Thursday, August 25, 2016

Canterbury Art Show -- Coming September 2, 3 and 4! -- Part 2

Labor Day weekend, in nearby Rumson, NJ, St.-George-on-the-River Episcopal Church will host its annual 3-day special event, the Canterbury Art Show, a fundraiser for many local charities.

I'm happy to be one of the contributing artists; in addition to the juried-in artwork already shown in an earlier post, I'll be bringing 5 pieces of wall-hanging art and 10 portfolio pieces, all available for sale, as well as 5 pieces of wall-hanging art to be donations.

In the non-juried section of the Canterbury Show, I'm entering a series of 5 small artworks, each created with StencilGirl stencils:

Some of the above stencils have appeared in earlier posts -- some, in early stages before moving into completion.  This 5-piece series was created with a number of my stencils, as well as one by another StencilGirl designer, Daniella Woolf, who I think has had an experience I greatly envy -- a trip to Seoul, South Korea:  Seoul Nights.

The stencils of my design used in this 5-part series include:

Prayer Flags  (9"x 12")

Palm Fronds Silhouette Small  (6"x 6")

Palm Fronds Silhouette Mini   (6"x 6")

Mimosa Stencil (9" x 12")


Mimosa 6 Stencil (6"x 6")

Monday, August 22, 2016

Coming September 2 Thru 4 -- Part 1

Labor Day weekend, St.-George-on-the-River Episcopal Church will host an annual 3-day special event, the Canterbury Art Show, a fundraiser for many charities in the Rumson, NJ, area.

I'm happy to be one of the contributing artists.  

One of my artworks was accepted into the Juried Section of this show -- Twist and Shout, a painting on gallery-wrap canvas, which I created with a lot of help from a 9"x 12" StencilGirl stencil: 

The stencil I used is Line Waves, designed by a brilliant and hugely talented artist, Trish McKinney.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Bren Thebeau!

Canadian artist Bren Thebeau has a wide range of painting styles, handling all of them like the pro she is.  I'm honored to say that one of her works-in-progress makes use of my 9"x 12" stencil Vintage Script.

Clicking on the image above, you can better see the areas where Bren has worked in subtle gold imprints using selected parts of this stencil.  It thrills me no end to see other artists use my stencils in such creative ways!  My sincere thanks to Bren for letting me post this artwork-in-progress here!

The stencil Vintage Script itself looks like this:

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, August 15, 2016

For the Love of Trees: GINKGO and MIMOSA

Some time ago, MaryBeth Shaw did a video demonstrating a variety of ways to use stencils, most of which used paint; at least one, however, was a dry technique.  As always, her video shot up a flock of new ideas.

Below I'm showing two separate pieces, each with a tree-related theme.  Each of them was created on sturdy, glossy paper "liberated" from old publications...

Please click on the above image to better see the paper in the lower left.

In the lower left corner is part of a magazine page originally printed with bare trees.  

Using MaryBeth's dry-sanding technique,  I created a "sandwich" that had my 6"X6" stencil Ginkgo as the bottom layer (held in place with masking tape.)  

Over that, I placed the magazine page, securing it, too, with masking tape.  
The top "sandwich" layer was a sanding block (available at hardware and home supply stores.)  A plain sheet of sanding paper could work, but I prefer the block because it saves the fingers!  

One quick sanding session (using firm strokes) resulted in the over-print of ginkgo leaves that you see above, a faint imprint over the orange and black magazine page.

Behind the magazine page is a larger, whitish background paper that
had started life as a calendar page, a photo that originally contained a lot of dark green.  

Under it, I placed a stencil as the bottom layer -- this time, my 12"X12" Mimosa stencil -- again, I secured both the stencil and the paper to my work surface with masking tape.  

As a last step, I used a credit card to scrape zinc white (also called "blending white") acrylic paint across the paper, moving with the same firm strokes as needed for the sanding technique.  It's important with the scraping technique to go over each area of the paper one time only.  That second swipe is tempting, at least for me, but it never improves the looks of the piece.

The small sanded piece will be a greeting card cover, but it could just as easily become part of a large collage or part of an art journal page.  The larger, whitish paper will be cut into smaller pieces to become gift tags, greeting card backgrounds, and collage components.

