Wednesday, November 4, 2020

StencilClub Voices take on the latest Mash-up!

Hello Stencil Lovers!

Today on StencilGirl Talk our StencilClub Voices are taking on the Mary Beth Shaw Kristie Taylor Mash-Up Set for November 2020.

You'll get inspired by: 
  • a positively yummy mixed media art journal spread by Christy Anne - lots of little details in this one to catch your eye, 
  • a beautifully stitched journal by Carolyn McGown - if you haven't combined sewing with stencils, this will make you want to give it a try, 
  • a ragdoll cat,
  • and a nature journal filled with stenciled papers by Dee Spillane that is simply begging to be filled - you'll be inspired to take a walk and gather some fall leaves.

Christy Anne's Mixed Media Art Journal Spread


I chose to use one of the smaller of November’s set because it reminded me of direction. This whole layout was inspired by my inability to find a sense of direction in 2020. The faces represent my expressionless wandering about and the small stencil immediately looked like they were pointing to something. 

Carolyn McGowan's Cat and Stitched Journal

My name is Carolyn McGowan and I am a mixed media artist from Cincinnati, Ohio.  I am excited to be selected for the StencilGirl StencilClub Voices for the November 2020 designs and have created two projects using the designs. 

I love making tone on tone patterns for backgrounds. In my art journal, I used Liquitex red gesso as a base color and Liquitex Basics Cadmium Orange Hue acrylic paint stenciled through the large 9X12 design allowing the paint to pool in areas for added visual texture.  Since the orange is semi-translucent, the effect is subtle, providing a nice base for my page. I paper painted my ragdoll cat for the focal point and in case you are wondering, his tail really is that big! 

For my second project, I incorporated sewing and stenciling making a traveler’s notebook cover.

Using a denim page cut from the Dina Wakley blue journal, I stenciled a combination of the 4 and 6-inch stencils using white, fuchsia, and yellow acrylic paints.

Sewing over the lines of the stenciled patterns repeatedly while also changing the stitch selection provided visual and physical texture. A free-motion foot helps by allowing me to sew in all directions (typically this is used in embroidery and quilting). 

Final touches were added such as eyelets and twine to hold the signatures and a ribbon and snap to keep the journal pages secure.

I hope you enjoy creating with these great designs as much as I have.

Dee Spillane's Nature Journal

Hi, Dee here. I am honored to be part of November StencilClub Voices. Boy, do I love them. The 4-inch stencil reminded me of a quilt pattern from many many years ago. I tried to remember how to turn it into baby blocks and urban. But I abandoned that to make a book.

First I made lots of Gelli prints and some prints with Pan Pastels.

Next, I cut the papers to 2.5 x 4.5 and folded them in half. I glued the wrong sides together to form signatures. I made covers and glued them to the first and last pages.

Now I have a tony nature journal to celebrate the season. I will add little things like leaves or other found objects and thoughts to complete it over the next month. I will keep it with me along with pens and glue so I am ready.

I hope you will try this too.

Are you ready for StencilClub? You can join right here.

Watch Mary Beth and Kristie introduce this set!

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