularly. Thanks for the inspiration! And thanks for the chance to win stencils.

Anonymous said...

I love your work. I need to step out of my "traditional" box.


jeri
jcleveland03@comcast.net

Joan said...

The stitching details you add are wonderful - simple, minimal, elegant. As another reader commented, there's a lot to see and learn from.

marsha said...

love both the stencils, and also what you did with them

Sheila said...

Very interesting and beautiful way to use the stencils , I would be thrilled to win , thanks for the chance.

Unknown said...

Love the different ways you each have to use these different stencils. -Sharon

Janet procure said...

Beautiful use of the stencils - love how you made them your own. Please enter me to win. w hxww.jprocure.blogspot.ca

Kathy Mayhew said...

Love, love, love the spinners.

Gunilla.B said...

So fun to see what you done with the stencils, wonderful! I should really love to win a set!

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

Love these stencils and what you have created with them. Another tool I must have, so glad I found Terry's FB page this morning. Thanks for being a part of this blog hop.
forbesrj@shaw.ca

sophie said...

Those two stencil designs do seem perfect for your quilting style--I love the ways you used them in your two pieces.

Donna said...

I enjoyed seeing what you did with these fun stencils. I would love to win so I can have fun with them too.
Have a fabulous day!
D~~~~

Laceflower said...

I'm loving this blog hop, discovering such new-to-me talent. I am inspired by your restrained use of the stencils. Two very interesting pieces and lovely pieces.

Bev Longford said...

These stencils designs are simply elegant and you have used them in a lovely way. Bev Longford

Margaret said...

really nice. love how you used the stencil. makes me what to try it
Thanks for the give away

Candy said...

I love how you used the stencils to do outlines. Very cool. The stencils are all beautiful. Thanks
C

Teresa in Music City said...

Wow! I love what you did with your stencils! I'd really like to play with them too :*) Hoping I win!

kathisgardenart said...

I love your choice of neutrals and earth tones, love the stencils too!

elle said...

Wow, I never thought of felt. Excellent examples and a good tutorial. Thanks

Jennifer Scantlebury Vienneau said...

I can see so much potential in that wave stencil! This blog hop is a great idea. So interesting to see how you have used the stencils in your pieces.

tisme said...

I love what you did with those stencils. I think the swirls are my favorite stencil so far. I like using the pounce effect on my work, but gonna have to try out the spray and then using the overspray too.
Thanks for experimenting and showing us your ways.

Judith said...

Sew Lovely! Fun idea to use stencils on fabric and felt. Thanks for sharing...Judith, Texas

Jane Prater said...

Love the organic lines. You used them so wonderfully simply. Great.

Imzadi said...

I like how you cut apart the designs, layered and assembled them. Nice job!

Imzadi said...

I like how you used the designs individually, then layered & assembled them. Nice work!

Del said...

It is always interesting to see what new ideas you come up with. Great new direction.

KelQuiltz said...

Lovely and elegant use of the stencils... Really nice and clean.

thanks for sharing your blog and for the opportunity to win some stencils as well! :-)

deborah wolff said...

All this stencil art is so inspiring, would love to win some stencils!
Debby

Mary C. Nasser said...

Deborah,
Your textile art is brilliant!
I absolutely love it!

Createology said...

Your mini quilt is stunning. I love how you have used Terri's wonderful stencils in your art. So many layers and variations and detail elements yet they all work together and marry so well. Stitching Bliss. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

rvquilter said...

Thank you for giving me more ideas, too many to keep up!

Carol said...

What wonderful tips/tricks you shared about how to use the stencils! I'm just getting started and purcahsed a few of Terri's stencils earlier. I'll have to try the gel pen idea... so fun!

Cheers,
Carol
carolreaton@comcast.net

Nina Marie said...

wow - these are lovely!

SeeingStars said...

I really like the waves stencil! It's fun seeing what various artists are doing with these tools. Thank you for hosting a giveaway here. What fun. :)

patty a. said...

I really like these stencils and what you did with them. So many techniques from just two stencils! If I don't win these I am going to have to buy them!

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

These are very interesting! I like the results.

Franki Kohler said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing your process. Great stencils!

Anonymous said...

It would be great to have a set of stencils! Your art is amazing.

Michelle MMMM4 said...

These are really nice, I'd love to get my hands on a couple. ;)

Angela Grasse said...

Love it! Such a cool idea!

Connie said...

Beautiful work and what neat stencils! I would love to win some thanks!

Sandy Chavez said...

I love these simple yet very effective stencils and your use of a neutral pallet to highlight them was spot on, almost Asian in its simple elegance. Thank you.

Renate said...

Your pieces are so stunning. I especially like how you incorporate various textures along with stitchery. You seem to have a knack for know just how much and where to do the stitching. Your thoughtful use of Teri's stencils demonstrate another way of utilizing just portions of the stencils. Wonderful display.

Jeannie said...

Oh wow! I love that wave pattern on felt. Great idea and your quiltlets turned out fantastic. Terri really did pick great stencils for you. :)

Renee said...

Love the subtleness of colour and line in your pieces!

Kathleen Wilson said...

Love your design and your work. Thanks for sharing.

PatriciaG said...

Love your two small collages. Great use of the stencils.

roadie said...

You received two of my favorites of Terri's stencils - they are fairly generic, which allows the artist to go wild. Like your neutral color palette!

Michelle Berkey said...

LOVE your collages and the stencils are great! Thanks for the inspiration!

Susanne said...

Love the Spinners and what you created with them!

Diane Perin Hock said...

Deborah, I love what you did with Terri's stencils... especially how you carried the motifs through the quilt in different ways. I just love what you do.

Sandy in CA said...

I'd love to win those stencils. And I really like what you did with them! Thanks for the opportunity.

imquilternity said...

Thank you for sharing how to use these very interesting stencils. Your work is just wonderful and I think the neutral color palette really allows the stencil work to shine.

Julie said...

It is inspiring to see such subtle uses of stencils and also to see the different ways they can be used with paint and stitch. The spinners are so versatile and they are complimented by the wave lines.

Frances Arnold said...

Great stencils and wonderful ideas for using them. Thanks!!

Dotti said...

These stencils fit right in with your style! They would work well with my style as well!

Thearica said...

Your art pieces are fantastic!! I have been wanting to try my hand at stenciling some fabric! Thanks for the chance to win!

El in Oz said...

Great use of the stencils, love the work. Thank you for the chance to win some stencils.

liberal sprinkles said...

I love how you used the stencils, painting, outlining, overlapping and mixing the prints with stitching. Lovely!

grace
liberalsprinkles at gmail dot com

Janny said...

Those stencils are beautiful, thanks for the chance to win.

Sequana said...

I love how you always have so many different ideas to use on such small spaces. Outlining the stencil gives a whole new design.

LynneP said...

Love how you used the waves stencil vertically-my fav! Thanks for the chance to win.

Crickett Hutchinson said...

Enter me too, please! Lovely stencils!

Linda Stokes said...

I enjoy the way you've used these fun stencils in your own style with wonderful results. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Carol C said...

These stencils are wonderful. Everyone is being so creative with them. Thanks for the chance to win.

tropicslady said...

I am especially loving the Waves stencil and I love what you did with them!

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