Tuesday, December 10, 2019

DIY Festive Gift Bag by Sunila & Aditi


Today we're on the blog with another mixed media creation. The theme this month is 'Grid it' or 'Gift it' and we decided to go with the latter, altering a paper bag.

We also have a process video for our project today. First, here's a look at the bag.

We were inspired by the upcoming festive season and winter season in general. We chose a colour palette of Silver, Purple and Pink for this altered bag.

This makes for a perfect Holiday Gift bag that can be used for anyone, really.

Hope you're inspired!


Monday, December 9, 2019

Glass and Wood Christmas Ornaments Embellished with Stencils

Hi everyone! I’m Debi Adams and I'm happy to be on the blog today sharing some fun ideas for Christmas.  Every year I like to change up how I wrap my gifts.  I like to have a different theme (crazy, I know!) and since I have shortened the list of gifts I give, (my kids and their spouses get four gifts,  “Something you want, something you need, something you wear and something you read”), I am able to dedicate my time to hand making something as well as wrapping the items creatively.   This time I decided to make hand-painted glass ornaments for my family & a few friends.

I began with flat glass ornaments I purchased from Michael’s.

I painted them with gesso and then let them dry. I suppose you can get the plastic ones too but there is something nice about a weighty ornament, especially when gift-giving.  Obviously, the plastic ones would be perfect when using with children. :) I adhered various ephemera and strips of tissue paper to the ornament using matte medium,  followed by paint for a background color and lastly,  I applied stencils.  For this particular ornament, I used stencils by Mary Beth Shaw, Holiday Sayings Set 6,  Wendy Brightbill, Floral Frolics, Seth Apter, ATC Mix Up and Ann Butler, Squares and Tris, Set 1.

I completed the front and the back and added a few brass charm embellishments with thread at the top.  Because the ornament cap was shiny silver, I painted it with Mahogany and Patina paints by Seth Apter for PaperArtsy and then was careful and embossed some of Seth Apter’s Chunky Rust Embossing Powder by Emerald Creek onto that.  The entire process was easy,  though waiting for the gesso to dry was the hardest! (I am an impatient artist!)

And here is the  back of my ornament. I really enjoyed seeing how this was going to translate but I was even happier knowing that this piece was a part of me and I was giving it to my girls.  (Now that I got started, I am ready to create a few more with a shibori-style, that's a favorite of mine as well as my girls’.) 

Next up is an ornament that I have been wanting to do for a while. Actually, I ran across some notes that Mary Beth had sent a while back saying she would like to see this.  I sure loved this idea a lot so I ran with it. It’s a quick and easy project, taking very little time and few supplies.  I love the fact that although StencilGirl® stencils can be layered, they can also be used in their simplest form too and still look fabulous!  I purchased the wood slices at Hobby Lobby and some at Michael’s and used Mary Beth Shaw's Holiday Sayings Set 6 stencils and Pam Carriker's ATC Mixup.  Here are just a few samples I worked up making the stencil designs look like I used a wood burning tool.  To create the light and dark part of the images,  I used Vintage Photo Ink  by Tim Holtz for Ranger and Hero Arts (permanent) Intense Black ink.  I was surprised to discover that no bleeding occurred!  I think it helped that I used ink and not paint.  I am sure Staz-On ink would work too!   

Not only are these great ornaments, they work as package toppers as well!  Like I said, because I wrap fewer gifts these days, I can hone in on making my wrapping creative.  I stenciled my wrapping paper using Tammy Tutterow's Gingham Two Step stencil, Jessica Sporn's Herbs stencil for pine leaves and Mary Beth Shaw's ATC Mix Up 2 stencils for berries. I added ephemera (great use of small scraps, btw), tied it with string and added my wood slice.

Well there you have it. Something (hopefully) new for this season for you to try.  I think the glass ornaments might come in a heart shape around Valentine’s Day so if you don’t celebrate Christmas, you have another opportunity to play. :). Would love to hear and see what you make for the holiday season.

Thanks for stopping in!


Debi Adams 

Saturday, December 7, 2019

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Daniella Woolf: StencilGirl® Stencils Inspired by Travels

Hi, everyone! Daniella Woolf back here today! In my last post, I talked about how travel inspires my design work for StencilGirl®. I’ve put together this group in which all the imagery is from food! Because it’s always all about the food, right? In this group we have five images from the following countries, The Czech Republic, Cambodia, Vietnam and two from Thailand.

Wheels from The Czech Republic. These “wheels” are actually candy in a giant barrel in a shop in Prague.

Then we have Spring Garlic, from an outdoor food market in Cambodia. Our tour guide was very crafty. We were going to a small village to have a cooking lesson and lunch with locals. We were to bring the ingredients. He gave us Cambodian money, and each of us had to find and purchase a particular item from the list of ingredients given to us (list written in Cambodian!). Interacting with the local vendors was really fun. This garlic was too beautiful!

Sweet Bundles. These little snack size bundles were in a case at a road/rest stop in Vietnam. They were pork dumpling wrapped in banana leaves and some sort of twine. This rest stop also had many outdoor hammocks where drivers could take a nap, before they went back along their way.

