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Byzantine Love Collage, Stenciling in Reverse

One of my favorite ways to use my stencils is to use them in reverse, creating a print.  For this artwork, I used my Byzantine TCwE463 stencil to print onto paper, pattern pieces, book pages,and a tag, then used them as collage pieces using matte medium attaching each onto a canvas.

Byzatine Love Collage

Byzatine Love Collage on canvas

Materials

Materials

I mix acrylic paint with Liquitex Slow-Dri Blending Medium.  The Slo-Dri helps to extend the drying time of the acrylic allowing more time to work the paint and  lift the print. Mix acrylic with the medium and brush onto a flat surface (such as a geli plate or freezer paper)  Place the stencil onto the paint mixture and lift, immediately turn the stencil over and print  onto paper or fabric . Having a brayer on hand is always a good idea when printing.   Here I have printed onto pattern tissue (note:  my stencil is well used!).

Reverse stencil technique

Reverse stencil print on pattern tissue

A great way to make collage elements pop is to outline them with a water soluble crayon or marker.  I outlined my focal elements such as tags, and heart with Neocolor crayons, wet my finger and blended the lines, adding texture and depth.

Outline heart with neocolor ll water soluble pastels

Outline heart with neocolor ll water soluble pastels

Have you ever used your stencils to create a print?  If so, what did you create?

Heart Collage: Using Flexible Modeling Paste as an Adhesive

Love Valentine Heart Collage

Love Valentine Heart Collage

Happy February everyone!  It is one of my favorite months of the year.  I am partial of course, because it is my birth month, but also because it puts us on the down slide of winter (I hope!)  One of my favorite mediums to work with is flexible modeling paste.  It dries quickly and is lightweight.  I wanted to create a quick collage for Valentines Day and incorporate some of my stand by staples, such as quilt batting and cheesecloth.  Both of them add great texture. I created my background using  a 9″ x 12″ canvas board covered  with tissue paper (using flexible modeling paste) and a stamped text design.  Let dry.  What I really enjoyed about making this collage was using my modeling paste as an adhesive.  I have used flexible modeling paste in my books through a stencil, but never as an adhesive.  It was simple, I   applied a thin layer of the MP onto my canvas with a pallette knife,  added my cheesecloth and the remnants of an old doily, and let it dry.  I cut a heart shape from my quilt batting and centered it on the canvas, again applied with a thin coat of MP.  One final coat of MP applied to the heart and then added the findings collected from previous projects.  Push the findings into the paste, covering the heart, and let dry. I painted the heart and elements with a coat of pearl white acrylic, and brushed them with pigment powders.  To make the heart pop I outlined it with metallic paints.  Finishing up I stamped a LOVE note and it was done!

What do you think?  Have you ever used your mediums in new and different ways?

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Friends and Photos from CHA 2014

Drum Roll Please! My new Stencil Designs with The Crafter’s Workshop

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I am very excited, happy, and thrilled, to announce my new line of stencils with The Crafter’s Workshop.  My new stencils will be available at the 2014 CHA Mega Show in The Crafter’s Workshop booth #845.  I have had a life long love of stencils and being able to design my own, and have them come to life is beyond words.  My new stencils are designed to be used on their own and also for backgrounds.  If you are attending the show I hope you will stop by and say hello.  I will be demonstrating in TCW booth on:

Saturday, Jan 11th
12pm – 2pm:  Rebekah Meier
Sunday, Jan 12th
12- 2pm: Rebekah Meier
Monday, Jan 13th
9am – 11:30 am:  Rebekah Meier
2pm-4 pm:  Rebekah Meier
Please follow my blog  to see more about my stencils, techniques, and designs here on my website.  Also I would love for you to follow me on facebook, Pinterest,  and Twitter

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Eclectic Elements Fabric by Tim Holtz

Eclectic Elements Fabric

A while back I was asked by Paula Cheney , Creative Coordinator for Tim Holtz brands, to create a design using the new Eclectic Elements fabrics presented by Coats .   I love the fabrics, and was so excited to create with them.  I decided to make a wallhanging using fat quarters of as many of the  fabric designs that I could.  It was so fun working with the fabrics, creating a patchwork collage.   Tim’s fabric line has many fabrics with writing or script , which I LOVE.  And the butterflies and watch faces…!  My wallhanging was displayed in the Coats/Eclectic Elements  booth at Fall Quilt Market  in Houston 2013.

Swatch chart of designs

Swatch chart of Eclectic Elements

Wallhanging by Rebekah Meier

Wallhanging by Rebekah Meier

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I used Steam-A-Seam 2 to make the butterflies dimensional

Fall Quilt Market Eclectic Elements Booth  2013

Fall Quilt Market, Eclectic Elements Booth 2013

Nature Print Postcards


Nature Print Post Cards

Nature is a never ending source of creative inspiration.   The combination of leaf prints and stamps created from recycled meat containers ensures endless creative possibilities.

Recycled Nature Print Postcards

Materials

  • Strathmore® Watercolor Post Cards, 4” x 6”
  • Ranger Adirondack Dye Ink, Raisin, Butterscotch, Oregano, Ginger, Espresso
  • Beacon Zip Dry™ Paper Glue
  • Tea Bags
  • Recycled Meat Packaging (cleaned well with hot soapy water)
  • Fresh Leaves (such as Geranium)
  • Old  Thread Spools
  • Other Supplies:  Iron, Paper Towels, Parchment Paper, Recycled Container (such as margarine), Scissors

Instructions

  1. Using 3-4 tea bags, brew 2-3 cups of tea.  Dip post card into tea solution creating a faintly tinted effect.  Pat postcard dry with paper towels and place between two sheets of parchment paper.   Press dry with iron.
  2. Using scissors, cut meat tray into shapes such as flowers and leaves.  Impress designs onto shapes with items such as water bottle or pen caps.  Adhere shapes onto wood spools with Zip Dry.
  3. To create a background stamp design, draw directly onto a cut meat tray rectangle the same size as the post card.  The design can be images such as doodles or vines created by using a pencil or other blunt instrument.
  4. Ink background stamp with Adirondack Ink.  Stamp design onto tea dyed postcard.  Repeat using flower and leaf stamps.
  5. Ink fresh leaves and press directly onto post cards to achieve a collage effect.

CREATE Retreat Chicago/Lisle 2013

Last week I taught three classes at the CREATE Mixed Media Retreat in Lisle, IL.  Here is my students awesome work!

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Correspondence Quilts

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Painted Fiber Art Journal Cover

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Extreme Needle Felting

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