Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wood Icing/Compass Stencil Project


Mary Nasser, a very talented artist friend, has created this amazing "Compass" stencil for Stencil Girl Stencils and to celebrate with her she invited me to participate in her blog hop. 
 
As the inventor of  the Wood Icing I thought it would be best to use the Wood Icing Textura Paste to showcase how easy it is to create the appearance of carved wood with a simple overlay stencil.  If you have never seen or heard of Wood Icing this is just the tip of the iceberg for our super versatile product.  We have so much more in store to share with you at www.woodicing.com

I decided to makeover an unfinished wood frame.  We use these frames in our Wood Icing Studio in some of our workshops for beginners.  They are something everyone enjoys working with and they allow the students to learn the techniques while creating something that fits their personal style.
 
I spray a little repositionable adhesive on the back  of my stencil to keep it in place.
 
Spread the paste evenly over the top of the stencil.  The thickness will depend on how high you want your raised relief to be.  For the more detailed and intricate cut stencils you will need to spread the paste a little thinner to avoid the paste coming up when the stencil is lifted off.
 
Remove the stencil immediately after spreading the paste over the top. Allow the paste to dry.  Drying time depends on the humidity and how thick the paste is applied. You can speed up things with a hair dryer.
 
Sand all the bumps and harsh edges with a higher grit sandpaper (160). Take care not to create scratches which will show up later when the glazing color is applied.
 
Using our Wood Icing Glazing Color "Mud Pie" brush it on all over in a generous amount.  Blot away the excess without removing too much.  Our glazing colors are semi-transparent, unlike semi-opaque stains, allowing the wood gran to show through more readily.
 
Use a dry brush to manipulate the glazing color for the desired shade. Keep in mind when working with unfinished wood, you will want to see the wood grain showing through.
 
While the Glazing Color "Mud Pie" is still wet apply a thin line of Wood Icing Glazing Color "Licorice".
 
Blot back the excess "Licorice" glazing color then blend with a soft cloth to create a shaded effect.

Once you have your shading perfected on the entire frame, and in order to apply a lighter shade to the raised relief, sand the glazing color off the top edge of the raised relief.
 
Apply Wood Icing Glazing Color "Rusty Nails" using the same method of a generous amount of glazing color, then blot back the excess color. Dry brush to the desired shade.
 
Once you have the Wood Icing Glazing Color "Rusty Nails" shaded then add some depth using the Wood Icing Glazing Color "Licorice". 
 
Allow everything to dry then apply the Wood Icing PolyAcrylic Top Coat.  We have three choices Dull, Satin and Gloss.  I have used the Satin for this project.
 
What do you think?  Doesn't this photo of Mary Nasser look pretty inside this frame embellished with her "Compass" stencil? 
 
Thank you Mary for inviting me to participate in your blog hop. I enjoyed my journey with this project and I love the "Compass" stencil you have created.  I cannot wait to try more of your creative stencil designs.
 
To see the beautiful and inspiring work of Mary Nasser please visit http://www.marycnasser.com/ 
 
*Mary Beth Shaw is a distributor of the Wood Icing product 8oz. Textura Paste. Please visit http://stencilgirlproducts.com/ for more information.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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58 comments:

  1. Awe, that is so sweet using a pic of Mary! I gotta check out those glazing colors, yum!!
    Love the project and I am happy to see you 'outing' yourself (as the creator of WI) in our li'l mixed media world :)

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    1. Thank you Mary Beth. I didn't realize it was a secret. You would love the Wood Icing Glazing Colors. Currently only 7 colors now but more to come hopefully.

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  2. Your blog post turned out perfectly Mom! The pictures and project are great, especially the one of Mary Nasser! Have fun teaching the Wood Icing class today!

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    1. Thanks Heather, You and Sandy are cracking me up. Yesterday was my workshop. It was fun though. Glad you like the frame.

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  3. Rose - a great demonstration of all the glazing colors. The compass is perfect for wood icing also. Oh, oh I'm not supposed to be there today am I - for that wood icing class??

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    1. Your girls are so funny. No you weren't supposed to be there today.

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  4. Wow.. this is "wild, Mary". Sorry. But, I love wood icing and I don't use it enough. What you did here is beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Judy. We must get you addicted to Wood Icing like the rest of us.

