03 Jul

Stencil Blog Hop

Lynn Krawczyk is at it again. In addition to her day job, she keeps Smudged Textiles Studio humming along, has written a book, created a line of stencils, and has at least one other project up her sleeve. I’m not sure how she does it all, but I’m glad she does!

Today is about the stencils. Introducing “Marked” by Lynn Krawczyk, Artistcellar’s newest signature series artist. The pocket sized stencils come as a set and include Tracks, Commas, X’s, and O’s. They are pretty easy to identify. The small scale makes them easy to use and appropriate for many sized projects. I decided to use these simple shapes in concert with my figure drawings as it’s often nice to have some color and pattern on the page before drawing.

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I used Xs on the bottom of this page (previously washed with color).

 

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It made a nice nest for a seated figure.

 

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I liked the look of the Xs on the previous page, so I added them to this drawing after the fact. There’s no rules about when to add patterning. Sometimes a drawing needs a little something extra and stencils are a great way to add a little pattern or texture.

 

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I layered the Xs in several colors on this page. I’m using gouache because it’s matte surface takes the charcoal pencil I like to use and other drawing media well. I apply the paint with a Spouncer (thanks to my friend Deborah for introducing me to these deceptively humble little tools).

 

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I drew on top of the stenciling and then added a wash of contrasting color to highlight some of the shapes, plus a few more Xs for good measure.

 

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Using just a portion of the Tracks stencil (one track with a white pen and another with a watercolor pencil) makes a nice border for this drawing. I masked out the drawing when I painted the gold Xs to give the drawing more depth.

 

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More Tracks as borders.

 

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Tracks again — this time using the stencil with a pen rather than paint. These are sturdy stencils, perfect for spraying, daubing, swirling, drawing, and probably pretty much any way you can think of utilizing them.

 

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I used watercolor pencils with the Os stencil for this nude. A brush loaded with plain water turns the outlined Os into watercolor washes. Some Os I just filled in with pencil and left it at that, some I used with water.

 

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I think this one is my favorite. Stenciled Commas, drawing on top, a wash of aqua, and Os outlined with a white pen.

If I have one complaint, it is that the stencils aren’t repeats. I can’t paint and are and then move the stencil adjacent and have the pattern continue seamlessly. It’s a small thing, but I think it would be nice for future designs.

Like with Lynn’s book, I have the opportunity to give away one set of Marked stencils to a lucky winner who leaves a comment on this blog by 7 July. What would you make with Lynn’s stencils? Be sure to check out the other stops on the blog hop too:

June 28th – Lisa Cousineau
June 29th – Melanie Testa
June 30th – Lisa Chin
July 1st – Jen Osborn
July 2nd – Belinda Spiwack
July 3rd – Kristin LaFlamme You are here!
July 4th – Ingrid Dijkers
July 5th – Guadalupe Cabal
July 6th – Lynn Krawczyk

27 Jun

Figure Drawing

As I was writing a post for a blog hop featuring Lynn Krawczyk’s new stencils (come back on the 3rd for that!), I realized that I had not posted any figure drawings in a while. I’m still going to drawing group almost every week and still enjoying every minute. Our fearless leaders have added a new model to the mix who looks like a greek statue and poses with a hula hoop — it doesn’t get much better than that!

SO, here’s a few drawings for fun — and there will be more next week in conjunction with the blog hop. Then it will go quiet here for a few weeks while we’re on vacation. Yay!

Figure Drawing 6/14

Figure Drawing 6/14

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11 Mar

Yes, Aku Birds

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This is an Aku Bird.

Technically, it’s a Black Noddy, but in Hawai’i it is one of several species of birds known as Aku birds because they follow schools of tuna (Aku) in search of the same food the tuna feed on. Fishermen look for the aku birds when determining where to fish for tuna. In slang though, an Aku Bird is someone who shows up to a party empty handed. He’s happy to eat your chips and drink your beer, but never goes on a beer run himself. It’s not unusual to see a No Aku Birds bumper sticker on a cooler.

My aku bird is no freeloader. It is stitched by machine and by hand on a mat woven lauhala style out of plastic bags. It will be part of a collaborative “quilt” made up of images of many marine animals affected by plastics. The finished work will be displayed next month at McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville, VA.

For the same show I’ve also knitted a wing-cape for the dance group to use in a performance, and a woven fish trap made from plastic bags.

Plastic bag wings

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