Wednesday, February 26, 2014

StencilGirl Guest Designer Sally Lynn MacDonald

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Hello artists! My name is Sally Lynn MacDonald and I am here to show you a mixed-media project using StencilGirl products

The finished size is a 4” x 12” canvas.

Inspired by the various sizes on the Marrakech Mix Stencil, I started by adhering various sizes of Stampbord to my canvas, using Beacon’s 3-in-1 adhesive.

I loosely taped the Marrakech Mix Stencil over my project and used a sponge dauber to apply teal ink from Quick Quotes through the stencil and onto the tiles.

I also decided to use a purple spray ink to color the canvas underneath, wiping it off of the surface of the tiles once I was satisfied with the contrasting color.

Then I used a stamp from Impression Obsession and Mixed Media Ink in Elderberry from Imagination Crafts to stamp a similar shape randomly onto the surface of the tiles, through the stencil.  Stamping on canvas is like stamping on one of those cheap folding tables – your stamp impression never hits everything.  But in this case, it is a good thing.  I only want some of the image to come through, as seen on this detail.

I then used a Gelli Arts plate to create an alcohol ink surface onto which I applied the Marrakech Mix Stencil.  I pulled off the stencil and applied it to my project, now getting the negative space inked up as well with a marbled ink pattern.  I will be posting a video about this specific technique on my blog later this week.

Because the tiles are Stampbord, a clay surface, I used a stylus to scratch off around some of the stamped shapes and outline the stenciled shapes randomly over the entire project for contrast.

Next, I warmed up the clay surface of the Stampbord tiles using a heat embossing tool.  I then quickly applied encaustic medium with a hake brush over the surface of the tiles and the spaces in-between on the canvas.  Once it cooled, I heated up the encaustic medium to fuse it to the surface thoroughly and smooth out the application.

The encaustic medium, once cooled, is an excellent surface on which to use Pan Pastels.  So next I placed the Wrought Iron Gate Stencil over the project and applied the Copper Metallic Pan Pastel through the stencil and onto the tiles.

During the application of the Copper Pan Pastel, some of the medium fell in-between the tiles.  I love the combination of copper and purple, and so I quickly zapped it with a heat tool to fuse it all together.

I wanted to apply the word, “commitment” to my project, but I didn’t want to have to brush over an entire tile with encaustic medium again.  As luck would have it, there were a couple drops of medium on my craft sheet.  I loosened them from the sheet and placed on top of my word, and zapped it with the heat gun. While it was still hot, I used tweezers to pick it up and place it on the canvas.

I edged the word and my keyhole embellishment with the Quick Quotes teal-colored ink that I used throughout the project to unify the pieces and adhered it, and a key to the tiles with Beacon’s 3-in-1 adhesive.

I hope you enjoyed this project.  I had a wonderful time making it and employing the stencils in a variety of ways and with several different mediums. I also have a video showing how I made this on my personal blog today.

Sally Lynn MacDonald


  1. AHHHHHHHmazing!!!! A lot of steps but totally worth it. Love it!

    1. :) - I can never complete anything in 3 steps or less. But it's too much fun to stop!

  2. Nice job, Sally Lynn. I love this 'mosaic' effect :) Thank you so much.

  3. They look like tiles. Excellent project.

    1. Once the encaustic was added, they really did POP like glazed tiles. Then the Pan Pastels gave them even more depth and I was really happy with how it turned out.

  4. Your creation is FANG-dang-TASTIC!! Do you think I like it? I LOVE it!

  5. Lovely modular piece, Sally! Love the blue!!

  6. Love this Sally Lynn. Using the tiles takes this to a whole new level.

    1. Thanks, Seth. I have so many of them, and suddenly it just seemed like the perfect surface to work with.

  7. Your process is fascinating Sally! I read every word! Thanks for sharing. Great result!


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