Tuesday, October 21, 2014

StencilGirl and Clearsnap Blog Hop Day TWO

Welcome to
 Day TWO
of the
StencilGirl and Clearsnap Blog Hop!!
Yesterday we started with a bang! 
Time to see what day two has in store for us!!!
Take it away Janet!

StencilGirl Stencils Used: Rose Window

See Janet's project and the Clearsnap products she used HERE.

Today's Blog Hop Order

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Monday, October 20, 2014

StencilGirl and Clearsnap Blog Hop Day ONE


Welcome to the StencilGirl and Clearsnap Blog Hop!
What could be better with stencils than ink, spray and all the cool products that Clearsnap has to offer! Sit back and enjoy a week of NEW posts each day combining the two companies products!
Are you ready???!!! 
Here is a "peek" at Mary Beth and Mary's projects and then follow the hop list below to see ALL the projects on the hop today!
We will see you back here tomorrow for another round!

StencilGirl Stencils Used:

You can see Mary Beth's post and the Clearsnap products she used HERE.

StencilGirl Stencil Used:

See Mary's post and the Clearsnap products she used HERE.

See you back tomorrow for the LAST DAY!!!

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The more you comment...the more changes you have to win!

Comments close Sunday, October 26th @ 11:59PM Central Time
One comment per post please.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Have You Met The StenDoodled Elephant From Marrakech?

I have to admit, as soon as I saw the new Elephant Parade stencil by Nathalie Kalbach I knew that I had to have it.  And that it had to be StenDoodled.  It is a perfect stencil for this technique due to the large open area in which to work!  

I have a feeling that this stencil is going to be a favorite for many people.  I did this project as a stand alone piece of "home decor" for a shelf.  But this can be done in a journal or canvas too!  Hope you guys like this project!

Step By Step:

1.  Place the Elephant Parade stencil on a 8.5" x 5.5" piece of heavyweight cover or cardstock, and trace with a permanent fine tip marker. 

2.  Place the Marrakech stencil on top of the traced elephant so that you can trace a row of the quadrefoil design in the center of the elephant. Then place the stencil down again so that the next row of Quadrefoils are about 2/16" apart from each other.  Trace until the whole elephant image has been filled in.

3.  On another piece of cardstock, trace the Quadrefoils 8-10 times with the permanent marker.

4.  Using stencils with smaller design elements in them, trace parts of the stencils within each of the Quadrefoils to give them each a different design. Then color them in with your favorite medium (I used a mixture of Tombows and Sharpie fine tip markers).

Also color in the space between each of the Quadrefoils (the part that is kind of like tile grout).  Then cut out the elephant and each of the Quadrefoils and distress around the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and an applicator.  (Hint: Every time I cut something out of white paper, I distress around the edges with either Vintage Photo or Black Soot to hide the white core of the paper and so that the pieces will blend into the project better).

5.  Now to put together the Quadrefoils.  I placed the elephant down and played around with the different Quadrefoils until I got the look I wanted. Some will be glued down to the elephant and others will be 3D using pop dots.  Knowing that I was not going to use a quadrefoil on the trunk, tail section, or on the bottom of each leg, I went back and did some StenDoodles in these sections.

Then I glued the pieces down, turned the elephant over and trimmed the excess away. The final pieces were the 3 center pieces that I did 3D with pop dots.  I like how these 3 came out looking like a piece of fabric or blanket over the back of the elephant.  Then I applied some stickles in various areas to give it some bling and make it POP.

6.  While the elephant was drying, I took another piece of 8.5" x 5.5" piece of cardstock and distressed around the edges using Scattered Straw, Salty Ocean, and Shaded Lilac distress inks and an applicator.

7.  Once the elephant dried, I adhered it to the distressed cardstock with some pop dots.    

Hope you liked this piece and I hope you add this fantastic elephant to your stencil collection.


Supply List:
Various smaller StencilGirl stencils.  See No. 4, above for a list of what I used in the project.
Fine tip permanent marker (Copic, Sharpie, Micron)
Distress inks and an applicator
Pop Dots
Stickles in various colors

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

StencilGirl Guest Designer Julie Prichard

Welcome to Guest Designer

 "Untitled 17” encaustic on cradled wood , 14x18"

Making a painting using StencilGirl stencils at their request was easy.. I am a fan of the bold, geometric, repeating patterns of StencilGirl designer, Michelle Ward, and frequently use these specific shapes in my art. 

Mixing the stencils of one designer is easy.. the shapes compliment each other seamlessly. They are timeless, handsome and chic. In this encaustic painting, I used 5 different stencils to create a monochromatic abstract. I love how layering the stencils and slightly varying the tone of the wax effortlessly creates an ethereal look.

Carving the shapes out of the wax using the stencil is very easy. I also like to carve the shape into the wax and fill it with a contrasting tone. The larger sized shapes make this fun. Metallic gold wax anyone? Delicious.

“Carnival” , encaustic on cradled wood, 16x16"

My first painting is what I would call stencil heavy, whereas in this encaustic painting, I used one stencil as an accent only. I love the contrast of the pale background and the bold pattern peaking through just a little. I use stencils a lot this way.. having only a small hint of the design peak through layers and layers of paint; in this case, layers of wax and encaustic medium.

