Friday, April 24, 2015

Make a Gelli Printed Mini Art Journal

Looking for the GIVEAWAY?? Keep scrolling down after Gwen's post :)

Hi everyone, it's Gwen here today to share a fun little mini art journal that you can make with your stencils and the new Gelli Arts® Printing Plates- it works especially well with the new 4" and 6" round plates!

I've seen several examples of Gelli® printed journals floating around on the web, but I wanted to make one that incorporated a couple of different ideas I had, and I'm pretty excited about how it turned out!

To start, I made the inside pages; this is a sixteen page journal, and all of the pages are made from a single sheet of 18"x24" paper. You could do the same technique with different sizes of paper and it would just change the size of your final journal (this is also why I did the inside first - so I knew what size to make the covers!) I painted both sides of the paper - here you can see what they looked like:

I decided to do all warm colors on one side and all cool on the other so that when I put the whole thing together, they would alternate. You could change it up however you like!

Next, I pulled out all of my round Gelli® plates (I added my 8" to the 4" and 6" plates for this one) and started printing the backgrounds. I stuck with mainly warm on warm and cool on cool as I went through it.
On this side, here are the stencils I used:
Doodle It Dahlia by Maria McGuire
Merry Go Round by Terri Stegmiller
Fade Circle 6 by Michelle Ward
Namaste by Jessica Sporn

For the cool side, here are the stencils I used:
Quatrefoil 6 by Michelle Ward
River Rocks 6 by Mary Beth Shaw
Spider Flower by Terri Stegmiller
Elephant Parade by Nathalie Kalbach
A Rose by Any Other Name by Andrea Matus DeMeng

You can use as few or as many stencil designs as you'd like - I just kept grabbing them! I think it would be fun to use the same stencil with the three different sized Gelli® plates - you would get a different look with each size. These pages looked like a bit of a hot mess, but I knew that once they were cut down and incorporated into a book, it would look completely different.

Once my backgrounds were done and dried, I tore them into pages (I fold the paper and use a bone folder to crease, and then use the bone folder to tear the pages, but you could tear against a ruler, use an x-acto knife, scissors, or whatever works for you!) I first folded the page in half horizontally and tore so that I had two 18x12" pieces. Then I folded each of those in half so that I had four 9x12" pieces. Those are the 4 leaves of the book - I folded each of those in half to get ready to nest and then bind.

Next, I decided to make a cover. If you wanted to, you could skip this and just bind the pages. You could also make multiples of this little mini book and then bind them together as signatures in a larger book (I'm sure I'll do that at some point!)

For the cover, I just took one of the chipboard mailers I get from StencilGirl with my stencils in them and cut off the front piece and folded it in half. Voila! A quick and easy cover. (Just a quick tip... I save all of the chipboard mailers I get - they make great book covers! You can double them up to make them extra sturdy.) I stuck with my warm / cool approach and did what I decided would be the outside of the cover in warm colors. I gesso'd and painted the background and then Gelli® printed on top using more stencils.
For front cover I used:
Spider Flower by Terri Stegmiller
Crop Circles by Mary Beth Shaw
Urban Insiders Circle by Seth Apter

Since it was the outside, I added some dimensional paints to jazz it up a bit.

I did the inside in cool colors since the front and back pages of the text block were warm and I wanted to continue the contrast.
There was an accidental hot pink printing of Spider Flower by Terri Stegmiller, but I kind of liked it! Then I added:
Doodle It Layered Circles and Squares by Maria McGuire
Doodle It Tornado Flowers by Maria McGuire
Quatrefoil Set by Michelle Ward

On this part, I did a little experimenting. Years ago, there was a trend in stamping called palette stamping. I'd been wondering if I could use a twist that with a gelli plate. And you know what? It kind of worked! I brayered paint all over my gelli plate, then I took a rubber stamp and stamped into the plate to remove paint (with palette stamping you could also ink your stamp and use it to add a color on top of your "palette.") I stamped off the paint in another journal, then printed with the plate through a stencil - hopefully you can see below how it worked - I liked the texture it added!
I'm definitely going to keep playing with this idea and see where it goes.

With that, my book was done! I poked 4 holes through the pages and spine (about 2" apart) and then just bound it up with some waxed linen thread and it was ready to go! Here you can see all of the inside pages:

Now I can go through and stamp, collage, draw, write on the pages... whatever I want! I had lots of fun making this mini art journal, and I hope you enjoyed it as well!

