Another Crusade, another great learning experience!! I've never tried my hand at making or using stencils so this was a great way to begin. After going to Hobby Lobby for the stencil material, Hotmark tool, and picture glass, I sat down on the floor of my sunroom to cut stencils. Lots of great light and I didn't have to worry about the kiddos getting near the hot cutter or it flying off my desk (I am a terrible klutz). Cutting the stencils was easier than I thought it would be, thanks to the great instructions Michelle gave. Wheww!! I didn't realize it would be so stinky! The smell of burning pastic, gackk! I should have known better. Melting plastic gives off all sorts of noxius fumes, no wonder my asthma acted up. Next time I'll have better ventilation or a mask.
Here are a few pics of my foray into stencil land:
After seeing Michelle's flame stencils, I just had to make a set of my own <G>. Here are the journal pages I made with my new stencils:
My favorite. Watercolor on crumpled, singed masa. When I pasted it into my journal, the stark white journal paper surrounding it was rather jarring. I rubbed some pastel on the journal paper so it blended better with the paste-in.
Colored pencil on pastel. I went back and reworked almost all of the images, but this one needed the most tweaking. I think the original's lines were too thin and needed to be made larger in the stencil for a pencil to fit into them easier.