Author and Instructor Julie Prichard lives in San Diego, CA and teaches many affordable online workshops. Visit www.TheLandofLostLuggage.com to keep in touch, or find her on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/JuliePrichardArtist

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NEW Release from Seth Apter and StencilGirl

LIVE and shipping TODAY!!!!!
6 New Stencils
The Insiders and Outsiders Collections
Here are Mary Beth and Seth to tell you a little about the stencils!

If you can't see the video, click HERE.

Click on the images below to get more information:

Head on over to Seth's blog and see his post about his new stencils!

Monday, October 13, 2014

How to Get a Graffiti Effect with Stencils on a Scrapbook Page

I love the look of graffiti so it should be no surprise that one of my favorite StencilGirl stencils is the Scribble Scratch Handwriting stencil. This stencil screams "graffiti" to me! Since soccer season is in full swing, I am making lots of sports scrapbook pages right now. The graffiti looks compliments sports themed pages really well, especially when you're trying to get artsy on your layouts. After making over 40 scrapbook pages on soccer, I'm really ready to get artsy- how about you?!

I created this soccer themed scrapbook page in about 20 minutes, including dry time. It's that easy! The trick is applying ink and paint to the stencil in layers and in an uneven fashion, much like the spray pattern of spray paint is often uneven.

Here's how:


Do you love the look of graffiti in your art or on your scrapbook pages?

Visit my blog at Hydrangea Hippo

Friday, October 10, 2014

StencilGirl Guest Designer Martice Smith II

Welcome to Guest Designer 

Hi everyone! Martice Smith II here to show you how this faux metal, 3D card was created and inspired by my recent experience at an African art exhibit.

The stencil I chose to work with for this project was SQUARE DANCE.

I reflected on the art event and on a few artworks that stood out the most, in my opinion. Works that were highly textured, 3D fabric sculpted, mixed-media pieces made the greatest impact on me. 

One of the artists was a teacher who curates his own collection of authentic, African artifacts (from Ghana and Kente traditional cloth, clothing, accessories, to meticulously hand-carved, wooden sculptures.) Needless to say, it was a very impressive exhibit! (An in-depth review will be featured on my blog…stay tuned!)

When I got back home, I decided to write about my experience. I needed to express my own interpretation of what resonated the most for me, so, this exercise was more of a response to what I saw.

First, I took out a piece of smooth, white cardstock, (4 by 6 inches) and scribbled my thoughts in random areas. I like to densely cover my paper because it evokes great energy! This piece was used for decorative purposes, so, my handwriting didn't have to be legible. 

Next, I splattered paint to my heart's content with DecoArt Neon fluorescent in Fiery Redand let dry.

A second piece of cardstock was used to go on top of the scribbled piece (This became the Faux metal). I painted on DecoArt's black gesso and splattered on more Fiery Red paint.

Place SQUARE DANCE stencil on top of cardstock, spray painted with metallic gold and let it dry to a tacky feel.

Next, I used a soft cloth and black gesso to gently rub INSIDE of the stencil. I just love the brushed metal effect this technique created! Some areas are darker because of me being heavy-handed with the gesso…hey, I'm OK with that! At least it provides some visual weight…

Removed stencil and let dry. (Some areas were highlighted with Sakura white, gelly roll pen.) I followed these steps to create the back of the card, plus a little bit of Crackle Glaze.

Next, I cut out the circles from the stenciled areas with a craft knife and glued the faux metal piece onto the scribbled piece using 2 foam dots.

To embellish the edges of the card, I used some handmade paper a friend recently gave to me. I dyed the paper in brown ink for an aged look. Gel medium was used to secure it around the edges of the card and lightly brushed with liquid gold leaf to complement the inside of card.

(I also used this paper to create a hinge for the front and back of the card.) 

The inside was spray painted metallic gold and white pen was used to write one of my favorite quotes by Nelson Mandela. It reads 'By ancestry, I was born to rule".

Finally, I topped it off with a rub-on crown sticker. How regal!

The finished card covers look like this:

The next time you go out to an art event/exhibit, I encourage you to "look with new eyes" and find at least one good thing about what you see. Learn to let go of what you think you already know about the subject matter. This analyzing exercise will gear you into understanding beyond your first impressions.

Please check out Designer Block Puzzle, another tutorial, where I used the same SQUARE DANCE stencil, ART NOUVEAU, plus some of my handmade ones. (You won't believe how many different design combinations you can get from them!)

Many thanks to Maria McGuire, Mary Beth Shaw and StencilGirl!I loved playing with these beautiful stencils.

Martice Smith II is an established mixed-media artist and designer whose stunning illustrations reveals her love for fashion, typography and wildlife
 Her keen eye for detail
​ combined ​
with exploding bright colors and graffiti grunge,
​ ​​makes her work instantly recognizable. Martice loves to work traditionally and digitally- often embedding inspirational phrases into her work.

Along with exhibiting in numerous juried and solo shows, Martice's work has been published in online and print magazines
​ . Currently, Martice contributes as an article writer for the Creating Mixed Media Art website and RubberMoon Art Stamps. She's also creative director of Martice Smith II - Illustration & Design Studio, based in Missouri, and the owner of Uneek Art Boutique- a new, online boutique that offers original artwork, giclées, home décor items and online workshops

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to connect with me! Learn more, here:
Blog (find an assortment of mixed-media art tutorials, including her popular digital techniques)
Uneek Art Letter (inspirational newsletter; art biz tips; works in progress)