Until next time!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mary Beth's Book Club Featuring Sue Pelletier and a Giveaway!

There is still time to sign-up and we are so excited that we are celebrating with a GIVEAWAY!!!!

at Create Mixed Media
 is featuring 
StencilGirl Artist
Sue Pelletier's NEW book Collage Paint Draw!!!

Here are the details about the webinar:
Join Mary Beth Shaw as she welcomes Sue Pelletier, author of Collage Paint Draw, for an hour-long live web seminar! During this online event, Mary Beth will show you how she combined techniques from several projects in Sue's new book to create a dimensional, textural mixed-media collage with lots of flair and kick. During the presentation, Mary Beth will talk to Sue about choosing personal imagery, using unusual materials like rigid wrap and more. Then they'll answer your questions on the air.

The Details

  • Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015
  • Time: 1PM (EDT)
  • Where: Your Computer via a GoToWebinar Link
  • What You'll Get Before the Live Event

    A unique GoToWebinar registration link.

    What You'll Get After the Live Event

    48 hours after the live event you'll receive a recording of the full webinar plus a demonstration video, not shown during the live event, of Mary Beth creating the complete project. You'll also receive a supply list so you can create the project.
Spend an hour with Mary Beth and Sue Pelletier with video demo's and tons of laughs all for the awesome price of just $6.99!!! Registration Link.

Here are the details of the GIVEAWAY from 

We are so excited about Sue's new book that we are giving one away! Not only that you will receive the piece of art that Mary Beth made for the webinar!!! Want more?? 
How about some stencils so you can make your own piece of art with what you learn in the webinar??!!!
Yes! this is one awesome prize!!!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Pick Me a Daisy!

Hi Kirsten Reed here today to help brighten your April daisies!  Daisies are such a simple unassuming flower and one of my favorites.

I began with a small 4x6 canvas that I put some paint on....kind of mixture of light blue and gray.

I chose Carolyn Dube's Picasso's Words stencil to use in my background.  I am really drawn to stencils with letters and words because of my background in writing and I often find myself incorporating words in to my art even if they aren't always "legible".

Once the paint dried, I placed the stencil over my canvas and dabbed paint off through the stencil with a wet paper towel.  I usually use a baby wipe, which works better, but I grabbed what was handy.

See how the words are in white - really just a lack of paint.

Once the canvas dried I used molding paste and made me a daisy!

But one wasn't enough, so I repeated the process and did a second canvas with baby daisies!

I finished up by adding paint in for stems and grass and some shading.

 Hope you enjoyed! Happy Spring!!

If you liked this tutorial and more free tutorials by me, visit my blog here and be sure to go to my Facebook page here!  

Thanks for your support!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Welcome NEW StencilGirl Artist Rae Missigman!!

A great BIG welcome to 
NEW StencilGirl Artist 

Guess what??!! Rae is here with a Guest Post to show you what she made with her new stencils! 
We will show you all of Rae's SIXTEEN new stencils down after her post along with a VERY special offer! is Mary Beth with a little video for you!

Can't see the video? Click HERE

Take it away Rae!!!!!

SO TODAY IS THE DAY!!!! I was so excited to create two fun, mixed media collections for StencilGirl. Nature's Happenstance and Mark Making. I am still amazed when I go to use them. Instead of having to re-create my favorite go-to marks each time I create, I just grab a stencil or mask and start making art! Here is  peek at some of the projects I have been working on with these in hand.

When it comes to art journaling I could not be without stencils or masks when it comes to creating in these. I found myself layering these over and over again while creating, sometimes using ALL of them in a layout. I believe that the delicate nature of many of them create some interesting results when using them in a layered manner. I especially loved creating with these in conjunction with the Gelli Plate. The following art journal page is one of my favorites. I created a WATCH THE PROCESS video for you to enjoy. I used the following stencils in this video process: MIX & MATCH SCALLOP EDGES, QUILLED ARROW, CLUSTERED TRIANGLES, CLASSIC FEATHER RETAKE, FRAZZLED & RUFFLED FEATHER, DOODLED IMAGINARY BLOOM. DOODLED NONSENSICAL BLOOM, DOODLED PLAYFUL BLOOM, LET YOURSELF BLOOM, WISE BUD, GROW STRONG, REPETITION, and ROWS OF TRIANGLES.

