Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Guest Designer Tallulah Jade Rainbow

Dear friends!
This is rather unusual art lesson from my personal teacher of fearless art – Tallulah Jade Rainbow. She just turned 4 in January and was painting in this style since she was 1. While observing her for 3 years I have learned to let go of my attachment to outcome, I learned to take risks, to play and be free. Although she is an abstract artist and I paint faces – principles of fearless art are the same. We share the same passion for stencils, especially StencilGirl Products, and hey – we are not getting paid to say that. We just love stencilling and that is the truth! I hope you enjoy this class and have fun creating!

Instructions for this class from Tallulah:
  1. Go large.
  2. Imagine a story.
  3. Play.
  4. Play more.
  5. Get covered in paint.
  6. Sing and dance in between.
  7. Go for it.
  8. Really go for it.
  9. Never mind the outcome.
  10. Layer.
  11. Experiment.
  12. Make lots of random marks.
  13. Accidents are always happy.
  14. Have fun!
  15. Don’t forget the stencils!

Supplies list:
Old shoes and clothing to wear
Large canvas (the bigger the better)
Acrylics: heavy body and pourable
Acrylic spray inks
Stencils and stamp tools
Sponge, palette knife, brushes
Plastic cups and squeegee bottles to pour acrylics
Rag to wipe hands
Bucket with water to through in dirty tools during the process

Stencil used for this demonstration:

Stencils used for other artworks shown at the end of the video:

Tallulah Jade Rainbow Hamman in collaboration with her mother artist Annie Hamman are having a fun covered in paint online workshop on 29th of February 2016 “Fearless Expression.” More info here:

Monday, February 8, 2016

Mary Beth's Monday Musings...February 2016 Edition

Or at least I am working on it......

Post below and tell me about your stencil projects around the house. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Guest Designer Anna-Karin Evaldsson: Mixed-Media Canvas

Perspective is everything

Hello everyone! This is Anna-Karin and I am so happy to be a guest designer at StencilGirl. I love stencils since they are so versatile and you can do so many different techniques with a stencil. And there are so many gorgeous StencilGirl stencils!

I did a mixed media project on a canvas covered Masonite board (13.6 x 10.6 in), using a whole bunch of different stencils. The inspiration for the piece came from Carolyn Dube’s beautiful ArchedAqueduct stencil, which reminded me of Italy, and not only of aqueducts, but also of buildings and old porticos. Because of the theme, I used rich warm colours on the board, a different colour combo than what I often reach for. I was tempted to add some turquoise, but in the end decided not to.  I took step-by-step photos and you can use the techniques for any type of project.

After coating the board with gesso, I tore out text and images from an old dictionary. There is a map of Rome and of Italy, a photo of the famous Pont du Gard aqueduct in France, which I saw as a teenager, and an image of an old statue. Glue to the board with gel medium.

Coat with a thin layer of gesso, depending on how much of the text and images you want to cover up.

I used Deco Art Media paints, but you can also use other acrylic paints. Paint with Yellow Oxide and Raw Sienna. Mix a little bit of Glazing Medium into the paint, to give you more working time before it dries. Use the back of a paint brush to add writing and scribbles. I wrote things like ‘aqua’, ‘aqueduct’ and ‘Italy’.

I love Mary Beth Shaw’s MB’s Grid Stencils set, which contains three stencils with differently sized squares. Squares are so versatile. First use the largest one and sponge Raw Sienna and Burnt Sienna through it.

Next, I used the mid-sized squares together with Yellow Oxide, for very subtle squares.

Stamp the background here and there with Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink, or another waterproof ink.

Apply shades of brown through the Arched Aqueduct stencil, varying the placement of the stencil until you are happy with the result. I thought my board by now looked like a multi-layered old building.

Stamp here and there with a crackle stamp and Potting Soil ink.

I thought my board needed some more bright yellow and made a glaze with Hansa Yellow Medium. It made a big difference and added more life and drama.

For a focal point, I used one of the birds on the Three Crows stencil by Kimberly Baxter Packwood. Smear Crackle Paste through it with a palette knife and let dry.

Use the smallest stencil and add three squares on three different places, with Texture Sand Paste.

I love to use words and text on my projects and there are four layers of words on this board - the paper, the scribbling, the stamping and finally sentiments done with Carolyn Dube’s fabulous Wall of Words stencil and Black Texture Paste. This stencil contains so many great sentiments and would be awesome as a background too. I will be using it a lot.

When dry, the small squares were painted a rusty red and given a shadow to make them look more dimensional.

Add a subtle gold element with Seth Apter’s Urban Insiders Circle stencil, in three places.

When the bird was dry, I painted it and gave it a nest of dyed cheesecloth. Two additional small pieces of cheesecloth were placed on the board. For extra texture, splatter a little black paint here and there.

Most of the paints that I used are transparent, which means you can see the background through the layers of paint. I love that you can see the old dictionary image of the Pont du Gard here.

I like the way the black sentiment stand out on the background. Add some black and dark brown around the edges of the board too.

The rough red squares form a visual triangle which leads the eye around the project.

Wherever you look, you can find little details, such as the word ‘Rome’ hiding beneath the paint here.

The combination of squares and arches makes for an interesting design.

