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Posted 3/8/2013 by lickeyan in General Stamping
 

lickeyan
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Posted: 3/8/2013 5:52:46 PM
I have been playing with stencils and so far have been stamping with finger daubers.

I hope to try the spray ink later today or tomorrow.

Do you prefer using sponged on ink or spray?

Which gives you the most satisfying results?

Please share with me your techniques and any hints that a new stencils user might need.

Thanks in advance.




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Posted: 3/8/2013 10:07:24 PM
I think it is a matter of what look YOU like and how you want to use the stencil design.

Generally the decision for coloring with the most percision is choosing mediums with less water and you will acheive results with less under running (wet color running under stencils). Inking with things like daubers, sponges, blending tools colored pencils or pens will result in more percise coverage. I find the inking with a blending tool moves along fairly fast and easily.

If using paint, dab some off your tool with each new addition of paint before adding to the stencil area.

With sprays one can stop misting before reaching total coverage and results will actually be individual dots of ink. Misting further away from your paper results in more percision and less under running of the ink...but some will happen with most misting. Downside, I find misting further away means far more overspray beyond my intended piece to be sprayed.

Here is abutterfly cardI posted last week in which I combined misting a stencil with stamped images.

Have fun exploring ways to play with your stencils and stamps! Be sure to share back new learnings. Thanks!...Jan

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Posted: 3/9/2013 10:32:04 AM
Jan, I love your card and left a comment in the gallery.

One way that has not been mentioned is to apply ink with a stenciling brush either in a circular motion (rouging) or in an up and down motion (stippling, I think). That will give you a very controlled, precise image if that's what you want.

Don't forget about using embossing paste or molding paste or thick gesso to add dimension to the image.

One tip I learned from one of the videos posted during Winterfest, was that if you want a fine mist when spraying, push the lever all the way down. If you want those random little blobs of spray, don't press the lever all the way down.

Try using more than one method to add interest.

Daria

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Posted: 3/9/2013 11:58:28 AM
Ann. I'm going to agree with Jan's response to your topic. What you find satisfying is always your personal choice. But you already know that.

That said, however, I do understand (I believe) what you are asking for. Not a problem!

I'm guessing that you want to use stenciling as a 'tool' for cardmaking primarily--with or without stamping. Also guessing that you want to use (mostly) inks rather than paints.

If so, I agree with Daria. Consider adding brushes to your tool kit. I've used both stencil brushes (flat bottom) & other brushes to apply pigment. As Daria says, pouncing (stippling) & swirling are 2 of the most-used ways to apply the pigment as they permit greater precision for color-placement.

As you explore this aspect of stenciling I would offer two pieces of advice--touchdown & pressure.

Touchdown: Regardless of what & how you load your stenciling applicator, a light touch is useful to learn. It can prevent leaving a heavy deposit of pigment in the stencil opening.

Pressure: I always start with the lightest pressure & increase as needed. Un-doing is very difficult when the initial pressure leaves too much pigment on the piece. Been there; done that.


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 3/9/2013 1:07:42 PM
What Daniel just said is really important. When I use brushes, I off-load some of the ink by dabbing it on an old t-shirt before using the brush on my card. Once I have the feel of what I'm doing (how much ink I'm loading onto the brush and how it looks), I sometimes can skip that step. Also, when using the circular motion, I start on the stencil and pull the ink onto the card (just like we do with Tim Holtz's applicator tool). It's easier to add more, impossible to take it away once it's on the card.

Daria

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Posted: 3/10/2013 10:07:29 AM
Ann, My favorite is spray ink. Yes, it's messier than the other methods mentioned. A section of the newspaper spread on the floor will handle that over and over again, no problem. I'm relatively new to stenciling and using spray inks too. Here are a three recent projects
Blue Card and
Crane and Teapot


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Posted: 3/10/2013 8:27:03 PM
Thanks so much for your comments, I found all of them helpful and I will be trying them all.

