Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Old Timer Stencil Blog Hop and Tutorial


I was honored when Nathalie Kalbach asked me to try out one of her new stencils for Stencil Girl.  It is called "Old Timer," and is a wonderful illustration of an old car.


Nathalie introduced the stencil in May, and recently asked several artists to try it out.   Here's what it looks like:

http://stencilgirlproducts.com/stencils-6x6/view/892
The other artists trying it out today are: Jamie Dougherty, Maria McGuire, Stephanie Schütze and   Nathalie Kalbach, of course!

I started with a print made with my Gelli Plate, and Wendy Vecchi Embossing paste in black.  I spread the paste through the stencil with a palette knife and set it aside to dry.


The book I altered was an old primary school reading book called "The Progressive Road to Reading."  I really liked the fact that the book had the word "Road" in the title. 

 I taped the spine on the inside of the front cover to reinforce it, and then proceeded to cut out the middle of nearly all of the pages to create a framed inset on the inside of the book.

I used matte medium to adhere a lot of the pages on the front and inside front cover, and adhered some corrugated cardboard and photo transfers of children driving to the front cover.



I used yellow ochre, burnt sienna and magenta fluid acrylics to "age" the cover and integrate the photographs.  I then used my dots and dashes stencil from Stencil Girl to mimic road lines.  



I set the book aside to dry, and turned back to the Old Timer Car.  I cut it out, adjusted the colors with a mix of paint and glazing medium, and added some shading on the windows, wheels, and hubcaps of the car.  Then I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.



Once the front of the book was dry, I used some Ranger Remnant Rubs.  Then I adhered the car to the front of the book using PVA glue.  I found words from the removed book pages that related to travel, and arranged them into a phrase.


In the interior inset, I glued a photo from our travels and service work in Guatemala.  I took it early in the morning after a tropical storm.  The streets were deserted, except for me and this lone traveler.   I also added a quote I found recently on Pinterest.  It related perfectly to the "found poem" I had created on the front cover.

I used Glitz letters to add the word "journey" to the spine.


My cat approves!


Thank you Nathalie for creating such an inspiring and fun stencil!  I really enjoyed playing with it.  I can't wait to see what Nathalie Kalbach, Jamie Dougherty, Maria McGuire, and Stephanie Schütze did!

And guess what?  Nathalie is giving away one Old Timer Stencil!  You have four chances to win.  Leave a comment on each of the listed blogs and on Nathalie's blog and let us know how you like the projects.  Nathalie will pick randomly one lucky winner. You have until July 30th, 2013 - midnight EST to comment.

Linking also to City Crafter Challenge (on the road),  Paint Party Friday, and Art Journal Every Day.

Thank you for visiting! I hope you will leave me a comment to let me know you were here. I read and treasure every comment and will answer any questions as quickly as I can.

59 comments:

  1. Ohh I so love what you did with the stencil! What a beautiful book - the cover is so amazing! BTw...you kitty is cute too :) Thank you for playing along with me!

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  2. I love the colours!! Love the ideas..gotta give it a go!! thanks for sharing

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  3. Love this stencil and what you have done with this books. Love the cat too :)

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  4. it is a really great book, i just love what you did to it, thanks for showing me how you got to the finished work.Both stencils are great and I love your cat too it has great taste

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  5. I love how you altered the book and how you showed the process step by step. Thank You! I'll be back for more inspiration, I'm sure

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  6. Wow!! What a terrific piece of art ... you did a fabulous job here ... Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!

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  7. Awesome work with this fun stencil! You got some amazing depth and color with it, and love the book you have created--- thanks for all the creative ideas today!

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  8. Thank you for the tutorial! I love, how your book has transformed into something special, a beautiful artwork!

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  9. Here from Nathalie's blog! Love your use of the stencil! And the inside is amazing! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  10. I love your altered book. I love to use old books, too, and the stencil fits in perfectly with the look! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. What a fabulous altered book. Love how you created a message with words cut out from the extra pages. The car reminds me of my grandpa who loved to restore antique cars.

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  12. What a fabulous altered book. Love how you created a message with words cut out from the extra pages. The car reminds me of my grandpa who loved to restore antique cars.

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  13. Great use of the stencil in a most unusual way, love your book cover alterations, you are hooked on that I see. The stencil has so much dimension with the paste, paint and glazing. Wouldn't mind a ride in that car. xox

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  14. This is absolutely awesome! I have wanted to do some book altering and now I have an idea how to start! Beautiful job!!

