Can we talk about eye candy for a minute?
The Art of Decorative Paper Stencils
Fold, Cut, and Open
**Includes basic techniques for folding and cutting**
Paper artists, papercrafters, cardmakers, collage artists, and scrapbookers are always looking for unique and exciting ways to embellish and enhance their work. The Art of Paper Stencils provides crafters with a range of instruction and inspiration to create beautiful stencils inspired by the cultures of the world.
Paper stencil art is a traditional craft with a long history in Japan. Kanako Yaguchi, a successful paper stencil artist, bases her new techniques on the classic methods, bringing this ancient art to a modern audience.
The Art of Paper Stencils includes images inspired by the author’s travels to Japan, China, Thailand, France, Portugal, and the United States, along with practical and attractive home décor projects. Each project includes detailed step-by-step instructions accompanied by helpful photography.
Stencils can be used in all paper crafts in a myriad of decorative ways and can be made out of any type of paper, handmade or purchased, embellished or plain.
Click on images to enlarge and download pattern.
Here are my first couple of samples. I tried (from left to right) a solid piece of paper, an ad that had lots of little details, a drastic bold black and white pattern, a photo of a rhinestone broach and a closeup of a gem stone. These were all from magazine pages.
I am partial to the first two but I think when I start incorporating them into my scrapbook and altered art pages they will all work in some fashion.
And more in the eye candy department, it's Monday and that means crafty blogger links:
The Impatient Blogger
What happened to the creative? Madge ponders the homogenization of the craft aisles in this provocative first half of a two part post.
Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
Paper is going under the knife this week at Sweater Surgery with type strips being used as photo corners on ATCs.
Layers Upon Layers
Where does Cyndi find all those artists that are profiled on Layers Upon Layers? Would you like to be one of them?
Crafty Princess Diaries
Get some power over your crafting with this tie-dyed muslin bag project.
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month! Please take a moment to read more about a worthy project that I'm honored to be a part.
About.com Cross Stitch
Connie profiles Melinda Medeiros, the designer behind Medeiros Needlecraft Designs.
About Family Crafts
Find out how to create a fun apple craft using a paper bag and a few other supplies. The finished craft can be used as an ornament, a magnet, or a brooch and it would make a great gift for a special teacher.