Friday, November 08, 2013

Stenciled Pillow!

I'm so excited to share a new project with you as part of the Stencil Girl Blog Hop highlighting Jane LaFazio's gorgeous stencils! 

As you know, we moved back into our Texas house this summer. I am so GRATEFUL to be living in this house. We designed and built it eight years ago and I love the space and all that we share in it. We've re-arranged and purchased some new furniture, so I thought I'd take this opportunity to create something to make this space a bit more personal. We needed some new decorative pillows for our living room couch, so...

I started with Jane's "Vines" stencil and a piece of canvas.


For the first layer, I just wanted to get some overall color. So I used acrylic paint and a spouncer (seen on the right) to cover the entire cloth. 

You should be able to see here that I painted through the stencil... but I also flipped the stencil over and pressed it into the fabric to print off the excess paint. See the positive and negative images, here?

Next I wanted some strong blue bits of that lovely vine. This time I thought the dots might detract, so I just masked them with bits of masking tape. It's really easy to alter a stencil this way! Make it your own.

I added the vine all over the fabric, but stronger and more clear than the over green layer.

More layers! This time red. I have this squeeze tip that fits on the top of the Martha Stewart brand of craft store paint and I wondered if I could "trace" the stencil using that tip. It worked great.

I love the slightly blobby, dotted line created with this technique.

I'm getting a nice overall variety of imagery and color here, but I need something with a bit more punch. 

I decided to cut out one of the vines from the stencil so I could stamp a full image. It took some time to cut away all the tiny bits, but I really like this option for using the stencil. 

Again, I masked some of the stencil so my yellow paint wouldn't seep over into the area that I had not cut away.

To emphasize the shape, I added a sketch outline with a Micron Pigma pen.

Here are those punchy yellow vines!

Next I sketched the same vine shape on a bit of blue felt. It needed to be larger than the stencil, so I didn't use the stencil directly, but I eyeballed the design.

Here I've stitched down the felt vine and gathered other stuff to create the pillow. (Sorry the lighting was completely off in these two pictures. The actual color of the felt vine is more like the one below.)

Here's the finished pillow! Don't you love the green pom-pom fringe?! I chose all those colors to coordinate with the other pillow on the couch and I think they really work well together.

I didn't sew the felt vine all the way around the edges, I just stitched some thin veins in each leaf which allows them to curl up a bit. I love the subtle dimensional effect.

The StencilGirl stencils are have so much potential! I think I need more pillows! Check out all the other project and artists in the blog hop.

StencilGirl Products is giving away a prize on their blog StencilGirl Talk. ALL comments left on ALL the blogs are eligible to win. So leave me comment and why you're grateful for the place you live -- then leave comments on the other blogs too.

The giveaway will close on Monday, November 11, 2013 @ 11:59 PM Central Time.

60 comments:

Ruth L said...

All those layers, wow... beautiful pillow!

Jo Murray said...

WOW! All that layering has worked so well, as has your choice of the vines stencil.

Amante del Papel said...

wow!!!! and more wow!!!! is a beautiful and awesome work!!!

elle said...

Wow! This has been sew informative. You cut out a mask! Brilliant. And the felt vine is very cool. Thank you!

Linda Kittmer said...

What a great pillow. You're very brave to cut away part of the stencil like that, but the result is wonderful.

Jennifer Neuman said...

Wow! Stunning! I love how you used the stencil several different ways. I'm learning so much about how versatile stencils can be. Lovely!

Denny1600 said...

Oh my goodness! How creative is this pillow!

Jane LaFazio said...

way to deconstruct the stencil! I love that I'm in your living room. Thanks so much for participating in the blog hop, Deborah!

*Wisher* said...

I came by via the blog hop..I'm blown away by the idea of making it into a pillow cover.. Is awesome.. Thank you for the gorgeous idea.. ;)

Gill said...

Wow!
I love the bold colours you added!

Socrates said...

Very fun and original. One of a kind, indeed, Lovely.

Christine Kiehl said...

The pillow that you created with the stencil turned out so beautiful! Time very well spent! Thank you so much for sharing with us today! You made it look so easy even I want to try it!!!

NanW said...

All those layers are amazing. Beautiful use of the stencil.

Teresa R said...

What a wonderful idea for gifts for family and friends. Love the use of the stencil

Sandy Karsten said...

So gutsy to cut your stencil - but it made all the difference on the pillow. I am grateful that I live close enough to my daughter and her family that the grandkids can rise their bikes to my house.

Sharon Lynn Williams said...

Cool idea to cut the shape out of the stencil!

Sue Young said...

Grateful for a new idea on how to use Jane's wonderful stencils! Thanks!

Deborah said...

