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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.