Mixed-Media Stencil Techniques by Traci Bautista

January 22nd, 2015

Traci Bautista Collection



As someone who is pretty new to the world of stenciling, I have to admit that I was a bit intimidated by the process. It seems like it’s would be easy for paint or ink to bleed through and ruin the image that’s being created — but that’s just the perfectionist in me talking. After watching this video by Traci Bautista, where she breaks down 6 unique techniques for working with stencils, I was definitely ready to give it a try. What’s helpful about this video is seeing the ease with which Traci works with colors, and how she transitions between using a stencil and then flipping it over and using the excess paint and ink to create a mask. She plays with positive and negative spaces with a lot of freedom, and her particular style has a lot to offer both novice and experienced stencil enthusiasts.

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Techniques Featured in this Video:

Black Gesso Prints – A little black gesso goes a long way when used with Traci’s Floral 2 Stencil. This technique is a fabulous way to showcase the bright and vibrant colors of a background by introducing black outlines.

Dyed Paper Towel Prints – Create beautifully textured prints with generous amounts of acrylic paint, a two-ply paper towel, and a brayer.

Stencil Prints – With this technique, you can create a stunning layered print by stenciling with paint, spraying with ink, and then pressing a fresh piece of paper onto the design. The end result is gorgeous multi-colored print.

White Resist Prints – After creating a colorful stenciled background, Traci uses acrylic paint and a foam brayer to add portions of white. She does this while her first layer of paint is still wet, which allows the colors to mix.

Monoprint Acrylic Skins – Paint over a transparent document protector and then set your stencil down on the wet paint. Once the paint dries, you can remove the stencil and you’ll be left with a beautiful skin that showcases the details of your stencil.

Stamping + Masking with Stencils – Spray a little water over a stencil design to reactive the dried paint, and then press a fresh piece of paper over it to create a ghost print.  You can also paint or spray directly onto a stencil and use another piece of paper to pick up the extra paint that’s on the top of the stencil.

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Thank you Traci for such an amazing video! To pick up even more inspiring tutorials and projects from this talented artist, be sure to stop by our brand-new Artist Collection. Find everything from Traci’s books to her creative stencil designs, and unique stamps.

Traci Bautista is a mixed media artist, designer, teacher, and author of the bestselling book, “Doodles Unleashed,” and her recent release, “Printmaking Unleashed.” Her art has been featured in over 15 art and mixed-media books and 40 craft magazines, including Somerset Studio, Altered Couture, Where Women Create, Art Journaling, Art Quilting Studio, Belle Armoire, and Somerset Digital Studio.

To learn about this extraordinary artist visit her on her blog, Creativity Unleashed.

 

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As someone who is pretty new to the world of stenciling, I have to admit that I was a bit intimidated by the process. It seems like it’s would be easy for paint or ink to bleed through and ruin the image that’s being created — but that’s just the perfectionist in me talking. After […]

Love Jars: A Valentine’s Day Project

January 19th, 2015

Love Jards



It’s easy to make a unique and personalized Valentine’s Day gift when you’re inspired, even if you’re short on time. To make these love jars, you just need a bit washi tape and some chalk journal note cards by Prima Marketing. Using chalk or a white pen, you can then write a short and endearing message to your valentine that’s sure to make your special-someone feel extra special. Fill up the spice jars with a yummy treat, and voilà — you’ll have darling set of valentines to give to a dear friend or a beloved partner.

 

Love Jars Project Materials:

Prima Marketing Every Day Vintage – Chalk Journal Note Cards One
Washi Tape – Geometric Fins Black
Washi Tape – Musical Notes
Washi Tape Solid Black
Scissors
Ranger Ink Dina Wakley Media Gel Medium
Round Black Lid Spice Jars – Set of 3
Faber-Castell Mix & Match Stamper’s Big Brush Pen White

 

Love Jars



Love Jars Project Tutorial

Step 1 – Start by washing out your spice jars. We noticed there was a little dust in ours, so we cleaned them out — especially since food was going inside.

