Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Do You "STENDOODLE"?

A Bunch of Stendoodled Pieces I Made
Have you ever gotten an idea and thought that it was going to be the next amazing thing in the paper crafting world?  The one no one else has ever thought of?  Well this happened on my recent trip back home to NYC.  I was not able to bring a lot of art materials home with me but I was able to squeeze into my luggage my tombow markers, some permanent markers, a bunch of stencils, and a Zentangle book.  I have always loved the look of Zentangling and I was determined to finish a full project by the end of this trip.  

One night I traced the outline of the Blazonry stencil on some watercolor paper and then sat - for hours - trying to make many of the Zentangle designs in the book.  It did not look great.  It didn't even really look good.  I realized that this Zentangling was not as easy as it looked and that it probably takes a lot more practice than I was willing to give it on this trip.   

As I started to clean up, the 12" Blazonry stencil, by Crafter's Workshop, had fallen on top of smaller stencil and the design popping through hit me.  It would look really cool to trace that and color it in.  

A photo reenactment of what I probably saw.

So I did.  AND BECAME ADDICTED!!! No, seriously.  This can be addicting.  Probably like Zentangling is for other people.

I spent the next several hours/days tracing different parts of smaller stencils in each of the sections of the larger stencil.  Then went back and colored the lines with a black permanent marker, and then colored the whole thing in with Gelatos by Faber Castell and a waterbrush.  Yes, it took days, but this was the final piece - and I freakin loved it.

The final piece of Blazonry after all the tracing and coloring.
Ok, back to the part where I thought I came up with the next great paper crafting technique.  After I put this up on my Facebook page, people started to comment that my Zentangling was great.  Well, it's not really Zentangled.  I did not do any doodles or any designs from the Zentangle books.  I thought it was more like Sten-tangling.  Tangling with stencils.  But, since this was not a product or idea by the Zentangle folks, I decided to give it a different name - Stendoodle..or Stendoodling.  I like how that sounds!!  Maybe this will be the next big thing!! 

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I guess this would be a very good place to state for the record that, although I use the word Zentangle many times in this blog post, I am in no way affiliated with the good folks at Zentangle (www.zentangle.com).  I am a huge fan of Rick and Maria's work and, if they see this post, I hope that I am not infringing in any way.  I came up with Stentangle because I used stencils and because people were calling it Zentangle.    
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Along with the Blazonry piece above, i have finished a few more pieces and have a few more in the works.  You cannot believe how much fun and addicting this can be.  I'll try to get some tutorials done over the next few weeks.  Below are some additional pieces I have finished.

Printed the full piece on cardstock and cut it apart for card fronts.

For this piece I used the 12" x 12" stencil called Fragmented Flower by Crafter's Workshop and then filled in each of the sections of the stencil with other stencils.

This is the final piece done on watercolor paper and colored with watercolor pencils.

Same piece as above but printed on cardstock and used for card fronts.

Another cool stencil I used was Life Masks by Crafter'sWorkshop.  This is a stencil with 4 different shapes - 2 circles and 2 rectangles - which I just layered and traced over each other, using the sections within to finish with other stencils.

The piece in black and white before I added the colors.

The final piece.
And, finally, what I think is the coolest piece.  I just love the way this came out, the neon colors I used on parts of it, and the very James Bondish look to it.  For this piece I first traced the two silhouette stencils, called "Annie" and "Bert", from the Dylusions Stencil line by Dyan Reaveley at Ranger Inc.  Then I placed the Fragmented Flower stencil over and traced again.  

Well, that's it.  Will be back with some tutorials and other projects with the stencils soon.  Hope you liked...leave a message...email me...facebook me..

~Michael

32 comments:

  1. These are very cool!! You should totally email The Crafter's Workshop a link to this post. Awesome!

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  2. Love this. The colors are great!

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  3. This is fabulous! You have just made my world a much nicer place to be!

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  4. Michael!!! Esse trabalho, em especial, ficou simplesmente maravilhoso!! Isso se chama criatividade e bom gosto!! Amei!!!

    By the way... I was curious about your post at facebook and had to come to see what you have done now. I think everyone here agree with Toni!!! You did an amazing job!!

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  5. yes you are correct that it has been done before but WOW your work is fantastic

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  6. Brilliant results from a happy accident. Xx

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  7. Love it...now this I could do....

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  8. Well, I think it is a brilliant idea that has been brilliantly executed. Therefore, you are brilliant. (I do know the smartest people).

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  9. Eureka! Great idea! Relaxing also. Good project for vacation times!

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  10. Very cool! I do hate Zentangle and really suck at it, but I'm giving this a try! I might actually get good at this! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. This is a GREAT idea! I will never look at another stencil the same way ever again.

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  12. Great idea! I will definitely be trying this, and will never look at a stencil the same way ever again.

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  13. Whatever you call this...these are really cool!!

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  14. Freakin' awesome. Brillant idea. Can't wait to do it!!!!

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  15. Brillant idea! Your samples are freakin' amazing!!!!

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  16. Hello Michael, I've been doing a bit of blog surfing this evening and happened upon this amazing post about Stentangling. What you've created with stencils is colourful, vibrant and so eye catching. I've layered my stencils and I've done a bit of Zentangling, but you have merged the two looks into something new. Bravo!!

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  17. Michael,
    This was such a fun creative class.
    Thank you for 2 great classes.
    Ray W

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  18. I'm late to the party, lol. But I LOVE what you have created! I have an obsession with stencils and I never thought to use them like this! Thanks for the inspiration!!

    Tiffany ♥

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  19. So great meeting you this weekend, Michael! I had to pop over and check out more of your Stentangling idea... it's so fabulous ! I love the B&W versions too, before you even add the wonderful color. Good luck with this!

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  20. Standing Ovation! Loving the Stentangling techniques...I will be waiting on your NEW BOOK on your lovely techniques...as usual you are quite the Unique, Creative, Artist I know...and wish you much success to this new Paper technique out there...You are going to explode with this idea... Hugs my friend...and BEST wishes to you always.

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    1. Thank you for your wonderful comments! Hmm, a book. That might be in the works one of these days. hehe

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  21. Beautiful results and awesome idea! I love how you cut these up and turned it into card fronts too. Came to your blog from the Stencil Girl blog. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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    1. Thanks so much Katie! Glad you liked. Have many more projects coming down the pike!!

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  22. OMG! Your Stendoodling is magnificent! It's a brand-new technique for me. I love to stencil and I love to doodle (and tangle patterns).
    So, Stendoodling is simply great to enjoy both at the same time:-) Thanks a bunch!

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  23. Very awesome! I've never had a bit of luck trying to Zentangle, but this, I think I could do!

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    1. Thanks so much! My technique came out of trying to Zentangle. I love the Zentangles but just cannot wrap my head around the tangles! Hope you check out my other StenDoodle posts too.

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