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Week 3: Recurring Patterns

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Hello!

Week 3 Prompt: What patterns do you find repeating themselves in the things you make? In the things that bring you joy? In the things that undermine your creativity?

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This week's technique video is on stencils, focusing mainly on improvised and hand-cut stencils. Nothing too scary -- I made one from paper (folded and cut with scissors), a couple cut from a manila folder, and one from a piece of Tyvek envelope.

PS: Just a heads up in case you want to get supplies -- for week 4 I'll be doing monoprinting. I'll be demoing two methods, one using glass/plexiglas (a piece from a picture frame would work, and if you have two pieces there's a fun trick that makes really cool prints) and one using a gel plate. There are some links in the supply list on how to make a plate out of actual gelatin, which is a cheap way to try it out to see if you enjoy it.) A brayer is optional with the glass method (you can apply paint with a brush) but it's tough to use a gel plate without a brayer. A soft rubber brayer works best for this purpose.

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The stencil video is up. This is kind of a long one -- I've been trying to keep the tools/technique videos short, but apparently I had lots to say 😄

One of the manila folder stencils in the title card to the video (the one with the big circles) isn't actually in this video. I made it while I was working on my journal spread today -- it's a piece of manila folder that I punched with a one-inch hole punch. (I also made another one at the same time with a regular-size hole punch. I meant to do it during this video but totally forgot.)

The Tyvek pouch I showed in this video was made with instructions from Maya Donenfeld's Upcycled Pouch Creativebug class. (In the video I said it was from her book Reinvention, which I couldn't remember the name of at the time, but the hand-sewn version that I made is from the class. There's a very similar project in the book with instructions for machine sewing.)

 

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Hey all - I'm breaking the second video into two parts because it was long. In this first one I was making collage paper to use for my journal spread:

 

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I finally have the third video from week uploaded!

Part of why this took so long (and why I ended up with twice as much video as previous weeks) was the combination of stenciling and doodling that I did. Both can be a little time-consuming. Both tend to be kind of meditative for me, though, so I had no idea how much time I'd spent at it until I started looking over the video.

Over the next week we'll look at a couple of methods of monoprinting. Printing with a gel plate is another great way to use stencils, and it's really gratifying how much cool imagery you can create in a relatively short amount of time as compared with applying paint directly through a stencil.

 

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