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10 April 2017

Altered Composition Book

I have been busy lately with various projects such as stenciling, bookbinding, sorting & organizing art supplies, oil paintings, sketching, and taking on-line courses.

Today's Monday, and I was going to take a break from my own creativity, but as I was cleaning up and sorting out the art supplies, a few ideas popped up in my head. One of them involves using up the collage stash that have been sitting around waiting to be made useful.
The pile of paper is an accumulated samples produced for my stencil designs that I created for a stencil manufacturer. As I was picking out the papers, I had to just ignore either its color or pattern as I can be easily overwhelmed by the sheer variety. The next step is to figure out the size and cover for these pages, and since I have a pile of composition books that I bought at very good price.
I have used this book for documenting my ideas, and the pages can be too thin for water media. I had to use either quick dry media or pastel with fixative sprayed on. So, I decided that I would remove the pages by cutting the thread that bound them to the covers. 
Once I got the "neat" pages removed, I started folding the thick painted pages unevenly and collated them randomly. I then punched the holes so that pamphlet stitches could be sewn. 
I learned this method from three instructors in the classes that I took at three different art retreats. One recent trailer for an on-line course inspired me to do the same with the pages that I found during the clean-up (still on-going!). 
The next challenge is to make these pages work together. It will be a work in progress as I work in multiple projects and I have a book which is handy for documenting my creative process.
It fit nicely in a toolbox that I adapted for my art supplies this past weekend, and I will be transporting this box to wherever I will be working on various project.

07 March 2017

Book Cloth from Found Canvas

Several years ago, I was attending studio classes at one of an art school's two campuses, and there were several paintings piled up in one area that are free for the taking as they were going to be discarded if not taken. I saw two paintings and decided that I would reuse them. Both of them were covered with newspaper and painted over.
I didn't want to paint over the ugly images, so I spent three days removing the newspaper from the canvas. I completely uncovered what was underneath, and liked the colors so much that I decided that I would use the existing color palette.
I decided that I would use my own stencil designs (available from Stencil Girl Products) to "flatten" the image, and use the colors that either contrast or complement the existing ones. I added more colors with acrylic paint markers to make them look more like printed fabric patterns.

I then removed the canvas from the wooden frame, and cut two pieces from the upper right corner for the book covers.
I cut the binders board for the covers - I glued the cut canvas pieces to the boards and let them dry before attaching them to the text block that I bought from a book binding supply company. I spray them with glossy acrylic UV protection spray to make the colors pop out and to protect them from the UV.  Shown below is the completed book with front and back covers.
When I first started this project, my original intention was to create a whole new painting, but after altering the existing painting, I liked the colors and patterns so much that I decided to make book covers from them instead.

In the future, I hope to be able to offer on-line classes on how to create these patterns and also how to make the book cloth from the canvas.

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

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.
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:
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.
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.