Monday, July 27, 2020

StencilGirl® A to Z Collaboration and Challenge

Hello!  Tina Walker here today with my latest StencilGirl® Column post.  I'm all about collaborations and you WILL want to STOP, grab a cup of your favorite beverage, and click through all of the amazing journals highlighted in this post.  This project has been many months in the making and I am sure you will love the end result(s).  These artists live and breath art journaling and LOVE StencilGirl® stencils and are inspired by using them in fun and creative ways.

Here's the idea behind the challenge: Create 26 art journal spreads or pages, each one inspired by each letter of the alphabet, A to Z. But, here's the twist. Each person created their 26 pages using a theme and no two people used the same theme on their pages.  Themes can be as simple as: using the letter as inspiration for a color or using the letter as inspiration for a (specific) range of objects.

Right?  I told you this was the mother of all challenges!

I asked each artist to share either their favorite spread in their journal, or a short 'flip through' video of their completed pages.  Let's check 'em out! (Be sure to click each person's name.  For those who also blogged about their process, you will be transported to their space for more details.)


Deb's theme is 'Inspirational Words'.

Deb used over 44 stencils in her journal, but here are just a few of her favorites:


Linda's theme is 'New Age'. 

Linda also used many many stencils in her journal, but here are a few of her favorites.
Sacred Feminine
StencilClub Sept 2019
Pilgrimage to India
StencilClub Nov 2019
Eve - A Modern Women


Nina's theme is 'Exploration in Texture'

There is a MANY STENCIL theme going, and Nina used multiple stencils as well.  Here are a few of her favorites.


Janet's theme is 'Quotes'.

Part One

Part Two

Janet used the following stencils on the background of each page, besides a multitude of other stencils on each individual spread)
Ancient Marks
Circles Circles
Square Off
Square On


Tracy's theme is 'Cities'.  Here's a peek at her favorite page and stencil(s) used on that page.

StencilClub Nov 2017
Now Is The Time


Glenda's theme is 'Vegetables'.  Here favorite page from her journal is 'Leeks'.

One of Glenda's Favorite stencils is:

River Rocks


Josefine's theme is 'Authors'.  So creative!

Josefine's favorite stencils are:
Spirit Swirl
ATC MixUp Dube
Artistic Muse Card 2
Math Man


Sara's theme is 'Natural Wonders'.

Sara's favorite stencils are:
Ripple Effect
Alligator Bark
Symmetrical Waves
Spring Garlic


Marsha's theme is 'Ordinary Things - Pandemic Edition'

One of her favorite pages is letter 'B' - for Black Lives Matter.

She used the following stencils on this page:
Floral Frolics
Mosaic Flowers
Open Ended Alphabet


Martha's theme is 'Emotions/Feelings'

Some of Martha's Favorite stencils are:
Art Deco Fairview
Loose Women #2
ATC MixUp Apter
Create Face
Chinese Garden Buddha


Ann's theme is 'A to Z Patterns' - and you do NOT want to miss this journal. Hop on over to her blog (click her name to see the entire journal)

Some of the stencils she used to make this extraordinary journal include:
ATC MixUp Apter #2
ATC MixUP Toadstool
ATC MixUp Apter
Rectangles Mini Printmaking


Michele's theme is 'What makes me happy'.  ♥

Michele used the following stencil on each page.
Vintage Typewriter Lower Case

Whew!  Now that is some amazing inspiration and I am digging how each person used their theme to create interesting and unique pages. I have said it a thousand times before, but hosting collaborations really brings happiness to my soul.  Just seeing the inspiration and creativity fills my heart with joy, and hearing the stories of encouragement and positivity is really what this is all about.

I also participated and created a video sharing all 26's a peek. ♥

Stencils Used:
Jumbo Vintage Typewriter Alphabet
Vintage Typewrite Alphabet Stencil
Alpha Jumble Large
Hip To Be Square Small Alphabet
Whimsy Script
Bullet Planner
Flourish Alphabet Uppercase
Art Deco Alphabet
Celtic Alphabet
Open Ended

Want to join in the fun and create your own journal from A to Z?  Feel free to use any of the themes highlighted here or use the prompts I shared.  It's a great way to try new artist mediums without the fear of messing up.  As I mentioned in my video, some of the new products will find their way back into my journal pages.  Below is a list of the products (and inspiration) for each letter.

A - Alcohol Ink
B - Black Gesso
C - Crackle Paint
D - Distress Dye Ink
E - Embossing Powder
F - Frisket Film
G - Glass Bead Gel
H - Highlighters
I - Ink
J - Japanese Paper
K - Kraft Stickers
L - Lindy's Spray
M - Modeling Paste
N - Neocolors II
O - Oil Pastels
P - Pan Pastels
Q - Quinacridone Paint
R - Rice Paper
S - Stabilo All Pencil
T - Transfer Paper
U - Uhu Glue
V - Vellum
W - Watercolors
X - X Acto Knife
Y - Yupo Paper
Z - Zig Markers

As always, thank you for stopping by!  I hope we inspired you today to create your own A to Z journal!

Be safe and well.



  1. Seriously fantastic work by all!!

  2. Spectacular work! Thank you all for sharing!

  3. Amazing journals one and all, can't wait to pop around to see the details. Thanks for the opportunity to join in the fun Tina! Deb xo

  4. I really enjoyed seeing these journals. Such diversity and imagination thanks for sharing

  5. What an amazing and wonderful collaboration! You artists made a terrific commitment when agreeing to come up with 26 themed pages, and you were tremendously successful. Some of these are absolutely wonderful! Thanks to Tina for thinking of the collaboration, and to the artists for all of the exciting and generous inspiration!

  6. Some of these journals just "spoke to me". I left comments on some, but was a tad disappointed that I wasn't able to comments on Glenda's Vegetable Journal. Please pass on to her that I really really liked how she showed each page & her work didn't seem overly complex to me, which gives me hope that I may some day indulge my desire to try journaling using mixed media. Thanks so much for this super collaboration!

  7. Hi Teri S. I have updated my blog to allow comments from All for a while. Let me explain. I was getting a lot of anonymous notes so I limited my blog a few years ago. Please feel free to comment if you would like. I am so glad that my work gives you hope that you will try journaling with mixed media. Have a wonderful day.

  8. Oh, my goodness! Such talent! I'm going to watch every single one of these videos!


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