Saturday, May 31, 2014

Reveal of the June 2014 StencilClub Stencils from StencilGirl

It is that time again!
We introduce to you the....

June 2014
Hoopla, Hexi's and Stitchin' Collection
designed by
StencilGirl Artist

Jamie has designed stencils that reflect her love of fabric, quilts and stitching. There are so many different elements on these three stencils! Not just for use in your fabric work but mixed media, papercrafting and encaustic work.

Let's let Jamie tell you about them!
Take it away Jamie!

Can't see the video?? Click HERE.

Are you a member of StencilClub
If not, why not check out all the benefits and see how you can receive THREE EXCLUSIVE stencils EVERY month that will never be offered in our regular line. Not only that we have a great list of other benefits in addition to a thriving Facebook Group. Get all the information HERE.

Happy Summer!

Hi! Mary Nasser here again to show you what I did with leftover paint on my palette from Thursday’s tote bag project!
I painted these art journal pages and wanted to share:

These pages had previously been gessoed with Whisper Green Matisse Background Colors.
(Thank you, Mary Beth, for suggesting this in your March webinar!)

With the leftover Permanent Red Violet and Turquoise Green heavy body acrylics from painting my tote,
I added Maria McGuire’s Loopy Doily, Seeds and Tiny Medallion on my pages – along with the word summer!
using Carolyn Dube’s Vintage Typewriter Alphabet stencil.
I added more heavy body acrylic in Brilliant Green, Brilliant Blue and Azo Yellow Medium…
and even some Wendy Vecchi Cornflower Blue Ink with a cosmetic sponge. It was so fun to play!

I think Maria’s stencil designs are really brilliant – the way she puts so much thought into how one can use just parts of the stencil.
I loved putting the petals from the Loopy Doily around the Seeds stencil and just using the very center of the Loopy Doily stencil, too!
And I’m in LOVE with Carolyn’s Vintage Typewriter Alphabet stencil…now I can create any word I’d like in that wonderful vintage font!

Below is a detail of the work:

All the time Martin Sexton's song Happy and its lyrics were going through my head:
I think I'm happy
Like the first day of summer vacation

Happy when I get some rest and relaxation

Today is my first day of summer vacation!!

Wishing you a Happy Summer!
Mary C. Nasser
Mixed-Media Map Art

Friday, May 30, 2014

Mixed Media Canvas with Stencils

Hi Friends. Janet here from Happy Reminders.
I am going to take you step by step on how I made this canvas.

 First off I gathered a pile of papers and cutouts,
tissue and lace, doilies and photos....
And collaged them onto a simple canvas with a gel medium.
At this point I decided to use it sideways....

Everything was gessoed, lightly in some parts and heavy in others.
I wanted the textures to come through....
I know what's underneath....
if the faces and the details don't show through perfectly, 
then that's okay with me.
I used two stencils in these steps...
Above is a new June Pfaff Daley stencil, Celtic Celebration.
I applied the different motifs in a black Ranger Archival Ink.
At this point I wanted to start some color.
 I love using words, letters or numbers in a layer. 

Notice the washi tape added here and there...
Black Ranger Ink was sponged around the edges...
lightly, to frame it, to give it a depth...

Next step, Golden brand Gesso, my favorite, mixed with paint.
Drippage was attempted with Stampin 'Up Refill Inks

Then I rubbed some off. 
I still wanted to see some of the layers underneath.

Then I added stamps....
Some of my own hand carved eraser stamps
as well as my favorite Stampin 'Up Dictionary Stamp.

It was time for my Kahlil Gibran quote....
I would like to introduce you to one of my Go-To alphabet stamps!
See what you can find in your kid's toys?

Then more details with the Celtic Celebration Stencil

I almost forgot to put Kahlil Gibran underneath the words!
Notice the swirls from the stencil were added to both the top and bottom edges?

I love the texture of the doily with the stencil swirls.
You will notice at this point the work is all in blues and greens....

When I added the heart stamp I decided to accent with just a bit of 
orange, yellow and red.
I knew this would be hanging in my spare bedroom 
on a light yellow wall.

I was trying for a glowing heart!

I do like how it turned out. 
I love the layers and the textures.

Happy Arting!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

May Flowers

Hi! Mary Nasser here to show you what I did with 3 of Maria McGuire’s newest StencilGirl designs –

Working on canvas with acrylics is my favorite way to use stencils – so I am having a blast stenciling on canvas bags now, too!
And who doesn’t need a cute, bright tote bag for summer day trips and vacations?
For this project, I used a large canvas tote, heavy body acrylic paint in two colors: Permanent Red Violet and Turquoise Green,

Using the blue tape to hold the Loopy Doily stencil in place, I applied Permanent Red Violet with a tiny dauber.
I especially like using these itty-bitty daubers when I want extra control applying paint and for stencils with lots of intricacies like these.

Next, I taped the Tiny Medallion and Seeds stencils in place on the right side of the bag and used another tiny dauber –
this time with Turquoise Green.
Then I rotated these two stencils 180-degrees and used Turquoise Green again on the left side of the bag.

Lastly, I added pink Stained by Sharpie to only the very center of the Loopy Doily stencil.
I did this four times – once on each of the four corners of the outside pocket.


I’m ready to pack this baby and hit the road to meet up with Maria and Carolyn!

Happy Stenciling!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Easy Peasy Nifty Notebooks

Okay, I admit it.  I am addicted.  To making those papers that I used to make my Mixed Media Mini Album.  But this time I am transforming them into Nifty Notebooks. These are sooooo easy to make.  And they fit nicely into a purse, knapsack, laptop bag, even your back pocket.  

