Sunday, November 29, 2015

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Basket Wall Hanging Tutorial by Carol Wiebe

How about another tutorial from 
StencilGirl Artist, Carol Wiebe, using her new stencil designs from StencilGirl!!!!

Take it away Carol!!!

Basket Wall Hanging Tutorial
I love creating decor, and stencils are perfect for it. I have an old woven wall hanging, and I wanted a new version for my recently renovated bathroom.

1--I found a cheap plastic tray that I liked the shape of. I covered the indentation with cardboard. The roper is a very soft one, used for making upholstery piping It is quite cheap. I just started at the centre and hot glue gunned the shape together.   

2--The form is completely covered.

3--I gessoed the form to give it a harder surface for applying paper mache.

4--This is probably an optional step, but it adds great strength to the form. I used copy paper (ripped into strips) and gel medium to add on top of the gesso. 

5--This needs to dry completely.

6--I painted the paper mache white, then started placing my stencilled images. Due to the ridges in the basket, it is easier to stencil onto a piece of paper (copy paper, again) and collage it where I want it. You may choose to stencil the image directly.

7--I decided to extend the border onto the basket further, so I taped the stencil in place and sponged on black paint.

8--I love the look of dimensional paint, so after the image was totally dry I outlined everything with dimensional paint. I filled the border that looks like small rocks in completely.

9--Now the dimensional paint has to dry. I usually wait overnight. Disturbing partially dry dimensional paint makes an awful mess, and requires intervention measures.

10--I decided I wanted a black basket. 

11--After the black was dry, I played around with white and black, deciding that I liked the wabi-wabi look.

12--Painting is done. The minimalist palette suits my bathroom decor. If anything, I may add some silver onto the black border, and highlight those “stones.” We will see. It is easy to punch a hole through the top of the basket (use an awl or similar tool). A simple piece of twine or cord will provide a hanging device.

You can find all of Carol's stencils on our  StencilGirl website!!

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving from StencilGirl!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at StencilGirl!
We are so grateful for YOU!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

StencilGirl Artist Paula Phillips Tutorial

Welcome everyone! My name is Paula Phillips, also known as JournalArtista.

Today I would like to share a page with you using my new Stacked Books stencil.

I started with a background of scraped paint over gesso.  I then added a few bits of a packing tape transfer through a stencil.  I used this for depth and interest in the background.  To learn about this technique, please refer to this YouTube tutorial:

Next, I covered the packing tape transfer images with Matte Medium.  This takes away the shine from the packing tape, as well as allowing the tape to be painted over.  I then collaged a few napkin images, and a picture of a pen and ink from a magazine using Matte Medium.  I added the Whimsey Script stencil in a few places, overlapping all collaged images.

Finally, I added black paint to the right side of the page and placed the Stacked Books stencil directly on top.  I quickly removed the paint from under the stencil with a baby wipe (you can also use a wet cloth), leaving the image of the stacked books in black.

At this stage the art journal page looked like this:

I realized the stacked books blended too much into the background.  Once the black paint was dry I repositioned the stencil back on top and sponged a bit of the same green and pink used in the first layer of the background.  I then used a Derwent Inktense pencil in black to outline and shade each book.  The ink splot looked a little dull so I added a layer of black paint to help it pop.

The final step was to add the words onto the stacked books spines and a whole lot of white splots with watered down white acrylic paint. 

Here is the result:

Here is the before and after of the stacked books after shading and finishing touches.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, I hope you give it a try!  Show us your stacked books projects with the hashtags #iseestencilseverywhere and #stencilgirl

You can find more from me at:
Twitter and Instagram:  @Journalartista
I also teach free live classes every Wednesday and Saturday nights at 9:30pm Eastern time here:
I hope to see you there!

Much love,Paula

Monday, November 23, 2015

Gwen's Gems - Stenciled Spice Tins

Hi everyone, it's Gwen back again this month with another installment of Gwen's Gems! This month, I decided it was time to tackle something from my "As Seen on Pinterest" to-do list. How many of you have one of those? In any case, a while back I found these beautiful painted spice tins on Pinterest. You can buy a beautiful set of 12 - for about $250 (unless the exchange is good!) So yeah... that was a big NO! Instead, that went onto my list of things to try and make myself, and that's what I did this month! With stencils, of course.

I thought this would make a really fun gift - filled with candies, tea, homemade bath products, or even a homemade candle. If you want to make one of your own, here's how I did it.

