Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Voices Inspiration Projects with the Exclusive October 2016 StencilClub Stencils

StencilGirl is excited to introduce StencilClub Members Elise Bky, Dee Spillane, and Beverly Folkard as our Voices for October and November. We mailed them Mary Beth Shaw's Private Collection for October early so they could bring you diverse inspirations!

Doodle with Elise

Elise Buskey here to talk to you for minute about my personal experience as a member of the Stencil Girl Stencil Club.

I Love their Stencils! They are designed by artists and, of course, by the Stencil Girl herself, Mary Beth Shaw.

I enjoy being a part of the private Facebook Group. The group is fun and quite active. We share our creations, encourage each other, share ideas and ask/answer questions. I especially enjoy posting the journal pages or backgrounds I create.  It’s great to be validated and to have a safe place to share.

Being a part of the group gives me an excuse to spend time in my craft room without feeling guilty.  If I have a place to post the pages I have made, I feel better about taking the time to work on an art journal.

It is so exciting to anticipate the next stencil design reveal and the private stenciling demonstration we receive as members! We don’t know which artist will be the designer until the reveal. Who doesn’t love to have something fun to look forward to!?

I had the opportunity to work with Mary Beth’s October 2016 design before the official release. This set is quite versatile and I had so many ideas that I had to make more than one page. One of my personal favorite things to do is to use the stencils for doodling. Above and below you will see some of my ideas.


I use scraps of paper, loose pages of paper...I don't like bound journals...mainly i just goof around or journal. I used gouache and craft paints for these projects.

Mix Medias with Dee

Hi Everyone! Dee Spillane here.

I kinda got carried away! I love these and the large one reminded me of city life, buildings and construction. Most of my work reflects this observation.

This first print is called 'Connections".
It was done mostly with Tim Holtz Distress Crayons crayons and paint. I used gesso and sprays on the first layer and then used the large stencil to build up many layers of color incorporating the wipe away technique. I  added accents from the 4x4. I scraped into the layers to add texture.

Can you spy the tree in the middle of all the buildings?


In this piece, I added words and a little sketching. I used portfolio water oil pastels and gelatos. I sprayed this piece first with archival reinkers and alcohol. Wendy Vecchi showed us this technique. Of course after all the layers of words and sketching you can't see the sprays.  I added some bronze and silver gelatos too. These are colors I hardly ever use!

I call this piece "City Reflections" and it might be my favorite!

I sprayed background then used Neocolorll crayons and portfolio crayons.
I love how this blends. I did not use a gesso base but I did use baby wipes to spread and blend through the stencil. These pastels are my favorite colors to use.

Stitch with Bev

Bev Folkard I posted to my Fiber Reaction blog in more detail about the two projects I was inspired to create with the October StencilClub set.

I used two Gelli Arts® plates, and the medium stencil, to transfer prints from one to another, before taking the paper print (160gsm cartridge).  I added additional black paint through stencil at the bottom.  As the shapes reminded me of tulips, free machined (free motion stitch) with black thread flower shapes and the word. Then I went back in and added colour to the flowers before I trimmed and stitched around the edges to make a small piece of art ready to be mounted/framed.

I used the large stencil, and a Gelli Arts® plate; black paint with the stencil laid over. Then I blotted away the black paint and added new colours.  I removed stencil and printed on 160 gsm cartridge paper.  Immediately fell in love with this print so I emphasized lines with black machine stitch and added to the blocks by stitching more colour in simple lines, using silk threads.

I edged the finished piece with machine stitch.

I loved the effect so much I made another print in reverse, ie colour, blot, black!

We'll have more art to inspire you in upcoming Scoops and Mary Beth's exclusive tutorial will go out to members on the 15th.

Want to throw your name in the hat to be a StencilClub Voice in 2017? Email Carol or reach out to her in StencilClub's Secret Group on Facebook Group.

1 comment:

  1. All of the art here is beautiful love what everyone has created so unique and different. Love these stencils can't wait to get mine 💕💕💕


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