Friday, September 13, 2013

Welcome to Music City! (...and a blog hop!)



Howdy Gals (and guys)!

Today we are going to celebrate the city I live in ~ music city! For those of you who don't know where that is, it's Nashville!   (well I actually live in the suburbs, but close enough) 

I LOVED playing around with Seth Apter's Numbers stencil available at StencilGirl Products.  There are so many possibilities in adding texture or interest to any creative project and I can tell already this will be one of my "go to" stencils. But I am going to show you today how I used it to make a guitar.

So let's begin..

(1) First I took tissue paper and glued it to my wood.  After dried, I layered the background with Mary Beth Shaw's Greek Key stencil in white and in gray.


(2) Then I added in blue with Seth Apter's Numbers stencil




I repeated in various places with the stencil again using white.



(3) I then cut out old sheet music in the shape of a guitar. I used a ripped piece of corrugated cardboard for the top (don't know what that is called). I don't play guitar! ;) I glued them to the board using matte medium.



(4) I then did a light white wash over the guitar to fade the music.  It wasn't so important to me the songs I chose, and I want it to have appeal to everyone and not be based on what song music I used.



(5) I then did some light washes of paint in umber and blue to highlight the other areas of the guitar and begin to bring it to life.




(6) I used paint, Faber Castell pens and black ink pens to define the details a bit more. I also used Seth's stencil again to add some texture behind the strings of the guitar.










(7) I took some old chipboard scrapbook letters and laid them out to spell "me & my guitar".  I painted them with raw umber and glued down in position.






 Now you're ready to play!!







 

If you have any questions ~ please sure to let me know! I hope you found this little 'musical' stop fun.  Come back again Monday for a BONUS tutorial using the Seth Apter Numbers stencil again with a whole new project and a whole new look!!

Are you forgetful like me? ~ then make it easier "one less thing to remember" and sign up to get my blog delivered straight to your email box! That way you can do the tutorial whenever you are ready. It's soooo easy to sign up...(look above right on this page...type in your email address!!)

Be sure to keep following along the Hop to learn more new fun and exciting ways to use the stencil!
Here is a list of where to go:



Kirsten Reed  (You are here)

Marjie Kemper * Go Here Next!




165 comments:

  1. what a fantastic Mixed Media piece Kirsten!
    I love the colors and textures...

    amazing!

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  2. I just love the layering on this one. Great work.

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  3. Fab project. I love your guitar, had to show my husband who's a player of guitars himself. Love. xox

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    1. Thank you Corrine ~ you'll maybe have to make him one? :)

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  4. Digging your guitar! count me in!

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  5. Tremendous project! Love seeing it build up!

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  6. Very creative piece! I love the soft colors and all of the layers!

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    1. I tried to keep it neutral so it would "go" anywhere! Giddyup!

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  7. Thanks for the little tutorial Kirsten! Great project.

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  8. Wonderful creation and tutorial!

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  9. so many layers and so much attention to detail! what a gorgeous way to use Seth's stencils! thank you for this opportunity to win Seth's stencils and for an introduction to your really fun and funky art style!

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    1. His stencil is so versatile ~ love it! Thanks for hopping along!

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  10. Really cool way to use Seth's stencils layering your background. Love your guitar!

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  11. Simply wonderful! I love the subtlety of the stencils! And your guitar is fabulous!

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  12. awesome use of the stencil! And you got an amazing 3d effect with that guitar. Terrific tutorial and project. Thanks Kristin!

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  13. Love Seths stencils hope I win and your project is awesome

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    1. He made an amazing stencil ~ hope you win too! :)

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  14. Awesome use of the stencil....love your guitar!!

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  15. A cute and fun project. Thanks for sharing

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  16. I love this project. What an imaginative way to use this stencil.

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  17. This turned out great! Fantastic layering with the stencils. .

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  18. I am loving this stencil and what you are all doing with it! Love how you did the guitar with the music note paper.

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    1. I love using music sheets in my work ~ it makes things look happier! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. WOW I thought the whole guitar was 3D - amazing work!!

