Excited to be sharing my newest release from StencilGirl Products. These four new stencils, hot off the cutter, are the start of a new series: Matrix. While the movies may be the first thing to come to mind, that is not where this title comes from. A matrix is typically a group of numbers that are displayed in a fixed number of rows and columns. The symbols and marks in all of the stencils in this collection are all laid out that way as well. More broadly, a matrix is an environment in which something develops. For sure that is exactly what happens when you take a stencil and get to creating. And finally, a matrix is a term often used in printmaking to represent the surface from which an image is taken. Again, it sounds like you can apply this to stencils too.
There are four new stencils and each was designed to be used in full as is or broken up in sections. The design of these stencils allow you to truly make them your own.
Synapse and Grate Full, the two 9 x 12 inch stencils, are large enough so that when used in full, you can create an abstract pattern that can become the focal point of your work. Individual segments can also be used on their own for smaller pieces. Individual rows or columns can become borders. The size of even a single symbol is large enough to become a container or frame for a word, making them well suited for journaling.
The design of Gridlock, the medium stencil at 6 x 6 inches, enables you to accomplish all the ideas referenced above - but on a smaller scale. It also calls out to be used as a non-traditional swatching stencil, wth different shades of mediums in each box and just enough room in between for a small, handwritten label. And how cool would it be to use the entire stencil and write a letter in each square, spelling out a phrase or personal message.
The small scale of Etched, 4 x 4 inches, enables you to use these abstract symbols in smaller work such as ATCs and pocket journals. For larger surfaces, you can use the stencil over and over again, side by side, to fill the space. Turning the stencil 90 degrees for each reuse guarantees a more varied and random result.
These new stencils are available now on my website, at many online and brick & mortar craft shops, and via the StencilGirl Products website as well. My collection with StencilGirl now includes 47 designs - plus some special releases as part of StencilClub. And I even have a workshop video - Mixed Media Layers - exclusively available at StencilGirl Studio.