Wednesday, December 9, 2020

StencilClub Voices take on the Block Printing Set

Our fabulous Voices, Christy Anne, Carolyn McGowan, and Dee Spillane each looked at the Block Printing, the Stencil Club Set for December in a different way. There are art journaling spreads and an upcycled project to inspire you!

Christy Anne's Art Journal

This layout is called It’s OK to be fact, Refuse to be Ordinary! 

I used Graphite Texture Paste by Finnabair to lay December’s StencilClub images down. Check out the shimmering texture paste: 

3 Art Projects by Carolyn McGowan

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 December 2020 designs and have created a few projects: a journal page, art journal cover and upcycled container for storage. 

One of my goals, is to improve my ability to paint faces. Following a tutorial by Dina Wakley, I started the page by stenciling the large 9X12 design all over using aqua green and dioxazine purple. This ends up being the hair once the face, neck, and background are painted. I made a tiara using the 6x6 stencil with silver embossing powder. Faces are hard, but still fun to do!

I like to customize the covers of my art journals… mostly because I am messy so it’s usually the last thing I do once a journal is full. This cover was inspired by a paper towel that was used to clean up. It was too pretty to throw away, so I glued it around the spine of my journal. To finish, I painted one side white and stenciled using magenta and dioxazine purple with some white gesso.  The other side started with a dark background and has layers of the 9X12 and 4X4 stencils. 

Lastly, I upcycled a Cascade container to be used for storage in my studio.  I like repurposing items rather than adding to the landfill.  I was inspired by the blue and white pottery found in Chinese vases and plates using ultramarine blue and the 9x12 stencil to create a border along with the StencilGirl Chinese Garden - Koi stencil as my focal point. I made my first YouTube video if you would like to watch the process:

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


Dee Spillane's Star Book

Hi, Happy Holidays. I decided to do a festive star book with the Block Printing set for December StencilClub.

I used non-traditional colors to create my patterned papers using the Block Print Stencils and my Gelli Plate, then I cut the papers to size.

Here are my covers:

Viola! A beautiful book to hang like a star ornament or leave open on your coffee table.



  • I used Seth Apter's IZink Ice through stencils. Excellent as texture paste. 
  • I taped over the number on the stencil as the first print showed it. 😁
  • I am messy, imperfect, and quirky so my alignment and messy backgrounds are so me. I admire precision but it's just not me.  
  • Be careful to test your paint and papers. I had a bit of a mess from my fluid acrylic bleeding into the paper texture.  
  • Use family photos for the front pages for everyone to enjoy.
  • Star Book instructions. (I found this easy to follow.)

What will you create?

Watch Jill reveal the set she created.

Join StencilClub by 12/15/20 and get this exclusive club set sent to you along with access to the project video and pdf Jill created just for members, and you can be part of our art community on Facebook. We have so much fun sharing! 



  1. Christy, Carolyn, and Dee did such a great job with all the projects. I am so inspired and in we by their work.

  2. Beautiful projects here, ladies - thank you for the inspirations!


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