Monday, November 20, 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.  Or into a Christmas stocking!

I'm happy to say that I've designed 70 stencils for StencilGirl.  The multiple pages of my stencils start here.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

More Black-and-White Collages Made from Original Stencil Drawings

Over the summer just ended, I had the pleasure of taking an online art class under Jane Davies that focused on black-and-white art.

During that class, I posted some class-project collages that I'd created using cut-outs from drawings I'd previously developed; drawings that had become stencils.

Today's post shows two more:

Above:  Anyone familiar with my 9" x 12" stencil Loopy Ladders will recognize which part of this collage came from my original drawing.  Hint:  the original drawing was done with black pen on white paper.  But in the final stages of developing the stencil, I reversed blacks with whites.  So the stencil itself looks like this --

Loopy Ladders

Below is a collage that includes a leaf cut from my original drawing for my 9" x 12" stencil Clustered Leaves. 

Again, the cut-out above is color-reversed from the stencil itself, which looks like this --

Clustered Leaves

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Artist Louise Nelson with StencilGirl Stencils that include 6" x 6" SASSY SPRAY

Check here for a step-by-step demo first shown in StencilGirl Talk.  

Below are just a few of the photos taken by artist Louise Nelson 
as she went thru the steps of this project, developing Artist Trading Cards and other small artworks.

My thanks to Louise for having chosen -- along with other StencilGirl stencils -- my 6" x 6" stencil Sassy Spray.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Black and White Art with Stencils

This past summer I had the fun experience of taking an online class with Jane Davies, a class focused on black and white art.

Collage was the topic of one of our lessons.  Below are some of the collages I created for that class.  You can click on any of these images for enlargement, to better see details.

Above:  in the center of this piece is part of my original drawing that became the 9" x 12" stencil Clustered Leaves.  On the far left, a very small piece was made with my 6" x 6" stencil Links.

Above:  In the upper central area of this collage, I used a piece of the drawing I did when designing the 9" x 12" stencil Loopy Ladders.

Above:  The central and largest piece in this collage was made with my 6" x 6" stencil Sassy Spray.

Above:  In the upper right and again in the central right are two pieces made with my 6" x 6" stencil Links.  In the lower left is a collage piece made with my 9" x 12" stencil Blooming Where Planted.

Above:  The central collage element was made with my 6" x 6" stencil Palm Fronds Silhouette Small.  (There is a Mini version measuring 4" x 4".)

Above:  Again -- this time in the upper right, as well as in the central area -- I used collage elements printed with my 6" x 6" stencil Palm Fronds Silhouette Small.  The central area is dominated by a heart-shaped cut-out from a print made with Blooming Where Planted.  And in the upper left is a sliver of paper made with Sassy Spray.

These stencils in their entirety are shown below:

Sassy Spray

Palm Fronds Silhouette Small


Blooming Where Planted

Loopy Ladders

Clustered Leaves

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Today's Blog Post at StencilGirl Talk!

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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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

CLUSTERED LEAVES Used in a You Tube video by Kathy Adams

My 9" x 12" stencil Clustered Leaves was used in this You Tube video with the Gelli Plate to make layered backgrounds for art projects.  

The artist here is Kathy Adams -- who has joined many of us who've cut off the outside borders of this stencil, making it more versatile and (in my humble opinion) more beautiful.

Clustered Leaves -- before its rectangular border is trimmed off -- looks like this:

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Kreative Kymona and FEATHERS 6 Stencil

Please check out this issue of StencilGirl Talk featuring Kymona Tracey.  She's delighted me by using my Feathers 6 stencil on the cover of a journal --

Make It Matter strikes me as a perfect title for a journal!

To keep up with Kymona, check out the links below --

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Blessed and Thankful

Artist Lisa Dobry invites StencilGirl StencilClub Facebook members to create art according to monthly themes -- a great idea! -- and the theme for November is Blessed and Thankful.

So I gave this phrase the starring role in a piece of art --

For this piece on stretched canvas, I used these stencils:

It's a Jungle Out There (9"x 12")

Marbles 9 (9" x 12" but also comes in a6" x 6" size.)

Mimosa 6 (6" x 6" but also comes in a 9" x 12" size.)

The central area of the canvas -- its title and theme -- was the part I did first.  After sketching in the hollow letters with Inktense pencils, I painted them with water-thinned acrylic inks.  

Next, I created the border. The technique I used for that is shown and described in the Absentee Artist chapter of the book Creative Paper Art by Nancy Welch.  It's also demonstrated in Pat Dews' DVD Designing Great Starts with Texture and Form, available at Cheap Joe's Art Supplies. 

