Monday, November 11, 2013

Mixed Media Tutorial with Foam Board and Stencils


I'm on a blog hop today with some of my Stencil Girl peeps.  And if you've hopped along from the Stencil Girl Talk blog - congratulations!  you're almost done.

We're seeing how foam board and stencils can play together.   I have to admit that when I first received my two big sheets of foam board from Foam Board Express, I wasn't sure what to do with them. 

But it turns out that the internet is full of great ideas, which I adapted for these two projects.

And the best news is that this blog hop has a GIVEAWAY from both Foam Board and Stencil Girl!  Read on to find out all about it.

My first project was a muslin covered "canvas."


Using an exact knife and a metal ruler, I cut one of my foam boards into an 11 x 12 rectangle.


I lay down a piece of sheer muslin that was a little bigger than my board.


Using Xyron's super tacky double stick tape, I folded my fabric around my board so it was nice and tight, and then used a staple gun to tack it in place.


I mixed mica powder, gold paint and modeling glass bead gel and scraped it through the Hebrew Calligraphy and Hamsa stencil using a palette spatula.


I made another concoction with glass bead gel, Crimson paint and silver mica powder and scraped that through my Borders stencil.  I added shading to the Hebrew letters, and washed some purple along the top and bottom, some burnt sienna in the middle, and some crimson around the Hamsa.  I went back in with gold paint to shine up the letters.


This stencil contains a prayer from Numbers, called The Priestly Blessing:

May God bless you and keep you.
May God cause the divine light to shine upon you and be gracious to you.
May God turn toward you, and grant you peace.

I intend to ship this piece to my cousin, who is battling cancer.  The foam board is a perfect substrate, because it is lightweight and will be easy to ship.

Project II:  My second project was inspired by this tutorial for using foam board for a mobile.  Because it is so light weight, it is a perfect substrate.  I started by cutting out various shapes of foam board.  My cat got into the act!






But in the end, I had a variety of shapes.   Choosing the rectangles, I covered them with book pages and a light wash of gesso, and then stenciled them with gold paint.








The gold wasn't "blingy" enough for me, so I went to one of my favorite techniques - stenciling onto tissue paper.  I was using my Medallions stencil (as yet to be released!),


















and Maria McGuire's Greek Borders stencil. 



















I stamped words on the tissue paper as well, and then adhered the paper onto the forms (which I had glazed with different colors of acrylic paint mixed with glazing medium).


 I raided my stash for beads and other found objects, including ceramic pieces from parts of a mobile made ages ago by my grandmother. I used the same stencils to add some more colors to the shapes, and then strung them together, using my awl to pierce holes through the foam board (so easy!) for my needle. 
I hope you enjoyed these projects, and that you'll check out what all the other creatives are up to! Here's the blog hop order:

Here's the info for the GIVEAWAY (it ends Thursday, November 14th @ 11:59PM Central Time)

Foam Board Express is offering a package of five of its 20-inch by 30-inch flat display foam boards, including one black foam board, one white foam board and three additional foam board sheets in colors chosen by the winner.  Color choices include:  green, red, yellow, dark blue, neon yellow, neon orange and neon pink.  Check out Foam Board's facebook page for more great ideas!

and StencilGirl is giving away: Mary Beth's new DVD called: StencilGirl Mixed Media Sampler Journal.

All comments on all blogs are eligible. The combined prize going to one lucky winner.  So get commenting!

Please know that I really appreciate your comments and will answer any questions as quickly as I can.

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56 comments:

  1. Both of you projects are beautiful. It would be amazing to win the stencil and foam board because the 14th is my birthday.

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  2. Jessica your projects look great like usual, thanks for sharing!

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  3. Stunning - I love what you've created!

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  4. Incredible texture. Both of your projects are wonderful Jessica.

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  5. Now, that was fun, Jessica. What a great idea and a super gift.

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  6. I really like stencilling on tissue.The board is sure useful and the project great!

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  7. I loved the mobile idea. Always looking my things to entertain my crafty daughter.

