Fun, games, nostalgia, and stencils

Hello Smiling Human!
Cynthia Silveri’s Fun & Games StencilClub Set for April 2019 is chock full of nostalgia for me.
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The 6×6 stencil depicts the gameboard. The real board was wooden and reversible, and the corner pockets were mesh. I never recall us using cue sticks, just flicking the red and green plastic discs into the pockets with our thumb and forefinger (nail beds bruised by the time the game was over).
I wish I could find a picture of us all playing “pool” because those were good times!
I did find this snapshot with the gameboard and a bunch of irrelevant stuff, but is it?
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Tip of the day: Don’t crop the background out of your old pictures because you think the foreground is all that is important:
1. Me and my brother’s dog Xanthippe. We got my dog, Socrates, a year later.
2. I am sure that is a calendar I made/colored on the wall.
3. Quilt frame and ironing board — a quilt must have been getting ready to go up although I think that is a (now classic) tablecloth behind me.
4. My Mom’s purse is hanging off the quilt frame too. Her purses were heavy (a true bag of infinite holding) and when we would travel overnight with Aunt Peggy and stay in a hotel, the pillows were too soft so Mom’d put her purse underneath as ballast. Or maybe she just thought no one could sneak into the room and steal it.
Thank’s for letting me share my story. Here are the present fun and games:
Ouch card (extra stencil used: Hands by Jessica Sporn)
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It seemed only fitting that me, my “Bruncle” Bruce, brother Wayne, and my mom should be the discs headed for the pockets as they are the people I recall playing against. This time, instead of sore nail beds, I have paint on my thumbs and forefingers to tell the tale of my fun and games.
You need to be a member of StencilClub to get this stencil set. You can join here.
More card-making fun I had with the set:
Winner, Winner card (inside stencil used: Chicken Cat by Judy Wise)
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Alternate sentiment: What the cluck. You thought you were gettin’ a cool Million bucks?!
It’s All Fun and Games Until…. card (inside sentiment: Parchesi me please. I’m sorry I was THAT person.)
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Insurrection card
It’s possible the green dudes need more embellishment, eh?
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May you enjoy your little insurrections and don’t cry over spilled paint,
Carol

Popsicle Cards

This is my face when it is hot in Arizona and there are no cold popsicles in the freezer. Bawahaha!

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I mean, you must roll that paint across your gel plate quickly or the dry heat will desiccate your printing plans.

I was speedy!

These are the StencilGirl® stencils I used….

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… to create this pile of never-melting Popsicle fun!

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You can get Popsicle “forever stamps” at the US Post Office for a limited time! They are even scented.  (I think they smell like Jolly Rancher Watermelon Candy.) When I saw them, I knew I had to make cards!

I made gelli printed papers – some stenciled, some not, hand cut the Popsicles and sticks, and then used Inktense pencils, Sharpie Pens, a white pen, Prima Watercolors, and washi tape to embellish.

I confess that I ordered washi tape especially to match the postage stamps; I am getting ahead of myself.

Making cards was FUN! FUN! FUN! I stopped counting at a dozen.

Are you old enough to remember sharing the other half of your orange creamsicle with a friend? I guess you can still buy “twin pops” but I do not think they are made by Popsicle.

I made my “Anything is Popsicle” card first. The “half for me and half for you” creamsicle actually pulls out.

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Then I thought, who wants a creamsicle when you can have a margarita?

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It is no secret that I love the Loose Women stencils.

I flipped the stencil so her hand was pointing up to hold the creamsicle.

Before painting with water:

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Many people like to make their own cold fruit pops! Yum!

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Those stamps are too much! Watermelon and strawberry and lime, oh my! Looks like one is even dipped in chocolate.

Did you call those red white and blue Popsicle “bullets” or “bombs”?

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I was on a roll! I even cut drips on a few.

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Of course, I had to get snarky.

The line about the stick I read somewhere. The response, well, I had to have the last word 🙂

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As long as I made one ice cream cone, I went ahead and made more.

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Sure bet…

Get it?

Hey, I work from home. I must amuse myself  🙂

A different line could be: Our friendship is a sure bet.

Wishing you a cool rest of the summer chillin’ with your friends!

Carol 

P.S. The stencils I used:

4 Flowers, Loose Woman 1 & 2, Sea of Grapes, Twist Lattice, Night Sky  Night Sky is not pictured –  it fell into the black hole in my desk!

Stencil Club: June 2018, Nov, Aug, and Mar 2017, Nov and Apr 2016, and Dec 2013  – also sucked into the black hole, but both stencils will somehow appear in the middle of my desk in the next 24 hours…

 

 

 

 

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.