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    1. 'Stunning' is such a compliment ~ thank you!

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  21. Love your design. These blog hops are so inspirational. Thanks.

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    1. Don't you love hopping along for all these fun ideas? So glad you joined us!

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  22. Wow! This is so COOL!! LOVE the guitar! Fantastic!

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  23. so many yummy layers in your project-love it!! And the stencil is one I'd so love to win and play with!

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  24. Love the subtlety of this piece! And the use of the corrugated cardboard was brilliant!

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  25. Amazing, stunning, beautiful, gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  26. Love your color combination and seeing your step by step process!
    This piece contains so much rhythm and variety! Love it!!!

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  27. Beautiful project....great use of Seth's stencil. Love them!!

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  28. I really like how you've made the guitar look 3D.

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  29. What a fun project! Thanks for reminding me that I don't always have to use bold colors with my stencils.

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    1. I like some bold colors too ~ this one I purposely limited my color palette and I like how it turned out! thanks for hopping by!

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  30. I LOVE this piece!!! Wonderful!!!!

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  31. Love the "git-ar" made from the music sheet, background is great!

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    1. Haha! Yep, that's how they say it 'round here! THanks for stopping by!

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  32. Loving your project - I know someone this would be awesome for! lol Might have to try one. Once again the bits and pieces you chose to use of the stencils were perfect for this. Thanks so much for sharing your step by step and a chance to win these awesome stencils! Janelle R

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    1. Please share if you do ~ I'd love to see it!

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  33. That looks so great, I love how you built up all the layers.

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  34. well this was just awesome. !!! SO glad I kept reading...

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  35. I really liked how you used the stencils on this project

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  36. Different way to use the stencil! thanks for sharing, I really liked it!!! {Made me homesick for "Music City"!!!}

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    1. It's a great place to live isn't it? :) Thanks for hopping along!

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  37. I love your guitar! It reminds me of Pablo Picasso's work. Blessings!

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    1. Wow! what a great compliment! Thank you!

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  38. Absolutely beautiful! Thank you

    Annette

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  39. SO cool Kirsten! Very inspiring! <3

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  40. Very cool project! I really like how the guitar was pieced together using sheet music.

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  41. You did an awesome job! Seth's stencils are to inspirational!

    dottididit(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. What an amazing project, love that stencil!!

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  43. Stunning project, I love the way you have used the stencils, gorgeous x

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  44. Love your innovative use of the stencil parts and Love your guitar.

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  45. Oh my goodnes, I LOVE this piece! Thanks for sharing how it was created. The stencils add subtly to the background and help make the guitar pop. Wonderful!

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  46. What an amazing art piece!!! Love how you transformed the cardboard into the head stock! Gorgeous!

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  47. How creative! Your cardboard just makes it sing! Great colors,too!

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  48. Singing your praises! Great job!
    Pupton58 at gmail dot com

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  49. Being a lover of country music and Music City, I do LOVE your creation. Don't ya just love Seth's artwork?!?!

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  50. Very cool use of Seth's stencil. It could be used in so many ways. Love it.

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  51. Love the stencils. Enjoyed seeing your amazing artistic process!!!
    <3 J

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  52. looove your guitar and music picture! tx for sharing, aloha, angi in hana

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  53. Cool guitar! Love the way you used Seth's stencil.

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  54. Very creative use of the stencil Kirsten! You know what I love about Nashville?? That you live there!

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  55. Designs with music themes make me feel happy. Love the repurposed cardboard and subtle use of stenciling layers for the background.

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  56. That was a creative use of cardboard! It will made the guitar unique. Love Seth's stamps too. So many uses for them, in a variety of projects. Thank you for the tutorial.

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  57. What gorgeous textures ... and fab step by step photos :)

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  58. How fabulous and totally unique!!! Love your funky guitar and the gorgeous background.

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  59. came by your blog via my mixed media group on FB & then the blog hop...
    ~ thanks for sharing your art, I am enjoying it ~ inspired, R ;)

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  60. Love the guitar....so creative with the use of Seth's stencil too. Glad I found your blog.

