Thursday, June 30, 2016


Loopy Ladders, one of my just-released 9"x12" stencils, was used in the artwork below.  The top image shows where I used this stencil along with an older 9"x12" stencil of mine, Prayer Flags:


The one directly below was done with Prayer Flags alone:

All were done on Fredrix watercolor (ultra-smooth) canvas with acrylics.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

What do MaryBeth Shaw and Mary C. Nasser Have in Common?

Both these artists have created stencils that I've stained during various art-making adventures ...  and after deciding that I really liked the looks of those stained stencils, my next step was to perform "plastic surgery" on them, followed by using them in collages.  Despite being sturdy enough to last for ages, StencilGirl stencils are, at the same time, easy to customize with scissors.

Clicking on the image immediately below, you can see pieces of Mary C. Nasser's Maps Stencil -- stained with gold acrylic paint along with a touch of green acrylic paint -- cut into pieces and re-assembled to become the crossbar in this crucifix composition:

Enlarging the image above also brings out the subtle use of my brand-new 9"x12" Loopy Ladders stencil in the upper right and the far upper left.  And if you look really closely, you can also make out the subtle use of my 9"x12" Vintage Script stencil, on the middle far right, under the dark "elbow" painted area.

Below, I'm posting the stained and cut-up pieces of the Rafters stencil by MaryBeth Shaw.  Because this canvas is still in progress, I'm showing only the close-ups where these stencil pieces were used:

I hope you agree with me that these elements really liven up a mixed-media collage!

Here is a close-up of areas where my new 9"x12" stencil Loopy Ladders was used in the first artwork at the top of this post:

Loopy Ladders itself looks like this:

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016


... are featured on these two greeting card covers:


The card above was made with a copper metallic greeting card blank; the card below, with a dark metallic bronze card. (Both are available at

Many varieties of spray paints are out there.  The one I chose for this project was a white acrylic ink, applied with a Pat Dews mouth atomizer .

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Monday, June 27, 2016

LOOPY LADDERS on a Mixed Media Collage

My newly-released 9"x12" stencil Loopy Ladders came in handy while I was working on a large mixed-media collage...

Above:  Loopy Ladders used with Carolyn Dube's Scribble Scratch Stencil.

Above:  a dark Loopy Ladders print over a light Loopy Ladders print.
Above:  multiple prints over white and black backgrounds.

The stencil Loopy Ladders itself looks like this:

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

PAIR O' PARROTS ... the name of one of my brand-new 6"x6" stencils.  Here are some greeting cards made with this stencil:

The second one from the top shows one painted-on parrot from this stencil; it shares the card cover with a print-out photo that I took, ages ago ... of a pair o' parrots! 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

PAIR O' PARROTS -- My New 6"x6" Stencil at

I've always admired the graceful silhouettes of parrots, and finally I've done something about that.  Below are two greeting card covers made with my just-released stencil Pair o' Parrots

After the acrylic paint had dried on the greeting card above, I drew in a flower and a bowtie so this card can go out to a newly engaged couple.

A third greeting card was made on dark bronze metallic cardstock (  For this card, I used metallic silver acrylic paint:

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Friday, June 24, 2016

LOOPY LADDERS -- A Brand-New Stencil Released at

Newly available now -- my 9"x12" stencil Loopy Ladders!

The stencil itself looks like this:

 I've used it on three canvases, as shown in the close-ups below:


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Thursday, June 23, 2016

PENGUIN FAMILY Mask -- Now Available at

A new mask has been born -- entitled Penguin Family, it fits into a 6"x6" area.  So far, I've used it with my 8" round Gelli Plate, as shown in the prints below:



The first two prints were made on plain backgrounds and the last two were made on printed, tearsheet backgrounds.  The stencil itself looks like this:

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Usually I announce my new stencils here; today, however, I want to introduce a mask, Dance of the Courting Cranes.  This image is based on the flamboyant Japanese cranes, performing the mating season dance as the flock pairs off into couples.
The mask fits on a 6"x6" greeting card.  But here I'm showing it used with the 8" round Gelli Plate, because I like the way this plate creates a frame around the cranes.

The mask itself looks like this:

And it's available here:


Tuesday, June 21, 2016


Above is one of my brand-new stencils, 9"x12" Loopy Ladders.  Below, in two steps, is a 6"x6" greeting card cover made with this stencil and a greeting card blank ( that was cut from metallic dark bronze cardstock:
For my first step, I applied silver metallic acrylic paint thru the stencil, as shown above.
My second step was to add collage papers:

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Monday, June 20, 2016

CLUSTERED LEAVES -- Now Released at!

One of my just-released stencils, Clustered Leaves, is the tool I used in making the artworks below. 

The first piece below is a 6"x6" greeting card.  Using the middle of this 9"x12" stencil, I added silver acrylic paint to the greeting card, which is cut from dark bronze metallic cardstock.  The two metallics together really pleased me.

The following three photos show the same stencil used on canvases:


The stencil itself looks like this:

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Brand-New Stencil CLUSTERED LEAVES on Canvas ... Again and Again!

My newly-released 9"X12" stencil Clustered Leaves has shown up on several of my recent artworks on stretched canvas:


 The above three photos show Clustered Leaves used by itself.  Below are two more shots; these show Clustered Leaves used over Loopy Ladders:


These brand-new 9"x12" stencils themselves look like this:

Both stencils are available here:

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