Clarity Challenge 32 – October 2015
 Stencils
Hi there - greetings from Shelagh-land again. So sorry the extra posts have not materialised but I've been nursing a very sick computer and despite shelling out a fair amount to return it to full health, I'm writing this on my brand new laptop. I've yet to learn how to shut it down but at least it's working and connected to the printer! 
This month's Clarity Challenge is entitled 'Stencils' and I decided to go down another route by drawing inside the stencil shape with my Micron pen, an idea which took shape whilst doodling in a 'zentangle' book in Schipol Airport. I knew I wanted to use the 'Flower Power' stencil and from there it was a question of sorting through my collection of Clarity stencils and selecting a suitable one for the background. I also wanted a bit of texture so I used water-colour paper for both butterfly and background. Once the stencils had been outlined, it was again back to doodling to fill them in and quite therapeutic it was, too. (All materials are all available from the Clarity website.)




Materials:-
·         Watercolour Paper
·         Clarity Stencils: - Flower Power, Leafy Strip, Filigraphy Butterfly  
·         Micron Pen
 Instructions:-
1.       Tape the butterfly stencil onto a sheet of the watercolour paper. Using the Micron 01 pen, outline the butterfly stencil and all its markings twice.  
2.       Using the Micron pen, doodle Zentangle-type patterns inside each shape pattern.
3.       Cut out each butterfly and set aside.

4.       Tape the Flower Power stencil onto another sheet of watercolour paper and when happy with the placement, outline the desired flower pattern again using the Micron pen. Remove stencil.

5.       Over this outline, tape the Leafy Strip stencil to suit and draw in the outline with the Micron pen, ensuring the leaves are behind the flowers.

6.       Again using Zentangle-type patterns, create line work on each leaf.

7.       Cut black then white mounts to suit and place in a frame.

8.       Remove the head from one of the butterflies (quite painless, really!), cut into the wings of the same butterfly and manipulate to create shaped wings.

9.       Attach this over the second butterfly and attach to framed picture to suit.

N.B. I wasn’t happy with the frame as the white was tinged with yellow so I painted it twice with Fresco Finish Snowflake. It now was the right ‘white’ but too matte so I found a tin of lavender floor polish in my cleaning materials and sat for an evening working this in around the empty frame with my finger. It was actually quite therapeutic! Once it was fully absorbed, I repeated this another couple of times until the required look was achieved.
Below are a few of the trials before I settled on the final draft.



Many thanks again for tuning in to my blog; I do greatly appreciate you spending your valuable time reading it.  Once more I am very much looking forward to your challenge entries; you never disappoint! If you have not entered before, please consider doing so either by your own blog or emailing your contribution to claritystampchallenge@hotmail.com
The Clarity website can be found at www.claritystamp.co.uk and Clarity also has a Facebook page - https//:www.facebook.com/claritystamp.co.uk

Have fun!
Warm wishes to all,
Shelagh.





Comments

  1. I do love how you have used zentangle for this a lovely piece of art work. Xx

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    1. Hello Carol,
      A great many thanks to you - I'm afraid I'm a monochrome girl - it's probably easier to count how many non black/white things I possess! Will find an area somewhere for this as I quite like it. Mwah ;~}

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  2. Great use of the stencils and a super design. Love your Zentangle piece of Art and hope it is hanging up, its is lovely. Hugs.

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    1. Hi Naomi,
      Thanks - and yep I will find a place for it. Already have 'Medusa' and 'Rainman' displayed. Think I'll soon have to board over some windows to accommodate! Mwah ;~}

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  3. Lovely artwork Shelagh. Zentangle works so well with stencils. I will have to get my pens out and have a go. x

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    1. Hello Lesley and many thanks.
      I just wanted to do something different and show another way of using the stencils as you have too. Mwah ;~}

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  4. Do love your picture looks fantastic the colours your detail love your blog xx

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    1. Hi Julie,
      Grateful thanks - I had the idea, played about a bit (not too successfully) then had a few (read as many) trials. Once my decision had been made, from there on in, it was so relaxing. Mwah ;~}

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  5. Fabulous zentangle Shelagh. Its lovely to see it framed so beautifully; it looks just like blackwork embroidery. Xxx

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    1. Hi Barbara
      Many thanks - a new area for me but so relaxing when trying to fill in (no pun intended) air time! No sharp points,no bulky items so you can continue in-flight too. Mwah ;~}

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  6. A beautiful project Shelagh - I love your Zentangle, perfect for the stencils you've used - they have substantial areas that can be doodled in to your heart's content!
    A great descriptive blog too - I bet your artwork smells lovely too after using the lavender polish on it!
    Have a wonderful weekend xxx

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    1. Hello Carole,
      An idea from nothing really, but with some (many) trials, hey - it worked! More than that, I can see other extensions on the theme. As for the polish - well - who last used floor polish - and it's got another four years before it runs out. How many frames can I attack in that time, I wonder? Mwah;~}

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  7. What a beautiful picture you have made Shelagh - your tangling is brill and thanks for the great explanation of how it was done x

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    1. Very many thanks, Linda,
      Such a calming technique (once you've worked out the components etc - probably the hardest part.) Mwah ;~}

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  8. A stunning effect Shelagh. I love your tangling work and the stencils you've used work really well together. xx

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  9. Grateful thanks, Angela. This was a return to the old teaching days, reminiscent of working in front of the TV! Ears listening whilst eyes concentrated on the task in hand. ;~}

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  10. Hello at last Shelagh....apologies.....this is such a lovely piece of art. Well thought out and as always executed perfectly. Always inspired by your designs. Hugs xxxxxx

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    1. Many thanks, Emma, praise indeed from a multi-talented lady! Greatly appreciated. ;~}

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