Step 2 – Once your jars are clean and dry, select two washi tapes to use. We wanted a unique and unexpected color palette, so we used a solid black washi tape with a set of complimentary black-and-white patterned tapes.

Step 3 – The Prime Marketing chalk journal note cards are a little too big for the jars, so we had to cut ours down to fit properly. The note cards are really elaborate, and they have a great vintage feel to them! It’s easy to select a portion and cut out a label without losing too many of the details. Remember to save your scraps of paper, these bits and pieces are great for mixed-media projects.

Step 4 – Next, brush some gel medium along the back of your labels and securely adhere them to your jars. We used a little washi tape to make sure the label was pressed flat against the jar until the gel medium dried. When the label is securely glued to the jar, pull your extra washi tape off gently to avoid ripping the label.

Step 5 – Use chalk or a white pen to write a sweet message on your label. You can personalize each love jar with a name or a special message. If you use chalk, you can easily erase the message and write something new. If you want something permanent, use a white pen.

Step 6 – Fill your love jars with a sweet treat. To pull in the normal Valentine’s Day colors, we decided to use some pink, white, and red M&M’s, but you can use whatever you like and whatever fits.

 

Love Jars



Everything You Need to Create Unique Valentines

Valentine's Day Collection We’ve gathered our favorite love-themed products, including romantic papers, delightful embellishments, and much more, to help you get a jump on all your Valentine’s Day projects. We’ve also selected more than 30 projects from The Studio, including decorations, handmade cards, gift boxes, and even wearable items, so you can share sweet sentiments with everyone you love.

Click here to visit our Valentine’s Day Collection.



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It’s easy to make a unique and personalized Valentine’s Day gift when you’re inspired, even if you’re short on time. To make these love jars, you just need a bit washi tape and some chalk journal note cards by Prima Marketing. Using chalk or a white pen, you can then write a short and endearing […]

Hearts of a Different Color Challenge Results + Giveaway

January 15th, 2015

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I love pink — in all hues and in any shape, but even I get burnt out on the sea of red, white, and pink that takes over stores first thing in January. As soon as the New Year arrives, chocolate hearts wrapped in pink-foil and silk roses all start to fill the aisles. And who doesn’t love Valentine’s Day? I have fond memories of trading valentines when I was in elementary school, and of sharing good meals with great friends now that I am adult. Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers!

However, this special day does feel like one of the more repressive holidays. While pink and white are appropriate colors for sure, most stores seem unable or perhaps unwilling to step beyond that color palette. That’s probably why I enjoyed the results of our Hearts of a Different Color Challenge, which is currently being featured in the winter 2015 issue of The Stampers’ Sampler. Editor Devon Warren challenged readers to create Valentine’s Day cards that utilize unique and unexpected colors and elements. There was such a huge outpouring of creativity that we now have over 20 pages showcasing the stunning results.

I wish I could show you every single card that was included in the challenge, but we don’t have enough space. So instead, I flipped through the pages and built a mini rainbow collection of Valentine’s Day cards. Hopefully these images will inspire you to venture out of your comfort zone, but if you’re just a die-hard fan of pink, white, and red, then at the very least these creative cards will definitely help you bring some new elements into your own creations. Check out the newest issue in person to see all the challenge results and for details on how to replicate the looks.

Also, don’t forget to pin your favorite for a chance to win one of three free copies of The Stampers’ Sampler. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the post for details on how to participate in our giveaway!

 

Hearts of a Different Color

Hearts of a Different Color - Red



Grace by Marge McGuire

This red and purple card features corrugated cardstock, a stamp with the definition of the word heart, and the interesting use of beads and brass wire.

Hearts of a Different Color - Orange



Be My Valentine by Kim Sears

The layered look of this card was achieved with cut out cardstock, stencils, stamps, and a tiny ribbon. The heart stamp itself almost resembles a Fabergé egg!

