Heavy Metal – Take a Ride

“You like music more than art,” I think that was Cecilia’s comment on a recent post.

Maybe. Probably.

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At my 30th high school reunion Johnny B aka Ziggy reminded me that I’d once said, “I would rather be blind than deaf because I would never not want to be able to listen to music.”

They nailed it.

I’d say, as part of the MTV Generation, that music and art are irrevocably entwined.

I am also enamored of the art-form we call still call film even though it is shot digitally.

About two decades before MTV, that maestro of vitriolic song, Tom Lehr, pointed out in one of his shows that movies needed a popular music soundtrack to succeed and then launched into “The Elements” to the tune of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance.

Of course, the connection between music and art has always been a part of humanity from the moment one person looked at a gourd and decided they could play it to their buddy who made regalia from animal skins decorated with dye made from berries and perhaps the feathers of a bird.

Sometimes the separation of music from visual art must be a consciously separate act. One could listen to music with eyes closed or walk quietly through the Heard Museum (through Aug. 20) looking at the art of Frida Kahlo. No right or wrong here.

To be able to look at art, to make art, to share art is a profound freedom when you think about it. There are places in the world where women are not allowed to be creative and men are only ever allowed to let their creativity out within set parameters. Consider for a moment what effect that has on their souls.  I can’t imagine a day without song or some creative outlet.

Let’s dance our way back to lighter topics like a music oriented art journal, a concept I can happily explore!

Doubtless you have listened to music before but if you have not stenciled, try it!

When you look at a stencil do you ever immediately know what you want to do? I saw Mary’s large stars stencil on the computer months ago and thought I was going to make a layered star rainbow – because wow! the options these star stencils give you for layering! Plus StencilClub membership gives you access to a whole community of art-makers who are stars in their own right!

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However, when it arrived in my p.o. box, (you have to know I am like a little kid and I open them in the car before I ever leave the parking lot) I realized I also needed The Sky’s the Limit July 2015 StencilClub set because I was going to pay homage to the 1981 movie, “Heavy Metal” in my art journal.

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Yeah, “Heavy Metal”.

What’s not to like about an astronaut flying about the universe in a Corvette? That is a cool image!

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Drive it up and let’s cruise a while

Leave your troubles far behind

Still with me? Here was my thought process:

The largest star would hold the happy alien face from Lizzie Mayne’s small Warped Holes stencil (A fave – I swear it smiles at me from my stencil stash!) and one June Pfaff Daley’s mermaids from Mermaidia could ride on top of it (but with Taarna not Ariel as the heroine – so I had to figure out how to draw legs – ignore that hand!).

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I gave myself the cleverness award for placing the musical note as her eye and the clef sign as her ear.

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I know glitter is often not held in much esteem past grade school crafting, but I’m 50 and I like it, like it, yes I do… A raspberries (beret) for you if you don’t.

The mini and bonus stencils were perfect to incorporate as well as Mary’s It’s a Small World Longitude and Latitude Stencils. Just Plane Fun and the small from the August 2016 Here, There & Everywhere StencilClub set made it onto the pages as background (pics below) too.

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Colors I used: Titanium White, Cadmum Red and Cadmum Yellow by Dick Blick. Real Navy by Plaid, and Wild Orchid by Americana. Red and Silver All Purpose Inks applied with Fantastix available from Imagine Crafts, plus Glitter Foam I picked up heaven knows where., and lyric vellum I had in my stash (I was looking for actual sheet music but found the vellum first – LOL.)

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You’ve got a touch of redline fever

‘cause there’s just one cure that we know for sure

Pretty sure the cure the songwriter was talking about was sex; That ‘d be an entirely different blog post!

Cures I know about:

Thanks for taking the time to read my brain dump and look at what I made!

Carol

p.s. Pink Floyd is singing in my head about the Wish You Were Here Postcard.