The two stencils themselves look like this:

Mimosa Stencil, 9"x12"

Ginkgo Stencil, 6"x6"

Many thanks for visiting ... and if anything above rings a bell with anyone, it means you've been reading this blog for a long time.  :-)   This post is a "summer re-run."

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Message Boards by Aleta Jacobson

Ages ago, as a brand-new designer at StencilGirl, I drew inspiration from my collection of pressed flowers.  One stencil that emerged was Swatton Flowers Version 1 (we didn't have fancy titles back in those earlier days) and it makes me happy to see this stencil still being used by artists.  Aleta Jacobson delighted me with these three message boards --

Clicking on the image above, you can enlarge it to better see details.  The center message board is the one where Aleta used pale green paint over a monochromatic blue background to create a stunning piece of art.  The above photo shows the message boards before clothespin-like clips are added in a vertical row, down each of the boards.  Once each board has its three clips added, messages can be easily inserted for display. 

My 6"x6" stencil itself looks like this:

Be sure to click this link to visit Aleta and ask about the message boards that she sells!

And check out her artwork in these books: Incite 1, 2 , and 3 from F&W Media.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Michele White, Elise Buskey and Janet Daily with CROP CIRCLES!

Artist Michele White says she has more work to do on this foundational piece; here, I'm showing what she did as her first step, using a stencil from the 3-piece June 2015 stencil set, Crop Circles:

Janet Daily, another member of the StencilGirl StencilClub, used the same stencil to create this:

And -- last but certainly not least -- here is a close-up detail from a larger artwork created by artist Elise Buskey:

See what differences can arise when the same stencil is placed in the creative hands of individual artists?!

These June 2015 stencils can be ordered by visiting and using the right side bar to become a StencilClub Member.  Once a member, you can purchase past stencils at your regular membership price.  Email citing the month you want to buy; then StencilGirlProducts will provide you with a invoice through PayPal.

Or, you can go to ... click on Products ... and scroll down to StencilClub.  Here too, you'll find directions.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Elise Buskey!

Artist Elise Buskey created this stunning sun-print using 300-lb. cold-press watercolor paper with my 6”x6” stencil Silhouette of a Wildflower Bouquet:

 Using the same stencil -- along with a wide array of other stencils from -- Elise also created this gorgeous collection of art prints:

Many thanks, Elise, for letting me post these images here!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Frieda Oxenham and PRESSED LEAVES

Artist Frieda Oxenham has made this unforgettable double-page art journal spread, using a number of stencils from StencilGirlProducts, including my 6"x6" stencil Pressed Leaves:

Thanks, Frieda, for choosing Pressed Leaves !

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Karen P. Johnson and VINTAGE SCRIPT

This gorgeous art journal 2-page spread was created by Karen P. Johnson, using several stencils from, including my 9"x12" stencil Vintage Script.  Karen used it on the right, and again on the left, over the beautiful face, to add depth.

Many thanks to Karen for showing off my stencil to such great advantage!

The stencil Vintage Script itself looks like this:

I'm grateful you stopped by for this blog visit!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

CLUSTERED LEAVES Stencil in the Clever Hands of Sherry Canino!

Below are 3 views of a new artwork by Sherry Canino, who was just featured in my last post.  This time Sherry has used one of my newly-released stencils, 9"x12" Clustered Leaves:

Notice what Sherry has done with the stencil itself!  She has carefully removed the outer edge, which was rectangular in shape.  Now she has a freeform stencil and delights in it! 

Actually, Sherry bought two Clustered Leaves stencils, so she could use one as-is and customize the other.  I often do this, too -- with 2 or even 3 identical stencils.  

Notice also that Sherry has used part of a stencil by Seth Apter!

 This an exciting time for me since I will be taking a workshop of Seth's on August 6 in Belmar, NJ, sponsored by Belmar Arts Council!  Anyone wanting more info on this event, just leave me a comment!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sherry Canino Finds a Clever New Way to Use WROUGHT IRON FENCE Stencil!

