Thursday, September 19, 2013

Nathalie Kalbach Stencil Hop Featuring Arabesque

Hi everyone! It is Maria.
Welcome to the Nathalie Kalbach Stencil Hop featuring the Arabesque stencil she designed for StencilGirl



I am having so much fun playing in all of Nathalie's Hops!
Today I'm going to call my post Good Idea Gone Bad. 

You see....not every project goes the way you want it. Sometimes....well, you look at it and think--"What the heck was I thinking??!!" This my friends in stencil land is one of those projects. So much so that I started another project because I didn't want to show it to you, but you know what?? Art Journaling is just that....there is a meaning to the pages I do. It can show your mood, your feelings and so on. 
So....here we go. Please be gentle :)



 I absolutely LOVE Nathalie's Arabesque stencil and I absolutely LOVE the stamps I used by Kari McKnight Holbrook. You will even see some of Nathalie's Elephant March in this page. But....sometimes you just have an "off" day.
 So then I made this....


A little better...and I was thrilled that I used not only Nathalie's Arabesque stencil from StencilGirl but also used Crackle, What's the Point and Circut all on one page.

So there you have it....not a perfect set of projects, but some that obviously reflected what kind of day I was having--to me I think this is TRUE Art Journaling :)

Now please go see the fantastic things these other artists did with the Arabesque stencil...but before you go, please make sure you leave a comment here. Nathalie is giving one of her Arabesque stencils away and ALL of the comments on ALL of the blogs are eligible!




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41 comments:

  1. What a beautiful stencil that Nat has designed and I love the art that you've created with it.
    Love your blog, it was gfeat to visit today.

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  2. I just love both your pages! You are right : art journal is about fun and feelings. I was always afraid to show what I make, but fear is the biggest enemy in creating something. Just go with the flow. I will be a follower on your blog, a lot to see!

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  3. Such a lovely use of the stencil. Your quote reminds me of a mixed media painting I did with "What if the Hokey Cokey really is what it's all about?" on it. Always makes me smile.

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  4. Everyone has used the stencil in such a unique way. Love the way you worked it.

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  5. Love how you used the stencil!

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  6. Maria, don't think you were a "off" as you do. But, then we all have those days!

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  7. Natalie's stencils are fantastic and you have used them in a fabulous way!

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  8. love the design you added within the stencil. Awesome job! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  9. Love the pages. Very regal looking. Definitely not "off".

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  10. I do love the pages both- the colors are so rich too! Awesome- and thank you so much for playing along!

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  11. I've never taken an art journaling class so I'm not sure what these are "supposed" to look like but they look just dandy to me! Bright and fun... I think the second one shows you were in a mood. i think it conveys it perfectly. Thank you for showing us another side to it all. Great job.

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  12. How many possibilities for work with this stencil! is a fantastic page, really, really lovely!

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  13. Love this stencil and loved your use of it...not sure why you don't. but we all "see" things differently! anyway, thanks as always for participating and for sharing with us your talent!!

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  14. I love how the yellow arabesque is above all the other fun patterns!

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  15. Both pages are interesting and certainly changed by the Arabesque stencil. Great work!

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  16. very different pages and they show the versatility of this stencil!! thanks for a chance to win!

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  17. Really nice page and very cool stencil. Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  18. wonderful pages Maria ! great chance to win! thank you!

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  19. Hey, I didn't find anything "wrong" with your first attempt, in fact, I really like it! Very natural-flowing. Love Nat's new stencil! I'd love to win it!

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  20. they both look good the 2nd I like better

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  21. You've done wonders with 'Arabesque'...I love the first one.

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  22. Love the new stencil and what you have done with it!

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  23. I think they are both fantastic. True journaling. I like the print under the face. Great stencils

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  24. I think they are both fantastic. True journaling. I like the print under the face. Great stencils

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  25. It's not off at all. Like them both and the use of the stencils.

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  26. Fabulous pages...I felt the same way about mine but was determined to fight through that thought...lol!

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  27. It is definitely not off...love the doodling look too. We can be our own worst critic. Love both of them!! You rocked the stencil.

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  28. Fabulous loop-de-doo wonderfulness. Great use of this stencil.

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  29. Maria, there was absolutely nothing wrong with the 1st page you made! Love how you combined the two stencil that Nat thought of at the same time! Your second page is really popping with the yellow stencil and the other two in the background! Good job!

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  30. I think those two pages are beautiful... I like them!

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  31. Maria, I especially love the red and blue page! :)

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  32. I agree that this is a fabulous stencil! And I love both of your pages! I find as I get older I often wonder "what is the point" !!

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  33. It's awonderful stencil and I love both pieces you created with it! Thanks for sharing!

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  34. Love the use of the arabesque stencil as a background overlay. Awesome!

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  35. This is a great design. It would be lots of fun to use.

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