Wonderful, Deborah! Thanks for these ideas! Terrif pillow!

Leslie said...

Really brings out the color of the couch.

susan berkowitz said...

What a lovely pillow! I really like having custom pillows.

Barbara Burns said...

It seems like a lot of work but it is so pretty when you are done!!! I do not sew so I could not do this but I could make a scarf using some of the techniques :) Thank you!!!

Yolanda said...

I never think of using stencils with fabric. Thanks.

Dirty Kitchen said...

I am grateful for the place I live because I am still rather new here, and there is so much to explore and discover. (and for the iced coffee from a coffeeshop called Agora).

I love the green pom poms, by the way.

Rachel Parris said...

Love how you made it personal.

Jane Martin said...

Pillows are beautiful!

sophie said...

I lam grateful for the light in this house and the large studio.i love the quiet of this corner of the neighborhood and all the bugs birds and animals that live in the arroyo next to the house.

Geneen Granger said...

Couldn't wait to see what you did and wow! cool way to display art.

Robin in WNC said...

Love the pillow. Thanks for showing all the steps. I don't think I could ever cut up a stencil but you never know.

april dawn said...

Cute!

Leslie McNeil said...

o goodness! love your creativity in cutting out the stencil! and the results are spectacular too, deb. thank you!

barbara macaskill said...

Your layering is incredible! This pillow came out beautifully and it really goes well with the other pillow!
I am grateful for our new home that my husband built by hand, pretty much by himself while I was having some major health issues that meant surgeries and hospitalizations! He truly amazes me with the amount of love and care he put in to every little detail of our home! It had been 19 years of planning and it finally came together and we are all moved in and settled for a long winter of warmth and love!

Lura said...

nice to see all the people using stencils with fabrics. love all the inspiration. grateful for the opportunity to win. xoxo

Jean said...

Beautiful use of the stencil. Grateful for all the ideas and the chance to win.

inkytoes said...

Like it. Must try stencils on fabric.

Traci Johnson said...

The pillow turned out beautifully! What a great idea and use of the materials. Thanks for sharing.

I'm so very grateful for where I live because it's peaceful and comfortable for me and my husband. I count my blessings every day!

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Love this pillow. Great project. Fun to hop with you. xox

Elaine said...

You completed a very nice pillow. I love your use of all of the materials...especailly the stencil.

Marsha said...

A lot of work for a great result! Thank you for the ideas.

Mary C. Nasser said...

Gorgeous pillow, Deborah!
Wow!
So glad you're on the blog hop!

Connie Akers said...

Beautiful. So happy that you are HOME. I love where I live because I can be a closer part of Karlie's life.

stamping sue said...

fabulous throw pillow! I'm not a sewer but maybe I could try to make one by gluing. we'll see.
thanks for sharing.
stamping sue
http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

jannieb said...

soo cute! only thing better than green pompoms are red pompoms !

Monica said...

wow! This is totally cool!

Roxanne said...

All of the artists in this blog hop have made amazing projects from Jane's stencils but if we were allowed to vote I'd have to vote for your project Deborah. Definitely a unique project. Can you tell that I love it?

Linda on the Prairie said...

I think I need to make a pillow this week!

Maria McGuire said...

What a beautiful piece of home decor! Thank you so much for participating in our hop featuring Jane!

Robin R said...

I'm not really sure how I ended up on your blog, but you now have a new fan. Such a creative use of a stencil!

Nancy Lee said...

This is really neat project.
I like your idea of cutting out the stencil to make a mask.
(Love the state of Texas,too).

HollyM said...

I love where we live because of the four distinct seasons and the quiet of a small place,
Love the pillow!

Denise Smart said...

This is so fun to look at and you are so creative.

cal8007 said...

Deborah, I just love the way you took a stencil and "made it your own" by masking and cutting out the necessary pieces to fit your project. Thanks for sharing. I gotta get me some pillow stuffing and make a couple of pillows for my living room!

Rosanne said...

Thank you for sharing your idea--I love the addition of the pompom trim on your beautiful pillow.

Diana Caho said...

I am grateful for learning so many techniques using these stencils. This is so much fun.

whyducks said...

This is so lovely, I adore it!

Jackie said...

Deborah, what a beautiful pillow! Thanks for sharing and for hopping!

beadz said...

I love how your pillow turned out - very cool!

Marilyn Reitz said...

Am totally blown away! I would never have thought of a pillow! Great idea

Carolyn said...

I love how you layered the stencils. Great pillow!

DonaleeK said...

Great layers, and enjoyed the process. Thanks!
Donalee

Lynette (NZ) said...

Fantastic layers - inspires me to get back to your fabric collage course and make some progress. Happy 2014 :-)