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  8. These are wonderful Jessica, so creative and such a beautiful outcome!!

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  9. really beautiful projects Jessica! I especially love the idea of wrapping fabric around the foam board.

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  10. So darn cute...I want thousands of these swaying in the wind! Great idea Jessica. xox

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  11. Love your projects. The stenciling on tissue and the mobile are on my to-do list now.
    Dianne West

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  12. I love the idea of putting tissue paper on on foam board. Putting that on my list of things to do!

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  13. I love the idea of putting tissue paper on on foam board. Putting that on my list of things to do!

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  14. The prayer board is beautiful - the glass beads were something I was introduced to at Art is You - they are so interesting and I love the way you used them.

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  15. Your mixed media piece is luscious and will gladden the heart of the recipient. Thanks for the tutorial. I will be making a Xmas mobile today.

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  16. Holy stencils!!! Your foam board canvas is breath-taking!!! Love how the gold POPS right off the canvas!! Your cousin will be very pleased with this! I will be sending prayers and healing thoughts to her! As a 3 time cancer survivor I know how much little things like happy mail mean to you while dealing with this nasty disease!
    Your mobiles are so cool and I think I will make some for my grandsons' new room. They will love it! TFS!

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  17. Thank you for sharing TWO projects. Love your ideas & creations!

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  18. Wow -- what great work you do -- very crafty.

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  19. great, great projects!!! i have been wanting to make a mobile for so long now and you are the inspiration. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win. xoxo

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  20. What a gorgeous piece!!!! I'm sure your cousin will love it. Those mobiles are adorable.
    ...Raine

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  21. What a special idea as a gift. And the mobile could be used for a child's room,too.

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  22. You always have such great ideas, Jessica. I love that prayer for you cousin and such gorgeous piece of art. I have a cousin that was in that same place but is now a 20 year survivor. And I love the mobiles.

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  23. I want to win!! i really want to win your mobile! Beautiful-

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  24. I really like what you did with both projects and I really would like to make a mobile

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  25. A lot of the media you used was new to me. Now I'm on a hunt to find out what all of it is!

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  26. Love that mobile idea! Can't wait to see your stencils too!

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  27. Wow! Do I love the look of that mixed mica powder, gold paint and modeling glass bead gel!!
    Your mobile is great, too!

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  28. Cool ideas, Jessica! What a lovely gift for your cousin!

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  29. Wow what a nice project and love the other art that was done. Great ideas and super inspirations. Thank for the chance to win in the giveaway.

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  30. Beautiful pieces, Jessica. I also loved the mica/gold paint/glass bead

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  31. Absolutely love the mobile... a must try!

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  32. Absolutely love the mobile... a must try!

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  33. I have been in love with mobiles since I was a little girl. Your mobile is fantastic. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for the terrific idea.

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  34. So many ideas rolled into these projects! Thanks for sharing your creativity--very inspiring!

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  35. I'm new to your work, but I love the shimmer of the metalics you use.

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  36. I just love the Priestly Prayer. Just gorgeous!

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  37. Been admiring this entry for a while! Gorgeous!

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  38. WOW, what great projects! So thoughtful of you to send the prayer substrate to your ill friend. I love the mobile idea (would make a great baby shower gift!). Thanks for the great project ideas :)

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  39. loved the gold touches. Something different and very appealing!

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  40. These are so creative and the gold is perfect for the holiday season.

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  41. Love your use of the gold and lovely use for your art! I also love your whimsical hanging pieces both were very uplifting.

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  42. I like your finished pieces a lot. The colors work really well together.

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  43. Jessica- the prayer piece is gorgeous!
    So sorry to hear of your cousins battle-know that she/he will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    I also love your second piece and the fact that kitty helped you! lol

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  44. Great projects - I'm sure your cousin will be blessed to receive such a lovely gift!

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  45. Your projects are amazing and I want to learn more!

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  46. Fabulous projects with elegance and flair! Also, liked the pic of your kitty- what a cutie!

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  47. These mobiles are so whimsical and fun! It's been very interesting seeing what everyone made with the foam board.

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