I did 5 backgrounds - three spraying with stencil and the other two with just spraying. I liked a couple of them and a couple I am not sure. I as using the lasts of my Angel Glimmer Sprays.

So far I like using the inks and embossing paste, but want to try the Perfect Pearls spray next.

I am going to keep working on sprays, inks and embossing power with H20 this week. That is my main project this week. Then will see about making cards or tags.



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Posted: 3/11/2013 11:13:21 PM
Ann, Don't toss any of your attempts. When you get a result that you are not particuliar pleased with try using it as a background. Once it is not the only focal point it often looks just fine. Happy playing!


...Jan
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Posted: 3/11/2013 11:14:15 PM
If you go to Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's website, she has a free stencil class that she offers (Stencil 101). Julie designs great stencils for Crater's Workshop and I know that I found a lot of helpful info in this class.

Here is a link:
Stencil 101 class link for Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Have fun! -Tara


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Posted: 3/12/2013 8:57:58 AM
Great topic! Thanks Ann for asking!

I don't have any tips to contribute since I have just started doing this too, but I am learning lots and I'm enjoying reading and seeing everyone's responses for this topic!

I have a spritz spray that I bought at Michael's on clearance---and it sprays more a stream of color, than a spritz of color--maybe that is why it was on clearance. I may need to transfer the ink to another bottle to get the cool splatters everyone else gets with their stencils.

Is there a way to "adjust" those nozzles for the spray inks?



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Posted: 3/12/2013 9:48:43 AM
LOL. I'm agreeing with Jan about not tossing the 'misses', Ann. I often find my oopses get less 'ugly' with age.

I haven't gotten into spray inks, but I would think they would work 2 ways:

1. Direct spraying thru the stencil.

2. Spraying some of the ink on plastic-coated paper to make a puddle of ink that you can apply with brush or sponge.


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 3/12/2013 10:28:15 AM
Adding to Daniel's list for using sprays:
3. After spraying paper through stencil-pick-up stencil and turn over, turn 45 degrees and print using in stencil...either on top, next to or on another page.

Julie's class is definitely worth the time.


...Jan
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Posted: 3/12/2013 10:52:17 PM
Melissa - I have found with spray inks that you get two types of sprays depending on how hard you push - I believe that Daria mentioned that in her response. Push down all the way & you get a finer mist. Push down half-way & you get a more splotchy look.

The other thing that folks do with spray inks, is to unscrew the top and hold the bottom of the tube that feeds into the nozzle over the paper and flick it. You can get bigger drops of ink that way and you do have a little more control about where they go.

I agree with Jan about turning your stencil over and using all that lovely ink (and paint too) on the other side of the stencil either on the same page or on another piece of paper.(I just typed happy instead of paper, so my subconscious must really enjoy doing this!)

The last thing I am going to add is that I often put a paper towel or scrap paper down in my spray box underneath the project that I am working on. Leave it in there for several projects and you can get a great piece to use for backgrounds or accent pieces with the different colors of over-sprayed ink on it.


~Tara D.

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Posted: 3/14/2013 12:26:41 AM
I sponge, cause I have yet to find any sprays in my little neck of the woods! Unbelievable, isn't it?


Christin

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Posted: 3/14/2013 8:40:43 AM
Great thread! I enjoyed reading it all!

Christin, do you have reinkers? You could make your own mists?


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 3/14/2013 8:45:47 AM
Thanks everyone for your tips for spray ink! I'll try them!


Melissa

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Posted: 3/14/2013 6:37:36 PM
Again thanks for the responses. I am definitely going to try your techniques.

The one about putting a piece of paper underneath and using it for seveal projects really sound interest.

Now jut to find the time to play.



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Posted: 3/14/2013 6:39:38 PM
Again thanks for the responses. I am definitely going to try your techniques.

The one about putting a piece of paper underneath and using it for several projects really sound interest.

Now just to find the time to play.


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