Behind the Scenes with TCW: Stencil U 2015

I was delighted to have the opportunity to be a part of The Crafter’s Workshop very first Stencil U back up in April.  I met up with a talented group of ladies culled from The Crafter’s Workshop design team.

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Clockwise from the bottom left:

I stole most of the photos for this post from their instagram accounts, so you’ll see their usernames above the stolen photographs.  :)  By the way, for loads more stencil inspiration, be sure to follow everyone on instagram!

We gathered together at TCW headquarters where there were plenty of beautiful finished samples to look at.

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We got a tour of the warehouse and Jaime (founder and owner of TCW) shared the story of how TCW started.  We also spent time making samples, sharing techniques, and discussing absolutely everything about teaching and demonstrating with stencils.  (Plus, Jaime handed out fancy embroidered TCW aprons – you can see them in the photos!)

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On Saturday night, we headed into New York City for an evening of too much food and lots of happy bonding.

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The dessert was as good as it is big.  So really really really good!

I ate too much and had a lot of fun.  Most importantly, I got to know all of these super talented ladies and that was *awesome*!

Here’s a video montage of photos from the TCWStencils instagram account:

If you can’t see it, click HERE.

And before you ask, here are links to most of the stencils in the photos (if you don’t see the stencil you’re after it means I couldn’t find it for sale anywhere):

Thanks for stopping by!

Breathe art journal spread

Hello there, everyone, Sanna here today with my last post. I can´t believe how fast time has flewn. I have enjoyed every second of it. This has been such a great team to be in and I am glad I have had the pleasure of being a part of The Crafter´s Workshop family. Truly great memories!!

So today it is time for me to say goodbye and share one last project with you. As my final post I created an art journal spread using a ton of stencils (all stencils I´ve used here, are also available at Scrapbook.com). Here is what I did:

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First I applied gesso on my art journal pages and let the layer dry properly.

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Next I took some semi opaque matte mist in purple, pink and yellow (by Tattered Angels) and sprayed random circles onto the gessoed surface and again let the layer dry really properly.

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After that I took various 6×6 inch stencils and started dabbing heavy body acrylic paint (by Dina Wakley) thru the stencils with a foam brush onto the background. I used turquoise, tangerine, lime and magenta here. And again after applying the paint I needed to let the layer dry – this is really hard for me as I am not very patient :).

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Then I took some profile stencils and added those in the middle of my art journal spread. I used black acrylic paint here. I wanted to add another bold pattern to go with the profiles, so I chose to use the number stencil. I again used black paint here and applied the paint with a foam brush.

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I felt that the right side profile was not standing out enough, so I colored her hair with a black Sharpie and after that I added some metallic creative medium thru some stencils onto the ladies hair. I also sprinkled some shabby white embossing enamel here and there for additional interest and then heat set the enamel with a heat gun.

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I then wanted to add some fun hashtag words to go with my journaling, so I stamped words that fit the theme of my page with a black ink and wrote the text along the edges of the spread. I really like how bold and retro this spread looks like. Here are some detail photos so you can see the enamel and creative medium details better:

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and here is my finished art journal spread:

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It has been such a pleasure being a part of The Crafter´s Workshop family. Thank you so much for your lovely comments, it has been an amazing time designing with TCW stencils. And what a great team of colleagues I have had the pleasure to work with – they have all been such an inspiration! – and what a fab company to work with! I am sure the new team will rock your socks off with their artworks!! I know I am going to be keeping an eye on them and already looking forward to the inspiration they will be sharing!!

ps. a few weeks back I taped a video in Finnish about some fun and easy stenciling techniques and while I was at it, I thought, I might as well do an English one too, so here it is, just a little extra to go with my post:

Thanks for a great time,
xxx, Sanna

Sun Printing with Balzer Bits

Back in 2011 I attempted sun printing for the first time.  I wrote all about it here.  It remains one of my favorite easy and magical experiences.  Simply put, you paint your fabric, slap down some stencils, come back an hour later, and you have printed fabric!  Magic!

Here is a video I made explaining the process.


Balzer Bits are perfect for sun printing because you don’t have to deal with any of the hard edges of the square stencils.

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Here’s the fabric I made in the video:

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I used that fabric to make a jewelry roll.

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If you liked this tutorial, please visit my blog: Balzer Designs.

Car Art…creating with TCW on the move

Hello Creative Friends!

Keri Sallee here and it’s time for another rousing edition of: WHAT CAN I MAKE IN MY CAR!?

When I know I’m going to be traveling in my car for an extended period of time, I like to challenge myself to create something with limited space and limited supplies.

Here is what I came up with this time:

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I used the 6×6 TCW541 “Believe Script” with my #157 Dark Indigo Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen and the 6×6 TCW404 “Silhouette Script” { both by Balzer Designs} with my Licorice Double Scoop Gelatos, along with We R Memory Keepers Chevron Washi in Apricot to make my base.

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Here is what the base page looked like before I added all the color:

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As you can see…in the car it’s VERY easy to make little mistakes or smudges, but this is a good exercise in just rolling with it (something not that easy for a perfectionist like me!)

I then started layering NeoColors, Gelatos by Design Memory Craft and Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pens for more color and texture, as well as stamp for Graphic 45 and Unity Stamp Company. {See below for a full list of supplies}

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I hope today’s post challenged you to try a little car art for yourself the next time you have a long trip.

XOXO,

KERI

SUPPLIES:

TCW #404S-Silhoutte Script

TCW #541S-Believe Script

Gesso (page was pre-gessoed before I got in the car)

We R Memory Keepers Chevron Washi-Apricot

Film Strip Washi-Paper Studio

Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pens-Dark Indigo, Cadmiun Yellow, Orange Glaze, White, Black & Deep Scarlet Red

Faber-Castell Gelatos Double Scoop-Licorice

NeoColor II Wax Pastels-Turquoise Blue, Cobalt Blue& Purple (it looks pink to me! LOL)

Unity Stamp Company Layers of Life-August 2014-Everything Matters Heart Stamp

Unity Stamp Company Layers of Life-June 2014-Beautiful Wish Circle Stamp

Graphic 45 by Hampton Arts-Artisan Style 1-Word Stamp

Letterpress with Balzer Bits

Hi!  Julie Fei-Fan Balzer here! It’s super easy to create letterpress (i.e. a debossed colored image) with any of my Balzer Bits!  Watch the video for the how-to:

Here’s the sample from the video:

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I used the same technique to create the focal images for these cards:

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The sentiment was created with one of my hand carved stamps.

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To create the pattern on the house, I stamped an image onto the House Bit and sprayed it with water just before I put it through the die cut machine!

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I hope you’ll give this technique a try!  Be sure to visit my blog for more tips, tricks, and tutorials!