Disclaimer & credits: I actually do not consider myself a “fan” of the 80s rock genre called heavy metal. But I obviously appreciated the film. The “Heavy Metal” lyrics I quoted were written by Don Felder, former lead guitarist of the Eagles. My job is not quite as cool as an astronaut’s but I get StencilGirl stencils as a part of it and that certainly delights me when I open my mailbox.  The opinions are entirely my own (duh) and I did not get paid to make art for, write this post, or include links that open in new windows.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let Down Your Hair and Enjoy the StencilGirl and Imagine Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Stencil Girl Imagine Blog Hop! I am glad you are here!

My project is a simple one – Rapunzel gloves for my little friend Bella who just turned 8!

 

I must tell you that it is super coloring with Imagine’s All Purpose Inks.

The inks do not bleed under the stencil and the Fantastix really hold and preserve the unused ink. I honestly had not painted with them since December and expected the tips to be dry or mostly dry,  but that was not the case. Applause! Nice to have a product work as I hope it will while I am learning!

StencilGirl Stencils used:

The small “Kantha Stitch” stencil from  April 2016 – StencilClub Mary Beth’s Private Collection for the pavement in front of the town, Jessica Sporn’s Embrace the Rain stencil for Rapunzel (and I flipped the stencil over so the arm so it was facing the way I wanted), and Carolyn Dube’s Once Upon a Time stencil/masks.

Beyond this project, I am fabric painting with a singular goal in mind.

Years ago I had this gorgeous, sheer, golden scarf with red roses on it.

It got tangled in a Xerox 1090 copy machine when I leaned over to grab the copies. The attorney waiting for her copies stood there and laughed while my scarf ripped and the machine pulled my neck down – there’s a William Shakespeare quote about lawyers that applies to that woman!

At some point you will see me recreate that scarf. That day, is in the future.

However, within mere moments, a click on any of the links below will take you to a fantastic project dreamed up and brought into existence by  my comrades in art!

Don’t forget to scroll a bit beyond their names and find out about the contest!

July 19
Mary C. Nasser
Janet Joehlin
Gwen Lafleur
Carol Baxter

Jennifer Vanderbeek
Nadine Carlier

Roni Johnson
Mischelle Smith


If it is July 20th or later you can see:
Sandee Setliff

Karen Gaunt
Cindy Gilstrap

Tina Walker
Neva Cole

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Renee Zarate

Elina Stromberg

 

If it is July 21 or later you can see:
Belen Sotelo

Torrie Gass

Debi Adams

Martha Lucia Gomez

Jessica Litman

Alison Heikkila

 

One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products AND a $25 Gift Certificate to Imagine Crafts!

Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your
chance to win!

The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Sunday, July 23rd at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.

Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl’s Facebook page and Imagine Crafts’s Facebook page

on Monday, July 24th.

Mermaid Madness Hop with the StencilGirl Creative Team

Welcome!

Thanks for swimming into my end of the pool for the:

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I received Memaidia by June Pfaff Daley and Mermaids with Masks by Jessica Sporn for this hop. These delightful stencils made for several fun sessions of art journal play, from sweetly obvious (Ariel went back to the sea and gained a little weight!)  ideas to a little bit macabre.

Sea Horse Card and envelope:

Other stencils used: Carolyn Dube’s Sand and Sea for StencilClub

Under the Sea in my small music art journal:

I am happier with the results when I tape things off. This could mean I am impatient. (If you know me, I am sorry if you hurt yourself falling out of your chair laughing.)

Doodle on top of the “marks” in the small stencil from: October 2016 – Mary Beth’s Private Collection 16.4

“Protocol” in my big music art journal:

I went so far as to draw this journal page out ahead of time. Does anyone else do that?!

I went to massage school with a woman who had been an activist with Sea Shepard and we used to debate the merits or lack thereof of zoos, conservation, power, and intelligent life in the universe. I loved that we could converse, listen, debate and remain friends after our differences of opinion.

Are you ready for even more mermaid madness?!

