Friday, December 4, 2015

Guest Designer Jackie P Neal: Art Tote Tutorial!

Hello everyone! My name is Jackie P Neal,
and I am honored as well as Way excited to be a guest designer here on StencilGirl Talk!
For those of you who know me, you know how I love to up-cycle,
recycle, reuse and give new life to"the less than desirable".

When I was asked to be a guest, of course I had to go check my stash aka hoard!
Instead of something from my there, I remembered that I had wanted to re-do my art tote!
and so it began...
As you can see, my art traveling bag, needed help straight  from the beginning.
When you get something at a good price, you don't always get it in your favorite colors!

Straightaway, cover the whole bag in white gesso:

Next, my place of attack was the front bottom section.
Using Maria McGuire's Doodle It Bigger Stencil, I masked off two favorite squares.
  I stenciled these squares and then reversed the order and stenciled again.
  In the white space that was left, I used a portion of Laurie Mika's Pilgrimage To India Stencil. 
This stencil has four unique borders, so I cut it into four pieces to make it easier to use on my project.

Next came the top portion. 
The Elephant Parade Stencil by Natalie Kalbach was stenciled in the center of the bag.
 And then the stencil part was added using Dazzling Metallics paints to make it stand out.

Next, I faintly stenciled the Elephant Parade around the center elephant,
as though parading across the bag.

Pilgrimage To India was used again, this time the paisley border, on both sides. 

On the bottom what I did was to use one portion of the Pilgrimage To India  stencil, the border with the stars on it, on its edge...

Then flipped the stencil upside down...

and made the stencil appear to be connected into another design.

For the sides, I thought I would be clever and insert this mat to give shape to the pocket
for stenciling (note to oneself, stenciling works better without the mat.)

Here I used the Elephant Parade stencil and the paisley border stencil. What I did was stencil some paisleys under the mask and then change the position and stencil again with this border all the way down the inside of the elephant mask.

My finished Upcycled Art Supply tote-
  Have Art Supplies- Will Travel!



Thank you so much StencilGirl, for inviting me and thank you readers for joining me here today! Hope to see you again soon! 
Jackie ")

Jackie P Neal is a self taught mixed media artist who lives in upstate New York,
on their farmette, with her husband and Golden Retriever. 
Jackie gleans her inspiration from the nature that surrounds her
as well as artists across the internet and around the world.
Her favorites are texture and colors and she loves to try every and any technique.
You can find Jackie on her blog:
As well as on FaceBook
and feel free to join Jackie in her Google+ Community


  1. Wow -- what a great inspiration! I love what you did, especially the way you used the elephant stencil with a border stencil!

  2. Hi Girlfriend! Great creativity! I'm getting a very zen vibe from the palette and patterns chosen…perfect for an art tote!

    1. Oh Theresa! Thanks so much- and yes, I was feeling the Zen!!

  3. Hi Jackie, brilliant project. Your bloggie freind, Angela x

    1. Angela, you are a doll for stopping over!! Thank you! xo

  4. Fabulous project Jackie. so colorful and bright...just what you need for taking along fun craft supplies. Great tote!

  5. Jackie!!! That is one AWESOME project!!!! I want to go paint one of my bags now :)

    1. Maria!! Just do it! heehee Thanks o much for the fab comments and the chance to work with awesome stencil designs!! ")

  6. Jackie...this is just so super cool!! You really are so creative and this is just a great idea. Love your colors and your unique design. Love your use of the stencils. Beautiful job!

    1. Candy! Thanks so very much for your fabulous comment from one fan to another! hugs!

  7. That is WILD Jackie. You can do anything. I'm amazed at the challenge you took on and how grand the results are. Love that wandering elephant. Brilliant! So cool to see you presented here (although I'm not surprised.) Cheers-Darlene

    1. Darlene!! Stop it!!
      I have to Thank You for gifting me one of my very first StencilGirl stencils!
      huge hugs my friend!

  8. Jackie, great project. Love that you customizes your bag and the way you did it.

  9. What an amazing makeover for your art bag, Jackie - you'll always be able to spot it in a workshop! Stunning work with the stencils - just fabulous from top to bottom.
    Alison x

    1. Alison, Thanks so very much for your lovely comments- you are awesome!! xx

  10. Oh somehow I did miss this one- I love this so much - what a wonderful idea and it looks so cool! Thank you Jackie!


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