They are also great for holiday gifts.  And, trust me, it is never too early to start thinking of about holiday gifts for teachers, babysitters, your favorite StencilGirl (or Guy) - well, you get the picture.  This is a very easy, beautiful, handmade item that anyone would love to receive.

Click HERE if you cannot see the video.

For the papers used in the video

~Spray one side of paper with Pure Sunshine Dylusions.  Spray other side with London Blue. 
~Lay the Crackle Stencil down and spray with the Postbox Red. On both sides.  
~Lay the Numbers Stencil down and spray with Black Marble.  On both sides.

I removed excess with paper towels and heat set between colors.

**Note: if you do not have a binding machine, Office Supply stores such as Staples and Office Max do this for a small fee.

Supplies used:

Dylusions Sprays in Pure Sunshine, Postbox Red, London Blue, and Black Marble
Binding machine (The Cinch or Bind It All)

Hope you enjoyed this video!!  Let me know...leave a comment (I love comments).

Hugs (abracos)


Monday, May 26, 2014

Welcome NEW StencilGirl Artist Roxanne Evans Stout!

Please join us in welcoming Roxanne Evans Stout to the StencilGirl family of artists! She is here today to show you what she made with her new designs that were released TODAY! You can see and purchase them HERE.

Natures Gatherings 

I have always wanted to make stencils.  I wanted to use them in my journals, in my collages and on the pages of my books.  
This year I have been doing more workshops surrounding the theme of nature and mixed media nature journaling so I also wanted to use them for a tool for teaching. 
To have them available to my students to use as another element in their own art journals and collage pages 
sounded like such a great idea to me.

My first thought was to make stencils of birds, but soon this idea grew to adding butterflies, feathers, trees and all different elements of the flora and fawna that I love.

Mary Beth and Maria at StencilGirl were so excited when they saw my first pencil drawings that I was very encouraged. 
 Then when Mary Beth suggested that I use the design elements from my  own photographs for inspiration in creating  some of my designs a new world was opened up for me!

For weeks I drew, some stencils were drawn several times 
until I got them just right.

Later, when I got my finished stencils in the mail, I immediately started playing with them using different papers for backgrounds 
and different tools to color them with. 
I even used rusty tin and metal foil for surfaces to paint my stencils on.

My favorite tools right now are pan pastels. 
On these stencils I used a bit of wadded up paper towel to apply the dry color inside the stencil pattern and then I sprayed it lightly with hair spray when I was finished.  
Pan pastels also come with little applicators that work well, and so does a Q Tip.
I read Mary Beth’s new book, Stencil Girl, from front to back and got some great ideas!

I decided that what I wanted to do was make a little book of my stencils. I chose a little paper book about Tom Waits called True Confessions.  
I glued some of the pages together and covered them with gesso. 

On some pages the writing still shows through and I love that element of the written word in the backgrounds.   
I call this little book Natures Gatherings and it is filled with my stencils.

I hope you enjoy working and playing with my stencils
as much as I have!  
To see more please visit my blog… 

Friday, May 23, 2014

NEW Stencil Release from StencilGirl Products and Terri Stegmiller

Hi! Terri Stegmiller here! I'm honored to be sharing my newest stencil design releases from StencilGirl Products with you. There are nine new designs! You can purchase them all HERE.

I love working with stencils and adding new ones to my stash is so much fun. I mainly (not always) work with fabrics and I really enjoy creating my own unique fabrics for the work I do. I create quilts, art quilts, handbags and totes, and many more fun accessories. I love creating fun and interesting surface designs on my fabrics and many of my stencil designs tend to be an allover design for this type of surface design use.

I'll show you an example of how I used these new stencil designs to create some unique fabrics and then put them together in a project.

I love the graphic boldness of black on white (or vice versa). Here are some fabrics I made in blacks and whites. I use a foam roller to apply textile paints to my fabrics. I'm using the Hearts Gridded stencil in the first example.

The next example is made using the Diamond Dance, Inky Hearts, Striped Hexagon, and Inky Circles stencils. I ended up not using this fabric in my project but it will be available for me when I need it for another project.

In the next example I applied white opaque textile paint onto black fabric using the 9x12" Square Dance stencil.

Adding a swatch of these black and white fabrics to a project that is full of color really makes everything pop.

I found a lovely piece of turquoise hand dyed fabric in my stash and created an allover pattern using the 9x12" Square Dance stencil. I applied a light blue textile paint on top of the turquoise.

Using the Tossed Blossoms stencil, I added a layer using a light salmon pink.

Now that my fabrics were created, I was ready to make my project. I made a composition notebook cover with these.  At one point during the creation of the cover, I grabbed the Bold Flower stencil and added some flowers to the front and back cover in a dark coral.

Here is the front cover.

And here is the back cover.

The fabrics are fused onto a stiff interfacing and then I added stitching where I wanted.

Here is an example of a piece of cotton duck fabric that I created using the Merry Go Round stencil along with some of the other stencils in my stash. The piece of cotton duck is approximately 18" x 30".

I then take the painted cotton duck fabric and turn it into market totes, like this.

Here is an example of a zippered pouch I made from some stenciled fabrics.

And this is a mini quilt I made.

I hope these projects have inspired you. 

Congratulations to 
Nan G!!!
I'm so excited about my new releases that I'm giving away my composition book to one lucky person that comments below. I'd love to hear about what you think of my new stencil designs. The giveaway will be open until Tuesday, May 27th at 11:59PM Central Time. 

Looking for more inspiration with my stencils? Come visit me over on my blog HERE.