Friday, October 24, 2014

Journal 52, Week 43: Stencils

For week 43 at Journal 52 Chelle's prompt is stencils.  Most of you know I don't buy stencils because they are SO expensive.  However, I did like the styrofoam example she showed.  That is, until Pinterest blacked it out wanting me to join their club.

What little I saw prompted me to find some styrofoam in order to make my own.

I can tell I need to leave the stencil making to REAL artists!

My cut-outs that were supposed to be random, began to take on the shape of both birds and fish.  I thought of M. C. Escher, the incredible mathematical graphic artist, and realized how similar bird and fish silhouettes are.

I used a few of my handmade shimmering mists

to create this mess.

I decided to draw a few outlines around the open spots, at least the ones that I remembered.

You obviously can't see, but the rubber stamp fish is from River City Rubber and is a perch.  I don't think you can buy it anymore, because I got it when I visited their facility/factory before they moved.

A quick scan shows I actually wrote on the page, something I don't really like to do.  I'm sure you can tell the ones that got away.

I noticed Chelle has info about continuing this project in 2015.  She has a survey that I filled out, in which I requested she provide links for those of us who are NOT on Facebook and Flickr, like myself.  I encourage you to do the same, if like me, you are a blogger only and don't subscribe to, or participate in, those other social networks, but would like to share your art with others. 

Thanks again for your continued support of my efforts and my art, since this is the only place you will see this stenciled mess page.

8 thoughtful remarks:

froebelsternchen Susi said...

LOVELY! Your ideas are the best ones!
Have a happy weekend dear Elizabeth!

Nan G said...

I think it's a pretty cool make, E. And the Girls think you've made it for them as 'fish' is their fave food! :) We are partially moved into our new place. Have another load for the movers to bring this week. Then it'll be trying to find a place for everything and lastly......setting up my studio. Can't wait to get back to artsy crafty doings! Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs to you and Bleubeard from me and the Girls.

~*~Patty S said...

Clever use of that foam E and fun what presented itself.
I keep thinking I will try using some recycled clear plastic from packaging to try and make my own stencil...who knows if that idea will ever get out of my head and into my hands LOL
Great fish stamp too!
Happy Weekend to you and Bleubeard

pearshapedcrafting said...

Starting here to go backwards this time! This is fabulous Elizabeth and really made me smile! Have a great weekend! Chris

massofhair said...

I like the shapes you created with your Styrofoam, maybe something thinner would work better, like newspaper or acetate. Might not last as long but will definitely be easier to cut out.

Great completed piece, the fish is lovely as are the colours you used :-) xxx

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I think your stencil came out really nice. I don't own a lot of them either. I came across a youtube video showing how to make them with hot glue that I may give a try.

Corrine at said...

Love the inky sprays with your home made stencil. Love that knife too, looks ever so much safer than the standard. I shall have to investigate. xox

johanna said...

i love this idea!!! and i love the fishes you came up with!