Friday, September 27, 2013

Primary, Secondary, Tertiary Circles!

Welcome to another fun blog hop using Pam Carriker's "Primary, Secondary, Tertiary" stencil!

And, of course, the first thing I want to do is paint my color wheel with it.  Who could resist?  Well, I am resisting, at least for the moment.  Because the other thing this stencil reminds me of may be less obvious, but it strikes me as being similar to the shape of an instrument on an aircraft panel, or a compass of sorts.  That is how I intend to use it.
I have been thinking about doing a page related to a 25th anniversary road trip I took in 2012 with my friend, Karen.  We drove up the Pacific Coast Highway for the first time together in 1987 from Los Angeles to San Francisco, again a few years ago, and in 2012 we began in San Jose and headed north as far as Mendocino before heading south to Los Angeles.  It was while we were in Mendocino that we discovered the Montgomery Grove of redwoods.  This was my first encounter with the giant redwoods, but it has been a lifelong dream.  I wrote about this before, but for the record:  as a kid growing up in land-locked Kansas I wanted more than anything to see whales and redwood trees.  It took me longer than it should have to accomplish it, but it was an exquisite moment when I finally did.
Mendocino is such a beautiful place.
Here is an image of the coastline nearby.

Walking into the grove of the biggest giant redwoods was very humbling.

Can you see me?
(Lower left edge of the tree)


It was mind-boggling.

I created a quilt about it.
Confession:  I flipped the image because I made a technical error when I was making the "tree"
out of silk broadcloth.  Oops.  I'll just call it "artistic license".

I thought it would be fun to use the stencil to make a journal page.  I used two car rental maps I picked up on the trip.  I like to keep these for collage purposes.  Occasionally, I have to have an intervention with myself and cull some of these out.  Generally, I'm happy I bring them home because they are a nice "layer" in my work.
FIrst, I used Jessica Sporn's Flying Tulip stencil as background texture.

I tore a portion of the Mendocino map and layered it to the page with gel medium, 
Then used the Primary, Secondary, Tertiary stencil over a portion of it.

I did the same with a previously over-painted map on a watercolor postcard.

These were layered in place so that they perfectly overlap one another in terms of the stencil.

Taking another portion of my rental car map and positioning it so that the Mendocino National forest
is in the "bullseye" of the stencil, I glued the map in place and stenciled it with a transparent layer 
of green paint.

I moved the stencil over the page a bit more using opaque white paint and some 
more transparent green.

Then, I simply blotted a light layer of paint diagonally over the surface to 
mute things a bit.

This is the page prior to the postcard layer.


Positioning the card in place to match the background pattern of the stencil,
I glued the card in place.

(using Yes!) glue..

and a palette knife


Here is my sophisticated set of weights to secure the layers of paper nice and flat while drying.

Next, I used barrier letters and stencil letters to create "redwood" on the left side.

and "trip" with barrier letters set in place (this is prior to adding paint)

blotting the barrier letters with paint


I outlined the letters a bit in order to increase their visibility on the page

I added ransom numbers to the upper right corner.
Finished!

Don't miss out on all the fun!  Here are the other participating artists in the blog hop:












85 comments:

  1. Thank you for showing that technique! Love it!!

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  2. Picking up soooo many ideas. Great page

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  3. What a great page. Those trees are pretty spectacular!

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  4. Sweet remembrance...I visited that particular grove too back when and it reaffirmed how insignificant we are....lovely page. xox

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  5. Great blog entry! Loved your take with Pam's stencils! This blog hopping is awesome!!

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  6. so many layers of fun-great composition commemorating your trip! Nice pics too!

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  7. What a great way to remember your trip!

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  8. Love all those layers. I too collect maps as I travel. You never know when they'll come in handy. Great page Leslie.

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  9. holy cow- love the layers and process- the use of the map....so cool!

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  10. I like the layering in this stencil idea.

