Friday, September 27, 2013

A Blog Hop Featuring Pam Carriker's Stencil...

For today's StencilGirl Blog Hop, I'm working with Pam Carriker's "Complementary" stencil. My first thought was to do a journal page, but as I started thinking about what I wanted to do with the stencil, whimsical practicality took me in a different direction!  The journal was set aside and instead I pulled out a 10" x 12" canvas.
I used matte medium, a palette knife, and a few old dictionary pages to create a background layer.  I then pulled out the stencil and some Golden Fibre Paste and I covered the stencil with a good thick layer.
When I lifted the stencil, I was left with a lovely raised image of the design.  Make sure you wash your stencil right away so the fibre paste doesn't have time to dry on it!


The next step, after the fibre paste has dried, is to get out the paints.  I applied a few different colours in random areas, and then did a bit of stamping with the cardboard insert from this box of Christmas tree bulbs.
It didn't work as well as I had hoped but I did get some of the diamond shapes I was imagining.



I wanted more interest in the background, so I used Michelle Ward's "Damask 4" stencil as well as a few clock stamps.
So far so good, but I don't like that sepia colour.  I put Pam's stencil back over top of the raised fibre paste area so I could paint just that area, without having to be to careful about going onto the background.

I added several layers of paint, stippling it on to allow colours underneath to still show through a little until I was happy with the colour.

I then added some more stamping, and some numbers and the piece was starting to really take shape.





I added a little hand written text, on torn dictionary pages so they'd stand out from the background.  Such an important message in these busy times when it seems we are being pulled in so many different directions all at once!
 I auditioned the remaining numbers in a smaller size, decided I liked them so I went ahead and drew them onto the canvas using a Copic marker.
And then I added the clock works (I got mine from Lee Valley)...a clock for my studio!












































I hope you've enjoyed this stop on the hop.  Remember, if you visit all of the blogs, and leave comments at each, you increase your chance to win in the giveaway!  Good luck!

StencilGirl Talk
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130 comments:

  1. This stencil looks like lots of fun...

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    1. Yes, Christine...there are so many uses beyond the obvious colour wheel!

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    1. Thanks. It's great to have a working clock in the studio...not that I really pay too much attention to it when I get playing LOL.

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  3. Love, love this idea, thanks for the mini tutorial. Your finished clock looks great.

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  4. What a cool clock! I love making color wheels. This stencil would make it so much easier!
    ...Raine

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    1. Thanks Raine. It's a great stencil for colour wheels and so much more!

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  5. Love the colouring and design of your journal page! It's beautiful!

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    1. Thanks GA. It's actually a working clock on a canvas!

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    1. Thanks Corrine. It's good to have a clock in the studio so I can ignore it as I get caught up in the creative moment! LOL

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    1. Yes April, Pam has some fabulous stencils!

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  8. Awesome use of Pam's stencils! Loved it!!!

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  9. wow- love the colors, textures of your fabulous canvas clock!!!

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  10. Linda, Love this and then you added the clock works! Wow! What a neat idea.

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    1. Thanks so much Linda. Everyone needs a clock in their studio...so they can ignore it while busily playing and creating!

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  11. Love the texture of the fiber paste in your awesome clock- such a cool cool way to use the stencil!

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    1. Thanks Carolyn. It was a lot of fun making it! I love playing with texture and text!

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  12. a color wheel of time! fab!
    loey

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  13. amazing process- wow! your clock is so cool!!

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  14. Absolutely beautiful ! I love all the layers.

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  15. Love the way you used Pam's stencil! I'd love to win this contest! Win or not, what fun to see all the different ways of using a stencil!

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  16. Love the innovative way in which you used the stencil! Thanks for hosting a giveaway.

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  17. I like the idea of the stencil as a clock! I am always saying "just be!" Love it!

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  18. Such a great way to use this stencil! I so love the raised effect of it. And how clever to use the Christmas box cardboard!

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    1. Thanks Muriel. I love using the fibre paste for texture.

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  19. Oh, I so love it when a piece of art is also functional. Your clock is beautiful! Great use of the stencil!

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  20. HOLY COW THIS THING ROCKS... It just amazes me how it started out as one thing and then ends up being this functioning piece of art! Oh wish I could make something cool like this! Thank you for the inspiration.