As the curator for StencilGirl’s Creative Team it was such fun to watch all the projects as they sailed in. These artists went all out to swim with the mermaids and make a big spash! Check out their projects:

Sandee Setliff
Belen Sotelo
Torrie Gass
Sherry Canino
Cindy Gilstrap
Kiala Givehand
Carol Baxter YOU ARE HERE
Janet Joehlin

More mermaid projects on StencilGirl Talk from Gwen Lafleur, Karen Gaunt, Tina Walker, and Louise Nelson.

See the projects mermaid stencil designers, Cathy Nichols, June Pfaff Daley, and Jessica Sporn made right HERE.

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Comment on this blog or any of the others by noon CST on 7-16-17. Winners notified by email on July 17th. Good luck!

 

A Cup of Serendipitous Art

Serendipity. Finding valuable or agreeable things for which you were not seeking.

My daughter and I have been painting pottery together. Okay, truth, we have done it twice, but we plan to continue. It feels ever so Zen sitting at a table lost in paint, talking a little, laughing a little, and I always hate for it to be over.

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Jennifer Evans’ mentioned thinking her Serendipity Florals for April 2017 StencilClub would be pretty on a tea cup.

I knew what I had to do!

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I think the hardest thing for me when it comes to painting pottery is that even though the store has samples of what the fired colors look like, I have to keep that vision in my mind while painting what look like really soft pastels.

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First: I painted the base of the cup and saucer with 3 layers of color. I chose a medium blue. I definitely would like to do this again with several hues of blue and white with the objective of a more organic looking “sky”.

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Second: Stenciling on a curved surface requires masking and patience. I have more tape than the latter! I fooled around with the mini stencil leaves on the bottom of the plate, all the while wishing I had a sponge dauber handy. I think the leaves turned out like faded glyphs. Not sure they match the rest of the cup, but it was a nice warm-up to painting the topside of the plate and the outside of the cup.

Third: Mask, trace, then paint the flowers! The graphite pencil burns off in the firing process so I did not have to worry about trace lines. Also, because they are flowers, I was not as concerned about precision in the way I might be if the stencil I was using was a geometric pattern.

I used 2 shades of green, 2 shades of pink, one of yellow and one of orange. I wanted each flower to be distinct and I played quite a bit with color blending, but again, this was a fingers-crossed move looking at pastels and imagining the actual fired colors.

Where there are flowers there are sure to be lady bugs! I am assured they will not drink too much of my tea!

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Tip: If you are going to a pay-to-paint-pottery place as I did, and you want precision brushes, do bring your own. The staff at As You Wish was super helpful and opened up several new brushes for me.

This post would not be complete without Andromeda’s little dog George, before and after firing:

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StencilGirl & Walnut Hollow Blog Hop: Anniversary Trivet, Feather Collage, and eBook Stand

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Wooden-you-know-it, you have arrived at the next stop on the hop! I stenciled 3 projects.

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Anniversary Trivet

Stencils used: Terri Stegmiller’s large stencil from StencilClub November 2016. I stenciled, cut, and turned around separate portions of the flowers and leaves to create butterflies.

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The “Yes” is from Cathy Nichols’ small stencil from StencilClub September 2016.

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Walnut Hollow 10” Trivet

Paper butterflies cut from my wedding invitation.

Paper background – from my immense stockpile

Yellow and blue paint

Ink for distressing

Green, black and orange permanent markers to outline  the word, flowers and leaves

Finished with Modge Podge (Who else has fond memories of Modge Podge Lodge?)

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My Kindle Stand

The challenge was to stencil this Walnut Hollow Natural Bark Edge Tablet Stand in a way that was interesting but not too distracting — just my peculiarity!  Walnut Hollow also sells a great  ebook table/iPad stand with a back that comes up but I would have had to paint it a solid color, and where’d be the fun in that?!)

The black and blue chalk paint in my arsenal seemed like a good foundation. I like how it appears rather distressed, like a used book.