Noodles were street food in Thailand. We were at a parade, in celebration of the Chinese New Year, and this particular vendor was selling noodle-nests!

And finally, Spiral Filets also from an outdoor market, this one in Thailand. They were displayed at a most peculiar place. Part of the market is on train tracks. The train passes through several times per day. When the train comes, the merchants move their products aside to provide clearance for the train.
Watch for my next post on more stencils from travel!

Here I am in front of a Mondrian Painting, wearing my Mondrian glasses in a museum in Lisbon.

Daniella Woolf

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Using StencilGirl Stencils to Create an Intuitive Painting

My Process:
I use stencils to jump start creativity. The quality and variety of StencilGirl® Products makes this process even more enjoyable. This project is painted with acrylics and then the ornament shapes are carved out with gesso and further embellished with water soluble pencils/crayons. 

Carol Spohn is a watercolor/mixed media artist and instructor from Saint Paul Minnesota where she lives with her husband Cozzie and two cats. Carol recently retired to be a full time artist and instructor. She is a popular instructor at painting conventions and art retreats, sharing her joy of painting with students throughout the country.

Carol believes everyone has a creative spirit and her classes are a perfect opportunity to learn techniques enabling students to nurture their skills. Her philosophy is to embrace the joy and not make art so hard. Make one decision at a time and see where that leads you.
Carol Spohn
Watercolorist and Instructor

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Washi and Watercolor, Collage, Inks, & a Homage to Vets by StencilClub Voices

Hello and welcome! What do you see in the abstract shapes and patterns of this StencilClub set and what will those visions lead you to create?

Our wonderful StencilClub Voices, Geri Beam, Tricha Hartman, Amy Vetter, (and me) broke out watercolors, acrylics, and our imaginations to collage, paint, ink, and washi our merry way with Mary Beth Shaw's Private Collection. 

Geri Beam's Computer Bug & Watercolor

Geri found these stencils to be versatile. When she first saw them, she thought about circuit boards and computers and also saw the flowers and twigs. 

This first piece is called Computer Bug

Geri says, "This was done on black paper using Tim Holtz Oxide Spray.  I put a layer of gel medium down on the places where I wanted the "chips" and circuits so that they would appear black.  I then rubbed the surface with oxide inks.  Once it was dry I used the stencil and a baby wipe to wipe away parts and pieces. I used Sharpie water-based paints to color the 'bug' with his bug eyes.  Needless to say, I had a fun time doing this project."

"The next piece is my first watercolor painting. I used the stencil to color with watercolor paint and then dabbed away the excess water. I started with the flowers from the stencil. Next, I added the grass at the bottom using the other part of the large stencil. I am happy that my first watercolor turned out. Couldn't have done it without the stencil."

Geri loves the versatility of this club set. She used alcohol ink dropped over the stencil. When it dried she cleaned the stencil with alcohol and pressed it onto watercolor paper.

Tricha Hartman's Memories Painting

All the little details in this collage are quite enjoyable!

Amy Vetters' Veteran's Day Poppies

Amy says, "I played with gelatin prints for quite a while before I finally settled on using this one for a background. It is a gelatin monoprint background with acrylic paint, then stenciled over with more paint for details and embellished with a black Sharpie and white Posca pen. It was a little bit of a struggle [abstracts], but we need to expect that with art. It does not always come easy. But worth it."

"Veteran's Day Poppies" November 11, 2019. By Amy Vetter, Roseburg, Oregon.

Carol Baxter's Washi Tape

Carol says, "A few years ago Kiala Givehand made washi with removable first-aid tape. (You can see it here.)

"I have had a roll or two sitting in a drawer for far too long and it called to me when I sat looking at the abstract December StencilClub set.

Armed with stencils, butcher paper (the shiny side), a paper trimmer, tape, and paint, I spent an afternoon making a dozen different 7ish by 7ish inches sheets of washi. I cut the tape in different widths and added Avery Label round stickers for good measure. Later, while half-watching TV, I doodled with pens to complete the tape. 

"Here are a few of the sheets, ready for art collage, card making, or gifting to an art friend."

The negative to using butcher paper is not being able to easily see the washi strips or dots.

Watch Mary Beth's Reveal of her Private Collection set right here.

Sign up for StencilClub here and get all the extra perks: a loyalty coupon, video & pdf, access to the secret group on FB, and more!

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Wrap up the year with stencils from Mary Beth's Private Collection!

Mary Beth is back with Abstract, Hand-Drawn Patterns for StencilClub this December!

Randomly fun marks, patterns she saw in Greece, areas that are part-stencil/part mask, whirlygigs, and wavy lines.

What do you see and what will you make?

Mary Beth's exclusive to StencilClub members project/technique is: A SECRET until December 15th!

StencilClub comes with lots of extra perks in addition to the project/technique video you get:

  • PDF
  • Loyalty coupon code
  • Opt-in to be part of the StencilClub Group on FaceBook - we have so much fun! There are swaps and inspiration, and lots of sharing going on.
  • Members can order past club sets.
  • Access to all the past club project videos!

You can sign up and join the art revelry here. StencilClub ships out on the 15th of the month.