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    1. Thanks so much Monica! I'm sure you can do this sort of thing too!

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  21. I've just started using stencils. They are so fun and versatile! thanks.

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    1. They sure are Tabitha. So many wonderful ways to use them.

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  22. Very cool! I hadn't even thought about using Pam's stencil to create a clock...and a colorful one at that:) Thanks so much for sharing your art:)

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    1. Thanks. That's the fun of stencils...so many different ways to use them.

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  23. It's a real gift to look at something by name and give it another identity. You've done that and very well!

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  24. Big opportunity. Thanks love your art and Pam's too. Thanks do much! xx

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  25. A clock! Who'd have thought? I can see this stencil is just so versatile. Love the colours and texture.

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  26. Watching your process is a treat. Particularly when the finished Item is so clever.

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  27. Fabulous - I love the textures!

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  28. What a great idea to make a clock, and I am seeing lots of interesting effects with the golden fiber paste, I have almost convinced myself I need it as well and all the other texture mediums I use :)

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    1. Thanks Louise. I can't say for sure, but I think you probably do ;o)

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  29. What a fun idea! I didn't "see" a clock, but I love your canvas! Amazing inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing and a chance to win! Janelle Rourke

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  30. That took me way out of my imagination zone. I love this! So unique. I haven't worked with textures like that before. I can't wait to play!

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  31. Wow! Loved that you took this wonderful stencil and did something totally different! Thanks for sharing!

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  32. So many fun ideas for using the stencil! Hope I win the giveaway!

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  33. Don't you just LOVE that fiber paste!!! It is one of my favorites to use with my stencils!

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  34. Your canvas looks great with the color wheel stencil over the colorful background. I would love to win and play with the stencil. Thanks.

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  35. You made this look so fun. I like your stencil storage idea too!

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  36. What a fun site! The blog hop led me here and I am definitely coming back for more! So cool what you did with the stencil. I really want to win one of the stencils to play with . . . fingers crossed! I'd love to have Pam's new book also.

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    1. Thanks Maeve. Good luck in the draw. It'll be great to have you visit again!

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  37. The color that you use are amazing, is a fantastic page!!!

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  38. I am so impressed. Great look and technique and love the end results.

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  39. This is so inventive Linda, I just love the textured finish you have achieved!

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  40. Very colourful, very tactile. Lovely imaginative work!

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  41. Love love love your clock and canvas! Love the texture!

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  42. Wow! Great creativity! Would love to win any of these.

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  43. Your canvas is very beautiful. I love every détails and all the texture. Thanks for sharing, Johanne L.

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  44. I love your art and the sentiment you used here - such truth. It really resonates with me.

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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    1. I totally love your take on the stencil. The canvas clock is just awesome.

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  45. Love your clock! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  46. Very out of the box, into the sensational!

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  47. Great to see such an original use of the stencil. I'm a big fan of fiber paste.

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    1. Thanks Gillian. It's a lot of fun to work with.

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  48. Ooh, I want to play with some of that fiber paste! I love your clock. Brilliant idea and so lovely too.

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  49. Stunning project ! Loved how you built up your colours and how you shared your thinking behind the choices you made. What a great piece of art for your studio ! Sue C x

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  50. Awesome technique! Love how it all turned out.

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    1. Thanks Tanya. I'm please with the results too.

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  51. Love how you did this! Thanks for the inpsiration!

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  52. How creative!! That's what I love about these blog hops....seeing the awesome projects everyone comes up with. Your background is fabulous and now you have a beautiful new clock.

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    1. Thanks Cat. Yes, that's what I find so fun about these hops. It really is great to see everyone's take on the same or similar stencils.

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  53. I love what you did with the stencil. Fantastic.

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  54. I absolutely LOVE this!!! So inspiring!!! ;)

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  55. Love this clock idea and how it turned out. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Linda E.

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  56. I love that you shared your step-by-step process to create this cool piece. Very clever to use Pam's stencil as a clock!

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  57. This is just wonderful. I was eading along

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  58. I love the quote. How true and we should all make time to just be. Life would be so much better if we slow down.

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    1. Thanks Suzanne. So true...life just moves way too fast these days!

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  59. What a super project, Liinda! So clever to make a clock with this stencil. And I love your BG!

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    1. Thanks Marjie. I must say I'm really enjoying the new clock in the studio.

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