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08 February 2017

Color Technique for Kunst Puppen Set B

 
Sometimes, using different colors for stenciling with the same image can be cumbersome if one has to use tapes or sticky notes as masks. But, I've come up with an alternative technique for coloring.

Using craft acrylic paint on one colored paper, I started with three different colors for one stencil:


I then cut them up horizontally using a metal ruler and an Exacto knife - be sure to use a new blade.



I then cut up them up vertically and sort them into three piles by color.



I then pick from each pile and prearrange them on a separate paper...


Using a fast-drying paper adhesive, I glue them down on paper strips - 4 inches wide.



After all of the body parts were glued down, I trimmed the edges.



This technique can be used very effectively with other puppets within two sets of "Kunst Puppen" that I designed for Stencil Girl Products. The above image is from the Kunst Puppen Set B.

I hope the above technique will make it easier for you to use different colors without having to use tapes or maskings. Also, I will show you more techniques for using my new Kunst Puppen stencils in my future blog posts.

*Full disclosure: Andrew Borloz does receive compensation in the form of royalties for his own stencil designs from Stencil Girl Products.


02 February 2017

Kunst Puppen: newest stencil design releases from Stencil Girl Products


While I was designing the masks stencils (Kunst Masken), I was also creating the puppet designs. The designs of both the masks and the puppets was inspired and influenced by the various styles from several European art movements and design philosophies such as Bauhaus, De Stijl, Dada and Cubism, which occurred during early 20th century (1910-1930).

I have seen marionettes and puppet shows many times - I often enjoyed them in spite of the fact I was not able to hear the spoken lines - the lips are so hard to read as they're so stiff!

I also have seen mime and sometimes puppet-like performances by Mummenschanz. When I was a kid, I even wrote a script, created a puppet theatre using cardboard boxes, designed the stage sets, and directed one hand puppet show. Yes, I did all that when I was a fifth grader.

I was very fascinated with the stage costume designs done by Oskar Schlemmer for a ballet performance at one of the Bauhaus schools. I was also intrigued with stage costumes designed by Fernand Leger for Ballets Suedois (The Swedish Ballet), and with the marionettes designed by Sophie Taeuber-Arp. All of these influences served as a basis for my new puppet stencils.




Set A (left) L480, Set B (right) L481 - both of these are large 9" x 12" stencils




Kunst Puppen One Male One Female S442, 6" x 6"
Kunst Puppen Set #1 (S442) - I designed this couple as if they were attending a formal gala. The female figure looks like as if she was dressed in Roaring 20's clothing, and the male figure looks like he's either going to a ball or is working in an office with bow-tie and suspenders.





Kunst Puppen  Two Females S443, 6" x 6"

These two figures - one "country" and one "urban" - were created so that they can be used interchangeably by using different heads, shoes, or torsos.





Kunst Puppen Two Males S444, 6" x 6"

Two "action" figures - one "medieval" wearing a beret and a "shield", and one "futuristic & robot-like" with an over inflated torso, arms & legs. They may look anachronistic together, but one can modify them to make it more like "time period correct".

These sets of puppets were designed so that they be used interchangeably with each other (within the same size), or used alone as "dolls" or "action figures". Or any one of these puppets can be used repeatedly to resemble a dance chorus line, a dueling match, or a couple attending a formal gala. One can create a whole new puppet using separate elements from each set described above.

You can order the above stencils through this link: Stencil Girl Products - Andrew Borloz.

*Full disclosure: Andrew Borloz does receive compensation in the form of royalties for his own stencil designs from Stencil Girl Products.

01 December 2016

Creative Jumpstart 2017: The Video-Recording Experience

I'd like to share with you in this post how I got to be one of the on-line instructors for Creative Jumpstart 2017.

Creative Jumpstart 2017

For a long time, I've been asked to offer on-line classes/workshops. Despite the fact that I have taken several on-line classes for a few years, I was not confident in my ability to produce spoken video instructions. Not only that, I knew it takes a lot of time for one person to plan and prepare the video presentations. To me, it is a speculative endeavor with rather large investment of time and money as one will never know how many people will register/sign up for any on-line classes to make them profitable and worth my investment. Yes, there are websites that provide the platforms, but they cost money.

I've had several people suggesting that I produce PDF documents instead of video tutorials. Again, they still require substantial amount of time - photographing, photo-editing, writing, editing, publishing and promoting. I've done this once before and yes, it requires chunks of time and patience. Not only that, it is exceptionally difficult to control the distribution of the PDF documents, and the business side of this (collecting the fees and providing customer service) would take my time away from the creative activity. So, it was not a viable option for me.  But, I didn't give up on my search for other ways that I could teach on-line.

Last year, I joined Urban Sketchers group in NYC so that I could feel comfortable sketching out in the public with a group. They also held special workshops and one of them was held last March of 2016, and Thomas Thorspecken was the instructor. In that workshop, Nathalie Kalbach introduced herself to me and I thought I have seen her on-line somewhere in Facebook but never met her in person. She told me that she has heard great things about me from other instructors at an educational institution in New York City.

