Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May 2016 StencilClub Inspiration!

Our team created very different projects with this month's StencilClub stencils, "In the Garden" designed by Teri Stegmiller.

See for yourself :

Hi! Mary Nasser here to share
what I've been creating with the May 2016 StencilClub stencils!

I'm having fun using them inside and outside my art journals!

The mini 4" x 4" stencil is SUPER for creating textured backgrounds!
After applying a layer of white gesso onto my DLP 2015 journal cover,

I added layers of pink and blue acrylics through this mini stencil everywhere!

Once that dried, I added black gesso to create the number 2015 repeatedly.
Lastly, I added a variety of adhesive labels!

I left the back cover with just the background because I loved it so much!
Below is a detail:

I also had fun playing with the medium 6" x 6" stencil inside my art journal.
For this art journal spread, I used the medium stencil on my Gelli Arts plate
and created a monoprint that I collaged onto the pages!

Below is a detail:

You are going to love these stencils!!

Janet Here...My Turn!
Just a quick visit showing you what I did
with a spread in my Daily last month...

Both the 4x4 and the 6x6 were used here. 
Along with Mary Beth's numbers from StencilClub's December 2015 Stencils
and Lizzie Mayne's Aztec Sun Stencil.

The 4x4 makes a nice textured border below.

And I squeezed in a small canvas as a gift for a friend....

I used all 3 sizes of stencils on this one.

As well as Carolyn Dube's Jumbo Vintage Typewriter Stencil for the BE.

I went for a more 'painterly' style on that flower border.
It's so much fun to play!
Hope you will enjoy playing with these
May StencilClub stencils by Terri Stegmiller.

Carol chiming in.

Terri Stegmiller's stencil designs for May StencilClub are sunny and sweet that I want to carry around the happy feeling they give me. 
I always have a notebook to scribble down ideas so I grabbed a blank one that started out with an orange cover. Took forever for the gesso to dry. Maybe next time I will just work with the notebook color but I am pleased with how this garden grew. 

I used markers on the pink flowers and for the stamens on the yellow flowers. I have mechanical crayons from Faber Castell -- I used them around the orange circular ones and the body of of the yellow flowers. Just a little dimension. 

No one in my writing group is going to mistake this notebook for theirs.

Next up, it's Gwen with my take on this month's fabulous StencilClub collection; I loved them as soon as I took them out of the package. I had visions of doing something wonderfully Spring-like with bright colors and maybe a bit of whimsy. So naturally, I did the exact opposite. LOL. I was taking an online class from Andy Skinner and couldn't resist using this month's stencils for that project. The bright and whimsical stuff will come soon, but for now, we're going a bit darker and grungier.

I took the technique that I was learning in class and used it to make the cover for a new handmade art journal. This one is a 6"x8" codex bound book and I can't wait to use it!

If you look closely at the cover, you can see that I used the 9x12 stencil in the foundation - it's subtle, but this technique just wouldn't have looked good without all of the texture I got from the stencil showing through the holes on top. 

I added a little Inka Gold to really highlight the texture - it's a little hard to work it into the nooks and crannies... I'm probably going to keep playing at getting that just right. 

One of my favorite things about using stencils in my work is how they can really be a crucial part of the design without most people even realizing that you used a stencil! I also love the versatility... who would have thought that stencil would work so perfectly with this style?

You can also see where I used the 4x4 stencil to cover the spine of my book - it really was the perfect complement and worked great to tie the covers together into a cohesive whole. 

The back cover gave a little nod to my original intentions with these stencils... I love how the flowers from the 6x6 work along the bottom.

A little close-up so you can see how they worked into my collage.

That's it for me this month, thanks Terri for another month of awesome designs! I can't wait to use these some more!

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  1. Wonderful projects and specially the black journal cover ,loved how the colorful bg pops through 2016 against black gesso !

    1. I mean the numbers 2015 ,sorry for the typo !

  2. Wow, they are all awesome!! Thank you for the inspiration. Can't wait to get mine in the mail. :)

  3. I love Terry's designs. This is so fun. Can't wait to play.

  4. So much inspiration here. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome projects. It's always so much fun to see how everyone uses the designs.

  5. All of the projects are beautiful !! Can't wait to get my stencils ❤️❤️

  6. Some very different projects but love them. The pink and blue is so bright and striking Mary - will brighten our winter in Australia. But also loved the Andy Skinner inspired journal - I have taken this course as well Gwen and loved it (he is so talented). Thanks to all of you for the inspiration. Kxoxo


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