Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Countdown Starts Now!

On April 25, my new StencilGirl stencils will be introduced here!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

9" x 12" Stencils THISTLES & PRAYER FLAGS

I created this piece while taking an online class with Joan Fullerton

Part of Joan's painting process involves using stencils.  So in developing the background for today's piece, I used Prayer Flags stencil, shown here:

When it came time to build up a focal area in the painting, I chose another 9" x 12" stencil, Thistles --

-- but, rather than use the stencil as-is, with spaces between flowers and stalks, I decided I wanted an overlapping image.

So I used this stencil three times, lifting after each imprint.  After giving each imprint time to dry, I placed the stencil back onto the same area, bringing the images together ... the way they would appear if this were a bouquet being held in someone's hand.

The result:

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

3D Art with Melissa Johnson using 9" x 12" Stencil VINTAGE SCRIPT

Melissa Johnson has had a fascinating tutorial on the StencilGirl StencilTalk blog; please check it out ---

Melissa has stepped out-of-the-box to showcase how stencils can be used in 3-dimensional artwork, encouraging all of us to let our art-journal pages become springboards out into the bigger world all around us.

Among other StencilGirl stencils, Melissa chose to use one of mine, Vintage Script, measuring 9" x 12".

Below are two photos that show her finished artwork, back and front. (But don't forget to check out her full tutorial, with step-by-step photos, at the link above.) 

Above:  Melissa's artwork from the back.  Please click on this image to enlarge it.  My 9"x 12" stencil Vintage Script has been used in black across the middle of this piece; it has also been used with white paint on the upper right.
Above:  Melissa Johnson has used Vintage Script stencil in the upper left and lower right.

Vintage Script stencil itself looks like this:

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Sandra Duran Wilson with TANGLED PODS and FANTASIA

I'm delighted to post this link --

-- because I own and cherish books by Sandra Duran Wilson!  So you can imagine how delighted I was to see her using two of my 9"x 12" stencils! 

One of them, Tangled Pods, is Big Sister to Tangled Pods Small (6" x 6") -- the small version will be released April 25.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Jill McDowell with 6" X 6" stencils HERON, FERNS & OSPREY WINGS

Older artwork by StencilClub member Jill McDowell has just recently come to my attention, and I'm delighted to share it here, albeit belatedly!

In developing the first piece below, Jill has used my 6" x 6"  stencils Heron and (in the far upper right) Osprey Wings.

And in creating the collected artworks below, Jill has used a number of StencilGirl stencils, including (lower right) my 6" x 6" stencil Ferns...

... and I don't at all mind saying that what she did with  Ferns is far prettier than anything I've ever achieved with it!

In more recent art, Jill McDowell again used Osprey Wings as one of the tools to achieve her completed work, shown here --

These stencils themselves look like this --


Osprey Wings

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Welcoming Spring using Flower-themed Stencils

Although the glitter doesn't show up very well on the first art sample below, I'll launch today's post with it because making it helped in welcoming a long-awaited spring!  Before introducing the squeeze-bottle glitter-glue, I placed mt 6" x 6" stencil Budding Branches on a 6" x 6" greeting card blank and sprayed the surface with green watercolor in a mister bottle. 

Today's second piece started life as a sheet of newsprint that I was using to clean stencils after using them elsewhere.  But I liked the results, so I added a frame using the same acrylic paint and a sponge brayer.  This print was made with part of my 6" x 6" stencil Swatton Flowers Version 1 ...


In making the print below, I first covered an old encyclopedia page with a layer of Titanium White acrylic paint.  After that had dried, I used red-orange acrylic paint with my 6" x 6" stencil Silhouette of a Wildflower Bouquet.  In the very center of this image, you can see a subtle print of a flower that was an illustration in this pre-1923 encyclopedia.  (Clicking on the image below, you can enlarge it to better see detail.) 

Today's final pair of prints were made with two of my 9" x 12" stencils -- Mimosa and Thistles.  Foreign newsprint was the substrate I chose; some of its lettering is still visible in both backgrounds below --

In its entirety, Thistles looks like this --

And Mimosa Stencil in its 9" x 12" version looks like this --

(Its companion, Mimosa 6 Stencil, measures 6" x 6".)

Finally, in its entirety, Swatton Flowers Version 1 looks like this --

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Does Anyone Know? Artist who Used SASSY SPRAY 6" x 6" Stencil

Once in a while I make the embarrassing mistake of forgetting to record the name of the artist who used one of my stencils in making artwork that catches my eye with its beauty.

I'm sad to say it's happened again!

Anyone who happens to know the name of the artist whose art appears here today, please let me know, in the Comments.  Thanks!

The Sassy Spray (6" x 6") stencil itself looks like this --

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Friday, March 30, 2018


I've posted before about the fun I have when I cut up stencils that are stained from earlier art projects, then use them in collage on canvas.  Well, I've done it again ...

