Thursday, 13 April 2017

Insanity runs...



...and truly, that's all I can say about my studio week.

Not only have I played with embroidery until I'm near blind, I've been burning, burning, burning, and while there's little smoke involved it's definitely been an inferno in here.

Free-hand stencil cutting is an easy thing to do, and a leather burner is just the tool for it.  And doesn't that bright red handle look great with the grey?

The setup

Amorphous

Gridacious

Patternonia

City gridlock
Just in case you want to join me in my current/ongoing mania, this video will give you a good start.


While you're there, feel free to subscribe to my channel - I'm not only amused by house wrap and stencil burning, I get a kick out of seeing the number of subscribers increase.  In case you're curious about these stencils and their uses, check out the Layers of Gelli video too.

I've got four more of these to burn to reach my limit - you'll know I'm done when you feel the earth crack and rumble against your feet from the shouts of 
Yippee!    
Yahoo!!      
Hooray!!! 
Hallelujah!!!! 
Zowie!!!!!   
Yabba-Dabba-Do !!!!!! 

I want to see what stencils you've created, whether they're burned, cut or still in the mental preparation stage.  Let me know where I can find them in your comments below.  In the meantime, have a silly, playful, and fun week.  

23 comments:

  1. Loving your stencils!! Haven't tried creating any myself yet.

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    2. I'll be watching for when you do, Karenliz - they'll be just awesome, I know!

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  2. Hi Win, great technique. I have the kit but it's just another thing that I've not got round too.....who knows! it does look like fun! Happy crafting, Angela xXx

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    1. So many things to try, aren't there Angela? I'll be watching for when you do!!

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  3. I am sure that I would burn my fingers doing something like that - I will stick to my own games - lol. Very interesting Win - thanks for sharing.

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    1. I've only a few scars to show for my efforts, and none of them deep! :D

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  4. You wild and crazy woman is there no end to your madness...lol
    Your stencils are amazing and you have given me dangerous ideas.

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    1. None whatsoever, Deann - the madness will continue apace until I drop with a thud into the ground for my permanent rest. And there's nothing I like BETTER than giving you dangerous ideas - you reciprocate so VERY well! xo

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  5. Silly as it seems... that's what I adore about you the most Win - you are chalk full of MADNESS when it comes to CREATIVITY. Your stencils are just FABULOUSLY FUN. Each one looks WONDERFUL. Burnin'HOT... you go girl!!! Xj.

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    1. So many thanks, Joi - I sometimes do wonder about myself. But when you're on a roll, it's just so hard to get stopped, and your comments make it all worthwhile! ;-)

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  6. Your stencils are unique! Absolutely amazing - and thank you for that inspiring and helpful video!
    oxo Susi

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    1. Thanks, Susi - they're really fun to do, and like most creative activities, they get me immediately into the zone! xo

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  7. Haahaahaaahaaa! Win, you make me laugh so!!
    I just bet, you are a riot in your studio, with or without others! Probably have the tunes cranked,belting out the words and dancing all over as you work- at least this is the mental image I have of you! heehee
    Hoppy Easter my dear friend!
    Love & hugs,Jackie

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    1. It's true, Jackie, that I am easily amused, whether in a crowd or on my own. Life is just too short and waaaaaaay to funny to be otherwise, and I swear that artist have the most fun! Happy Easter, dear Jackie, with a ton of laughter thrown in for good measure! xo

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  8. Your self made stencils are amazing. At some point I would like to make my own... maybe... right now life is crazy busy :) Happy Easter xx

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    1. Thanks, Shirley - I do hope things slow down enough for you that you can take some major creative time. Happy Easter right back to you...xo

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  9. Very interesting technique Win. I'm favoring the first one as I can see abstract floral shapes in it! Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Funny thing, Laura - I noticed the same thing, and suspect I need to do an intentional abstracted floral. Great minds, right?!!

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  10. Wow, these are amazing, Win! No idea what 'house wrap' would be called here in Australia. What's it for, anyway? I usually use cardboard coated with sticky-backed plastic - you know, the stuff you use to cover schoolbooks. I hand cut them with very pointy scissors.

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    1. I think this product is something comparable to our house wrap, Tracy (http://www.thermakraft.com.au/product/coverup-house-wrap), used here as a barrier between walls and exterior. It's plastic (much like plastic envelopes, only thicker and with a threadish pattern). The thread adds another textural dimension if one uses that side down on a Gelli plate. Great fun, at any rate!

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    2. Ah, something else to play with on the gelli-plate :) And thank you for researching that - I went and had a look at the site. I may be able to pick something similar up in the local hardware warehouse. But then of course I'd also need a tool to burn it...

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    3. Yes you will, Tracy - the burners (they're designed here for leather, apparently) are relative inexpensive at $13 or so, and mine has been burning for a very long time. :D

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