Wednesday, November 22, 2017

November 27 Cyber Sale on My Stencils!

 Stencil sale coming on Monday!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Cyber Monday Stencil Sale -- Mark Your Calendar!

 Stencil sale coming on Monday!

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Everyone Loves a Christmas Gift Made with Love

My gift-making project ends with a stencil-decorated flower pot, but I decided to first work my way up to decorating on the pot.

So I did a test on foil paper.  Foil papers are great for use with stencils, even the slightly embossed foil papers that I found in my stash.

On a purple sheet of foil, I used metallic white paint with a Sofft Sponge to apply paint thru my 9"X12" stencil Boxed Vines.

Above:  Boxed Vines stencil is taped into place over the foil.  

Above:  Metallic white paint has been applied.

I wasn't thrilled with my results ... too messy-looking.

So, turning to the flower pot itself, I switched to a different medium -- spray.  Lots of spray paints would work for this, including the kinds that come in ready-to-use cans.  

But for this project, I chose to use acrylic inks and my Pat Dews mouth atomizer.  (Clicking on this link, you can watch a demo showing how to use this atomizer, which is sold online at Cheap Joe's Art Supplies.)

My flower pot is 5" in diameter -- I don't recommend trying to use this stencil on anything smaller.  The horizontal top section --

-- of Boxed Vines is exactly the right size to use twice on a 5-in. diameter flower pot.

 With masking tape, I secured the stencil to the flower pot.

Above:  back view of upside-down flower pot, stencil attached.

Above:  front view of right-side up flower pot, stencil attached.

First, I sprayed with green acrylic ink.

When that layer had dried, I sprayed a top layer of metallic blue acrylic ink.

Once this second layer was dry, I peeled off the stencil and re-applied it to the other side of the pot; then I repeated the double layer of sprays. 

While I had the spraying gear out, I used it on the foil sheet mentioned earlier, spraying lightly over the original stenciled pattern.  The spray did the trick -- concealing the messy look that I hadn't liked ...

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Cut apart, the two panels above will work well in an art journal, maybe even on the journal cover, as topmost embellishments -- because that foil background adds pizzazz. 

Below is the finished flower pot.

 And the catch-all paper from beneath the flower pot turned out to be pretty enough to keep --

-- for a future art project.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Rainbow Art Created with 9" x 12" Stencil CLUSTERED LEAVES

An artist who goes by "@jadanchik" has created artwork in vibrant bold stunning rainbow colors, using StencilGirl stencils.  I'm delighted that one of these glowing creations was made with my 9" x 12" stencil Clustered Leaves.

The stencil itself looks like this:

Clustered Leaves 9" x 12" stencil

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

WROUGHT IRON GATE, a 9" x 12" Stencil with Outside-the-Box Applications

My 9" x 12" stencil Wrought Iron Gate has turned out to be good for more than a background pattern.

After making the print below --

-- I cut out a vertical strip and turned it into a birthday candle for the greeting card shown below.  (If I'd used different colors, it could have become a Christmas candle on a different greeting card.)

In making that candle, I noticed something that had escaped my attention before:  hearts!

It had been easy to freehand cut out a candle, because of the vertical lines that are part of the design.

But within those vertical lines were hearts -- one upside- down, atop another right-side-up, in vertical columns.

So I cut out several hearts and used them in collages on new greeting cards, shown below.

Above:  This heart from Wrought Iron Gate is collaged onto a background print made with my 6" x 6" stencil Sassy Spray.

What to do with leftover scraps? One answer was to trim the top and bottom edges of a journal cover that I had already imprinted with my 6" x 6" stencil Ornamental Iron Curls...

Above:  the journal cover before scraps were added.

Above:  the journal cover after the scraps were glued into place.

To give you an idea of scale, this journal is small enough to be carried in a purse.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Part 2 -- Stenciled Art Prints by Mary Ann Russo

Here are five more prints made by my friend Mary Ann Russo.  Enjoy!

Above:  This print was made on pre-printed paper with Swaying Grasses stencil, measuring 6" x 6".

