I've had a crafty crush on Jane LaFazio's work for a long time, so imagine my delight when I was selected to participate in a blog hop featuring one of her beautiful Stencil Girl stencils! Speaking of StencilGirl... they've got a great give-away on their blog, StencilGirlTalk. To enter, just leave a comment here or on any of the blogs in the hop (see the list below.) The more blogs you visit and leave comments... the more chances to win!
For my blog hop post, I chose Jane's Sweet Gum Balls stencil because it reminded me of fall, my family, and our blog hop theme: grateful. I am extremely grateful for my family and so many wonderful times with them. My grandparents had a sweet gum tree in their backyard and I have so many memories of collecting (and stepping on) those sweet gum balls during happy visits. These memories and the gratitude I have for them inspired me to create a patchwork paper cloth that incorporates these images and feelings.
Supplies I Used:
Roll of Rice Paper
Niji Splash Ink, magenta and yellow
Drying rack covered with plastic wrap
Pan Pastel (black) and applicator sponge
Acrylic craft paint, hot pink
Black Pitt Pen
Liquid matte medium
Paint and Stencil Rice Paper
Step 1: Prepare your surface by taping down a piece of freezer paper, shiny side up.
Step 2: Cut a 2' sheet of rice paper
Step 3: Mix Splash Inks and water to create color washes.
Step 5: Carefully lift the sheet of painted rice paper. Place it on the drying rack and allow it to dry completely.
Step 6: Repeat steps 1-6 to create another sheet of painted rice paper.
Step 7: Once dry, take one sheet from the drying rack. Randomly stencil the sweet gum ball images using black pan pastel. Take the sheet outside and spray it with fixative. Allow it to dry completely.
Stencil and Paint Deli Paper
Step 1: Randomly stencil the sweet gum ball images onto the deli paper using black pan pastel. Take the sheet outside and spray it with fixative. Allow it to dry completely.
Step 2: Paint a thin coat of acrylic craft paint onto the non-stenciled side of the deli paper. Allow it to dry completely.
Create Journaled Rice Paper
Step 1: Cut a 1-2' piece of rice paper. Using a black pitt pen, write a poem, journal entry, or random words to cover the entire sheet of paper.
Step 2: Follow steps 1-6 above in the Stencil and Paint Rice Paper section.
Put the Pieces Together
Step 1: Cut random rectangles from each paper: stenciled rice paper, painted rice paper, journaled rice paper, and stenciled deli paper.
Step 2: Use liquid matte medium to adhere the rectangles to a long sheet of rice paper. Arrange the rectangles in a random pattern. Coat the front and back of each piece as you adhere it to the rice paper.
Step 3: Cut smaller pieces of each paper and use these pieces as tiny "patches" to bring the piece together.
The final result is a long sheet of beautifully patterned paper.
This paper can be used in a variety of ways. It can be hung, placed on a table, or sewn like fabric to create three dimensional pieces.
Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope you'll take a few minutes to visit all the beautiful blogs in our hop. I'm grateful you stopped by!