Monday, March 31, 2014

StencilGirl & Andrea DeMeng Blog Hop


Welcome to my part in the Andrea DeMeng Stencil Release Bloghop.  I received the Dia De Los Muertos stencil to use in a piece.  

In case you are not familiar with the meaning,  Dia De Los Muertos means Day of the Dead and it is a holiday celebrated in Mexico.  The belief is that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31 and the spirits of all deceased children are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.  Preparations include altars decorated with candles, buckets of flowers, fruit, and big Day-of-the-Dead breads.  Little folk art skeletons and sugar skulls are also part of the display and offering.  For more information on this holiday and beliefs click here.

I decided to my project on a canvas bag.



I began by placing the stencil on the bag and outlining it with a stabilo pencil and filling it in with black gesso.



I then combined Daler Rowney Fluorescent Pink and Modeling Creme Pearl together and  scraped it through the stencil on top of the black gesso.


I secured my stencil down to the canvas with masking tape.


I am loving the contrast in colors here.


 But …oops..I let too much seep through on the bottom right. Hmm…. I guess I will just go with it!


I then took some Golden Fluorescent Green paint and Jessica Sporn's Squares and Circles stencil and went around the black to add some texture and contrast.  I loved the Aztec look of this stencil and thought it fit perfect with the  feel of the piece.



I repeated again all the way to the edges with the fluorescent pink.



 I then took my white paint to bring out details of the mask. I was also able to save my "oops" a bit by writing over it with white.






Thanks for stopping by today ~ there is a HUGE giveaway going on!! 

StencilGirl Talk will be giving away Andrea's new designs. Two lucky winners-one will receive a set of the new 6"x 6" stencils and one lucky person will receive a set of the new 9" x 12". ALL COMMENTS on the hop are eligible for the giveaway!! The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win.

I am doing a giveaway too. If you follow me on Bloglovin' you will be entered to win this bag I made. If you already follow me, you are already entered to win! My giveaway and the StencilGirl Talk Giveaway will close on Sunday, April 6th at 11:59PM Central Time.

Be sure to keep hopping along and discovering all the great stencils and creations!

Kirsten Reed you are here










69 comments:

  1. You got me, how many times I wanted to make a canvas bag for myself and I always postponed, I love yours, now or never, next project!

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  2. mmmmm you got me thinking about a canvass bag project now!
    thanks for sharing your technique.

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  3. What an excellent project!! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Love how it turned out on a canvas bag. Really cool! I think I have a canvas back pack that needs som altering ...Thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. Kirsten, I didn't know the true meaning surrounding day of the Dead. If only......
    xo

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  6. This turned out bright and cheery!

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  7. i love day of the dead and your bag is great.

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  8. Love the hot pink and shimmery modeling cream?? Must find that product asap!

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  9. Very festive and fun bag, Kirsten!
    You are inspiring me to try that Modeling Creme!! :)

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  10. Love your ideas. Great stencils I am so thrilled to have a change to win ALL SIX of Andrea's new 9" x 12" stencils!

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  11. Fluorescent pink.. Girl after my own heart!!
    This turned out so well... I never would have thought to use gesso this way.
    Thanks for all the tips.
    Daisylou xxx

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  12. I would love to see the pink in real life. It looks so shimmery and I'm sure the picture doesn't do it justice.

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  13. I didn't know the meaning of ,The day of the dead, thanks for explanation .

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  14. Holy contrast batman. A bag.. what a great idea. Someone will LOVE this gift. Great hopping with you, as always.

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  15. Kirsten!!!! I am luvin' the new Andrea deMeng Stencil "Dia de Los Muertes"!! You really rocked the tote bag with it and your art!!! So smart....FS1. ;-)

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  16. Good reminder that stencils aren't just for paper! Nice canvas design; looked fun to create. Thank you for sharing.

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  17. Kristen, I love this bag! Fabulous!!!

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  18. loving the new stencils - love your bag

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  19. Your bag turned out really cool!

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  20. What a gorgeous bag that is. I love that contrast of pink and white on the black - and you definitely made a great opportunity out of that "oops!" Thanks also for using the circle & squares stencil - I think it definitely compliments your design!

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  21. Kirsten...there's everything here, colour, texture...and practicality. Great Bag!

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  22. What a cool way to decorate a bag!
    ...Raine

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  23. Such a cool piece. LoVe the colors! Thanks for sharing your talent with us on this Hop.
    Thanks for the chance to win.... ;0)

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  24. I love the pink and black combo. Great bag. Thanks for the chance...Rita

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  25. Kirsten, this feels like home! I live in San Antonio, and this could be in any home, here. You did a great job. I love how ever artist is making these stencils sing! Laura

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  26. I love canvas bags, and what you've done here is beautiful! Great, great colours!

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  27. I want one of these bags. Love the colors and design. TFS

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  28. Wow, what a striking painting!

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  29. Kirsten, i just love that tote and how you used the stencil.......copying!!!! (if ok) new and will be following

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  30. Great idea and great outcome! Something about your skull on the black also made me think this stencil would make a great pirate! Thanks for helping to spark my creative wires!

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  31. I like your idea of using the bag. It looks like it worked up quickly

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  32. whoa! Love this bag! I would SO have to stop you and ask details re your design!
    Happy Spring!

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  33. How fun!! It's gorgeous and every where you take, you know everyone will want you to make them one!! If you hadn't shown the pics and pointed out the extra paint seepage, I would have never know with the way you decorated over it with the white. Great save and it's good to see how others handle their opps's. Thanks for sharing!

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  34. Wouldn't I love to walk around town with your super neat tote bag. I would get some jealous stares for sure. You really know how to take Andrea's stencil to the max. Thanks.

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  35. Cool! Great idea with the black behind the pink! Have a great night! Hopping along...

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  36. If you create something really cool like this then flaunt it for sure!

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  37. I love how you combined the two stencils, Kirsten.
    marilyn
    marimuseinpt@gmail.com

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  38. Wow, you just took the fear out of fluorescent pink for me, Kirsten. I see a DOTD project coming my way - soon! Thanks for the colorful inspiration!

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  39. The white on the face brought it home! Love the background design too. This bag is a home run...

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  40. Very cool idea Kirsten! I love the tote!

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  41. OMG Kirsten, How was i NOT a follower before! EXCITED. I can LEARN so much from you.

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  42. Very cute bag! Learned a lot! Thanks!

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  43. Great save!! It almost reminds me of sugared candy .... sort of the "sweet DOD" .... hehehe. Hope I win the stencils to play too.
    SusieW

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  44. I love the black gesso paired with the florescent colors. Nice job!

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  45. Perfect idea putting the Sugar Skull on a tote bag. Love how you incorporated all the elements together.

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  46. I love that you had an Oops! Love how you brought out all the details in the face with the pops of white!

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  47. This is just too cool! Thanks for sharing :)

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  48. Kirsten, love the tote bag and" the day of the dead" stencil, so colorful!

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  49. I would be proud to carry a bag like that through the streets of Mexico.

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  50. cool. loved the bright colors!!

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  51. I love the bag Kirsten!
    Bloglovin follower!

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  52. Okay, I've never been on your blog before today, but that is a really cool bag!!!

    Shanti

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  53. Super Cool bag Kirsten! I love the bright colors with pearl paint...fab!

    Amy*

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  54. Great idea to stencil the design onto a bag!

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  55. your bag is over the top!! so much talent! aloha, angi in hana

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  56. This bag is awesome! Thank you for sharing your design. Glad I found your blog.

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