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I used Carolyn Dube’s Now Is the Time stencil for the back of the book and Mary Beth Shaw’s Apple Chancery stencil on the “spine”.

Tip: I found the letters in the Chancery stencil easier to use cut out as 2 to 4 letters.  I now store them in an envelope.

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Quill

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I really liked the rough side of Walnut Hollow’s Rustic Feather because it had the calamus and rachis (center portion- yes, I looked that up). I wrote on this part with marker. I do admit it was a challenge as the feather was larger in reality than I had pictured in my mind.

Process: I painted the feather with a double coat of gesso, spritzed with some color sprays and then had fun layering with the small stencil from the Here There & Everywhere StencilClub set and the roses (stenciled on deli paper) from the Heraldry StencilClub set, and A Rose by Any Other Name. It is covered with Modge Podge.

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I hope you’ll check out all of the art that was made for this hop and leave the 12 artists a note coz we LOVE feedback! Plus:

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One lucky winner will receive both !

Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your
chance to win!

March 15
Mary C. Nasser

Gwen Lafleur

Ann Tatum
Dana Tatar

March 16
Kristie Taylor
Janet Joehlin
Kelli Stradling

Erin Sipes

March 17
Tammy Tutterow

Carol Baxter (you are here)
Katie Smith
Morena Hockle

The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Sunday, March 19th. 2017 at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on StencilGirl’s Facebook page and Walnut Hollow’s Facebook page on Monday, March 20th, 2017.

A Slice of the Islands – Stenciled Pineapple Cards

I’ve been singing Harry Nilsson’s “Lime in the Coconut” for months. Ever since June Pfaff Daley mentioned pineapple stencils. I know the lyric, “you put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up” does not mention a pineapple, but it is tropical! Work with me 🙂

I made cards with the March StencilClub set June Pfaff Daley designed for StencilGirl.

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A cool thing happened while stamping on black cardstock. My yellow paint took on a gold cast and my pineapple pieces popped! One of the fun surprises of working with paper (recycled paper generally does interesting things under paint or resin) and adding a chemical, in this case, acrylic paint.

Here’s the set:

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I just thought of a pineapple song…. from one of Elvis’ movies set in the Aloha State.

I’m a poor Hawaiian beach boy, a long way from the beach,

’cause someone shoved his face against my hand

Now I’m a kissing cousin to a ripe pineapple

I’m in the can

I was mindin’ my own business,

Drinkin’ daddy’s juice

I swear I’ll never touch that stuff again

Now I’m a kissing cousin to a ripe pineapple

I’m in the can

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Of course we all have favorite art supplies, and if you like to stencil, favorite stencils. I made a couple of over-sized cards using elements from Ms. Daley’s large and mini stencils from the set as well as Sue Pelletier’s Loose Woman Stencil #1. She needed a pineapple skirt as she dances to “Tiny Bubbles”. Do you think that means I need a wine glass inside the card?

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This next card also uses Terri Stegmiller’s small stencil from May 2016 StencilClub and Jessica Sporn’s Eastern Leaf Lotus stencil. You can see the little elements from the large Pineapple stencil.

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I can hardly wait to mail this card to Lynn who lives in Idaho — a long drive from Arizona. I miss hanging out and talking with her face to face so much!

Always remember to put lime in your coconut before you stand on your head and look at your art supplies upside down. You just might think of a way to use them you had not thought of before!

xo,

Carol

StencilGirl & Kraft-Tex Blog Hop: Floppy Hat and A Writer’s Kindle Cover

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Welcome to my corner of the StencilGirl & Kraft Tex blog hop. Making projects for this hop was so fun!

What feels like dyed leather, grabs paint and takes stitches easily? Kraft Tex Fiber Paper. This hop gave me the opportunity to sew on a textile I might not have thought to sew.

Easy project first! I have wanted a cover for my kindle so I could slip it into my purse or suitcase. I am really pleased with how it turned out!