After that workshop, we kept in touch via email, and then we decided to get together last July to visit various art museums in New York City. At that time, I was producing art postcards almost daily at home, and also did a few videos of the postcards and stenciling demos using my own designs from Stencil Girl Products. About a month and half later, I got an invitation via email from Nathalie to participate as one of the instructors for her Creative Jumpstart 2017. I was surprised, and I hemmed and hawed over whether I could do it or not. I contacted several of my colleagues for their opinions on whether I should participate or not. All of them encouraged me to go ahead and be one of the instructors.

So, I told Nathalie that I would participate. But what would I be teaching?  I had to think for a while, and then realized that there were several people who would love to learn a technique or two from me in making the art postcards. They have seen them from my Facebook page - I was making a lot of them - to date, I already made over 165 postcards.


I was concerned over whether the students would be able to understand my speech that was affected by my severe hearing impairment. I decided that I would have to write scripts so that I could caption what I said in my video tutorial. Since I have never done a 13 minutes-long video before, I had to figure out what to include or exclude from the final edition. It almost took me three days to produce several segments, and another three days to pick,  edit and caption certain segments.  I was very pleased with the final edition as it was my very first time I'd done a full tutorial.

Then Nathalie asked the instructors if they would like to be interviewed, and I was wondering as to how I could be interviewed. Nathalie came up with a brilliant idea - a visual interview. That's what I like about her - she often thinks out of the box. Here's a visual interview that Nathalie put together for her blog post:

Visual Interview


So, I would encourage you to sign up for Creative Jumpstart 2017 now (click on image below)  and take my class in January. Plus there are 26 another instructors from various countries. I have not yet seen their videos, so that's why I signed myself up as a jumper even though I'm also an instructor. It was a fun project.

Creative Jumpstart 2017

*Full disclosure: Andrew Borloz does receive compensation in the form of commission from the fees paid by the students who registered through my affiliate links.

28 November 2016

Creative JumpStart 2017


Creaive JumpStart 2017

I'm excited to announce that I'll be participating as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2017, run for the 6th time by Nathalie Kalbach. If you're not familiar with CJS, it's a one-of-a-kind online event to kick your creativity into high gear in January 2017. 
Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters.

Throughout January participants get access to 27 downloadable videos from 27 featured artists. I'm proud to be one of those artists called "JumpStarters".
Head on over to Nathalie's site to see for yourself and sign up:

 Creative Jumpstart 2017

You get 27 videos for just $40 (USD) if you sign up before November 30th, (11:59 pm (EST), 2016
Afterwards, it will be 45USD until December 31st, 2016. It goes back to its normal price of 50USD on January 1, 2017.
So, what are you waiting for? Sign up by clicking on the image above!   

*Full disclosure: Andrew Borloz does receive compensation in the form of commission from the fees paid by the students who registered through my affiliate link
 

25 August 2016

Creative Process with Stencil Designs

I gave a short story of how I came up with the designs for StencilGirl Products in their blog post, Stencil Girl Talk. In addition to what I have already given in Stencil Girl Talk, I decided that I would give three more examples of how I came up with the designs. 
Here's my first example: one summer day a few years ago, I was looking at the lawn chair with webbing and decided to come up with a design that would allow the artists to create their own weavings or patterns.
 By looking at the pattern carefully, I created different linear patterns that would give multiple variations of the weaving.
http://www.stencilgirlproducts.com/product-p/l116.htm
The set of four designs above gives a lot of design possibilities. After I digitally created these designs from scratch, I was able to digitally stencil many different patterns - a few of which are shown below:
Shown below is one more sample stenciled with acrylic paints - it was stenciled first with black paint on top of a white box & later layered with paints in various colors:

Another example (a second one) of my creative process involves using my childhood memories of playing games. One of my favorite games involves creating amoeba-like shapes based on the hidden cards in hand and plastic squares with raised quarter circles. Since I saw how different shapes can be created with one basic shape - an arc (quarter circle), I came up with the concept of using three different shapes: quarter rounds, half rounds, and squiggly lines (two quarter rounds combined).
Using these three basic shaped generated on my computer, I have created rows of different arrangements so that different patterns or shapes can be created:
http://www.stencilgirlproducts.com/product-p/l023.htm
From this one sheet alone, one can create an infinite array of different patterns. It also enabled me to create two other spinoffs (L021 and L022):
From one of the above two stencils, I've created a pattern on the corrugated cardboard for use as a frame:
One third and final example from my stencil design creation process is X & O. It was originally created from two sets made with thick glue gun lines. I was using it as a printing plate rather than as a stencil - hence the darkness of the glue. Before it was used, it was clear. 
I did use it as a stencil one time for spraypainting:
But for the purpose of make prints for stencil creation process, I made several more prints with black paint and took photos:
I then uploaded the photos and digitally combine the best ones together to create one stencil.
http://www.stencilgirlproducts.com/product-p/l108.htm
Although it does not create new patterns, but it does create more interesting visual effects when layered over top of other stencil designs that I've created. Here is one example where I layered the X & O stencil over the chevron stencil on top of gessoed corrugated cardboard.
I used the large stenciled cardboard for making two frames as shown below:
As you have seen, I used various techniques for creating new stencil designs: digitalized observations from ordinary objects, inspirations from puzzles or game boards, and glue gun. I hope I have either inspired you to create your own using my techniques or to create new patterns from my stencils.

