Monday, October 27, 2014

Fun with Stencils and a GIVEAWAY

Who doesn't have fun with stencils?  Here is a technique that I learned somewhere from someone that I can't remember now.  Suffice to say I did not come up with it on my own.  I do use it a lot, though.
You will need:
  • Rubbing alcohol or alcohol wipes
  • Stencils
  • A painting with more than one layer of paint.

Stencil Girl is a great source of artist-designed stencils. Cecilia Swatton was in my workshop at the Book Arts Roundtable, and gave me some of her stencils to offer as a giveaway.  

Look at the Shop By Artist page for a who's who in the stencil design world.

Artistcellar is another excellent source of stencils, stamps, and other art-making tools and materials.

Both Artistcellar and Stencilgirl have provided me with the stencils I share with my workshop participants, as has Julie Fei Fan Balzer.    THANKS!  I love 'em; my students love 'em.

The first demo in the video

The second demo in the video

To enter the drawing for the stencils, just comment on this post, identify yourself uniquely, and be prepared to e-mail me if you are a winner.  You must check back on Wednesday, October 29 to see if you are the winner.

92 comments:

  1. Yay! I am the first to comment. I would love to win a stencil. Thank you for being so generous
    Greeting from teh Netherlands Ellen

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  2. lol, I never wash my stencils really either and love the serendipitous marks they produce!
    Sarah A from the UK

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  3. That was a cool technique. Thanks for sharing

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  4. I love this technique...can't wait to try it!

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  5. Great technique - thanks!
    I love the scribbled circles stencil!

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  6. Love the technique. Will try with my acrylic monotypes. Thanks. "Finnegan's Mom"

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  7. great technique and will def. play with it. Would LOVE to win some stencils-thanks to you and Cecelia for the giveaway!

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  8. Can't wait to try this! Does it work on all paints, or only certain kinds?

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    1. Works with acrylic paint. I don't know about others.

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  9. Can't wait to try this technique! Would love to enter your stencil giveaway. Thank you.

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  10. Thanks for sharing all of these great techniques. Thanks for your generosity.

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  11. Great technique. Would love to win. Stephanie sltresso at hotmail dot com

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  12. I love stencils and now a new way to use them!

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  13. Deli girl says thanks for the technique. I've used it before but I could use some new and interesting stencils.

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  14. Rad Nana here, the woman who doesn't have a clue about using stencils! Rubber stamps yes. Stencils, no. I even know who Julie Fei Fan Balzer is and still have never used a stencil in any of my artwork. Am I leading a sheltered life? Hmmmm! Great simple demo. I might be able to handle that ;-)

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  15. i've tried making my own stencils, but i know they won't come close to these.

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  16. I didn't see the deadline for commenting here, Jane but I thought I'd give it a try.
    Stencils are totally fun.

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  17. yes, thank you, I'd love a new stencil! I do recommend Stencil Girl to the others on this blog.
    Sue from British Columbia

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  18. hey jane--
    would love, love, love to win a stencil--
    thanks for the give away--

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  19. Very cool technique. Love the possibilities with stencils. Jane

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  20. Great technique! I do a similar technique with watercolor paintings. Love the look. Thanks for the chance to win a new stencil!

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  21. Oh thank you so much for this awesome technique!! Looks gorgeous!

    Hugs Giggles

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  22. wow! thanks so much for the demo ,and the giveaway - I'd love to win something.

    paula from new mexico

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  23. I just love Stencil Girl stencils but they are soooo hard to get in Germany.

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  24. What a simple way, but with a great result! Especially the stencil in the second video is great. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway. Fingers crossed, because I hope to win one.

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  25. Laughed out loud when you said it was really unlikely you would clean your stencils!

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  26. I LOVE YOUR GIVEAWAYS!
    I also love stencils! Yay! Thank you for the chance.
    signed,
    LindaLoser from Cali

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  27. Great video, just love stencils and use them a lot. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  28. Loved the video and the stencils,thanks!

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  29. Great technique! I never saw this one before. Does it matter how long the painting layers have been dry?

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  30. I have done that technique using baby wipes before the top layer fully dries. I would love to be in with a chance to win the stencils.

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  31. Jane, I've been enjoying playing with stencils with some good results, I love Julie's stencils, and have a few others as well. Now after watching the video, I have yet another technique to use, thanks to you. I so much appreciate your sharing your experese with us and expanding our knowledge!

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  32. Wow love this technique thanks for the chance to win

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  33. Hi jane! Thanks for being so generous in showing your techniques. I love to watch you paint, and love your work! I would love to win a stencil~
    Karen, Portland, OR

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  34. I would so love to win the stencils..that is an amazing technique.

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  35. I will try this. More stencils would be nice....
    Thanks,mad always for sharing your techniques.

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  36. Thank you, Jane!
    Anyone interested in seeing more stencil-using techniques, please check my blogs -- http://heartworkbycecilia.blogspot.com and http://ceciliaswatton.blogspot.com. Enjoy!