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  15. What a magnificent way to capture the feelings of your travel to Guatemala - there is so much heart in this!

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  16. What a fabulous work of art. I love it.

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  17. This is so amazing, Jessica! Wow!!
    How perfect that the word "Road" was in the title!!
    LOVE!

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  18. I do like the stand up effect this book has. Great use of the stencil! :)

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  19. What a great idea, love the book, love your Cover! Awesome!

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  20. Lovely piece and a gorgeous cat! Valerie

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  21. So cool!!! Love it! Hope I win that stencil. You gave me a good idea with the
    old book theme. Thanks

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  22. Wow! I love how you altered your book - thank you for sharing your working!
    The car is amazing!

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  23. You have one very smart cat.. I approve too! Awesome as always :)
    textilerecycle@yahoo.com

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  24. I love how you built so many meanings into your altered book using the stencil as inspiration. Thank you for sharing your amazing work.

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  25. Another beautiful altered book Jessica!!!! I love the spine, the cover--yes I love it all! Perfect Vintage project :)

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  26. Reading your post today was a wonderful Journey! It's always fun to see art come together in such a cohesive way. You should be very proud of producing such a beautiful travel journal. TFS.

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  27. just loved how you used the stencil, you did an absoulutely awesome job. great project. thank you. xoxo

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  28. you are so clever! awesome pic of this journal, i love what u did! tx for sharing and inspiring! aloha, angi in hana

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  29. Jessica, your book is wonderful, -love the passengers on the front cover-
    and your car is fantastic looking!!, the qoutes are great and so very true!!
    The stencil used makes a fantastic old car!! So understand ,your cat approves :-)
    xo,Dorthe

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  30. Thanks for the tutorial. What an awesome project! :o)

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  31. I love how it turned out. I love your style. Johanne L.

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  32. This is incredible, loved seeing your process, makes me want to play! Thanks for sharing this!
    Janelle R

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  33. Super cool project, thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

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  34. What a clever idea. I love your gelli plate background and your use of the black embossing paste.

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  35. I absolutely love what you did with the stencil and altered book. And your cat is cute.

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  36. For me, this is a "converstion piece"! Love the colors, perspective, texture...everything...will be visiting your site oftenly. TFS

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  37. What a smart idea! So clever! "Old" seems to be in!

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  38. I love the coloring of your old jalopy. Stencilgirl has put out an amazing stencil-very useful too.

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  39. I love what you did with both the car and the background. I have never used black modeling paste, but will give it a try. Your books and designs always have so much luscious texture.

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  40. Spectacular mixed media piece. I love what you did with the stencil and giving real meaning to the piece with your interior photo. Thanks for Sharing! Happy Paint Party Friday!

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  41. Love all vintage cars- and love the end results- I agree with your cat for sure.Happy PPF friend.

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  42. wowee, so fabulous, Happy PPF, hugs Annette x

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  43. Love all of these, your cat is adorable!

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  44. Wow love what you did with that stencil....amazing job!! Thanks for sharing your process!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  45. It was so interesting to read about and see the steps to this and it looks fabulous. Oh and your cat is stunning!

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  46. I love the detail that you put into this altered book using the "old Timer" stencil. I must try this! jackie

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  47. Beautiful WIPs! And the cutest cat lol
    Happy PPF ♥

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  48. Wow! This is a gorgeous keepsake of your service work in Guatemala, Jessica. Blessings!

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  49. That is awesome - you did a fabulous job with the stencil and the book! I had a white cat like that some time back - he had fabulous blue eyes (and was deaf) and I named him Paul after Paul Newman (who also had fabulous blue eyes but wasn't deaf)

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  50. I was thinking of doing a book project this weekend. I told my sister I wanted to alter an old Nancy Drew book and she was aghast! I have to find another book! Great job- I like all your ideas! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  51. Gorgeous piece, love what you have done with the stencil! <3

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  52. Really nice work... I love the whole thing! Thanks for sharing it on PPF! Renee xoxo
    www.fussitup.blogspot.com

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  53. What a fabulous creation! Love how you did the car, especially. Gorgeous!

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  54. That's a great stencil and you used it well. :) Love your kitty!

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  55. Great project Jessica! Love that the word "road" was on the original book and that stencil is amazing. Perfect combination. Love the quotes that you used. And your photo of Guatemala is beautiful! Thanks for joining us at CCCB. Hugs, Wendy

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  56. Love your creation and the tutorial you provided. The stencil is great.

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  57. Love this stencil! Love this piece! Love the posing cat! Fab ART!

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