Sherry Canino and I are often on the same wavelength -- both of us (nor are we alone in this) find times when it's best to use only parts of stencils.  Here is an excellent example of what results from this approach:

What Sherry has accomplished here, using my 9"x 12" stencil Wrought Iron Gate, is something clever that never would have occurred to me -- she has created arrows that direct the eye of the viewer to her message.  

The original stencil looks like this:

When touring the Finger Lakes area of upstate NY, you're welcome to visit Sherry's store, Canino's Artistic Café, at 106 Metropolitan Park Drive, Liverpool, NY, where Sherry offers workshops.  

Liverpool is a community on the north shore of Onondaga Lake, offering a range of one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants, as well as scenic lakeshore trails. 

Thanks for visiting! 

Sunday, July 17, 2016


Some time ago, I posted a series of Gelli Plate prints I'd made during an online workshop under Jane Davies One of these was a full-size sheet of printmaking paper where I'd pulled a purple-on-gray print with Prayer Flags, one of my 9"x12" stencils.

Recently I cut up the print to create a background for a collaged greeting card cover:

 (The foreground image is a leftover from the days when I was creating digital clipart.)

The Prayer Flags stencil itself looks like this:

Thanks for visiting!

What is an Art Journal?

Kudos to Shawna Mayo Barnes, a StencilGirl StencilClub member starting a non-profit group that will someday offer actual art as therapy, art therapy, and regular ol’ art classes. One series of classes that to be offered will be on art journaling. 

Hence, Shawna has thrown out the question:  What is an art journal?

An art journal, in my understanding, is a blank journal of multi-media (thick, strong) paper, wherein the journalist sets herself/himself free to express feelings, events, dreams, prayers -- anything and everything -- using art media (such as acrylic paint) and art tools (such as stencils.) It's a freeform combination of visual and verbal processing. Some feelings can't be expressed in words alone; only artwork frees the spirit to reach the inner child, who expresses herself/himself in pre-verbal imagery. An art journal can become a sacred place; a place of non-judgmental integrity. In terms of art therapy, it is a place where a person can release anything and everything, no matter what – a physical place to, in a sense, "get it outside" of oneself, rather than to carry around something that might weigh a person down.

We live in a very judgmental world; persons who openly hold traditional beliefs are at times accused of harboring hatred.  Long ago in psychology class, I learned that this mental maneuver is called "projection." 

Art journals can be intensely personal because at times it seems here alone an individual can at long last be honest.

Here are some pages from one of my art journals (which have watercolor-paper pages)...

These were done before my happy debut as a designer for StencilGirlProducts, hence the lack of stencil use.  In these pages I practiced a form of meditation that called for first wetting the watercolor paper, then dropping in color at random; after the paper dried, the next step was to use black ink to doodle or sketch whatever came to mind.

Sherry Canino, back in the Spotlight!

Sherry Canino has used my 3-piece stencil set Crop Circles yet again:

This time around, Sherry's art, to my eye, has a distinctive Steampunk look!

Crop Circles can be ordered by visiting and using the right side bar to become a StencilClub member. Once a member, you can purchase past-issue stencil sets at your regular membership price. Email citing the month you wish to purchase; then StencilGirlProducts will provide you with a invoice through PayPal.

If you're ever in the Finger Lakes area of upstate NY, you're welcome to visit Sherry's store, Canino's Artistic Café, at 106 Metropolitan Park Drive, Liverpool, NY; Sherry offers workshops too.  Liverpool is a community on the north shore of Onondaga Lake, offering a range of one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants, as well as scenic lakeshore trails. 

Friday, July 15, 2016


Back on April 16, StencilGirl attended the Missouri Fiber Arts Conference, where they saw this artwork by fiber artist Candyce Grisham.  You can click on the image above to better see its details.  I was happy to see that Candyce created this piece using my 9"x12" stencil Queen Anne's Lace. The stencil itself looks like this:

Thanks for your visit today!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Every once in a while, I go thru my "Blog" folder for stray images that may or may not have been posted already.  Today I'm posting two collections of "strays" -- first, prints made with my 9"x12" stencil Tangled Pods:

Next, my 9"x12" stencil Mimosa


Thanks for visiting!