Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September StencilClub Inspiration

One stop! Three projects! Gwen, Janet and Maria will show you what they made with the September StencilClub designs by Julie Snidle. We love showing you all these at once. 3 stencils, 3 projects--all different!
Hope you are inspired!!!!
Take it away Gwen!

Hi, this is Gwen here sharing my project with this month's awesome StencilClub stencils from Julie Snidle. I loved the concept behind this month's designs, and ultimately decided to make a mixed media canvas that goes along with the theme - I'm calling this one "Hidden Messages." Here's a quick overview of how things evolved as I worked on it.

As you can see from the photos, I started by using the 9x12 stencil to cover the painted 10"x10" canvas with lots of little bronze squares. I added some painted circles and then used the 6x6 to add more marks with bronze. I added some text paper (knowing I'd cover most of it - hidden, after all!) and I used the 4x4 with the morse code to create lines across my smallest circles with Liquid Pearls. I let each line dry before adding a new one until I had several of them.

I added some newspaper with Chinese printing (I think?) stenciled on that, and put more layers of embellishment (including some embellished buttons) until I was happy with it.

Here's a little close-up so you can see some of the details of the stenciling.
That's it for me this month, I hope you enjoyed it, and that you're feeling inspired from all of the projects we're sharing today!

 Janet Here...
My turn to show you what I did with this month's StencilClub stencils!

When I saw these little squares they reminded me so much of the old mosaics I saw 
when I visited Pompeii in Italy several years back.
It made me actually go to my art journals from that trip and reminisce about it!
I pulled out some of the architectural features I had sketched
and included them in a page on my Daily with an Aesop quote.
Good memory!

Then I used the little 4x4 stencil in the background on my
Documented Life Project page.
Kind of like wallpaper... I like it!

I played with the 9x12 squares as well as the 6x6 stencil on a Daily cover.
This 6x6 stencil reminds me of shorthand classes back in high school.
Does that date me? 
Who remembers the business classes offered way back then? 

I used the Heavy Matte Gel and Acrylic Paints.
Doesn't it look like shorthand?

I love the depth and texture! 

There you go! I hope you fall in love with these stencils too.
Thanks Julie Snidle for some great designs!

Just in time Maria slips in for the finish!!!
1, 2, 3 = 5 minutes of creative time!
Running short on time...but I can do it!
5 minutes to my own personalized piece of collage paper!!!!
1.   I started with a piece of 6" x 6" deli paper that was on my desk that I had cleaned extra pain on.
2.   Stencil the 4" x 4" randomly in white.
3.   Stencil the 9" x 12" exactly like it is in gold--Julie did all the work and made it random for us--how easy is that!!!!
4.   Stencil the 6" x 6" randomly in black.

YAHOO!!! I made it!!!!
Now you can too!!! Thanks Julie!

Want to join us and try all our ideas??!! 
Not a member??? Well come join us!
You can get all the information on how you can join the StencilClub family of members on our website!
Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Reveal of the September 2015 StencilClub Stencils from StencilGirl

Today is the day....the reveal of the EXCLUSIVE September stencils for members of our StencilClub!

Lost Languages designed by StencilGirl Artist, Julie Snidle!!!
Julie says....

 "I was stunned and saddened to learn recently that cursive writing has been eliminated from the public school curriculum.  My fondness for those written marks got me thinking about other forms of language that have disappeared or are seldom used in our modern lives."

Think--Morse Code, Shorthand and Punchcards!
Here are Mary Beth and Julie to show you the stencils....

Take a look at some of the Encaustic pieces Julie made with the stencils!!!

These stencils are only available to members of StencilClub and won't be sold on our website.
Check out the information on our website to see how you can become a member TODAY!!!!

If you have ever wanted to know more about Encaustic or get some fabulous inspiration Julie will be showing you her Encaustic process this month in the private member only video! It is like a mini class in itself. Not into Encaustic?? We will have so much more inspiration for you! Starting tomorrow and Friday we will be back with some inspiration from our team using these stencils in other applications! 
Not only that, our member only Facebook group is 
thriving with our members and team that inspire us EVERY day! 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Welcome to NEW StencilGirl Artist Desiree Habicht

We are thrilled to welcome...
NEW StencilGirl Artist

Before we show you her three new stencils and artwork here is 
Mary Beth with a welcome video!
Take it away Mary Beth.....

Ready for those stencils????
Now here is Desiree to show you how she used the stencils!!!

Hi everyone, my name is Desiree Habicht and I am a multi-media and mixed media artist. I love to work in many different mediums and fiber is one of my favorites! I have been playing on fabric with my stencils to explore different ways to incorporate them into my art quilts.

 have been playing with different paints and fabrics so I can see how the stencils work under different conditions.

I have been thrilled with my results. I not only have made some small art quilts that I am mounting on canvas but I have incorporated various elements in my stencil to other art quilts and surfaces.

