Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Stenciled Sea Inspired Tea Towels

Welcome to StencilGirl Artist June Pfaff Daley!!! June is here today to show you what she did with her two new stencils that were released TODAY!!! 

                                               Sea Urchin                             Sand Dollars

Sea Inspired Tea Towels
by June Pfaff Daley

Last August, I designed my first batch of sea stencils for Stencil Girl. Since then, I’ve been anxious to follow up with some additions to the collection. Today I am proud to debut Sea Urchin and Sand dollar stencils. If you’ve walked into any home store lately, it’s quite clear that ocean-inspired décor is hot. Check out Pottery Barn…shells, starfish and the like are everywhere. The great thing about stencils is you can make your own home décor less expensively and tailor to match your favorite color palette. Last August, I showed you how to make a variety of sea pillows. (Click here for the post Today, I’m going an easier route with tea towels. Tea towels are simple and quick to whip up. They make great gifts especially for Mother’s Day and/or end-of-year teacher gifts.

huck towel fabric
fabric paint
stencil brush
coordinating thread
sewing machine

 1. Cut a 15” x 22” rectangle from the huck towel fabric.
2. Position fabric over a sheet of paper to prevent any bleed through on surface below.
3. Plan design with stencils. With painters tape, tape off any areas of the stencil you do not want to paint.
4. Using fabric paint and a stencil brush, stencil your design on the fabric. Be sure the paint is of a thicker consistency to prevent bleed through.

5. Let  dry. When design is dry. Iron the back side of fabric to set the paint.
6. Fold edges of towel over twice ¼” all the way around back of towel and pin. Include a piece of ribbon in the upper right hand corner for hanging.

7. Sew edge.

8. Enjoy!

Today's Deal of the Day over at StencilGirl Products the is Seashells stencils 
that I also used in this project!

June Pfaff Daley is a mixed media artist who creates with everything from wood to fabric. She enjoys transforming thrift store treasures and favors whimsical motifs. June resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with three fantastic kids, one supportive husband and two charming cats. Visit her website.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

1700's Building Texture

Welcome all!

Paula Phillips aka JournalArtista here.  I am so happy to share with you my page using the 1700's Building Stencil  designed by the awesome Carolyn Dube.

My page started out with a layer of brown paint with a few napkins collaged on top.  I then chose this technique to apply the Golden Light Molding Paste:

I should have left the page at that, but I decided to add some deep purple.  Way too dark!  I dry brushed a bit of gesso to tone down the darkness, shown here:

I then added black marker to outline the edges of the light molding paste, using my finger to smudge a bit.

Happier with the way the texture pop'ed, I added a bit of yellow paint in the window openings.

Don't give up when you think something is too dark!  Just add a bit of gesso and work through those uglies!

Much Love,

Monday, April 28, 2014

NEW Stencil Release Blog Hop with Seth Apter

Welcome the StencilGirl Products
 Blog Hop 
NEW Releases 
StencilGirl Artist
We are thrilled to announce 3 new 6" x 6" stencils from Seth Apter! So excited that we decided to have a Blog Hop to CELEBRATE!!!
Here is a look at the designs:

To celebrate even further we have a special Deal of the Day over on the 
Get all three of Seth's ORIGINAL stencils for one low price! 

Go HERE to get yours!!!

So now that we told you about the celebration! 
It is time to HOP! 
Before you go, how about a 
Congratulations to:
Ain't No Ninny and Meme!

Want to win a set of Seth's new release stencils?

TWO lucky winner's will each receive a set of Seth's NEW release stencils!!!
All you have to do is leave us a comment below telling Seth how you would use his new stencils! All comment's left throughout the hop are eligible for the drawing--the more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to be a WINNER!

Of course we would LOVE if you would "like" us on Facebook and follow us on Google+, Pinterest and Bloglovin but not required. GIVEAWAY comments will close on Sunday, May 4th at 11:59PM Central Time!

