Saturday, July 30, 2016

With Two Stencils

Hey, it's Mary Beth! Today I am the featured artist on the Documented Life Project 2016. Stencils are the theme, imagine why they chose me, eh? I made a little tutorial showing how I used only two stencils to create a layered Pocket Card. 

The stencils used are:

Friday, July 29, 2016

Quick Transfer Painting with StencilGirl Products

We are delighted to have Samantha Williams-Chapelsky on the blog today!

Samantha is sharing how to create a quick floral transfer painting with mixed-media and acrylic,
incorporating Mary Beth Shaw’s Net Stencil and Daniella Woolf’s Tide Pool Stencil!

Enjoy Samantha’s video!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Throwback Thursday July 2016: Stitched, Painted, Stenciled Mixed Media Projects and Art Journal Pages

Do you ever turn to art to banish the blues? There is something so zen about focusing on the project in front of you and and letting the world slip away.

Set your internal antennas set to receive a bit of sunshine! The Creative Team has art journal pages, party favors, wall hangings, and a clipboard to share with you!

Tina Walker's Beaded, Stitched and Stenciled Wall Hanging

Tina used the Leaf Poetry stencil to bring the outdoors within her home.
She'll share more about her artistic processes and a tutorial if you head over to her A Dog's Life blog.
L093 9"x12" Leaf Poetry by Margaret Applin

Sunny Flowers in Cindy Gilstrap's Vintage Art Journal

Cindy painted flowers using the Broken Circles stencil as a base and the Antennas stencil as part of the pattern on the pages of her journal.

S093 Broken Circles 6"x6" stencil by Terri Stegmiller
S092 Antennas 6"x6" stencil by Terri Stegmiller
Discover more about Cindy on her website:

Tammy Tutterow's Clip Board: Note to Self

Tammy writes: I have been in a mixed media rut. I have wanted to make something, anything, but I couldn’t get past the starting part. My solution? Go back to something I have done before and make it again. In this case, I turned to a fabric art journal page that I made several months ago. To make it different, I used a similar but different stencil and went to work. I embellished it in a similar way but with different elements. 
Along the way, your muse should kick in and take you to a different finish line than the first piece. It is a great way to spend time creating, which is what it is all about for me. You don’t always have to reinvent the wheel. 

Discover more of Tammy's artistic world on her website.
L149 Flower and Leaf stencil by Daniella Woolf

Carol Baxter's Opposing Double Triangle Party Favors

Talk about reinventing the wheel... Several years ago at CHA, I think in the Fiskars booth I saw these cute paper party favors that were sewn at either end and formed a double triangle. Geometry made me cry in school, but after an embarrassingly long time searching to no avail on Google and experimenting with different shapes of paper I discovered all I needed was a rectangle of pretty much any size. Everything is easy when you know how to do it, right?!
S152 6"x6" Twist Lattice Stencil by Lizzie Mayne
1. Stencil a rectangular piece of paper -- a 5.5 x 8.5 inch page from my art journal worked just fine.
2. Make a tube with your rectangle and stitch or tacky glue it.
3. Pinch one end of the tube closed flat and stitch it.
Tip: You can tape inside so the tape doesn't show but it will still need to be stitched (or you could use colored staples or even a few brads) in order to hold their shape.
4. Add goodies.
5. Close the other end of the tube the opposite way and stitch it closed with a sewing machine or by hand with an embroidery thread.

I also like how when you stencil a couple of rows within this stencil it looks a bit like a rattlesnake's rattle or maybe a spine.

Thanks for stopping by! 
See you again for August's Throwback Thursday projects!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Lisa Dobry: Dance of Time

Hello, I’m Lisa Dobry.
I am thrilled to be the Guest Designer today on StencilGirl Talk and share with you, A Dance in Time.

This mixed media piece was created on an 18" x 24" paper.
I’ve created a video which shares my thoughts along with the creative process behind this piece, A Dance In Time. The video will show each phase of the piece, as well as, modifications of both the Vintage Script and Opera House Empress so you can “Go Big” and maintain proportionate sizing for all the included elements. 

As stated in the video, Behind the Mask by Pam Carriker became a prominent symbol in my struggle to complete this project. During the brainstorming process, I finished with 3 other layouts that I will likely return to and create additional pieces using this stencil. Even though it wasn’t initially on my radar, it has become one of my favorites.  On many different levels, this stencil is incredibly symbolic to me. I sincerely hope you enjoy the video as well as the piece.
A Dance in Time was created using the following StencilGirl stencils:
Other supplies used:
·         12x14 Gelli Plate
·         Soft rubber Brayer
·         18x24 Mixed Media Paper (gesso prior)
·         Acrylic Paint:
o   Golden Fluid: Paynes Gray, Micaceous Iron Oxide, Van Dyke Brown,  Titan Buff
o   Dina Wakley Heavy Body, Penny
·         Pan Pastels:
o   Bright Pink, White, Brown
·         Faber Castell Pitt Pastel Pencil in brown and black
·         Sheet of music
·         Page from old book
·         Gel Medium
·         Exacto Knife
·         Cosmetic sponges
Artist Statement:
Although it’s an ongoing process, I have grown exponentially in the last year. I have found a freedom to create simply because it’s fun to play with paint and stencils. I worry less about whether it’s going to be good when it’s finished, and that has been very powerful and freeing. I am braver, apologize less for my work and take more risks because of it.
What I want most to leave you with today, is the idea that art is a journey. We are all in different spots of that journey, just as we are in different places of the world and in our lives. Learn new things and strive to be stronger in your work, but don’t let that out prioritize your love of creating, your childlike playtime, and your sense of freedom and expression. It doesn’t always have to be great art; it just has to be authentically you in that moment.
Thank you for being here today and walking along side of me in this “Dance of Time.”