One of the things I like the best with my stencil, is that there are a variety of images so I can pull different looks into specific areas of my piece. I have been working on a large art quilt that I still haven't revealed to the public so you are getting a sneak peak on how I am incorporating different elements of my stencil onto the queens clothing and trims.


I can't wait to release my finished piece. I am also exploring the idea of just using the outlines part of the stencil as a pattern for overall quilting. You can see here how I was practicing my free motion quilting by using the stencil to draw a light pattern which i can follow with my stitching.

I have done it in a contrasting thread so you can see my stitching lines. 

I love the versatility of stencils! I had an opportunity to try the stencils with ceramic glazes on some plates.

I used the different stencils to apply glazes to the plate surfaces and then had them fired. I am very happy with the results I am getting on all these different surfaces.  I am still in the process of moving onto my sketchbooks! I hope you will check back and see what other great projects I have created using these wonderful stencils. You can see more of my work on my BLOG and WEBSITE. Happy Creating!! 

You can find all of Desiree's new stencils on our website TODAY!!!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Art Journaling with StencilGirl Guest Designer Frieda Oxenham

I am not who I was by Frieda Oxenham

I’m so pleased and proud to be back with you as the Guest Designer for StencilGirl.
I’m such a huge fan of these stencils and want to let everyone know how fantastic and versatile they are.
They are not only excellent for giving you images to use on your journal pages but also for making backgrounds using only certain areas of the stencils which means that you get much more
than you might have originally thought. 
I’m always discovering more uses for them and I love sharing that here with you.

You’ll notice, too, that I’m using stencils from the StencilGirl StencilClub.
These are unique designs you can only obtain by joining the club!
What are you waiting for?!

Here are the step by step instructions:

1.     Gesso pages in Dylusions journal.
2.     Scrape on yellow and orange paint and erase using a baby wipe and Nathalie Kalbach's Batik Stencil.
3.     Do the same as in step 2 using red (I used an iridescent red paint).

4.     Stamp text on as shown. I used Romantic Text stamp from Stampotique, designed by France Papillon. 

5.     Spray through Mary Beth Shaw's August 2014 Stencilgirl Club stencil using white permanent spray ink (I used Liquitex). 

6.     Add leaves. I used black leaves from a Designer Guilt Kashima wallpaper stencil book). They were glued on with matte medium. 

7.     Using Daniella Woolf's Succulents stencil and titanium white paint, stencil randomly on the pages with a cosmetic sponge. The Succulents stencil looks a lot like a rose, too, and here that’s is what I want it to be. 
8.     Repeat step 7 using light blue paint. Also add some blue paint randomly in various places including edges.
9.     Continue to use the blue and add little dots using stencil Seth Apter's Timeless stencil.
10.   Using  same stencil as in step 5 spray on Cosmic Shimmer Ink Spray Mist Aqua Breeze.

11.   Glue on vintage bud image as shown.
12.   Stamp on leaf image (Dylusions Around the Edge stamp DS006) with black Archival ink.
13.   Stamp on text (from Downa Downey stamp) on a separate piece of paper, tear out, add ink around the edges and glue on.
14.   Add more white dots and the word Timeless using Seth Apter's Timeless stencil.
15.   Drop Liquitex yellow ink down the page and encourage with a water spray.

16.   Mark the edges of the pages with Distress Ink Black Soot.

(c) Frieda Oxenham July 2015. To see more of Frieda's work, please visit her BLOG.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

How to Pop Your Art with Subtle Use of Stencils

Hi! Kirsten Reed here today and I am going to show you how to incorporate stencils into your art in a subtle way.
I decided to work with a small 5x7 canvas, perfect size for gifts. 

I begin by marking my blank canvas with Marie McGuire's Doodle It Tornado Flowers stencil in various bright colors and no pre-determined pattern all over the canvas.  I use a cosmetic sponge for light dabbing.

The canvas begins to look like this:

I then sketched a small country church on to the canvas.  I see a lot of these where I live here in TN and they are so charming to me.  You could really sketch anything you wanted.

After my sketch is on the dried paint, I begin to block out SOME of the background.  I like to let bits and pieces "peek" through.  I continue by painting in some of the church.

I then decide to use one of Mary Beth Shaw's Stencil Club stencils to add in some cobbled looking roof tiles in gray paint.

I get this look.  I am not finished.  I purposely did not use paint everywhere, again to allow the background colors to peek through. 

I finish up the roof with some light dabs of white in various spots with the same stencil.

 Now, I do my finishing work.  I add shadows, paint the door and add some layers of blue in different shades to my sky.  All the while, allowing some colors to peek through.

I finish up the piece with a little pen work for details and incorporate the word "peace" along the front of the church.

Thank you for joining me.  I hope this helps spur some ideas on how you can use stencils subtly to rev up your artwork!  If you would like to see more of my work, please follow me on Instagram and Kirsten Reed Designs on Facebook.  Hope to see you again!