Friday, October 31, 2014

New Release from StencilGirl and Maria McGuire

Maria here today ....
 I'm so excited that I can show you my 
FOUR new Doodle It stencils from StencilGirl

How many designs can one little 6" x 6" stencil make?
It is unlimited...
Here is a little video I made to show you Doodle It Inchie in action!

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

As you can many possibilities!

Here are my other three and some examples with them. 
Next week, I'll show more over on my personal blog using all of them.

This stencil can either be used on its own or gives you a "jump start" when you want to doodle but don't know where to start.

Here I stenciled the stencil in my art journal and then doodled within it.

Here is a simple stenciling with distress ink....just waiting to be used as an element or doodled in.

A Gelli Print with metallic paint. 
This one would be fun to cut up and use pieces and parts.

The next two stencils are showing my love of doodling and bringing it into stencil form. Here is a simple stenciling with distress ink to show you the design.

 I wanted to show you what the Tornado's look like when you use them on the Gelli Plate. You can see the little specks of metallic paint peeking out.

This is what happens when you layer both Tornado stencils together over and over.

Thanks for stopping by today!
You can find all of the stencils on the StencilGirl website HERE.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mixed Media Altered Book Page with StencilGirl Stencils

Jessica Sporn here to share a spread in one of my altered books.

I started with a spread that had a postcard sent to me by Corrine Gilman on the left side and book pages on the right side.

I decided I wanted to do a variation on a technique from Marjie Kemper s fabulous workshop at Art is You in which we used three tags to make an art journal page.  So I cut three pages on the right side of Corrine’s post card so that my manilla tags would fit snugly in the book.  On the right full page that you see here, I glued down some leftover papers from Marjie’s workshop.

I trimmed my three tags so that they wouldn’t stick out of the side of the book, and trimmed two of them so they wouldn’t stick out of the top or bottom of the book.  Then I pulled out my Namaste stencil and pounced the mandala design on the three tags, centering it on the middle tag. 

Because I wanted to cover the tags with the mandala design, I repositioned the stencil, and used my cosmetic sponge to fill up the “white areas” with more of the stencil design.

I got so in the zone at this point, that I forgot to take pictures of the tags’ progression.  But I glazed over all three with a mix of 1 part glazing medium, 1 part Golden Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold fluid acrylic paint, and 1 part Golden Indian Yellow Hue fluid acrylic paint.  I buffed the edges of the tags with Distress Walnut Stain ink, and Ranger Black Archival ink.  Then I spread Wendy Vecchi’s black embossing paste through the hand on the Namaste stencil.  I did this for all three tags.  

I set the tags aside to dry, and turned my attention to the right side of the spread, where I had collaged the leftover paper.  I cleaned my brush on it (the one that had the glazing mixture), and also rubbed it with the Walnut Stain Ink.  Then, using an ink dauber and Ranger black archival ink,  I stenciled the text from the Namaste stencil onto the paper that was on my work table.  It was already pretty marked up with all the colors I had been using, which suited me just fine!  I used a black sharpie marker to go over the text and darken it up a little.  

After distressing the words even more with the Walnut Stain, I cut them out and adhered them to the page using Matte Medium.  I used the mandala from the Namaste stencil to create a border on the right and left of the page.  I used black paint to paint the backs of the tags, which I adhered to the three pages in-between the two spreads - one tag on each strip.  (I used tacky glue to adhere them, and added a strip of Washi tape for good measure!)

To give the words from the Namaste stencil even more definition, I wrote over them with my Versamarker, and sprinkled on clear UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel).  

Here is the book with the three tags adhered.  
You can’t tell that there is a design underneath.

The three tags give the illusion that they are all one page.  But as the reader turns each tag, the words are revealed:

I hope this post gives you some inspiration for using the Namaste stencil  and also for altering a book.  You could also use this technique in your art journal.  For more altered book ideas, please visit me at my blog.  

I have one extra tag for one random commenter!  Leave a comment below to be considered.  For an extra chance, leave me a comment on my blog too.  

Thank you to Stencil Girl for inviting me to post today.  Namaste!