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StencilGirl Typewriter Stencil S128 6″x6″ & Your Thoughts L102 9″x12″ Stencil

Paints, Painter’s Tape, Sewing Machine, Needle and Thread

Brown Velour (50 cent thrift store find), Lime Kraft-Tex Fabric Paper, & Button

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  1. Measure and cut your pattern.
  2. Stencil the velour: To achieve a crisp outline with the Typewriter stencil on velour I made several tries – roller, pouncing with a dauber, a stencil brush, and pouncing with a sponge.

Velour is thick and soft. Make sure you are stenciling with, not against, the fibers.

     What finally worked was pouncing with a sponge. I used painter’s tape over the “keys”, stenciled the top half first and then did the bottom half.  I also held the stencil from moving with my fingertips.

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  1. Stencil the Fabric Paper. (I saw lime, mahogany and white in a magazine and really liked the color trio.)your-thoughts.jpg
  2. Stencil the top flap with the typewriter portion so it lines up with the velour typewriter.
  3. Stencil the back cover and write on it with permanent pens.
  4. Fold the bottom and side edges of the back cover paper over the velour and sew.

I had planned to make a little cell phone case, then I said to myself, “I think I’ll make a hat.” Never mind that I have only made one other paper hat in the past 4 decades. Besides, I only need a book and a hat and a towel for the beach!

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Come. Journey with me. I’ll share with you what I have learned as I made this floppy head covering.

  1. I am eager to try it again.
  2. You’ll need to use Pi.
  3. You’ll deserve pie when you are done!

I used elements from 2 large StencilClub stencils: July and April 2016, both designed by Mary Beth Shaw.

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I primarily used 3 paint colors: pale yellow, coral, lavender, plus a few bits of sea blue.

  1. Cut a circle as wide as the Kraft Tex Paper, set aside.1.jpg2.jpg
  2. Measure around your head and from the crown to the band.
  3. Make the crown or dome of the hat: Divide the length of the band by 4 or 5 (My hat dome has 4 sides, if I did this again I would make 5 because that would make it more circular. I think.) and add 3/8th inch on all sides. (I had looked up how to sew a felt beanie on the web and, forgetting that felt has more give than paper, only added 1/4 inch so by the time I sewed the hat was an inch too small for my head…) I am eager to try this again in another color!
  4. Trace patterns and cut a pointed dome.
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  6. Match the edges of the dome the way you want (I used a, b,c,d) and machine sew about 1/4″ from the edges.5.jpg
  7. Carefully snip the curved part of the dome so when you turn the hat inside out it will shape properly. Be sure not to cut through the stitches!6.jpg
  8. Turn dome part of hat inside out.7.jpg
  9. Measure the circumference of your dome, divide by pi (3.14) and that is the width of the circle you must cut from the center of your hat. I folded the circular portion in fourth’s and marked the center then measured 3 1/2″ from that point all around. (Where, oh where is my circle cutter?)8.jpg
  10. Put the dome of the hat inside the circle of the brim, line it up where you want the patterns and pin it in place. I only needed 4 pins.9.jpg
  11. Set up your sewing machine like you plan to sew a sleeve and sew the brim to the dome. (I did not care that the cut portion was on the outside because it is covered by the ribbon.)
  12. Add ribbon or other trim. (As I am writing this post, I think my next hat will have a button at the top.)

CONGRATULATIONS! You have made yourself a floppy hat! You deserve a nice slice of your  favorite pie while you are getting paper and stencils to make your next hat.

I hope you have enjoyed all the amazing projects on this hop!

Carol, Wearer of Many Hats

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One lucky winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products

AND a $25 Gift Certificate for C&T Publishing!!
Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your chance to win!

February 15
Mary C. Nasser       Janet Joehlin       Lindsay Conner

February 16
Gwen Lafleur       Teri Lucas       Tristan Gallagher

February 17
Tina Walker       Veronica Lovvorn       Carol Baxter (you are here)

The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Saturday, February 18th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.

Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl’s Facebook page and C&T Publishing’s Blog on Sunday, February 19.