I had such fun making this project and it is now hanging on the wall of my studio. Thank you so much for looking at this tutorial.

Happy crafting!


: Stamper’s Anonymous – Classics #3, #7, #15

Ink: Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black, Potting Soil

Paint: DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Yellow Oxide, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Hansa Yellow Medium, Gold Metallic, Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Carbon Black, Payne’s Grey, English Red Oxide, Transparent Red Iron Oxide, Quinacridone Red

Medium: DecoArt Media – White Gesso, Matte Medium, Crackle Paste, Black Modeling Paste, Texture Sand Paste; Ranger Dina Wakley – Glazing Medium

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Cathy Nicohol's Farmhouse set of stencils, Kilim patterns, Boho Flowers and Astro-Constellations are here!

Hi! Carol here! We're going chat a little about chickens.

Diane, Chantel, JoMama, and Donnalyn are among my friends with feathered friends, aka chickens. Donnalyn calls hers "the girls". Diane's little white Silkies win prizes at the county fair each year and have the cutest, colorful, yummy eggs (they are well fed birds!) Chantal and JoMama both use feathers from their chickens in mixed media jewelry.

My new art-friend, Cathy Nichols, doesn't have chickens but she sees an "adorable pair" when she goes on her daily walks. When she spied a vintage plate from the 1950s she knew it was time for a stencil.

6x6 inch S359 Farmhouse Chicken

Love it in French Blue, but the chicken would be cute in so many color schemes! 

Of course, it only made sense for Cathy to design have a few more Farmhouse stencils to go with the hen:

                                         6x6 inch S358 Farmhouse Apple

A stenciled apple a day, keeps your muse happy! A spot of tea is always nice to share as you are stenciling with an art friend!

6x6 inch S360 Farmhouse Teapot

And wouldn't either of these large 9x12 stencils make your table lovely as a place mat or perhaps a table cloth?

9x12 inch L425 Boho Patterns
9x12 inch L426 Kilim Patterns

Daughters are even better than art friends and fluffy cluckers! Just precious whatever the sign!

Imagine the birthday gifts you can create with these astrology sign constellation stencils! Cathy says, "I am super excited to use these in my own work and I hope you are too! They can be added to abstract work, a group of greeting cards, star-animal illustration or portraits. The possibilities are endless." 

9x12 inch What's Your Sign L427

We'll share more of Cathy's inspiration and a few more pieces of art in the March edition of the Scoop. Meanwhile, you can discover Cathy's stencils HERE.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

February StencilClub Inspiration!

Carol Wiebe named this stencil set "Circle Tower" which evokes a certain image to her, but our stencil team of Mary, Gwen, and Janet saw
bulbs, whimsy, and patterns to make a sunburst.

These three shared projects could not be more different and each is wonderful in it's own right. Enjoy!

Hi! Mary Nasser here to share 

what I've been making with the February StencilClub stencils!

I've been having a blast layering these in my black cardstock Dylusions art journal!
I love the circular elements and intricacies of these stencils.
The imagery reminds me of planets and bulbs and roots.

I've incorporated acrylic paint, ink, ink pens, and ephemera into these pages...including labels painted by Carla Devine! 

It was especially fun and meditative adding white ink pen to the stenciled shapes! 

Inspired by Carla Devine, I painted another sheet of labels, too! 
You are going to love these stencils!! 

This is Gwen Lafleur
with my project using this month's stencils. 

Aren't they fabulous designs? I loved them from the moment I pulled them out of the shipping envelope. When I sat down to start working with them, I held them out to just look and see where I wanted to go for my project. For some reason, when I looked at the 9x12 I started thinking of really cool, patterned diagonals like a sunburst. From there it jumped straight into a mixed media portrait with a sunburst background behind the head. So that's what I did!

I'm super thrilled with how she turned out! Obviously, the whole thing is influenced by the gorgeous work of Andrea Matus deMeng (I was lucky enough to take classes with her in October - so inspiring!) You can see where I mixed all of the stencils together to make the patterns in the areas behind her head (it kind of has an Art Deco vibe to me, which I love!) I also used mainly the 6x6 on her face and throat. 

I used all three stencils for the torso (it's pretty subtle under all that collage.) The amulet type areas are also from the stencils using Posca paint markers to get a fun blending effect.

I hope you enjoyed my project with this month's stencils! If you're interested in seeing more, I have a few step-out photos from my process and a few more close-ups over on my blog. I can't wait to see what all of our StencilClub members do with these fabulous designs!

Hi Stencil Lovers! 
Janet here, showing you how I used this month's stencils.
First in my Daily .....
When I opened up the packaging I immediately fell in love with them.
They seemed whimsical.
 They reminded me of some imaginary play land. 
I saw ladders and bricks and latticework....
A whole landscape of fun.

And in my Planner.....

And in my Art Journal....
I went all out with the whimsical aspect of these designs.
I saw a shape that reminded me of a pumpkin... 
So vines started growing up the lines...
And a little figure started climbing up the ladder...
and the brick wall was needed to support the whole structure...

What fun!

Isn't it so cool how all these projects turned out so different?
We hope you enjoy these fun stencils.

If you use #stencilgirl when you share your art on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest we'll look for your art!

If you need to join StencilClub you can do that by clicking HERE.

What will you create when you get your February stencils in the mail?