You can purchase the above stencils from StencilGirl Products' website here.

*Full disclosure: Andrew Borloz does receive compensation in the form of royalties for his own stencil designs from Stencil Girl Products used in this project, however, he does not receive any form of compensation or "free" product used in these art work above from other designers, manufacturers or retailers. 


11 August 2016

New set of stencils - Kunst Masken


Ever since I learned about Bauhaus from the design history course that I took when I was an industrial design major, I've always loved its design style. I have looked though the books containing the works of the Bauhaus instructors, and also visited Museum of Modern Art in New York City for the special exhibitions of various instructors.

As inspired by the masks and ballet costumes designed and created at the Bauhaus schools, I have created a set of art masks - three 9x12s and three 4x4s.
I have used them for creating my own art postcards (5.5 inches x 8.5 inches) - they were formerly advertising postcards that came into the mailbox almost daily.


These above masks are easily customized with paint markers. I've used part of the overall pattern to create "strips" on the postcards as shown below.
I have used various techniques for creating different effects with the same stencils (9x12). The left side of the photo below were stenciled directly on the white mixed media paper, and the right side were done on the painted backgrounds.

You can purchase these stencils from StencilGirl Products' website here.

*Full disclosure: Andrew Borloz does receive compensation in the form of royalties for his own stencil designs from Stencil Girl Products used in this project, however, he does not receive any form of compensation or "free" product used in these art work above from other designers, manufacturers or retailers. 

07 July 2016

White-lining Technique for Stenciled Patterns

I just wanted to show you the "white-lining" technique that I used to create "tiling" or grout-like effect on my stenciled patterns. Before I white-line them with my white-out pen (white paint markers or white gel pens can be used instead), I stenciled the triangles with the first row of the designs on the Chevron stencil (L204) that I designed for Stencil Girl Products.  The focus of this post is on the white-lining technique, and another post will be written showing how I created different designs/images with the Chevron stencil (L204).

Starting with the first pattern (upper left of the above photo), I used a metal ruler with the cork backing to keep it off the surface while white-lining so that it won't "bleed" under the ruler. A wooden ruler with the metal edge can be used instead.
I kept on adding the lines until I got the effect I wanted. I noticed that the lines made the triangles a little more sharp, neat and precise. 

The next one is a little more complex. I drew the diagonal lines from left to right and then from right to left.
I stopped after two diagonal lines as I didn't want to make it look too "busy" with horizontal lines.
The next one is a bit more complicated - I created two different effects on the same page.

I created the above patterns for my collage stash/decorative paper collection for use in my future projects. I'm sure that some of you are interested in how I can create more designs with the same stencil (Chevron, L204) from Stencil Girl Products, so multiple tutorials will be developed in the near future as there are so many different possibilities from just one stencil.

*Full disclosure: Andrew Borloz does receive compensation in the form of royalties for his own stencil designs from Stencil Girl Products used in this project, however, he does not receive any form of compensation or "free" product from other designers, manufacturers or retailers.

24 June 2016

Binding the Art Postcards

Since May 27 of this year (2016), I have been "upcycling" the advertising postcards that came in the mail at my house. It was a lot more economical than buying cardstock and gave me greater freedom to experiment and make a lot more mistakes without worrying about my money being wasted. Also, I need to use up the craft acrylic paint that have been in storage for too long. When I first started this art postcard project, I didn't realize that I would be producing so many.
As I was enjoying the process of creating them, it became apparent to me that it is getting more difficult to handle loose postcards and keep them in chronological order. I thought up several ways these postcards could be bound or stored somehow until one day I remembered keeping several spent sketchbooks with the perforated pages torn out, hoping that some day I would re-purpose them.

I looked closely at the paper left in the sketchbook, and decided that I could attach the postcards to these strips of paper still in the sketchbook. I cut the 9 x 12 sketchbook in half with a pair of pliers and X-acto knife.
I then pried open the wire binder to take the covers and strips out so that I could glue the postcards to the strips one at a time. I then painted the strips and back of each postcard with black gesso.
The first one took me a while as I was trying to figure out how to make it work.
The second one was a breeze. I used a white wipe-out pen for the cover titles.
I've provided two videos showing the fifty postcards in two books for your viewing pleasure.
The first one shows a set of postcards - no. 001-025:
video
*Post publish notice (Jun 24 2015 5:10 pm): I've noticed the quality of the above and below videos were not good, so, here's the links to the better quality videos: Book One and Book Two.  
The next one shows second set of postcards - no. 026-050:
video
With the above videos, I hope I have inspired you to re-purpose the "junk postcards" or sketchbooks instead of throwing them away or sending them to recycling center. 

*Full disclosure: Andrew Borloz does receive compensation in the form of royalties for his own stencil designs from Stencil Girl Products used in this project, however, he does not receive any form of compensation or "free" product from other designers, manufacturers or retailers.