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  11. I love your colors and layering! Hope to win! What fun to see all the different ways of using one stencil!

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  12. I love Mendocino! All of the layering you created looks fantastic. Thanks for hosting a giveaway.

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  13. Very cool technique & what wonderful pix you shared!

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  14. Cool page- ad wow- you were like an ant next to that tree! heehee

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  15. Great page! I love the combination of layers and colours. Thanks for the tutorial that only makes me wish I won this stencil.

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  16. What an interesting take on the use of the stencil. You've given me so many new ideas!

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  17. What an incredible job. You sure put a lot of work into this beauty.I just love it! I love your official techniques too. hee hee ;)

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  18. I love it! Stencils are so great--thanks!

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  19. WOW another creative use of the color wheel stencil! Your piece is beautiful. Thanks for sharing it:)

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  20. Really like the way you used the glue and the color choices to evoke the redwood forest.

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  21. Big opportunity. Thanks love your art and Pam's too. Thanks do much! xx

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  22. Beautiful...love the color palette!

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  23. Love the layers, the colour and the way you've incorporated this stencil. The blog hop has generated so many great ideas for the colour wheel!

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  24. Wow! Your fabulous trip is so well recorded in one page. The photos are beautiful, and the process inspiring. Clever, and subtle, use of the stencil.

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  25. Really nice use of the stencil - and I so love the look of maps, so your creation really resonated with me. Really like how you brought it all together!

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  26. Your page is lovely, so lush and bright and I love the layers

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  27. What a great piece and memory of your trip. I fot to see the ones south of Yosemite on our Amtrak trip around the country in 2002. They are a humbling sight, Thanks so much for showing your process, sharing your project, and a chance to win.
    Janelle Rourke

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  28. So detailed. Wow! Your process is inspiring. I love the way you built it from your idea through to the end.

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  29. Love this stencil and loved that you used it in a totally different way! Thanks for sharing!

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  30. Love this stencil and all the ideas for using it. Hope I win the giveaway.

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  31. Love this stencil and all the ideas for using it. Hope I win the giveaway.

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  32. Love this stencil and all the ideas for using it. Hope I win the giveaway.

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  33. Wow!! That was a GREAT idea! It turned out beautiful!

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  34. Great use of this stencil - you took it to a whole new level.

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  35. ADORE the map with stencil over, I'm trying that for sure!

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  36. Very interesting and cool use of the stencil. Inspirational! I would love to try one of the stencils and play, play, play.

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  37. thank you for the tutorial is really useful, and your page is so beautiful!

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  38. Great use of the stencil. I like your idea and tutorial. Very inspiring.

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  39. I grew up in land locked IL, I understand totally. So glad you got to see all that you did. Painted brilliantly. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  40. So very cool! Love the giant Redwoods!

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  41. Wow! Great creativity! Would love to win any of these.

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  42. This is very beautiful. I love it. Thanks for sharing, Johanne L.

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  43. I love how you created something to always remember your trip.It must have been a great trip for both of you.

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  44. Wow! I'm sure that was an unforgetable trip. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  45. I love the map theme of your piece! What a lovely way to remember your trip.

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  46. I really like how you've used the stencil a number of times in your layout, and different parts of it. Nice effect.

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  47. What a lovely canvas and now you get to see it everyday a remember all the fun from your vacation.

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  48. Wow Leslie what a fabulous journal page ! Love how you've used the stencil ! Sue C x

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  49. Love how you used the stencil!

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  50. Love the journal page idea and the use of the map with it. Thanks for sharing. Linda E.

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  51. What a beautiful page!! You did an awesome job pulling together all those layers!!

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  52. Great color pallet inspiration! <3

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  53. Loving all the layers. Great use of Pam's stencils!

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  54. Just amazing! I love what you did!

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  55. Love all the layering you did!!

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  56. Thanks, everyone, for stopping by and leaving a comment. I love hearing from all of you!!
    xoxo Leslie

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