Thursday, August 28, 2014

Stencils and Aluminum on a Tin Box


I have been doing and teaching Metal Embossing for about 15 years. For years I only did the traditional techniques until I started to incorporate the use of stencils. I was fascinated of how easy and fast it is to do beautiful projects with metal and stencils.

Besides making embossing easier, stencils offer an amazing variety of designs and the freedom to place them on any part of the metal, use just one section of the stencil or use several stencils on the same project. This  for example, cannot be done with the embossing folders that limit, among other things, the size  and position of the project to that of the folder. Embossing Folders  look too perfect or "machine made"; I believe stencils offer a better chance to  make your projects look more personal, beautiful and unique.
 
 
 

These are the main steps to do the tin box cover using 12” x 12” TCW390 Baubles stencil and color aluminum:
 
1)Place the metal on the stencil. Rub with the paper stump until you "see" the  stencil's design
 

                                    

2)Still with the stencil under the metal, outline every part of the design using the pointy part of the double Teflon D-01 tool. This gives the entire design a nice definition.
 
 

                                           
3)Turn the metal to the back (you will see the silver side of the metal) and on the suede.Use the small Star Wheel of the Basic Kit to add some accents around each shape of the design.
 



4)      Still on the back of the metal and over the suede, trace any tangle, doodle or design with the pointy Teflon tip.

 
5)      To create more textures or designs, turn the metal to the front and rub against any other stencil or texture plate
 
 
 
  
 
6)      On the back of the metal and on suede, roll any decorative wheel such as the Big Wheel to create a frame around your project.

 
 
7)      Sand the front of the metal with a sanding block to remove the color from the embossed lines or designs.

 
8)      If you want to add some color or patinas, rub the metal with assorted Gilder’s Paste colors. I used several colors and  the German Silver at the end to add some highlights.



9)      At the back and on the suede, push or emboss the metal on certain areas with the round sphere of the Cup and Ball tool. This will create the “puffy” look on the metal.  You can also use the paper stump to push and soften the metal.


 

10)   On the front of the metal (no suede) you can use the pointy Teflon tool to outline any shape that you have embossed from the back to give it a nicer definition.

 
 
11)   Fill the back of the embossed areas with MercArt’s “Filling Paste” to keep them from being pushed down. This paste is easy to apply because it is liquid and it has an applicator. It levels itself and it  gets really hard once it dries (between 1 to 8 hours depending on the size/depth of the embossed area).


 
12)   Adhere your metal to the tin box with any strong craft double side tape.


 
Materials I used:
5 x 7" Tin Box
Sanding Block
MercArt's products:  Grey Aluminum 5" x 7"
                                          Basic Kit with 4 double tools:
(Teflon D-01, Star Wheel, Refiner, Cup and Ball #4)
            Big Wheel
     Suede
                    Paper Stump #4
              Filling Paste
                            Double side adhesive
 Gilder's Paste: German Silver, Copper, Coral Red, Rust, Patina and Bronze
 
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Aluminum:New Colors and New Size!!

We have added new colors to our selection of 9" x 12" aluminum
Yellow, Grey, Purple, Gold, Pastel Blue and Christmas Green.

We also have now a great variety of 5" x 7" colors:
Grey, Navy Blue, Peach, Lilac, Dark Green, Red, Orange and Cream.
Navy Blue, Sky Blue and Pastel Blue

Red, Orange and Peach

Christmas Green and Dark Green

Purple and Lilac

Cream, Gold and Yellow

Black and Grey

We also carry colors not shown here such as: Bronze, Teal and Fuchsia.

The "swirls" on each sample were done using Dreamweaver's Mosaic Swirls LJ901 Stencil 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

NEW TUTORIAL!
Stencil Girl Products and MercArt

Visit Stencil Girl Products Blog stencilgirltalk.com  and see my tutorial using two of the new designs from Stencil Girl Products: Tribal Hand and Segments.
Follow some simple steps to make easy metal embossing projects using Colored Aluminum, stencils and the new Gilder's Paste patinas.
You will have a beautiful project in just a few minutes.
Products used on the tutorial:
Stencil Girl Products: Tribal Hand S180
Stencil Girl Products: Segments S189
MercArt's BasicMetal Embsossing Kit with 4 tools
MercArt's green colored aluminum
MercArt's Big Wheel, paper stump, suede, Fiber Glass tool and Filling Paste
Sanding Block
Gilder's Paste colors: African Bronze, German Silver, Verdigris and Copper.