First, start with some plain metal tins - there are lots of sizes, but these are the ones I used. For painting on metal, there are additives you can use with paint so that it doesn't flake or scratch off. You can also use a metal primer (from the hardware store,) followed by two coats of gesso and then paint. If it's a non-ferrous metal, you can try and get by without primer. If it's ferrous, you probably want an anti-rusting metal primer. I went risky and skipped the primer (since I didn't have any) and started with two coats of gesso and red paint, then I stenciled a base design on using Payne's Grey.
Naturally, I had to use one of my new stencils - this is my new Ornamental Embroidery stencil. Next, I used a paint pen to outline where the stencil design was going to become the base for my flowers and stems - using a stencil doesn't mean you have to use the exact design, it's also a great starting point!
Then, working with just one color at a time, I started with the leaves and stems and painted the different areas. I like to use a few shades of the same color and scumble them a bit to get some shaded effect.
From there, I did the flowers:
I also stenciled the lid with a few shades of purple paint and my new Ornamental Floral Screen stencil. Once all the paint was dry, I coated the whole thing with a layer of glossy varnish. Shiny!
Of course, that's when I decided that it needed dots. Everything needs dots!
Here you can see a bit of the top - the ones I was inspired by just had plain tops, but that's just not very fun.
There you have it - my hand painted and stenciled spice tins. Now it's time to finish the other two! I hope you're feeling inspired to try something like this at home... please make sure to share with us if you do.

Have you ever used your stencils to create something inspired by Pinterest? We'd love to hear about it!

Until next time, happy stenciling!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Make Unique Clothing with Stencils!

StencilGirl Artist, Carol Wiebe, is here to show you how she dressed herself with her new stencil designs from StencilGirl!!!!

Take it away Carol!!!


1--These boards, made of 1/4 “ masonite, are just big enough to stretch my jeans out. They are not necessary--cardboard would work--but they did make the job easier.

2--You can see, here, how smoothly the jeans stretched out.

3--I rolled on some white fabric paint to form a base for the rest of the paint I wanted to add. Fabric paint has the advantage of not sinking into the fabric the way regular acrylic paint does. And, in fact, this was dimensional fabric paint (by Tulip) so it is formulated to sit on top of the fabric.

4--I chose a very limited palette for my jeans. I already had the original blue of the blue jeans. Then I added bits of a turquoise blue, and went back and forth between that color and more white. I added both in spatters, or blobs, though I kept it fairly thin by using a dollar store makeup sponge. A few of the color areas had enough paint on them to actually make some marks with a color shaper. A knitting needle works well, too.

5--Placing Stencils City Encompassed, Intersected Moon, Lunar Symbols, Trio of Trees, Verdant Moon.  See links below post.

Once all the base paint was dry, I was ready to start placing stencils onto the pants. You can see here that I cut out a mask to make an edge around this stencil. This is not necessary, but I wanted to see how well that would work, and if I liked the look of it.

6--Black dimensional fabric paint is on a piece of deli paper. While a roller is still showing, I am using a makeup sponge to add the black paint through the stencils. I make sure to dab the sponge a few times until it is quite “dry” so blobs are not left on the fabric that can “bleed” through.

7--When all the paint was dry on the front of the pants, I repeated the process for the back.

How about a shirt to go with those pants???!!!


1--A board was placed in the T-shirt to stretch it out, thus making it easier to paint. A simple template can be made by tracing around the T-shirt and adding a border to make it an inch wider in width (on both sides). Cardboard can also be used. The green tape on the edges was added so the wood would not catch on the fabric.

2--Here I am getting an idea how I want the stencil situated on the shirt. An even better idea would be to try the shirt on and then see where the image looks best. You can tape the stencil in place with masking tape.

3--I wanted a neat “frame” around my stencil. I placed a piece of deli paper on the stencil and drew the edge I want around it.

4--I taped my mask to poster paper (a thin card). Then I cut the mask out.

5--I taped the mask to the T-shirt. Extra pieces of tape were placed on any cut lines that I didn't want paint to go through. For the stencil, I chose a couple places to tape, then carefully dabbed fabric paint with a sponge over the entire stencil except those taped sections. The paint dries very quickly (I used Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint) and I was able to hold the stencil in place with my fingers and remove the taped parts so I could finish my image.

6--I love the way the stencil turned out on my T-Shirt!   

Have FUN!
Show us what you make!!

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