Friday, November 8, 2013

For the Love of LaFazio: Creating With My Jane LaFazio Stencil


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:
Freezer paper
Masking Tape
Roll of Rice Paper
Niji Splash Ink, magenta and yellow
Paintbrush, medium
Drying rack covered with plastic wrap
Scissors
Stencil
Pan Pastel (black) and applicator sponge
Deli Paper
Acrylic craft paint, hot pink
Spray fixative
Black Pitt Pen
Scissors
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 4: Cover the entire sheet of rice paper with color washes. The paper will be very wet and delicate.


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! 

The hoppers...

67 comments:

  1. LOVE this combination of colours and papers. The stencil is awesome. Thanks for the info.

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  2. is a great idea! thanks for sharing1!!

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  3. Jenny, your paper is beautiful! When I first saw it I thought it was fabric. This would look amazing done with hand dyed fabric too. Add that to my list of 'things to do' ;o)

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  4. Love the rice paper ... must try that! Is it hard to work with as far as being very delicate, or is it sturdier than it looks?

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  5. Oh my gosh. This is wonderful! I have looked at Splash, but not tried them. I own some Pan pastels, but not tried them. Best get with it!

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  6. I love this idea. I want to try it very soon. I see wonderful wrapping paper in my future!

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  7. I came over via the blog hop and I'm really enjoying this various texture you have created using the stencil template. I thank you for the inspirational dn great idea. Thank you.. :)

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  8. beautiful Jenny! who knew you could use pan pastels with stencils! love what you've done...and thanks for participating in the blog hop. xo

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  9. I love what you've done with the stencils!! but deli paper is hard to find in the UK!

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  10. Jenny, this is a stunning piece!
    I love your patchwork paper cloth and the way it incorporates warm autumn colors and text.
    Beautiful.

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  11. Wow, Love that color combo you chose to use with the gumball stencil! Jane is so creative; as are you! Thank you for sharing yourself with us hoppers!

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  12. this is so beautiful in its rich autumnal colors Jenny-I think this would be a FAB fabric project too!

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  13. This is gorgeous! LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVE your colors! This piece just screams Fall to me! This is a must have stencil! TFS!

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  14. Wow Jenny!Grateful to learn about your process to make these beautiful papers! Gotta go get me the supplies!
    thank you!

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  15. Love the gumballs stencil and love the colors of your page.

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  16. I REALLY LIKE THE FINISHED PRODUCT. DELI PAPER IS ONE OF MY NEW FAVORITE PAPERS TO WORK ON.

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  17. Thanks for the great tutorial featuring Jane's great stencil. Hope to own it in the near future

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  18. I've never worked with paper like this! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  19. I'm so grateful for your sharing these inspiring ideas!!

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  20. thank you for the great tutorial. I love the idea of printing, painting, stenciling the papers and then cutting them up and rearranging them. Beautiful results.

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  21. Yet another technique I need to try LOL! Gorgeous.

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  22. Oh, what yummy colors! Thank you for the tutorial. I love to know how things are done, and I love when art its are willing to share.

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  23. Beautiful colors! Thank you for the tutorial of how you did it! It gives me a lot to think about trying some of this using silk scarves though.

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  24. This is by far the most wonderful tutorial I have seen in a long time. I am very glad to have found your blog!

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  25. So many grand ideas on this blog hop! I am grateful for being able to add to my idea box. I have rice paper! I'm going to try this.

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  26. I love text mixed with other images in art work. It works so well in your piece. textilerecycler@yahoo.com

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  27. what a great idea; i look forward to trying it... i keep hearing pan pastels, everywhere! {guess i'll be adding them to my wish list!} nice tutorial, thank you so much!

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  28. Love the idea. I am grateful that Jane shared your name so that I could enjoy all of these great ideas! Thank you!

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  29. Beautiful!
    Grateful for all the ideas and the chance to win!

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  30. I absolutely love all of the creativity on this blog hop! Love this technique and how it turned out. Thanks for this "great" opportunity!

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  31. What a great collection of ideas. I like using deli paper and bright colors.

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  32. I love the colors you used! It's such fun to see how differently everyone is using the various stencils!

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  33. Beautiful colors to represent autumn. Thank you for such lovely inspiration!

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  34. Sweet Jenny. I love the way pan pastels work with the stencils too....especially the detailed ones. xox

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  35. I want to try some watercolor on rice paper. It looks so delicate and I Love the quilt effect!!

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  36. I have everything I need to do this. Thanks for the ideas!

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  37. very creative to use rice paper to color and stencil. I have a roll of rice paper somewhere in my stash....hmmmm...time to find it.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  38. oh niceee another idea for my thanksgiving table!

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  39. Oooo! This is an interesting idea for using stencils.

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  40. wow this project blows me away. super creative. !!

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  41. Love the color choices. It makes my next task - raking thousands of sweet gum balls up with the fallen leaves - a little less painful.

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  42. Beautiful collage, and the colors are so warm, really lovely!

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  43. what beautiful colors! Loved how you made your table topper.

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  44. How beautiful! all my favorite colors!

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  45. Oh, your colors are SO sweet! Yes to stepping on the
    Sweet gum balls! Q: can you use anything else to seal
    your work besides a spray?
    Thanks

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  46. thank you for so much wonderful inspiration! What is your go-to fixative?

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  47. What a wonderful tutorial and beautiful project! Thanks so much for participating in the hop with us Jenny!

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  48. I love how you created the piece, then deconstructed it and reconstructed it! This is a concept I've been experimenting with in my work. Very inspiring. Thank you!

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  49. Amazing results with autumn colors!

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  50. I like the fact that you modified a collage piece into a sewn piece and made it part of a table presentation. Good work!

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  51. I am grateful for learning so many techniques using these stencils. This is so much fun.

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  52. Jenny- what an absolutely gorgeous piece!! Your colors are exquisite!! Thank you for sharing and hopping!

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  53. I love the idea of this process... the texture mix, the colors, stencils and the written word. Brilliant.
    Thank you for sharing this with me.

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  54. What beautiful colors, thanks for sharing your work.

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  55. Very, very beautiful! I want this stencil too!

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  56. Beautifully done Jenny! I love the colours, the stencil shape and how you joined it all together. Beautiful combinations!

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  57. Very beautiful, I too am in love with Jane's work.

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  58. LOVE the pieces and the whole of this - so beautiful on your table!

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