Saturday, December 14, 2013


In a mood to buy yourself a Christmas present?  (Don't forget, "Little Christmas" comes after Christmas -- so you have plenty of time!) carries papers that coordinate beautifully with stencils by STENCILGIRL(TM) Products -- look at the examples below, and just imagine how you can use these papers with your stencil-prints, in art-journaling and lots of other paper arts!

If you have the Tribal Hand stencil by Lizzie Mayne --

-- and/or the Arabesque stencil by Nathalie Kalbach --

and/or Swirly Floral by June Pfaff Daley --

--and/or my Wrought Iron Gate stencil --

-- you can coordinate with any or all of these ArtPapersOnline papers:

And if you have Twist Latice by Lizzie Mayne --

--and/or Net stencil by Mary Beth Shaw -- --

you can pair prints from them with this paper:

Or this:

Again: Prints made with any Connection stencil by Andrew Borloz -- --

and/or Web stencil by Mary Beth Shaw --

and/or X & O Stencil by Andrew Borloz --

-- will coordinate beautifully with this ArtPapersOnline paper:

And one last example of great pairings--

The above ArtPapersOnline paper will coordinate nicely with all the circle stencils at STENCILGIRL(TM) Products; here are only a few examples:

Stitch a Doily by Maria McGuire--

Border Circles by Michelle Ward --

Random Circles by Mary Beth Shaw --

And many, many more!

As you scroll thru the ArtPapersOnline website, you will find other examples of happy pairings with prints made with stencils from STENCILGIRL(TM) Products.  Happy scrolling!


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas Cards --


-- but this easy technique works for birthday cards, too.  The 6 greeting cards shown above are a continuation of an older post spotlighting the use of stencils in creating "candles" to collage onto cards, along with freehand-cut flames. 

First, I got out some papers and blank greeting cards...

... starting with the above scrap of leftover metallic paper that I had previously stamped with alcohol inks.

Next, I placed stencils over the papers and masking taped them down:

Then I used a cosmetic applicator sponge with heavy body acrylic paint to start pouncing on the color:

Click on the above image to enlarge it and you can see that I have masked off the right half of this vertical "swish-and-swirl" pattern.  Here I am printing directly onto a greeting card cover.  I moved the stencil progressively to the left, applying paint each time, to end up with 3 candles in a horizontal row across the card face.  The final card is shown at the start of this post.

On the upper right in this second picture, you can see where I used a piece of newspaper to pounce excess paint off the applicator before bringing the applicator to the stencil.  This prevents the paint from running under the stencil, which causes problems if you want crisp details in your final prints.
 Next, I carefully peeled off the stencils, to reveal the prints:

Then I cut apart the "candles" -- easy to do since these stencils provide their own guidelines.

The final products are at the top of this post:  The candles have been either collaged, or printed directly, onto greeting card covers, along with flames.

The stencils I used were my brand-new 9"X12"Wrought Iron Gate --

-- and my 9"X12" Borders 1 and Borders 2 stencils --

Re the Borders 1 stencil:  Notice in two of the above photos that I masked off half of one of its borders, to use only half of that vertical strip of "swish-and-swirl" pattern.  My goal was to create an "airy" look in the 3 finished candles.

Did I Go Overboard?

Some of us -- you know who you are -- are thinking about Whitman's Samplers at this time of year, since they (and all their rich, high-calorie friends) will be staring you in the face every time you step into a grocery store.  Well, this is the inspiration for MY title STENCILGIRL(TM) Sampler, which I gave to this new artwork on canvas --

Okay, so maybe I got a little carried away ... but it was fun.  The bottom layer is molding paste and the top layers are acrylic paints.   In no particular order, these are the stencils I used:

Use Your Words by Carolyn Dube --

Trivet B stencil by yours truly --

Optical Large by Michelle Ward--

Blockout Overlap by Mary Beth Shaw --

my two Mimosa stencils (9"X12" and 6"X6")--

and a soon-to-be-released 9"X12" stencil that I titled Boxed Vines ...
just keep checking


Friday, December 6, 2013

Good News --

-- well, okay, it can't rival the news wrapped in the gift of Christmas, but it's a joy for me to announce the release of three new stencils of my design at STENCILGIRL(TM) Products:

Wrought Iron Gate--

Feathers 9--

Feathers 6--

And, while you're on the STENCILGIRL(TM) website, check out the new stencils by Lizzie Mayne!  After I pulled my envious eyes back into their sockets, I placed these stencils at the top of my wish list!

Below is Wrought Iron Gate stencil, which measures 9"X12"--

Above is a faint print that I created with this brand-new stencil.  Here, I used the stencil to enliven the background in a much larger painting.  I layered Wrought Iron Gate over an orange print from one of the 3 borders on my Borders 1 stencil --

-- and you'll be seeing more examples of my Wrought Iron Gate stencil in days to come.

Above is a "re-run" image, showing a water-and-ink marbled print created with my Feathers 6 stencil (measuring 6"X6".)  See my 11-27 post -- which appears below this post -- for the quick-and-easy steps taken to make these marbled prints.
I plan to use these two brand-new Feathers stencils in composite artworks that will include the use of my bird series of stencils:

Heron --

-- and Osprey Wings --