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Love Book, made with stencils on gelli printed paper, by Marleen van Meerendonk

Hello StencilGirl fans!!
Marleen here with a project from my heart ♥
I was totally inspired by stencils from  Jessica Sporn.

I made a cute little mini-book with photos from the love of my life.

First of all I made many backgrounds with my GelliArts printing plate.
Then I used the Hearts, Flowers and More stencil to add a nice layer on my backgrounds.

Don't print the whole page but use parts of it.
Don't you get happy from these colors!?
Add hearts on your pages with the Seven Hearts Stencil.
After it is all dry, you cut hearts in the same shapes.
Doodle with a white fine-liner around the hearts and photos.
Spray a ribbon with some bright inks.
Add a binding ring to the pages and add the ribbons.

There are many more pages!

I used these amazing stencils from Jessica Sporn:

I hope you are inspired again ;)
More inspiration on my BLOGFacebook and YouTube channel.

Have a creative day!
Marleen xx

Monday, July 25, 2016

Gwen's Gems - Stenciled Art Journal Background

Hi everyone, it's Gwen back again with the July installment of Gwen's Gems! I've been trying to get back more to working in my art journal, so this month I thought it would be fun to share a stenciled art journal background.

Here's my finished art journal spread, and below is a short little tutorial to show you how I made it.

Ready to make a background? For this one I used a handmade art journal, a vintage sewing pattern, acrylic paints, and my Ornamental Circle Cluster stencil.

To start, I gesso'd the background, then adhered a few large pieces of my pattern with matte medium.

Next I decided on my color palette - I went for greens and yellows for the first layer of paint and just started adding them and blending until I was happy with how it looked.

Once that was done and dry, I took my stencil out and used blue heavy body paint (Holbein Compose Blue #1) and a stuff bristled brush and  started stenciling the image. I just rotated the stencil every other column to get a different pattern. I thought it would be cool to have kind of a fade-out effect, so as I got toward the left side of the spread, I just used less and less paint.

I thought this looked pretty cool already, but you know me... I need to add more!

I got out some water soluble crayons and a water brush and started adding some color into the circle areas (I've mentioned it before, but I like to design my stencils with the idea of coloring them in.)

You might be able to see a few spots of different colors added into the photo above - I grabbed some dried paint off of my palette and stuck it down on the page for some added color and texture (I cover them with a coat of matte medium to make sure they stick.)

To kind of tone things down and add another dimension, I took a cheap bristle brush and started to scrub in a bit of white paint here and there. I really love how this changed the whole thing.

Voila! The background is finished. Of course, you could stop at any point along the way if you're happy with it, but I was very glad I kept going until this point.

Once the background was done, it was time to do something with it! I was really feeling collage for some reason, so I just started pulling out images. I don't usually start with a theme in mind, I just grab what speaks to me. In the end, it usually ends up having something to do with whatever's on my mind... sometimes it's not even something I'm consciously thinking of. I'm sure I'm not alone in that :)

I started by layering my collage elements with some stenciling - I used the Numbers stencil by Seth Apter as part of the collage. I also used some heat embossed and cut out pieces from my Ornamental Peacock Feathers stencil and tucked those in on one side. Then I used Seth's You Got This stencil to add the title. I have to admit, I thought I was pretty clever putting "this" on the pillar my collage guy was lifting... lol.

Of course, I finished with a bit of journaling. 

It was great to get back to working in my art journal - I had a lot of fun putting this spread together, and I hope you enjoyed it!

Until next time, happy stenciling!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

StencilGirl & Imagine Blog Hop – Day 3!

Welcome to Day THREE – the FINAL DAY of
the StencilGirl Products & Imagine
Christmas in July Blog Hop!

Welcome to the last day of the Imagine & StencilGirl Blog Hop!
What fun we've had!
Hasn't the inspiration been fabulous!

We aren't done yet! Follow the links below to see today's projects.

Gwen's created this gorgeous Christmas decor!
See all the details on her blog post HERE!

Carolyn's sharing how to stencil inside a glass ornament!
Learn how on her blog post HERE!

Carol's made lovely holiday placemats!
See all the details on her blog post HERE!

Mark's made this delightful Christmas card!
See more on his blog post HERE!

Jowilna's having fun with layers and texture!
See all the details on her blog post HERE!

Terre's made this beautiful card!
See more on her blog post HERE!

What would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY??!!!
We'll be picking one lucky winner
to receive $100 in Gift Certificates – a $50 Gift Certificate for StencilGirl Products and
a $50 Gift Certificate for Imagine Crafts!

Today's Blog Hop Order

Day TWO Blog Hop Order

Day ONE Blog Hop Order

Take your time and visit each blog showcased July 9, 16, & 23 and leave your comments.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One comment per blog please.

You will have until Saturday, July 30th at 11:59PM Central Standard Time
to leave your comments.
The winner will be notified by email and announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page on Sunday, July 31st.

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