Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Blog Hop - VIVA LasVegaStamps and StencilGirl

I'm excited to be playing along in another StencilGirl blog hop, this time with VIVA Las VegaStamps.

Although my summer studio is confined to a tiny table on the deck and a small bin of supplies with which to work, it has a stunningly beautiful view and a lovely breeze off the lake!  In addition, with gates at both ends of the deck, it acts as a giant playpen to contain Yoshi, my Dog Guide Foster Puppy so that I can work without worrying about her getting into trouble!  She's even got a little wading pool to play in. LOL
I chose to work with VIVA Las VegaStamps Plate O' Rubber #1399 (Mary Vogel Lozinak's design) and Mary Beth Shaw's Gears Stencil.

I started by randomly putting paint down on my page using blue, orange, black and a bit of green.

Then, using a semi-dry brush technique and an antique white, I applied paint using a small brush and the Gears stencil.
I love how this worked...not as heavy as if I had filled in the entire stencil with paint, but still giving me all of the wonderful detail of Gears. I don't usually use the entire stencil on the page, but in this case it was exactly the background I was going for!
I tore a couple of strips of marbled dyed paper I had in my stash, tearing from the front to achieve that bit of a white border along the edge.  Those were adhered to the page using matte medium.

I stamped some of the stamp images onto deli paper, using dark brown ink.  I then tore them out, added them to dictionary paper using matte medium and an old credit card, and when they were dry I tore them out leaving a bit of a border around them.

Before adding the stamped images, I traced around them and painted a blue background to help them pop a bit more.  They were adhered to the orange strip so that they'd look like they were rolling downhill.


I decided to trace some of the key features of the stamps with a permanent black pen to give them a bit more definition.

Some white lines were drawn in (see last image) to represent motion.
Using my paint bottle as a pen, I wrote the large text. This took a long time to dry because of the thickness of the paint.  If you try this, be patient so you don't mess it up by touching it too early!

When that was dry I doodle outlined the letters with a fine permanent black pen.











And here's the final page:















































GIVEAWAY!
All comments on the hop (ALL WEEK) are eligible for the giveaway. 
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win. 
GIVEAWAY will close on Sunday, August 24th @ at 11:59PM Central Time.
GOOD LUCK!

Here's the blog hop order for today...enjoy!

StencilGirl Talk
Gwen Lafleur
Kirsten Reed
Linda Kittmer-You are here!
Karen Knight
Amy Lassiter
Viva Las VegaStamps!

If you missed the beginning of this week long blog, head back to this link on StencilGirl Talk to find the links to the first day!


48 comments:

  1. What a beautiful journal cover Linda! I definitely love how the great gears stencil coordinates so fabulously with those fun and fantastical Viva Las Vegas stamps!!! It's so eclectic and really just wonderful!! thanks for sharing this and your great inspiration!! :)

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  2. Wow! So many interesting ideas! Thank you!
    Nataliya - sistercreaft(at)mail(dot)ru

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  3. Your deck looks beautiful. Nice place to do good work. thanks

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  4. Fantastic page! I really like the way you did the gear stenciling by concentrating on just doing the edges. What a great effect is has. The animals are so funny and whimsical and the title done in the thick paint straight from the bottle is so unusal! I have to try that...if I can be patient enough! lol
    Thank you so much for sharing all these cool ideas! :)

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  5. TERIFFIC page! like the way the gears stencils worked over the painted page and those images are fabulous!
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  6. Beautiful piece! Had to pin this to remember your stencil technique!

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  7. This is so fun! I love how you used the Gears stencil... great technique - I'm going to have to try that! And the way it all pulled together is so fun. Love all the color and movement!

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  8. I love the path that you made Linda. Absolutely beautiful place to Art Journal :)

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  9. Love the way you did the gears. Fun page!

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  10. Such a fun and whimsical page! I love it and I love that gear stencil!

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  11. Love that idea of using a paint bottle as a pen- I will have to try that!

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  12. love the gears. And the view isn't bad either

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  13. what a fun piece thanks for sharing

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  14. Fabulous! I love the colours you used.

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  15. this is very good and looks so inviting

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  16. A clever, and whimsical,l page. LOVE those stamps and the whole concept of rolling downhill. Clever you.

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  17. great journal page. I love MVL images!

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  18. so creative! and creating on your deck sounds lovely! I wish I had a deck to do that!

    vmarquis(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. nayamcd(at)gmail(dot)com
    Such a fun and interesting collage. Thank you for joining the hop and sharing with us.

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  20. You take something that looks completed and add another layer to it. A fun design.
    thanks for sharing.
    Love your "work" space. So nice to be able to be outside creating.

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  21. WHERE do you all come up with these ideas? Love your journal page. That would make a great journal cover as well.

    sapps2luv (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  22. I am so loving the orange and blue these days! Great example.

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  23. Love the orange and blue...bea

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  24. Linda, loved the small touches of white. Great idea. And those stamps are perfect. Wonderful!

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  25. I really like the way you positioned the stamped elements, and the bold colors. Loved the humor of the stamps, too!

    alhrobkin (at) aol (dot) com

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  26. So much fun! I'm a sucker for orange and for circus animals, so this is perfect! toastmasterliz (at) live (dotcom).

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  27. I love the page, and I *really* love that you are fostering a guide puppy - what a fantastic thing you are doing. I had a friend who lost her eyesight in her early 20s and her guide dogs have given her so much freedom. Thank you.
    cathsheard (at) xtra (dot) co (dot) nz

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  28. Love the idea of only using a portion of the design rather than filling it in. Awesome studio by the way :-)

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  29. I will have to try this stenciling, thanks for sharing the idea!

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  30. way cool. gotta get the gears stencil...

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  31. You are rocking these blog hops! I am enjoying you work!
    Again you did a great job!

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  32. Great stencil technique and I love those circus animals! That gear stencil is popular!

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  33. The gears stencil was a perfect background..and I love all that you put on it! Thanks for sharing!

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  34. Wow, Linda….so creative and fun - I love it!

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  35. great page, love all the colors and detail. stunning.

    heifer21 (at) hotmail (dot)com

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  36. great colors and textures - I love that gears stencil!
    sallee.haerr(at)gmail(dot)com

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  37. So bright and colorful....love it :)

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  38. Gotta love Viva Las Vegas stamps!!! Linda, you did a fun and amazing job in your journal!!

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