See the complete and easy to follow steps here too:




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Steps:
1) Place the aluminum (color side down) over the Tribal Hand S180 stencil and rub against it with the Paper Stump until you clearly see the design.
2)With the Teflon Tool D-01, outline every part of the stencil design to get a crisp definition
3)Place the metal color side up over the background stencil, Segments S189,  and rub with the paper stump until you can see the design clearly. Outline the design with Teflon D-01
4)Place the metal on the back and over the suede and roll the Big Wheel (or any of MercArt's Decorative Wheels) on the edge  of the aluminum to create a border.
5)Remove the color of the embossed areas with a sanding block.
6)With your finger add any Gilder's Paste colors you choose (we have 12 new colors to choose from!). They can be applied on layers to create new tones and interesting patinas.
7)Add dimension and make the metal "puff" by placing the metal on the back over the suede and embossing certain areas with the round sphere of the Cup and Ball #4 and the paper stump.
8)Fill the back of  the embossed or raised areas of your project with MercArt's Filling Paste. As it's liquid, it levels itself and once it dries, it gets really hard, so the shapes remain embossed.
                           I hope this has inspired you  to use stencils and color aluminum in a new way!


Ready in just minutes!


Other projects using Stencil Girl Products Stencils with MercArt color aluminum and Gilder's Paste:
Stencil Girl Products Birds S110, Copper and Gilder's Paste


Stencil Girl Products Circle tiles stencil, Blue Aluminum and Gilder's Pastes

ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art)
I added Gilder's Paste to both the Navy Blue aluminum and the Wooden Frame
For  the template I used Stencil Girl  Ripples  Stencil S188
All tangles were done free hand with the Teflon D-01


                                         










Monday, March 31, 2014


EXCITING NEWS!!

NEW PRODUCT: Gilder's Paste

We are so happy to offer you the Gilder's Paste in 12 gorgeous colors:
Foundry Bronze, African Bronze, Copper, Coral Red, Iris Blue, German Silver, Sandalwood, Patina, Rust, Rich Gold, Verdigris and Slate.
These highly pigmented wax based pastes can give different patinas and tones  to any of your metal embossed projects. They can also be used on  ceramic, wood, gourds, resin and practically any surface!
Apply easily with finger, brush or sponge. They can be overlapped to create even more tones.

Gilders Paste in 12 colors   1.5 oz

Done in Pewter with Copper, African Bronze and Verdigris
Navy Blue aluminum with Stencil Girl Products stencil and assorted Gilder's Paste colors

NEW STENCILS HAVE ARRIVED!

We have new stencils from Stencil Girl Products, The Crafter's Warehouse and Artist Cellar.
Here is just a small selection of the New designs. More will be coming soon, including the new designs of brass stencils  from Dreamweaver

Stencil Girl Products Segments S189
Stencil Girl Products Ripples S188


    
Stencil Girp Products Tribal Hand S180
     
Stencil Girl Products S163
TCW448 Four Faces
TCW432  Rose Window
TCW450 Art Deco Leaves
ArtistCellar Whimsy Town AC066



Monday, November 4, 2013

Dia de Muertos

Zentangle Inspired Art
 
 
I went to Mexico City recently to be at our  booth at the Christmas Crafts Annual Show.
Between ZIA classes I  was doing demos with the different tangles and doodles using this ceramic skull I had just bought for that purpose.  It was a big success, specially because we were approaching November 2nd, which represents one of the most colorful and ancient Mexican traditions:  Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
 
Dia de Muertos is a very peculiar tradition that has its roots both in the ancient Aztec beliefs  and those brought to Mexico by the Catholic Spanish priests during the colony years ( 1510-1810).
Aztecs used to honor their  God of Death  with diverse celebrations in October and November. November 2nd is the Day of the Saints festivity for Catholics. Mexico's Dia de los Muertos took a bit of both worlds and created a new very particular tradition in which we honor, remember and celebrate our loved ones that have passed away.
 
 
Altar de Muerto
 
The Day of the Dead Altars are the main part of this celebration. All of them are colorful, joyful and include:
 sugar skulls, pictures of our loved ones, candles,  Cempazuchitl (marigold) flowers, papel picado, the favorite  food and drinks of our "muertitos" and certainly the "Catrinas" (elegant skeletons wearing hats, flowers and long dresses). 
 
Jose Guadalupe Posada created the "Catrina" between 1910-1913

Papel Picado