To create the frame on this 12" x 12" stretched canvas, I used Golden High Flow acrylics and the following stencils:

Mimosa 6 (6" x 6")

It's a Jungle Out There (9" x 12")

Prayer Flags (9" x 12")

Palm Fronds Silhouette Small (6" x 6")

I covered the central area of the canvas with a layer of Titanium White acrylic paint, to provide a bright white background for the cut-up, stained stencils.  Once the paint was dry, I used gel matte medium to add the stencil bits -- except for Palm Fronds Silhouette Small, which I used in its entirety.

With the exception of Mimosa 6the stained pieces that became collage elements are all of the stencils listed above.

The cut-up stencils used in today's post looked like this, originally --

Above (9" x 12"):  It's a Jungle Out There

Above:  Prayer Flags (9" x 12")

And Mimosa 6, used in making the border, looks like this:

Mimosa 6 measures 6" x 6" and has a big cousin measuring 9" x 12" --

Above:  Mimosa Stencil (9" x 12")

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Doodling on Stencil Prints with 6" x 6" CATS and Two Other Favorite Stencils

I don't doodle often, but when in the mood, I use stenciled prints as the basis.  I like having something already done that can work as a launching point.  Below are three pieces that have been doodled on -- none is necessarily finished, but each has reached a temporary stopping point.  My approach was to mindlessly lift a pen and just start, going in whatever direction the Spirit led me...

Above:  Trivet A (6" x 6") was the starting point for these random doodles.

Above:  This doodle started with an old map and, on it, a print made with Cats Stencil.

Above:  This doodle started with an old map and, on it, a print made with Mimosa 6 Stencil.

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

CLUSTERED LEAVES Stencil in Three Fantastic Artworks

Clustered Leaves, a 9" x 12" stencil that I've designed, has found its way into the talented hands of three artists I feature in today's post.  In these artworks, other StencilGirl stencils were also used; they can be found here.

The artwork above is a two-page journal spread by UK artist Frieda Oxenham.  I'm dazzled by the combination of images suggesting, to me, that Frieda may have developed this idea during one of her walks in the scenic countryside near her home!

Today's second image, below, is an eye-catching, eye-delighting encaustic work by Mary Marley.

The third artwork I'm featuring today comes from artist Amy Shawley Paquette --

I strongly encourage you to check out this link to follow Amy through the steps she has taken in creating the artworks above.  Well worth your time!

The Clustered Leaves stencil itself looks like this--

My sincere thanks to the three artists who chose Clustered Leaves Stencil (9" x 12") as tools in creating their masterpieces!

Note:  A more in-depth post featuring this artwork by Amy Shawley Paquette will be appearing in a future post here on my blog.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Easter Greeting Cards

Today's post features a collection of Easter greeting cards.

One of these techniques used in creating them was to (1) spread light modeling paste thru a stencil; (2) while the paste was still wet, I sprayed on liquid colors.  (3) I lifted off the stencil and right away put it into a water-filled basin.  I don't mind stencils stained with paints, but I don't want modeling paste to dry on my stencils because it can interfere with the crisp clean lines of the design.

Another technique I used was to simply spray thru the stencil itself, without using modeling paste.

Still another was to use Distress Ink pads and a brush applicator to apply this oil-based ink thru the stencil openings.  

On some cards, I added several layers of spray colors, choosing a different color each time and allowing dry time between layers.

You can click on any of the images above to enlarge them.
Today's post was created with these stencils:

Boxed Vines (9" x 12")

Budding Branches (6" x 6")

Swatton Flowers Version 1 (6" x 6")

Silhouette of a Wildflower Bouquet (6" x 6")

Pressed Leaves (6" x 6")

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Monday, March 19, 2018

FACETS and MIMOSA 9" x 12" stencils

At an estate sale, I bought an ancient set of encyclopedias -- gaining a plethora of vintage papers as well as a number of green marble-patterned end papers.
I've used of those end papers to make a print with yellow acrylic paint and my 9" x 12" stencil Facets... 

Some of those vintage pages got painted over; below is one example.  Its first coat of acrylic paint was a bright gold.  For its second layer, I again used Facets, with red paint.  After that dried, I chose a translucent white (Zinc White mixed with extra-heavy matte medium) to add a top layer with the 9" x 12" version of my Mimosa stencil (which also comes in 6" x 6".)

The Facets stencil looks like this --

-- and  the 9" x 12" Mimosa stencil looks like this --

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Friday, March 16, 2018

9" X 12" NOSEGAY Stencil with a Think Spring Theme

Spring is coming!  Let the flowers bloom -- if not yet outdoors in the garden, then indoors in the art journal!

Today's post features Nosegay, a 9" x 12" stencil, which I used on two papers, one a white-painted page from an old encyclopedia, and another a paper dyed with watered-down leftover paints.

In printing both papers, I used the quick and easy approach of loading a sponge brayer with heavy-bodied acrylic paint.

Below is an example showing the way I load the sponge brayer.

But this time, instead of running the brayer thru just one color, I ran it over several colors that I'd lined up on a disposable foam plate.

This is the way I got the multi-colored results shown above.  

Similar results could be achieved using a Gelli Plate spread with a "rainbow" of acrylic colors.

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I'm happy to say that I've designed 70 stencils for StencilGirl.  The multiple pages of my stencils start here.  You'll find lots of flower stencils included!

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