I love using dots, circles, spots, round shapes in my artwork. Before stencils, my favorite go-to mark-makers were punchinella and bubble wrap, but I was always losing them. But now... Viola! Introducing Halftone Dots Stencils - never be without circles again!
What do I love most about these stencils? The versatility and the grunge factor. These are not perfect little smooth edged circles. Oh no, they have micro-wavy edges and are delightfully imperfectly round-ish. AND they layer in a fabulously wibbly-wobbly way. Yes, those are all grammatically correct technical terms.
Of course the above were all done with my gelli plate, which you all know I LOVE, because just LOOK at that texture and detail. But then I decided to make some art journal pages, because these stencils are GREAT for mixed media backgrounds. You can go subtle, like the greens in this page.
For this background, I used Tim Holtz Distress Crayons (set one) sribbled all over a page in my Strathmore Hard Cover Journal, and smooshed them around with a water brush to lay a nice bright color down. For the record, the page was gessoed first. I then took the stencils (several of the different sizes) and laid them down and took a baby wipe, smeared a darker crayon color on the wet wipe, and wiped through the circles. I got a nice edge to the circles with the darker color. How fabulous is that?
The branches were done by using a brown ink and blowing carefully through a straw to make the ink run in different directions to mimic tree roots.
I did do some other projects, another journal page, and a set of coasters, but I'm going to use them in another blog post because I want to get to the exciting part! For the next two weeks, the Artistcellar Design Team is going to be featuring these stencils in our own little bloghop, except no hopping. All the posts will be on this blog so there are no stops to remember, AND they are EACH going to be giving away a set of stencils to a lucky random winner who leaves a comment. Tell us what you would do with them, what you like about them, how fabulous everyone's art work is! We will be picking winners on everyone's blog post on May 11th. So leave a comment (but just one!) on each person's post for your chance to win:
Monday 4/25 Karen Elaine
Wednesday 4/27 Shelby
Friday 4/29 Shana
Monday 5/2 Briana
Wednesday 5/4 Kirsten
Friday 5/6 Cristen
Of course leave a comment on THIS post, I'm going to give away a set too! And if you are really impatient and want to buy a set of Halftone Dots before finding out if you are a winner, go ahead and purchase them... if you win a set, you can exchange it for another set of stencils we have. It's a win-win all around! Hooray!
See you soon, XO Lisa
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