In my very last step, I re-outlined the centralized letters with watercolor pencils.

These stencils weren't used in their entirety.  Each of them had previously been to my chop-shop, where I'd customized them with scissors.
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Artist Mary Ann Russo with WEBBED MEDALLION and TIGER LILY 6" x 6" Stencils

My friend Mary Ann Russo has created gorgeous stained- glass-window artworks using my 6" x 6" stencils Tiger Lily and Webbed Medallion.

Mary Ann's method was to start with watercolor geometric shapes on watercolor paper.  Next, she used a brayer to roll black acrylic paint over the stencils.  While the paint was still wet, she flipped the stencils over and pressed them to the watercolor paper -- using the stencils like rubber stamps.

Since some of the lines didn't imprint fully, Mary Ann filled in a few gaps with a black marker.  

She cut one of the papers into a stained glass window shape and added a dark paper frame.

Made with Tiger Lily 6" x 6" stencil

Made with 6" x 6" Webbed Medallion stencil

Made with Tiger Lily 6" x 6" stencil
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My thanks also to Mary Ann, for generously allowing me to post her artwork online.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Young Artists and Words of Wisdom -- to Remember!

Gymnastic friends and budding artists, Candace Kieya and Olivia Alexander are the young beauties whose art is featured in today's post.

Pictured here (left) holding up art made with a stencil by Jessica Sporn, Candace says,  "I really like the ancient effect with the dark colors, designs and different stencil prints.  I would definitely do this again!"

And Olivia (right) says "that my plan really wasn't to make beautiful art but to just have fun and learn from my mistakes."

Olivia, I would like to engrave your words in stone!  Your statement should be the motto of every person who participates in an art class or workshop.  To use a trite phrase, you are wise beyond your years!  

Olivia above is posing with art she created with my 6" x 6" stencil Heron.

My sincere thanks to Lisa Dobry for this photo and for her kindness in getting parental permission as well as the girls' comments for posting here.  Lisa, you rock!

I'm also indebted to Lisa for her own thoughts about this art-play-date the two youngsters enjoyed --

What Lisa loved about this whole process with the girls was the creativity of their pieces. 

Candace had never Gelli printed before, so Lisa offered a tutorial on that. 

Suggesting they start with 3 colors, Lisa moved the stencil collection closer to them and let them do their thing. 

Occasionally one would express a desire for something specific like, "I want to put something here."  Lisa then would ask the young artist whether she were thinking something random, or something else that would be more repetitive of what was already there.

Lisa told the girls they could use paint or spray ink; she also explained the difference between water-soluble media and acrylic media. 

The two girls made their own choices on everything. 

Below are photos of the projects after embellishments had been added --

It's always a joy to see young artists in action and to hear their own comments about art-making experiences.  

Friday, October 27, 2017

MIMOSA 6 Stencil and Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Last summer StencilGirl hosted a blog hop featuring a number of artists with a wide range of great ideas.  My last post came from that blog hop and so does today's post.

Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou has used my 6" x 6" stencil Mimosa 6 in a fantastic way -- I love the creativity shown in step-by-step detail here, as well as its results!

Post blog hop, Kyriakos Pachadiroglou notified me of another artwork of his using one of my Mimosa stencils (which comes in two sizes -- 9" x 12" and 6" x 6".)  This new, three-dimensional art is a stunning celebration of autumn ... while at the same time, encouraging us to grow and bloom!

Thank you, Kyriakos, for allowing me to share your artwork here!

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To keep up with Kyriakos and his ongoing and beautiful art projects, please check here.

Mimosa 6 stencil (6" x 6")

Mimosa Stencil (9" x 12")

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

CLUSTERED LEAVES Used by Karen Gaunt

To see my 9" x 12" stencil Clustered Leaves used to make collage paper on a coffee filter, please visit

Like the last artist I featured here, Karen Gaunt has liberated the stencil from its outer borders.  Doing this is a quick and easy cutting job.  I recommend Joyce Chen scissors.  They're sharp and have short blades.

Thank you, Karen, for having chosen one of my stencils for this project!

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Sherry Canino, FERNS 6 Stencil -- and a Blog Hop with Prizes!

Ferns 6 has just been used by artist Sherry Canino -- and her art-making is part of a blog hop that pairs StencilGirl stencils with Tim Holtz' Ranger products!

Check out Sherry's art-making process here.

Hop into the blog hop and you may win great prizes!

Friday, October 20, 2017

More New Art-Prints made with One of my New 6" x 6" Stencils, WEBBED MEDALLION

I found a piece of marbled paper to use as the background for today's first print, made with my new 6" x 6" stencil Webbed Medallion --

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