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  37. Thanks for the stencil idea! I LOVE stencils! Can't wait to try it.

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  38. Hi, every time it see your updates in my mail I get excited to see what you are up to. This looks great on your paintings. I am so happy I follow you. If I win I am Dee Spillane

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  39. I own way to few stencils, and nooo such cool ones.

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  40. Great tool to add to stencil arsenal!
    Gets more interesting very quickly!
    Leslie Gerstman

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  41. Love the video. You give us all such great ideas for our work . Thank you.

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  42. Fantastic video . . . . love the idea of going back through the layers. All I need now are some bold stencils!

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  43. I love your videos! And the stencils.

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  44. Love the effect that it makes!! I'll have to try this. I like to try ideas too, especially the ones you show us on this site!!

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  45. sign me up. I figure I improve my chances of winning if I enter. I treasure the shell you gave me from a recent beach walk.

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  46. love this and great stencils

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  47. Gee, I always have to do this twice. I wonder where the message goes, I know I have seen you do this, but I have yet to really play with the technique. I imagine that the effect is also determined by the freshness of the paint. I will try it out. Thanks Jane

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    1. Oh, and since I saw another Joanne I can be the Joanne from Kansas City.

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  48. So cool! Would love to be gifted a stencil...love traci's work. Am taking an online class from her now, in fact!

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  49. Can not have too many stencils, right? Thanks, kathyfromwestlinn

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  50. I love working with stencils -please enter me in your giveaway, and thanks!

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  51. Thanks for sharing this technique Jane. Another great way to use stencils I love!

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  52. will be trying this...it looks great. Soonymary from Queensland

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  53. Love the subtractive painting with stencils technique. And thanks for the give away. Jenny from Bellingham.

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  54. I just discovered your blog and website. What a great stencil technique. I can't wait to try it.
    Helene from Long Island

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  55. I am just starting to understand how I can use stencils in my work. Love the technique in the video! I plan to try it tomorrow.

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  56. I really love using stencils with Gelli printing, now I'll try in my layered work too

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  57. If this is a repeat, I apologize. My first try isn't displaying for me.

    I'm lusting after the Traci Bautista circle stencil, but the $14 price tag is too high for me.

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  58. Love the take-away look! It's a great way to add a light spot after layering a bunch of colors. From the one, the only...Miss Iowa.

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  59. I have to try this! I'd love a chance to win some stencils. Thanks!
    Beth from Rumney

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  60. very very cool. Can't wait to try it!

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  61. Good JuJu here (Judy Shea).. You know how I feel about Jane Davies... THE BEST!!! Love your art and taking workshops with you. Love stencils and this technique. Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  62. I love this technique! stencils are my favorite thing to work with these days--i use them on everything!

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  63. I love this technique and have used it several times. I met Traci Bautista at her shop and watched her make some hot glue stencils...very cool. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  64. love what you did with the stencils thanks for the video thanks for the chance to win a stencil

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  65. I love working with stencils , the more the merrier !
    using the alcohol wipe to remove helping to expose the layer beneath the surface adds depth to the layering. always fun!

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  66. Loved the video and the technique! Great giveaway!

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  67. I love working with stencils and I love the way you inspire us to use them! Thanks for the opportunity for us to add to our stash! Robin Rae from Green Bay

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  68. Love this technique. Easy and no new products. Yay!

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  69. Never tried that technique and I must. Thanks for being a constant source of inspiration.
    -dinny

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  70. Thanks for a chance to win ... I love stencils and I loved your technique (as always!).

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  71. Interesting technique. I wonder if the paint needs to be fairly fresh for it to work?
    Would love to win!

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  72. Great video, I will have to try that! Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway x

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  73. Yay for a new video!!
    Rae-Loe from Omaha

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  74. Great technique. Love your work 😊! Miriah M. From Spokane

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  75. You know, I've never really worked with stencils before, but would love to try them out! Looks fun!

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  76. I'll be giving that a go! Cecilia has some wonderful designs. I could certainly use her stencils.

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  77. I always love your videos! I've done this technique on magazine pages too to remove the ink...fun stuff! Thanks for the chance to win...
    Mandy Fariello

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  78. Beautiful results. Another great video. Thanks for the chance to win much needed stencils.

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  79. what a thrill to possibly win wonderful stencils. Thanks Jane.

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  80. Thanks for sharing the technique and the chance to win..... mbchetti

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  81. LOL, I was feeling guilty for not washing my stencils.... no more. Thanks for sharing the technique and a chance to win... Helzabeth

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  82. Thanks for the great workshop at AVA on Friday....would love to win some stencils...Nancy K

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  83. So neat to watch and I love those stencils! Thank you for a chance to win! Leigh in VA

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  84. Love using stencils and love seeing what you can do with them, - Judy Applegarth

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  85. Love your composition and use of color. thanks for all your inspiration.

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