So as you have probably figured out by now, I am a total Cameo nerd. I love it. But, I will admit that I was like most of you! This is actually is my second Cameo. The first one I had never left the box; it just sat under my desk while I went on with my world. I finally sold it, but it did not take long before I bought it again. This one also sat on my desk (out of the box) for a good three months before I even paid it the least amount of attention. Once I started using it I realized it will never leave my side. I am in complete love with it, and I use it for everything, and in this video I will be showing you one of my favorite things to do with it… MAKING STENCILS!
I am a mixed media artist…
Mixed Media, in visual art, refers to an artwork in the making of which more than one medium has been employed. Mixed media tends to refer to a work of visual art that combines various traditionally distinct visual art media. For example, a work on canvas that combines paint, ink, and collage could properly be called a “mixed media” work. When creating a painted or photographed work using mixed media it is important to choose the layers carefully and allow enough drying time between the layers to ensure the final work will have structural integrity. If many different media are used it is equally important to choose a sturdy foundation upon which the different layers are imposed. A phrase sometimes used in relationship to mixed media is, “Fat over lean.” In other words: “don’t start with oil paints. Plan to make them the final layer.” Many effects can be achieved by using mixed media. Found objects can be used in conjunction with traditional artist media, such as paints and graphite, to express a meaning in the everyday life. In this manner, many different elements of art become more flexible than with traditional artist media.
So using stencils is a great “layering” tool, stencils are usually used to create a background, or a textured look on top of the piece. I used to hand cut my stencils, leaving my hands sore and my eyes strained. I then tried to use a “stencil burner”, for goodness sake that was the worst idea ever, such a strong burning plastic smell. Using the Cameo has been the easiest solution to ever use.
In the video I am using Show Off Stencil Blanks that can be purchased here.
To learn how to do this, watch this video (can also be seen here)
If you would like to learn how to change your files to “cuttable files” go here to re-watch the videos.
Like I said Stencils are so versatile. If you are going to spend your money on anything, consider spending them on stencils.
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