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  61. My husband plays guitar and is a singer/songwriter. I would love to create something similar to your piece as a gift for him. Awesome work!

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  62. very unique usage for the stencils... music just sings to my soul

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  63. Kirsten this is an incredible piece of art. It is so unique and so very textured. Using the corrugated cardboard was genius. Thanks a million for being a part of the blog hop and using the stencils so creatively.

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  64. What a great piece and wonderful use of the stencil.

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  65. I'm astounded how people can use the same stencil in such diverse ways. Super work.

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  66. Love how you did this!! This is fantastic. I have several friends that play guitar and I love the whole grungy background and funky guitar look!

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  67. Lovely... thanks for the step by step!

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  68. so glad i'm following the blog hop and ended up here - i love this piece! truly mixed media. i love all the components you used, especially the corrugated cardboard! i'm a new follower... :)

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  69. This is a great use of the stencil- just love your sample!

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  70. Fabulous art work! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  71. super neat piece. love the corrugated piece at top. great idea. super pictures thanks

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  72. Great use of Seth's stencil! Thanks for hosting a giveaway.

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  73. Very unique usage and interruption of the stencil, like it a lot! Thanks for sharing....

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  74. If I win I'm going to use my stencils to pain on fabric

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  75. I love what everyone has done with Seth's Stencil!! Such inspiration!!! Thank you for sharing.... I'm going to sign up for your newsletter so I don't miss a thing on your Blog...

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  76. How super cool is that?? I just love it to pieces!!! love everything about it!

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  77. Awesome art ... love YOUR Guitar!!!! Would love a Seth Apter Stencil!

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  78. Wow, I love your project. Love the colors you used. Thanks for sharing.

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  79. Kirsten...Loving your blog hop project using Seth's stencils! I am just now hearing about and seeing Seth's stencils and I think they are amazing! Your guitar project is so clever and so beautifully done. Thanks for the wonderful step by step. I know how much time it takes to create such a great blog post! I also thank you for the chance to win Seth's stencils. <3 Candy

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  80. Love how you used such subtle colors with the stencil. Great project. Thanks!

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  81. Kirsten - I love your project and the use of Seth's stencil. I love music so this piece is so inspiring - makes me want to add guitar lessons to my bucket list! Beautiful!

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  82. Love these stencils and what you did with them. Hope to tune in on Monday for more - Thanks

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  83. Fabulous, love your project and the stencils.

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  84. I love the interesting way you used Seth's stencil and your completed art piece. I liked all the elements that you used. Very inspiring.

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  85. I just love how you developed your finish piece using the stencil and so many textures and elements on the guitar. Beautifully done. I didn't realize you were from Middle TN. Where? I live in Hendersonville.

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  86. Loved how your used the stencil! Thanks

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  87. love your guitar pic and how you used the stencils. thanks for sharing

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  88. Great project with great stencils.

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  89. Love your project!!!!! chefl@swbell.net

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  90. LOVE how you used the stencils and your finished project is outstanding!

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  91. I am thrilled to have discovered 9 artists in addition to Seth who are so skilled in mixed media. I am a novice and welcome the techniques and processes that you have all so graciously revealed. I will be back to visit each of you! I have my fingers crossed that I win the stencils so I can use the money I would spend on them to purchase others, like the elephant! Beautiful work!

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  92. Wow this is awesome, the stencils too! Loving it all!!!

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  93. I love your guitar and intuitive use of Seth's stencil. Amazing!

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  94. I'd never have thought of the corrugated board - the perfect touch.

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  95. Wonderful project! I will be back for your next one. :)

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  96. Love the new 3 stencils! New to mixed media. What a way to get started!

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  97. the guitar would make an awesome man card. ty for the idea. smilz.

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  98. Kristen I live in one of the other Tennessee music cities, Bristol. Check out our Rhythm and Roots Reunion happening next weekend. Plus I would love a look at those stencils

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  99. What a great project and more ideas for how to use Seth's GREAT stencils!! Thanks!

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  100. This is STUNNING.
    One of the best works I've seen in a long time.

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