Friday, November 8, 2013

Sweet Gum Balls: A Play Date with Jane LaFazio's Beautiful Stencil!

Sweet Gum Balls Stencil

Sweet Gum Ball Stencil by Jane LaFazio

Oh! How I love Sweet Gum Balls.  They remind me of my sweet gum tree in the garden of my previous home in Kansas.  Because it is fall I decided to work in autumnal colors to create the top and bottom boards for a future book.
First, I gessoed each book board.  After drying I covered one of the boards with strips of washi tape, which was then glazed with a rose-colored transparent acrylic paint and allowed to dry.
Using a new (to me) product I recently discovered, I placed the Sweet Gum Ball Stencil over the glazed tape and, using a palette knife, spread the Viva Ferro special effects paste across the stencil, being careful to stabilize it on the surface.  Once the Ferro, which feels basically like tinted spackle, was covering the area positioned over the book board, I lifted the stencil to reveal a lovely dimensional design!
adding washi tape

re-punching holes in the book board

painting surface with transparent acrylic paint


spreading the Viva Ferro over the stencil after positioning it over the surface of the book board






I repeated the same step on the second book board, which was simply painted with metallic paint prior to using the Ferro paste.  Both gave beautiful results.


Next, I was curious to see how the stencil looked when used over a piece of art paper with openings.  For this, I used acrylic paint.  I like the effect of the stencil design overlaid onto the painted paper.


This stencil is going to be useful to me on both cloth and paper.  I can't wait to try it on some other projects!

Please be sure to stop by the other participating artists' blogs.  Thanks for stopping by!




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61 comments:

  1. I loved the way your gum balls get a dimension on the book cover! Nice work!

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  2. Clever...the washi tape one is great! LOVE that stencil.

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  3. I love ferro!!! and y Love your work, is fantastic!

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  4. Leslie, I just love that fabulous texture you achieved! Stunning!

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  5. Ooh, another toy to check out ... that Ferro texture looks so cool! Thanks for sharing your project!

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  6. This looks like a lot of fun! Lovely project!

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  7. Some beautiful texture going on here! Wonderful different ways to play with this stencil! :)

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  8. yum! I'm grateful you're party of the blog hop, Leslie! love the way you used the tape as a background. Cool!!

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  9. This is gorgeous.. Thank you for the Inspiration.. I've enjoyed the blog hopping.. Great weekends to you.. :)

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  10. I love the use of washi tape with the stencil. Great idea. The cement is novel. Much fun. Thank you for sharing.

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  11. I've never used ferrol - looks like fun.

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  12. What a great idea! love the stencil

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  13. Love the way the Ferrol works with the stencil. Now another product I will have to add to my stash.

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  14. Never heard of Ferrol. It sounds a little like wood icing with color!

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  15. Grateful to learn this wonderful new -to -me technique with the Ferro!!!Gotta try it with Jane's fab stencils!Thank you!

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  16. I especially like the one with openings!

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  17. So imaginative! I'm grateful for your generous sharing of new techniques and new products.

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  18. the range of products out there is amazing. seeing how you used the washi tape and ferro is so fun.

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  19. Thank you for the tutorial! I really liked the texture!

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  20. Great idea with the washi tape and texture over it. Very cool!

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  21. Lovely technique I have never tried before. Thank you!

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  22. the raised texture really makes it! thanks!

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  23. Lots of great ideas to use with the stencils! Thx
    textilerecycler@yahoo.com

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  24. lovely textures and i have never heard of 'ferro' or clear acrylic paint. must check it out!

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  25. Love the texture of the Ferro product. never heard of it before but surely my molding paste would do the same. Thanks for the great ideas! I love washi tape too, yeah, love these ideas!

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  26. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVE this!!!! Beautiful colors and this stencil is a MUST HAVE!!!! I have some of the Ferro product and am going to try it with my stencils!!! TFS!

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  27. oooohhhhhhhhhh i sooooooooo want to winnnnnnnnnn. i love these stencils and i love mary beths book. wishing and hoping and grateful for the chance. xoxo

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  28. Love the Sweet Gum Ball stencil and the texture you created with it! Grateful for the ideas and the chance to win!

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  29. Such fun, vibrant colors! Love the use of the stencil and the texture created. Thanks for this great chance to win!

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  30. Is ferro similar to Wood Icing?

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    1. lakelly, I have never used Wood Icing (I have some ordered!) but this may be a bit "grittier". Certainly, it adds dimension and seems to dry fairly quickly.

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  31. More great ideas to percolate in my brain!

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  32. Love the dimensional use of the stencil!

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  33. I love the washi tape you used! I love the texture of the book covers! I am grateful for my Kindle that holds so many books and it fits so nicely in my purse.

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  34. wonderful dimension on your project.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  35. fun project with lots of texture!

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  36. Love it. great texture and colors.

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  37. Loving the texture on this project.

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  38. Lovely! I'm taking a class that will use the Ferro paints this week. Now I have an idea what to expect and can start creating in my head. Grateful for that!

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  39. Gorgeous color and textures and layers, Leslie!
    So glad you are on this hop! :)

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  40. love seeing the various ways to use these stencils!

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  41. Oh my goodness! I love the idea of putting modeling paste through the stencil! I have to try this today! Thanks for the great idea!

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  42. Oh I would love to run my fingers over those covers - just love all the texture and the stencils you used are perfect for this project!

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  43. Leslie,your pieces you created with Jane's stencils are awesome! thanks for hopping!

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  44. Love how you used the Ferro paste - awesome!

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  45. like the idea of using stencil on background with openings.

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  46. Hi from Cold Norway. Thanks for sharing Your blog. It was fun to meet you, and fun to be in Your class .I think I am on the Picture.
    Love Synnove

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    1. Hi Synnove! So good to hear from you! Please stay in touch! Yes, you are in the picture!!

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