Welcome to the Random Squares Test Drive & Giveaway, featuring: Seth Apter, Carolyn Dube, Kristin Dudish, Corinne Gilman, and Diana Trout!
Random Squares just has "fun" built into it. Something about it reminds me of the mosaic imagery used by Gustav Klimt in "The Kiss."
I wanted to try to use the stencil to create mosaic-like squares.
To begin, I used my gelli plate, the Random Squares stencil and fluid acrylics (Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold, Magenta, and Iridescent Gold) to make some prints on wax paper. I then glued the deli paper onto sheets of tin foil to give them strength and malleability.
Next, I mixed glass bead texture gel with Jaquard Pearl-Ex Pigment in Antique Gold, to make the gel very sparkly. I placed my stencil back over my Gelli printed papers, and dragged the glass bead gel medium through with a wide painting knife. It created amazing texture. (I made sure to vary where I put the stencil, so you could still see the gelli printing underneath.)
Once the bead gel dried, I cut out the raised squares to create mosaic "tiles." (These are what I used to make the cape in this post!)
I had a pasta box in the recycling bin that I thought I could use to make something. I liked the window.
I made some more gelli prints using the Random Squares stencil, deli paper and tin foil, but without the raised glass bead gel. I used this to wrap the outside of my little house (adhering with double stick tape and tacky glue), and then used some of the more textured paper to change the shape of the window to give my structure a Moorish feel.
Now for the faux Mosaic Tiles, some stamping with StazOn Ink and my favorite Michelle Ward stamp called "Graphic Details," some rubbing of black Portfolio water soluble pastels, and some beading to decorate the opening.
My ziti pasta box was completely transformed! Samy was sure it was made out of clay! It will soon be the home to one of my many Buddha statues.
Please be sure to visit Seth Apter, Carolyn Dube, Kristin Dudish, Corinne Gilman, and Diana Trout, to see how they've used the Random Squares stencil. I am so grateful to these amazing artists for playing along with me!
Linking to Paint Party Friday, Show & Tell Saturday at Artists in Blogland, Eclectic Paperie (altered boxes), Frilly & Funkie (spruce it up), Collage Obsession (Shrine) and Happy Daze (recycle).
Giveaway: What is your favorite way to use stencils? Let me know in the comments section by 1/27 for a chance to win my Flying Tulips stencil! UPDATE: Congratulations to Theresa N for winning this stencil!