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  5. Rose - your use of the compass rose stencil is exquisite! What ideas you have sparked for me - thank you.

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  6. What great ideas you have here! Using the stencil on a frame. Wonderful!

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  7. this is so much fun! I got at least a dozen ideas just seeing this one post! thank you so much for sharing and for allowing us this opportunity to find new artists and win fun stencils at the same time! thank you for having us by!

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  8. This project is fabulous - and the wood icing works really well!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  9. This is a really cool way to show off the use of the wood icing. I like the technique very much. Thanks for the chance to win the stencils, too!

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  10. I've never heard of Wood Icing before today ... it looks really interesting. I want to find out more about it. Thanks for the link to the web page.

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  11. I love this idea. I am learning so much just by doing this blog hop! :)

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  12. Beautiful frame Rose! Thank you for participating in Mary's hop for StencilGirl!

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  13. wood icing! i've never tried it but it seems to be the thing using this very stencil! would love to win the give away!

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  14. I love Wood Icing!! And your frame Rose!

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  15. You make it look easy enough. I think I could do this. THanks.

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  16. OK NOW how COOL was that! I had on clue where the story was going and then boom.. you framed her.!!! fun fun fun. This frame turned out awesome.!!

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  17. Love how you used the stencil on your frame! Love this set of stencils!

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  18. Well now I know about wood icing, thank you, loved watching the transformation on your frame - really inspirational and stunning result.

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  19. Wow! great use of the stencil, and wood icing- the frame turned out quite lovely. I would love to win the stencils, so I can give this technique a try. :)

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  20. Beautiful! Yes, a great way to show off Mary and her stencil.

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  21. great job, love this wood icing stuff, will have to go hunting for it. love what you did. on to hoping and hopping. xoxo

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  22. Oh Holy Cow! Sold! Not only on your wood icing, but these awesome stencils! I love love love what you did making me realize all the possibilities in store! Wow! Thanks so much for your step by step and a chance to win these stencils! So up my alley! Janelle Rourke

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  23. I really need to get some wood icing! I'd never heard of it until a couple weeks ago. Love how you used the stencil on the frame.

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  24. Rose, your project is delightful!
    No one designs frames like you do!
    I blushed seeing my photo in the frame. :)

    SO glad you are part of this blog hop!
    xo
    Mary

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    1. So glad you like it Mary. Thank you for inviting me to the blog hop and giving me the opportunity to show off Wood Icing. I think you look pretty in that frame too.

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  25. I really enjoyed this tutorial and was surprised at how beautiful a simple wood frame could look. Thank you!

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  26. I never heard of the Wood Icing until today. It seems like a fun product with lots of possibilities. The compass is quite dramatic with the different glazed you used.

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  27. Just love the look of the wood icing on the frame. I would love to win a set of Mary's stencils. Thanks.

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  28. This frame is gorgeous and only made more so by Mary's picture!!!!!!!! As usual, Wood Icing doesn't disappoint and was the perfect choice for Mary's map stencil.

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  29. Oh, I'm really loving your products! The frame came out fabulous!! Thanks for showing the tutorial! This is something I definitely want to try myself!

    Carmen L

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  31. Love the compass on the wood frame. This wood icing looks interesting. Thanks for a chance to win the stencils.

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  32. I had no idea! This is just amazing - that small embellishment elevates the frame from the ordinary - hope I win stencils so I can play too! :)

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  33. This is my favourite technique with stencils. A perfect way to embellish your frame.

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  34. That is just gorgeous! I love the frame!

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  35. Wow, I love this frame is a fantastic project I love the color and all details!!!

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  36. Each artist that I visit has something new and different and you are no exception. Very nice.

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  37. Such a great blog hop with Mary's stencils. I keep learning new ways to use stencils and I love them all.

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  38. wow - thank you for this great tutorial, and for inventing such a fantastic product in Wood Icing!

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  39. This product looks amazing! Love the stencil too.

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  40. Great use of the stencil. Very different from any of the other posts. (And yes, I have got to get some of this wood icing.)

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  41. thanks for sharing this wonderful project! I wasn't familiar with wood icing. Love how it looks with Mary in the frame!

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  42. Beautifully done! And those glazing colors look FABULOUS!

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  43. totally cool! and now something new to try! Thank you for sharing!

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