Friday, January 31, 2014

Make Your Own StenDoodle "ART"...and Some Stendoodle Note Cards

The first few StenDoodle projects that I made were done on a full sheet of watercolor paper.  I loved how this large piece, filled with colors and textures, just popped.  And I loved having a piece of "ART" for my wall.  Well, one day someone commented that the piece I made would be a great note card, which, of course, got my mind going.....

So, today, I am here to show you how to have the best of both worlds.  A piece of "ART" to be framed or hung on the wall or placed on a shelf, together with a set of cards using the same design.  

This project uses Pam Carriker's Heart stencil.  When I saw this stencil at The Ink Pad, I knew I had to have it.  It is the perfect stencil to use with the StenDoodle technique due to the large area inside the heart in which to work.  And, when her Wing stencil gets out of customs, it will go perfect with this stencil too.

Materials Used:
Watercolor paper (8.5" x 11")
Permanent Fine Tip Marker (Bic, Sharpie, Copic Multiliner)
Painter's tape or removable tape
Inktense Blocks by Derwent
Waterbrush or fine tip brush
Red texture paste or modeling paste with red paint (optional)

Step by Step:

1.  Lay the Heart stencil on top of the watercolor paper and secure with painter's tape or another removable tape.  Working slowly, trace and color in the outside border of the heart with the permanent marker.  There is a sort of "inner" border that I did not use in this piece.


 2.  Now, because I want the outline to be a solid color, I took a bit of creative license with the stencil and closed in the border.  Where there are gaps, I used the marker to close that area.  I hope Pam does not shoot me or take me to court!!  haha.

3.  Lay the Circle Rays stencil on the heart, secure with tape, and trace the rays that you want to color in.   I outlined every two rays as one ray.  Then go over the pencil lines with the marker and erase the pencil lines.

4. Place the Throwing Stars stencil in one of the rays and trace with pencil and/or with marker.

5.  Place the Gigi Stencil in another ray and do the same.  This time I just colored in the flowers with the black permanent marker.

6.  Next up is the Wheels Spoke stencil.  This is a two step stencil - first, trace the circles where you want them, then go back and trace the spokes.  You will do this in a ray on the right and left side. 

7.  Next up is the Half Moon Slant stencil.  Trace with pencil and/or marker.

8.  Next is the small Journal Texture No. 2 stencil n the last ray on the upper right side. 

9.  Now, not liking the way the Throwing Stars looked, I went back and, using the small circle in the Wheels Spoke stencil, I put circles in the center of each of the stars.  I then took the Throwing Stars stencil and turned it on the side to add more points coming out of each star. 

10.  Then the Half Moon Slant, in the ray to the left of the Throwing Stars, looked bare.  So I went back and put the same small circles in that ray also.

11.  This is what the piece will look like when you have finished tracing the stencils.

12.  The above looks cool the way it is.  But now we gotta color it all in.  I used Inktense Blocks by Derwent with a waterbrush (thanks Pam for getting me hooked on these).  You can use whatever medium you want to use.    Below is what my piece looks like after fully colored in.

13.  Now, before adding any texture, scan you piece.  I scanned mine at 300 dpi.  Then I went and printed some 5 x 7 prints using Picassa, layered them and made my cards.

14.  After I scanned my piece, I placed it back on the craft mat and put the Heart stencil back over the piece, securing it with painter's tape.  I mixed a bit of red paint with some modeling paste to make a texture and then applied it around the heart.

Well, that's it.  Did you really make it to the end?  After the paste has dried, if you used it, you have a beautiful piece of Art as well as a scanned image to make into card or other gifts. 

Hope you liked this tutorial and project!!