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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Pretty Prints ~ Sprays & Dyes with Stencils ~ Giveaway!

Hello there ~

Happy weekend is over... but I am thankful for a little messing and painting in the studio.   Here's a sneak peek of a detail on a new 8"x8" canvas piece I'll show later:

More Gelli plate printing was also on my mind with some old papers I've had for a long time.  Stencils, squiggles, stamps, thermofax prints and stuff like that make for some happy creating for me.
 I'm going to add a few of the custom printed papers to my shop, but I also have plans for postcards, and mixed media canvas with these beauties!

The fabric below is a commerical, garment cotton, with gathered satin ribbon, lace, and embroidery. I thought it might be interesting to see how it printed with the s.e.i. dyes.  Here's a close-up of the printing using the stencil "Three Totems."

I spied these new sprays, "Color Shine" at Michaels over the past long weekend, and with a special extra 25% bonus coupon they were mine. They have a pearly/metallic paint additive in them, with a metal ball so you can hear it and shake it all up to mix prior to spraying. Pretty color, a bit of glitz, and shine; easy to use; easy to blend, too.  I used them on paper, below:
And then on fabric: this time a polka dot print was the canvas.  Cute!  Stencil pattern: "African Orange Stars with Border."
I combined both s.e.i. dyes and then a top layer of the Color Shine sprays.  Hope you'll be able to see the gold metallic flecks of paint and shine on the print in this closeup:
They are really, really pretty!

{love the polka dots!}
Layering was my idea on the next piece with Margaret's stencils.  At the top of the fabric is "Dotted Quatrefoil", followed by the African Stars, Branches, and Sunshine in overlayers, and underlayers! {are those even words} Guess they will be nowMy idea is to quilt this in another collaged fabric/journal style quilt.
Oh yes, I want to show you another photo of the white commerical garment fabric, showing the entire fabric piece sprayed.  Love the texture it with the lace and ribbon insets.
So don't you think it's {finally} time for some information about the Give Away?  Well, Miss Margaret has 'left it up to me' so to speak, so this is the scoop: 

Leave a comment on THIS POST about what your favorite PAIR of stencils are... don't know which two?   
Well, you have to get to choose!  
If you need to refresh your memory 
{a term I hear often in the courtroom}

I'm going to pick THREE winners, 
one week from today ~ Sunday, March 3rd.
 So..."Have you got your stencil on, yet?" 
Blessings ~ have a great week!
xo 

32 comments:

Kim said...

Love the Layered Flowers Duo [20-33718]. I like the idea of layering coordinated stencils. Not sure if this counts as one or two, since they are a set. The other stencil I love is Secret Garden.

roadie said...

My favorites? Tulips and Borders; Leaf Specimens
Leanne

HollyM said...

The stencils and all your pieces are wonderful. I especially like the Quatrefoil, but have a hard time to choose a second one. The dotted flowers and the branches are great fillers.
That piece with the lace is going to be special!

Connie said...

Beautiful work and I am learning about so many new to me paints and techniques Leslie! My favorite stencils are Layered Flowers Duo and Secret Garden, thanks!

patchouli moon studio said...

I like Layered Flowers Duo [20-33718] and Flourish [30-33715]. I love what you did here with the paints and stencils. Thanks for a chance to win.

Doreen K. said...

Love what you have done with the stencils. I like Branches and Leaf specimen.
Thanks for having the give a way.

TinaW said...

My favorites: the Flower Patch and the Leaf Specimens.

Vicki W said...

I need Branches for my next project and I just love Sunshine.

Needled Mom said...

I like the layed flowers and the tulips. Your pieces are really lovely. I like the glitter shine look and your piece with the flowers is so pretty. Nice work.

Karla said...

Love all that you do all the time!!!! Like the layered flowers and sunshine!! Thanks for the chance to win!

Brenda said...

Hi Leslie! I am loving this thread on stencils and spray dye/paint! What a way to encourage me to get back to stenciling, after I had left off thinking it was too much bother. I just adore the Autumn Orange and the Branches stencils. I think they would give me a new start on my beloved botanical theme. Thanks so much!

Gill said...

Hi Leslie
I love what you've done with Margaret's stencils!!
I think my favourites are 'Leaf Specimen' and Three Totems'
Thank you!

SweetArtUnlimited said...

It is very hard to just pick 2! I guess I would start with Branches and Layered Flowers. They really are all nice.

Jan said...

your photos are so inspiring! I'd have to (get to) pick Branches and Leaf Specimens. Thanks!

Robbie said...

Cool (as usual!) I'm sitting with dog on my lap trying to read blogs! Geezzzz no wonder I don't get much reading done at night!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow, so beautiful!! I like Branches and Flourish, mostly because it looks like something I could make ;-) Your creativity is so inspiring!

Sheila said...

Gorgeous ! My favorite stencils are the layered flowers and leaf specimens . Thanks for the chance to win .

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

ohh... these sprays are so pretty!! love all the fun you had here! :) my favorites are the dotted quatrefoil and flourish!

Mary said...

Hello Leslie, i came over by way of Valerie's blog.
nice to have found you!

Grace and peace,
Mary

Isabelle said...

My favorite duo is the Star-Flowers one. And my favorite single stencils are: The Secret Garden,the Tulip and border, the Flower Blossom and the Branches. Thank you so much!

Valerie Sjodin said...

Leslie, I've been so blessed by your blog, I gave you an award on my blog. You can find out the details on my blog post for today at http://visualblessings.blogspot.com.

Jean said...

I love the way the piece turned out using 4 of Margaret's stencils...it's beautiful! My favorite stencils are probably Sunshine and Flower Blossoms, but it's definitely a tough choice! Thanks for sharing your work!

Nancy Lee said...

my favorite are Sunshine and Brabches! I have already order 6 from Joggles!

Anonymous said...

My favorite pair of stencils are: Dotted Quatrefoil and Sunshine! Your work is so beautiful and accessible. Thank you for such lovely inspirations. Claudia Wade, cwade1211@sbcglobal.net

Domestic Diva said...

I like the leaf specimens and sunshine. Cute!

lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

Marysu said...

Branches and Flourish, so awesome!! You are soooo productive! Wish I had that energy!

elle said...

Luv that second last photo! I like the Nouveau. I got it as a mask. Then I like the shooting stars and Flower blossoms and want the leaves and branches and... lol hmm? I wonder if our store will get Colour Shine. Tumbler Dyes are coming!!!!! :)

darcey said...

Polka dots and layered flowers, for sure! Beautiful work as always, leslie. Where do you buy your painting supplies. I haven't really found a good source where I live. I tend to improvise with acrylics and whatever inks I have on hand. Could use a little advice, if you have a moment.
Darc
xxoo

kliaksa said...

as usually it is so difficult to chose from! My favoritews are: - Dotted Quatrefoil, African Orange Stars with Border and Branches
I lve the detaail of your new canvas work shoed at the beggining of this post!

Carol M said...

I love watching the step-by-step process of your lovely creations.

Kelly Vetch said...

I am so happy to have found my way here. Inspirational! I like the layered flowers duo and the secret garden. Thanks for sharing!

Swedish Scrapper said...

Oooh, fun! I like the Aztec Tiles, Leaf Specimens, and Flower Blossoms! beautiful pictures of what you've done :D

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