Hearts of a Different Color - Yellow



Love Garden by Shari Frost-Job

This garden of love was created with mulberry paper, heart stamps, and a cleverly attached green brad. The washi tape embellishment across the bottom is a nice touch, and the distressing on the mulberry paper adds depth to the background.

Hearts of a Different Color - Green



You Make Me Happy by Sharon Bruner

This card looks like a mini-collage! With multiple layers of paper and images, and even some sewing elements, there’s a lot to look at on this little card, but the message is delivered loud and clear.

Hearts of a Different Color - Blue/Green



Sincere Feelings by Marge McGuire

The peacock colors on this card make it truly stunning. Even with the use of four overlaying hearts, this still feels distinctly unique from the normal run-of-the-mill Valentine’s Day cards. For this card, Marge used some die-cut hearts, heat-embossing, and stamps.

Hearts of a Different Color - Blue



Love Is by Kim Ross

Love is a great many things! This card encompasses so many positive messages in one tiny stamp that all the open, white space really works. The tiny embellishments on the corner are unique and manage to fit with the patterned papers used along the edges of the card.

Hearts of a Different Color - Purple



Passport to Love by Shari Frost-Job

What better way to express your love and appreciation for someone than with music? This card features torn pieces of music sheets, a bit of ribbon, and a lovely heart stamp.

Hearts of a Different Color - Black



Hugs & Kisses by Bobbie Porter

This card is an embossers dream. It features dry-embossed cardstock and a beautiful silver and black heat-embossed heart. While this color palette strays pretty far from the normal pink, white, and read—it’s still a very elegant and romantic card.

 

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  1. From the images featured above “Pin” your favorite.
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See all the Results of our Hearts of a Different Color Challenge

1SAM-1501-The Stampers-Sampler-Winter-2015-600x600If you want to see all of the beautiful cards that were featured in our Hearts of a Different Color Challenge then don’t forget to pick up a copy of The Stampers’ Sampler. Also, because you saw it here [On the Blog], you get a special $5 discount on this fabulous January issue.

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I love pink — in all hues and in any shape, but even I get burnt out on the sea of red, white, and pink that takes over stores first thing in January. As soon as the New Year arrives, chocolate hearts wrapped in pink-foil and silk roses all start to fill the aisles. And […]

Free Article Download: Little Book of Encouragement by Mary Walden

January 12th, 2015

Mary Walden Artwork



“If you don’t have a lot of time at one stretch to work on creating, this is a good project. You can plan one page at a time, sew them later, and assemble them even later. Using 15 minutes here and there can be time well spent. None of us ever has enough time to create!”

~Mary Walden from the pages of Sew Somerset; Click here to read the full article.

Most of us probably don’t have as much time as we would like, probably even less to just sit and be creative. But that doesn’t mean we don’t try! From painting to stamping, to sewing and gluing, we find ways to express ourselves. And while we may try to clear up a few hours a here and there to pursue our artistic passions, Mary Walden’s project is a great way to keep our creativity going throughout our busy days.

This little book of encouragement is made out of bits and pieces of fabric, scraps of paper, and doilies and lace. It’s held together with some basic sewing techniques, and the book itself get’s assembled with binder rings. Each page can be seen as a mini projects, with all of the steps being broken down into 15 minute intervals. Challenge yourself to make your own little book of encouragements throughout a week or a month, and see what you come up with!

Click here to download the free article, “Little Book of Encouragement,” by Mary Walden that originally appeared in the summer 2011 issue of Sew Somerset.

 

Want Even More Inspiration?

1SOM-SEW1102-Sew-Somerset-Summer-2011-300x300This oldie is definitely a goodie! The summer 2011 issue of Sew Somerset features some uniquely stitched shadowboxes and embroidery hoops by Cindy Steiler. You’ll also find an artful cover idea for your iPad inspired by Ruth Rae, plus cool cuffs by Jen Swift.



