October 06, 2014

Cowboy and Indian

If you were born before 1970, you may recognize that the image used in this journal page is the Indian-head test pattern which was shown on black and white TVs right before a broadcasting station signed off for the night.

If you've followed my blog for awhile, you may also recognize the little cowboy as an image used in a previous blog post.

In terms of technique, this two page journal spread was an exercise in trying out three new stencils and a new stamp that I purchased from SSS after winning the $50 prize drawing a few weeks back.

The first stencil used is by Prima called Pavers which I moved around the page to create a color wheel pattern then knocked-back a bit with off-white paint.

I applied a gel medium image transfer of the Indian-head test pattern next.

I followed with a stencil by My Favorite Things called Grid to add a black pattern to the corners and page borders. I added text with a stencil by Crafter's Workshop called Art Is to cover large parts of the page using mostly white and some black paint.

I was skeptical about how well the text stencil would work but I'm quite impressed and very happy with the results. This was a good investment and it is sure to get lots of use.

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I added tiny text from a stamp by Kaiser called Dictionary Meanings to create a border around the test pattern using black archival ink.

I used distress ink here and there to help unify the composition.

I created a background for the little cowboy with white paint before pasting him to the page and added a hand-written sentiment and a tiny pink heart.

I'm linking to this week's Monday blog challenge at SSS where the theme is "Falling in love with..." (my new stencils and stamp). And what better time to extend a great big thank you to SSS for the generosity of their $50 prize and to each and every design team member for all their hard work.


  1. I remember that symbol!
    I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not. ;)
    Brilliant use of color. The irony is perfection.

    Thanks for sharing your work with us this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. It's always a pleasure to see what you've been up to. ~Michelle

  2. This is striking! You have such a great way of pulling in significant elements. That is, they don't seem significant until YOU incorporate them into your art. You have such a respect for everyday things and always honor them through your creations. Leave it to you to make a TV pattern look phenomenal! Great work yet again.

  3. this is so interesting! i love it all! Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! - Ashli :)