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Stretch Your Stencil with a Turn

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Stretch your stencil with a simple turn.  Just a quarter of a turn of a stencil can create unexpected bold patterns.

To show you the power of turning the stencil, I used the Trio of Houses stencil.  Of course, I can create the expected image of the three houses.



On the next layer, just a turn of the stencil creates a bold abstract pattern. The lines, the curves, and the shapes all become new elements when turned on its side.  Layering those elements creates a pattern that is perfect for collaging, art journaling, card making, and more.





As a big sheet of paper, it is very busy.  Too busy for me to use as a solid piece of paper.  So I cut it into random shapes and added them to my stash of goodies for the next time I am creating.



Stop on by next week because I’ll share an art journal page I made with this bold pattern.

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  • Corrine March 13, 2014, 3:22 pm

    Love the random shapes you achieved and the bold results with black. Stencils every which way right! xox

  • Kay Wallace March 13, 2014, 3:23 pm

    An especially “colorful journey” today, Carolyn! When I can use something in more than one way, it just becomes more valuable and worth an investment of money. A bit like taking home “doggy bags” from a restaurant. Stretching the dollar, stretching the stencil! Well done!

  • Kirsten Alicia March 13, 2014, 3:48 pm

    It looks great, can’t wait to see what you did with all the pieces.

  • Sylvia Tabor March 13, 2014, 4:28 pm

    Boy does this appeal to me!!! The colors, the pattern…wowzer!!!

  • Jackie P Neal March 13, 2014, 6:14 pm

    I think THIS is one of my Favs! (notice I said one of!! )

  • annie vanderven March 13, 2014, 6:15 pm

    Very instructive

  • Mary Werner March 15, 2014, 11:22 am

    Your paper turned out so well but I wonder what would have happened if you blackened everything but the house – leaving the colors to define the houses. Could that be done on a gelli plate?

    • Carolyn Dube March 15, 2014, 11:25 am

      Not sure if I am understanding…Do you mean like painting over the sky area so it is a solid color and leaving the bright colors on the house? If you mask it then it can be done with a Gelli plate.

  • Marjie Kemper March 18, 2014, 8:35 am

    Super project – I would’ve saved every bit, too. Can’t wait to see what your pages look like when you add those beautiful blasts of color.