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 
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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… 



30 comments:

  1. What lovely designs, Roxanne! Love seeing you use them in your art journal, too! Congratulations!

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    1. Mary, I am so glad you love them, I've been having so much fun!

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  2. Roxanne!! You are using these stencils in such interesting ways, I enjoy seeing that. Great work :)

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    1. I really tried to think outside the box and figure out new ways to use them, thank you so much MaryBeth for inspiring me!

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  3. Congratulations Roxanne on this very fine line of stencils!!!
    Bravo
    Well done!
    oxo

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    1. Thanks Patty, I'm so glad you like them!

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  4. Yay Roxanne! I so look forward to seeing more, and more.

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    1. Yay to stencils! I really look forward to designing more too, thank you Jo!!

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  5. These are so beautiful, what a wealth of talent and beauty here at Stencil Girls!

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    1. Denise, thanks! It is such an honor for me to be a StencilGirl designer here!

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  6. Oh my, I just got home from a mini vacation with my family and am so happy to see all of your comments here and that you have enjoyed seeing them! And MaryBeth, I learned so much from your book, it gave me so many ideas on how to use my stencils!!

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  7. Congratulations on becoming a StencilGirl Roxanne. Such organic and natural stencils. They are so representative of you and your style. They are really special and I look forward to getting some to add to my own art and journaling.

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    1. Seth!! Thank you so very much!! I loved every moment and so excited and proud to be a new StencilGirl!

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  8. Wow, such beautiful journal pages, paper and stencils! Love all of them. Wonderful designs. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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    1. Thank you Katie B! I tried out different papers to see how the stencils would do. Even old ledger paper from the early 1900's.

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  9. Roxanne, these stencils are great, and I love all the different ways you've used them here. The butterfly is definitely my favorite!

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    1. Sharmon, thank you so much for stopping by!! Thank you, and I can tell from your art that you love butterflies too!

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  10. Worlds of congratulations Roxanne on this new journey of yours. I am so happy for you- and so many artists will now benefit from your gorgeous designs. Thanks for sharing your talents with the world. xo hugs. Jill

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    1. Jilly!! Thank you for your wonderful congratulations!!! And thanks for sharing your amazing art with the world as well!

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  11. Beautiful pages and what a great idea for a book!

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    1. Andrene, thanks so much! I would love to see you make a book like this!

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  13. Fabulous artwork!!! Very inspiring!!! Love!!! Love!!! Love!!!

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  14. I really love these stencils and cannot wait to use them!

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    1. Leslie, I would love to see what you create with them!

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