Visit Jessica's Blog HERE.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dorm Room Decor Using StencilGirl Stencils

Maria stopping by today with a short post to give you a great gift idea for that special teen or college student on your list this Holiday season!

Recently, my daughter asked me if I would make a sign for the outside of her dorm room and also something for the inside of their room. 
How could I say no to that??!! 
Right up my alley!
Off to the craft store I went for some wood!

No fancy techniques or expensive supplies, but I'm pretty darn happy with the way it came out. I used a unfinished wood board, unfinished letters and at the request of the girls Andrew Borloz's Chevron Set #2 stencil.

Here is what it looks like on their door:

Next I decided to make a letter for each of them with their initials. They have really high ceilings in their dorm room and a little common area and this is where they would go. I didn't want them to get lost on the wall so I purchased 18" unfinished letters.

I used Mary Beth Shaw's Flower Tiles stencil (one of my favorites) that the girls picked out.

Here they up on the wall:

The process was really easy. Paint the entire letter black and then stencil over in white. There are gold highlights that are hard to see in the photo. Speaking of photos.....sorry for the quality. Unfortunately, I took NO pictures when I did these  had the girls snap a few quick ones for me.

How about one more project?
This one I cannot take credit for. 
My son made it over this past summer for his Fraternity Big Brother.

I hope this gave you some fun gift ideas for that special person on your list :)
If you have any questions about the process just leave me a comment below.

Have a great day!!!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Make Your Own Halloween Portfolio

Hi everyone, it's Gwen here again to share a fun Halloween project with you all. Since the big day is almost here, I thought it would be fun to do something slightly spooky and seasonal, so I combined it with an idea for a handmade portfolio that I've been wanting to try using chipboard, a few stencils, and some Halloween themed paper supplies I had handy.

I started out by taking apart one of the chipboard envelopes I get with my StencilClub and StencilGirl Products shipments. I cut it apart into pieces, lined them up, and used masking tape to bind them. If you're interested in trying this yourself, here are the measurements I used:
  • 2 pieces: 5.5"w x 7.5"h
  • 2 pieces: 3/8"w x 7.5"h
  • 1 piece: 7/8"w x 7.5"h
First, I started work on the outside cover. I collaged on some layers of Halloween and other ephemera as the base.

Then I added in a layer of paint:

Next, I used the Spider Web Stencil by June Pfaff Daley and some Payne's Gray paint to put on the top layer.

From there, I added details with my trusty dimensional paints as well as some layered metal pieces to make a closure on the flap. I also added some elastic to loop over the front and keep it all closed. Here you can see the outside when I was finished:

Time for the inside! I painted the background purple, then I used the 9x12 stencil from the August 2014 exclusive StencilClub stencils and some yellowish orange paint to add the openings on top. Keeping that stencil in place, I layered the Spider Web stencil on top of that and stenciled it into some of the openings, making sure to only stencil inside the holes so it would look kind of like windows. Then I added more dimensional paints.

For the inside pages, I cut 6 pieces of kraft cardstock to be about 5/8" x 7", folded them in half, attached paper or tags to one half and then the other half was attached to the spine with strong double-sided tape.

I added all kinds of ephemera to the different pages I picked out, and also added some more stenciling. When I was finished, I decided to turn it into more of a scrapbook and adhered in some photos I had of my niece at Halloween 4 years ago... I've had them printed out all this time and figured that this was the perfect time to use them! Here's what the inside pages looked like when I was done.

You can see that I used the Spider Web stencil a bit more throughout the inside pages.

I thought that the new Fairy Tale Tree Mask by Mary Beth Shaw worked really well as a kind of spooky tree background for this mini file folder insert.

And the beetle on the Nature Notes stencil  also seemed like a great fit in this context.

I had some creepy flocked spider stickers from a kit I got years ago that seemed to work really well on the inside covers. Maybe too well!

So there you go! A fun little stenciled Halloween portfolio, perfect as a mini album, art journal, or even a holiday recipe book!

I hope you enjoyed today's post, and if you have any seasonal projects using these or other stencils, make sure to link them up!

Happy Halloween!