The stunning red prints above and below were made with my 9" x 12" stencil Marbles.  This stencil also comes in a 6" x 6" version.

Above:  Mary Ann made this print with Trivet C stencil, which is 6" x 6".

Above:  This antiqued piece of collage paper was created with vintage papers that Mary Ann sandwiched between two sheets of art tissue, held together with matte medium.  After staining the paper tan, she used brown paint to made an imprint with my 9" x 12" stencil Vintage Script.
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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Today's Edition of StencilGirl Talk -- 3D Art for Christmas Mini-Gifts -- Made with Stencils

Honored to be featured in today's post here!

A sneak-peek --

Click here for step-by-step photos and directions in using stencils to make journal covers.  The two journals I made are mini-sized gifts for Christmas stockings. 

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Mary Ann Russo's Stenciled Art Prints, Part 1

My friend Mary Ann Russo has let me borrow more of her stenciled art prints so I can show them here, before she cuts and rips them into pieces for collage.  Many thanks, Mary Ann!

Above:  Made with 9" x 12" Clustered Leaves Stencil (which has been cut free of its original outer frame.)

Above:  Made with 9" x 12" Clustered Leaves Stencil (which has been cut free of its original outer frame.)

Above:  This art print was made with Marblesa 9" x 12" stencil that also comes in 6" x 6". 

Above:  This art print was made with Pavilion Shadows, a 6" x 6" stencil.

The art print above was made with the 6" x 6" stencil Ski Lift Works.

Thank you for visiting my blog!  My next post will show more art prints by Mary Ann Russo.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

LOOPY LADDERS, 9" x 12" Stencil at

Loopy Ladders, one of my favorite stencils, has found its way into the talented hands of my friend Mary Ann Russo.  The first two photos below showcase Mary Ann's cool-green prints made with this stencil --

Note:  Mary Ann made the above print on pre-printed paper.

Likewise, I've made new prints with this stencil...

Above:  (gray foreground)-- 9" x 12" Loopy Ladders Stencil ... (pink background) 9" x 12" Mimosa Stencil (on pre-printed paper)

The photo above, as well as the photo below, show Loopy Ladders used on stretched canvas. 

Below, Loopy Ladders was used in creating the background print (brown.)  Later, with orange acrylic paint, I added a foreground with Ornamental Iron Curls Stencil (6" x 6".)  The latter stencil has been cut free from its original frame.  

Above-- a green Loopy Ladders print on stretched canvas, overlaid with a white print made with Prayer Flags Stencil (both stencils are 9" x 12".) 

Above, today's final print was made with Loopy Ladders on pre-printed paper.

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More prints by Mary Ann Russo will be appearing here ... please stay tuned.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


Tangled Pods (9" x 12") remains one of my favorite stencils.  It's turned out to be more versatile than I had ever expected. 

Above is the collage-card I gave my husband for our last anniversary.  Because of his love for sailing, I used a nautical map as the background for the (vertical right-side) print made with blue acrylic paint and Tangled Pods (The other papers are pre-made collage papers, a gift from my sweet stepdaughter Christina.)  The heart embellishment is a crafter's wooden heart covered with a scrap of painted paper.

Below is another greeting card, this one printed with Tangled Pods on a round mini Gelli Plate.  After that print dried, I framed it with a few pieces cut from the stencil itself, which had become stained during earlier art projects.  For this kind of collage, I use Pioneer Embellisment Glue Stick.  

Today's next Tangled Pods piece brings back memories of last fall's colors.  I created it on stretched canvas using a technique from the Absentee Artist chapter in the book Creative Paper Art by Nancy Welch.  This technique is also demonstrated on Pat Dews' DVD Designing Great Starts with Texture and Form, available online at Cheap Joe's Art Supplies. 

Today's last artwork, below, is a matted portfolio piece.  Its background is a sheet of Yupo drenched in blue and magenta.  The foreground is a piece of a Tangled Pods stencil that had been heavily stained during earlier projects.

Tangled Pods in its entirety looks like this--

Tangled Pods has a mirror-image stencil, Dangled Pods.  It looks like this --

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