Wednesday, August 15, 2007

I Forgot to Remember

Well, I have really lost it I guess...I forgot to remember to post yesterday...plain out went on my happy way with no regard to my oughts and must-do's...GEESH....

I have a gazillion excuses...one being I woke up at 4AM and couldn't go back to sleep...so I reviewed my teaching syllabus' for my faux finishing and stenciling classes at John C. Campbell Folk School in beautiful Brasstown, North Carolina mountains. I worked for about an hour and went back to sleep until about 8AM. I was so focused on my class prep...that I hit the floor running. I had to go into Jacksonville to find some velvet for the stenciling class...

Now I know you are saying..."could it be that Rebecca actually teaches velvet Elvis painting???" That is exactly what my students always think...so I hear all kinds of excuses about not bringing the velvet because "I really don't want to paint on velvet..." then they see this...and change their minds...

Velvet wallhanging stenciled with metallic acrylic paints

So I always have to bring extra velvet...and this year I found this stencil...joker that I am, instead of putting the above on display this year...I am going to hang this...

Velvet wallhanging stenciled with acrylic paints

Being the editor of The Artistic Stenciler magazine...I feel I should offer you some examples of what stenciling is in 2007...Below is an example of today's stenciling...the ceiling, window treatments, and painting are all stenciled... even the windows to the right are stenciled...click to see more detail..

The dining room from The House That Faux Built in Baltimore, MD

For those of you who think stenciling is ducks and hearts or don't know about the ancient art of stenciling...actually the oldest artform known to mankind...cave painters used a form of stenciling, blowing chewed pigment through a reed to outline their hands...these hand stencils have been found The Cosquer Cave (Marseille, France), Gargas (Hautes-Pyrénées) and El Castillo in Spain.
Photo by J. Clottes of The Cosquer Cave (Marseille, France)

Here are some examples of extraordinary stenciling...

Lynn Brehm

Helen Morris here (Elvis is part of her stencil line) blog

Melanie Royals' blog

Painter Girl Carol Leonisio has some wonderful decorative painting

StencilSearch.com is the one-stop resource for stenciling

Today's aMUSEment - look at the above websites and blogs to see what stenciling is in 2001...

U Be Creative Today!

18 comments:

see you there! said...

That ornate stencil on velvet is just amazing. Who knew?

Good luck with the class. Those are going to be some lucky people who get to be your students.

Darla

Gretchen said...

That is absolutely gorgeous work!

Love the Elvis, too. Since it's a big anniversary for him, it's pretty appropriate to post it. :)

Miss*Laurence said...

What an amazing piece of velvet.
Thanks for visiting my blog, the paper making kit we used was made by Galt educational , a long time ago, but I can't find it anywhere online, a shame.

Elizabeth Ann said...

Dear Rebecca,
Oh, I often "Forget to Remember" and have sometimes driven past my own street when my mind has wandered off. You are forgiven!

Have a great class. Will miss your daily MUSE-ings. The Velvet Elvis stencil is a wonderfully funny tongue-in-cheek to show! The other stencils are awesome and I must go visit the sites you showed.

Take care.

ShabbyInTheCity said...

That dining room's stenciling is so pretty. I like that Elvis on velvet! Did the class do some?

Bejeweled said...

That ceiling on the dining room is wonderful! How versitile stenciling is!

Ro Bruhn said...

These examples are fabulous Rebecca, the top one is great

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Anonymous said...

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Thanks for visiting my blog, the paper making kit we used was made by Galt educational

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