StencilGirl from Rae Missigman on Vimeo.

I love working on mini canvases too. They are rewarding because you have a masterpiece so quickly. I used WISE BUD, DOODLED PLAYFUL BLOOM, FRAZZLED & RUFFLED FEATHER, and REPETITION for this project. I layered up with paint, book paper and lots of detail marks. Using a makeup sponge is a great way to pick up every detail of these intricate stencils and masks. 

Because  a lot of my favorite go-to marks are something I recreate over and over again, this collection will be great for getting a jump start when creating. Like this little notebook. I used the LOOK HERE TRIO OF ARROWS and ROWS OF TRIANGLES to art up the cover of this little notebook. It saved me lots of time to grab stencils and masks in this instance, rather than hand sketch the detailed arrows.

Tag Art is one of my favorite projects. Dressing tags up and having them stockpiled is a must for me. I use them for mail art and thank you notes on a regular basis. For this black tag I loved the dramatic effect of painting with white through the LET YOURSELF BLOOM and GROW STRONG masks. They pop off the tag and really add a lot of texture to the piece as well. I used the same masks along with their coordinating stencil to create the layered fabric floral embellishments on the tag. I love how the fabric grabbed all that detail! 

Memory keeping is fast becoming a new way to incorporate our art into documenting our lives. I have long been a fan of hybrid scrapbooking. I love to mix the traditional patterned papers with paint and ink and of course, stencils. For this mini layout I used both DOODLED IMAGINARY BLOOM AND ROWS OF TRIANGLES. I love adding character to my triangles with the help of pen and pencil marks! 

For those of you who know me, you know that fabric is one of my true loves. I couldn’t wait to grab some paint and a few of my favorites from this collection and make a pretty pouch. One or two turned into five. I mean it, I love these! I was drawn to the feel of both abstract and organic in this project thanks to the incorporation of CLASSIC FEATHER RETAKE, REPETITION, FRAZZLED & RUFFLED FEATHER, LOOK HERE TRIO OF ARROWS, ROWS OF TRIANGLES. The addition of lots of penned details really made these stencils and masks stand out.

Here is another look at how I used these in my art journal. I love the simplicity of this layout. Bold swipes of color and large abstract shapes are the perfect foundation for adding organic details. I used MIX & MATCH SCALLOPED EDGES, POINTING IT OUT ARROW, LOOK HERE TRIO OF ARROWS, CLUSTERED TRIANGLES, QUILLED ARROW and REPETITION.

This art journal page drew me in with it’s color scheme. Later in the process, the added texture that I achieved by using IMAGINARY BIRD FEATHER, REPETITION, DOODLED NONSENSICAL BLOOM and QUILLED ARROW, really made the page take on a life of it’s own. The entire piece has a very organic feel, which is one of my favorite aspects of these collections.

I was so honored and thrilled to be working with StencilGirl and have had so much fun creating with this new collection. I hope that you will be inspired and that you will enjoy hours of fun creating with them! Be sure to hop over to my blog to see more details on these projects over the next few weeks. 

Ready to see Rae's stencils????
Rae has 16 new stencils that were just released TODAY over at StencilGirl!
We made a special package to celebrate StencilGirl and DLP and are calling it

The BUNCH includes ALL 16 of Rae's stencils in one package at a special introductory price...but hurry, we only packaged 100 this way and when they are gone, they are gone!
Of course, they will still be available at regular prices individually.
You can order the bunch HERE and see all of Rae's stencils HERE.

Here is a look at the individual stencils
(1) 9" x 12" and (16) 4" x 4"

If this isn't enough.....
Mary Beth is Guest Designing over at The Original Documented Life Project™ today and she is using Rae's stencils in her video! 
You can watch that video HERE and check out the DLP challenge for this week HERE.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Welcome BACK Guest Designer Laura Fraedrich

Welcome BACK to 

StencilGirl Guest Artist

Hi Everyone! My name is Laura Fraedrich and I am a mixed media and ceramic artist from Fresno, California. 
I am so excited to be contributing to the StencilGirl Talk Blog as a Guest Designer!

Back in February, I did my very first post as a Guest Designer for StencilGirl and I gave a brief summary of how to use stencils on ceramic pieces, and talked about how you can get started in the fabulously fun art form of ceramics (you can see that post here). I am honored that I was asked back to do another post! Today I am going to go into more detail of my glazing process and how I incorporate fun tools like stamps and, of course, stencils into my designs!