Blog Hop Order

Friday, April 25, 2014

Mixed Media Mini Album

Mixed Media Mini Albums -

Hey everyone, it's Michael.  I have two big problems with today's post.  One is my video and the lack of bells and whistles in it.  But, when I have time, I will work on my future editing skills. 

If you cannot see the video, or if your browser does not take you directly to the video - CLICK HERE!

And the second problem is that - this mini album is totally addicting!!  Once you make one, you are going to want to make them over and over.  No, really, I have made a stack of these minis!! 

Before you go.....the Circle 9 stencil that I used in my book is also the Deal of the Day over at StencilGirl Products today!

Supplies used in my video - 

White Cardstock or Watercolor Paper
Dylusions Sprays by Ranger in Fresh Lime, Calypso Teal, Lemon Zest, Bubblegum Pink, and Squeezed Orange
Ruler, X-Acto Knife, Bone Folder, and Self Healing Cutting Mat

I cannot wait to see what you guys make.  

Hugs - 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Around The World!

Hi! Mary Nasser here to show you what I did with my two newest StencilGirl designs – 


The Around the World Latitude stencil is the Deal of the Day over at StencilGirl Products!

I loved working with Walnut Hollow products in January and knew I wanted to work with their wood products again
to create a triptych using both stencils on round surfaces.
First, I painted two coats of white gesso onto a 14" gallery clock, allowing the gesso to dry completely between coats.

I drew an 8” circle in the center by tracing my stencil.
I painted this circle with cobalt turquoise acrylic and the surrounding area with copper acrylic.
Once this dried, I placed my Around the World Longitude stencil on the cobalt turquoise circle.
Then I used an ink sweeper to apply heavy body turquoise green acrylic to the stencil. 

Any paint that went outside the stencil, I easily removed with a baby wipe.

I applied two coats of white gesso to my two 8" Circle Plaques from Walnut Hollow.
Then I painted on a layer cobalt teal acrylic. I placed the Around the World Latitude stencil on one plaque and Around the World Longitude on the other, and using another ink sweeper, carefully pounced cobalt turquoise acrylic through the stencils.

To finish the clock, I used my Fiskars Round 'n Round Squeeze Punches on vintage maps:
the extra-large to punch 
2" circles from maps of bodies of water,
the large to cut 1.5" circles from a map of the moon.
Finally, I used the medium to cut 1" circles around an N, S, W, and E that I had printed onto pale blue paper.
I arranged and layered these with PVA glue.

The very last step was adding on the clock movement and gold clock hands from Walnut Hollow.

Below is a detail of the clock:

These three pieces are going on a wall in my living room!
Be sure to go check out my quick DIY map painting tutorial with Around the World Longitude here
and all my Gelli plate print fun with Around the World Latitude here, too!

I hope I’ve inspired you to try your StencilGirl stencils in new ways!
Wishing you all the best,

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

StencilGirl Guest Designer Tesia Blackburn

 Guest Designer

If you cannot see the video, please click HERE.

You can find Tesia's book, Acrylic Painting with Passion, on Amazon HERE.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bamboo Wall for a Background

Julie Snidle here to tell you how much fun you can have with 

Cecilia Swatton's wonderful Bamboo Wall 

stencil from StencilGirl Products.

This is what my stencil looked like after a couple of hours of making backgrounds.  I like how the bamboo design provides stripes that can be used both vertically and horizontally.

Although I used the same process for each or these backgrounds, I enjoyed seeing the variety that was produced by just changing paint color.

 These backgrounds were all created on 140 pound hot press (smooth) watercolor paper.  First, paint the paper with your choice of Golden's heavy body acrylic paint.  Let dry.  Then cover that with a layer of their fluid acrylics in a color that will contrast or compliment the base color.  While the fluid acrylic is still wet, place the stencil on top and wipe with a damp cloth or baby wipe.

It was fun trying different color combinations.

The pages I was working on were about 9x12" and the stencil is 6x6",  so I just moved the stencil around.  The more I played, the wilder my backgrounds.  Where's the bamboo?

This stencil offers so much more than bamboo!

Want to get your own bamboo stencil?
It is the Deal of the Day over at 
StencilGirl Products!