Friday, August 1, 2014

Mixed Media Challenge - August: Texture through Stencils

I am a stencil addict! I have so many already, but just can't stop buying them. I used to think stencils were only used for paint, but after seeing Christy Tomlinson use modeling paste through stencils, I decided I'd better give that a try! So I purchased some and never looked back.
A bit after that, I found out the wonders of super heavy gel medium, a favorite of Finnabair's. I actually use that a lot more. I bought a jar on Amazon, and at the time, the 32-oz wasn't much more expensive than a 16-oz, so I asked Jay what I should do (I couldn't possibly use 32-oz of it!!) but he told me to buy the big one. So I did, and I am glad I did, since I have used over half of it in the past year, and it's still good.

Anyways, my point is that this is one of my favorite things to do, add texture to a project using modeling paste or heavy gel. There are so many products on the market right now that I have yet to try, too--embossing paste, texture paste, etc.

Here's my project using some modeling paste through a checkboard stencil:
It's actually done on a 6x6 block of wood. I went to Lowe's and asked the man to cut up a 2x6 into 6-in squares and he though I was crazy. But I got myself 6 6in square "canvases" for a fraction of the price of real canvases (I think the total was like $3 for all of them, since it was a "messed up" piece of wood, I forget what they called it, but it was cheap), so I was elated!

So I hope you will join us!
Our sponsor this month is Eclectic Paperie and they are giving away a $25 gift certificate to the winner!

I really hope you will join us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!


Lynn K said...

Beautiful project Lynn. I love that it's on a wood block and the texture you achieved with the stencil is awesome!! Gorgeous colors as well!!

Donna B. said...

Beautiful canvas Lynn!! Love that you used the wood. I just picked some pieces up at a construction site down the street and I plan to start using them. Love how you added texture with the checkerboard stencil!

Pamellia said...

WOW, all those wonderful colours! I was just transported to a summery field in a fantasy film!! This is just gorgeous! :)

Linda Kunsman said...

Great project and of course I love those vibrant colors!! I'm lucky that I have my hubby to cut up wood blocks and things for me since he is a woodcrafter by trade.

Rachel said...

I really love your wood block lynn. The colors are lovely and the dimension is amazing!

Caroline said...

Saw this in the fb page & had to seek it out! I use heavy mount board donated by my lively mother & cut it to size I need! Saves my canvases for gift projects. ..
Your piece is absolutely stunning! Lots of yummy texture & vibrancy, luurvve yr flower too, do u have a tutorial of how u did this? Tfs yr gorgeous creation!

crafty creations said...

Lynn this is just amazing - the texture the colour everything I too used offcuts for one of my pieces that I have linked

Have a great day

Hilda x

Far North said...

WoW, I Love all your textures and the bright colors make me happy.