I started with a flat bottle shaped piece of bisque (what fired clay that hasn’t been glazed yet is called). This was made by pouring liquid clay into a plaster mold, removing it from the mold once it’s firm enough, letting it dry out and then firing it. Dry clay that hasn’t been fired is extremely fragile, so you usually want to fire it first before you start decorating it to prevent breakage if you pour your own molds. Luckily, bisque pieces like the one I used here are sold already made and fired, so I didn’t have to worry about doing all of that.
 I started by painting 3 coats of the black glaze shown in the picture to the sides and spout of the vase. The inside is coated with clear glaze which will seal it in case you want to put water in the vase once it’s fired. I used a special brush called a glaze fan brush to apply the black. Glaze fan brushes are great to use to paint large areas on bisque without making too many visible brush marks.

Next, I chose 4 colors of glaze to use for my background. I applied them by pouring out a few drips directly on the piece and using an old credit card to spread them out. After the orange I applied yellow, lime green and and aqua one at a time on top of each other in random areas.

This is what it looked like after the four background colors were applied. As glaze dries, it usually becomes very pastel in color. They will all become much brighter and more saturated once it’s fired.

My next layer I made with the Warped Holes 6 Stencil . I poured out small puddles of light red and purple onto my palette, laid the stencil down on the front of the vase, and used a sponge on a stick to apply the glazes.

Once I loaded up my sponge on a stick with glaze, I tapped in an up and down motion using medium pressure all over the stencil. You don’t want to tap too hard or else too much glaze will come off and seep undeerneath the edges of the stencil. I alternated the two colors in different areas on the piece.

This is what it looked like when I removed the stencil. Pretty cool, huh?

Next, I used a couple of unmounted rubber stamps to add some more detail to my design. I used the sponge on a stick to apply pink glaze to the stamp.

I flipped the stamp over and placed it on the front of the vase, then pressed down gently all over the stamp to ensure the whole thing made contact with the piece. This is what it looked like when I lifted up the stamp.

I used another unmounted stamp to bring some black into the design. This time I didn’t want to transfer the entire stamp onto the vase so I only applied color in random areas of the stamp with the sponge on a stick.

Both stamps I used are from Mayco and you can find them here.

My next layer was made with another stencil Connection Open Stencil . First I laid it over the front of the vase.

I wanted to leave open ‘windows’ in my design, so I used a light shade of aqua and my sponge on a stick to just go around the edges of the circles. I left the centers untouched.

Without removing the stencil, I then used a darker color of aqua and a sea sponge to go over the lighter shade. This added some depth to and visual interest to the layer.

The sea sponge has a different texture than the sponge on a stick, so it left chunkier marks.

This is what it looked like when I removed the stencil. Not only can you see the lines of the stencil design, you can also see the ‘windows’.

While I was waiting for all of the layers on the front of the vase to dry, I made white polka dots on the sides and top of the vase using the opposite end of my sponge on a stick.  I poured out a small puddle of white glaze, dipped the end of the stick in it, then touched it to the vase. Makes perfectly shaped and uniform sized polka dots every time!

I also touched up the black around the edges because I got some color on it from the stamps and stencils.

The last thing I wanted to do was accentuate the design of the Connection Open Stencil so I used a fine tipped squeeze bottle filled with black glaze to fill in all of the lines between the circles.

This part really tied the whole piece together. Once I was done with this step, I repeated everything on the back side of the vase. I added a few small white dots to the black lines, let them dry, then applied 2 coats of clear glaze over the top of the front and back of the vase. This step is necessary because you generally don’t get full coverage with glazes unless you apply three coats, and there were sections of the front and back that weren’t covered fully by three coats due to the random application of glazes with the credit card, stamps and stencils. If you recall, I applied 3 coats of the black to the sides and top so no clear glaze was needed there.

This is the finished product! It was fired to Cone 06 in a kiln, which equates to about 1831 degrees Farenheit. See how much the colors changed?

I really hope you enjoyed learning a little more about ceramics and all the cool tools you can use to paint clay pieces with. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have or help you locate what you need to get started in the wonderful world of fired arts. You can contact me through my blog/website HERE or on Facebook HERE.  
Until next time!

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