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“If you don’t have a lot of time at one stretch to work on creating, this is a good project. You can plan one page at a time, sew them later, and assemble them even later. Using 15 minutes here and there can be time well spent. None of us ever has enough time to […]

Making a Positive Out of a Negative Project: Stamping Project by Christen Hammons

January 8th, 2015

Making a Positive Out of a Negative Project: 3 Cards



You may think the card-giving season is over, but we disagree. There’s always a special occasion to send out a thoughtful, greeting card to a friend or family member, and if there isn’t — then make one up! And don’t forget that now’s the perfect time to send out Thank You cards for all those wonderful gifts and warm wishes that you got over the holidays.

This unique card project by our Editor-in-Chief and Director of Publishing, Christen Hammons, showcases an interesting use of negative space. Even the name of the project is full of inspiration! So grab your cardstock, your stamps, and your favorite inks — and learn how to make a positive out of a negative.

Making a Positive Out of a Negative Project Materials:

Dina Wakley Reversed Grunge Growth Stamp
Christine Adolph’s Collage Cube
Card Stock
Stamping Ink
Pencil
-Self-Inking 7gypsies Circle Stamp

Making a Positive Out of a Negative Project by Christen Hammons

Any avid rubber stamper knows that there are just some stamps you have to have. Sure, you have no idea how you’re going to use them, but they still wind up in your shopping cart. Then they sit on your art table gathering dust.

That’s how it was when I bought this “reverse” stamp by Dina Wakley. All of the other designs from the collection were stamped right away, but there were a couple I didn’t know quite what to do with. After talking with several employees here at Stampington, I realized that both stamps had large areas of negative space. Our President, Kellene Giloff, urged me to find an interesting way to spotlight the negative space.

Making a Positive Out of a Negative Project: Honeycomb design

Step 1 – I typically use stamps for texture, so the larger sections of solid color were throwing me off until I began playing around with the stamps. I started by inking the Reversed Grunge Growth stamp; then I pressed the honeycomb stamp from Christine Adolph’s Collage Cube onto the solid section. To get the desired effect, make sure you keep the honeycomb stamp dry, so that it can pull/dilute the ink that’s already on the solid section of the Reserves Grunge Growth stamp.

Step 2 – To finish, I stamped Reversed Grunge Growth onto cardstock. The honeycomb texture added a nice effect, making it appear as if I added my own collaged layer.

Making a Positive Out of a Negative Project: Different Color Ink

Step 3 – Next, I inked the Reversed Grunge Growth stamp again, but this time I stamped a self-inking 7gypsies circle stamp randomly onto the solid space. This added a different color and an extra touch of depth to my layers. When I stamped Reversed Grunge Growth, the circles appeared in the negative space, creating a nice, textured look.

Making a Positive Out of a Negative Project: Journaling

Step 4 – Finally, I simply used some of the negative space to journal on.

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Please join me in thanking Christen Hammons for providing us with such a fun project. There really are so many unique ways to use stamps and more so when the stamp itself has such interesting elements. However, the most important lesson I took away from these little cards is that no matter how intimidating a new product or project might be, you should always meet challenges with curiosity and positivity! After all, who knows what wonderful new techniques you can learn or even develop on your own?

 

We Want to Hear From You

In art, it’s always fun and challenging to work with negative space. We want to know how you do it. Do you have your own method for adding a bit of interest to stamps that have large negative spaces or do you try to avoid them altogether?

 

Even More Free Projects

PROJ-0908-200x200Join us in The Studio and find countless ideas for making cards, gifts, jewelry, artful décor, and mixed-media projects, along with clear step-by-step instructions and detailed photographs for each sample shown.

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You may think the card-giving season is over, but we disagree. There’s always a special occasion to send out a thoughtful, greeting card to a friend or family member, and if there isn’t — then make one up! And don’t forget that now’s the perfect time to send out Thank You cards for all those […]