Tuesday, November 29, 2016

More Christmas Cards ... Oldies that I Still Like

I love making Christmas cards!

Above:  made with my 6" x 6" stencil Penguin Family.

Above:  made with my 6" x 6" stencil Ferns 6.

Above:  made with my 6" x 6" stencil Palm Fronds Silhouette Small.
Above:  also made with my 6" x 6" stencil Palm Fronds Silhouette Small.

Above:  made with my 9" x 12" stencil Boxed Vines.

Above:  also made with my 9" x 12" stencil Boxed Vines.

May Christmas cards (and other greeting cards) never go out of style!

Monday, November 28, 2016

NOVEMBER 28 CYBER MONDAY Sale at www.StencilGirlProducts.com!

Stencil savings up to 35% on my stencils!

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Save 25% off all* stencils
Use code: cyber25 
Monday, November 28, 2016
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PLUS 10% discount when you buy 6 stencils of the same size!
AND orders over $100 get a FREE large stencil of Mary Beth's choice!
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Save 20% off all* stencils
Use code: cyber20
Monday, November 28, 2016
from noon until 11:59 p.m. CST (Central Standard Time)
PLUS 10% discount when you buy 6 stencils of the same size!
AND orders over $100 get a FREE large stencil of Mary Beth's choice!
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Thank you for being a person who loves stencils like we love stencils!

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Enjoy shopping the sale!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Cyber Monday Sale is Coming at StencilGirl!

November 28 will be a special sale day at StencilGirlProducts.com!

Details will appear here early on November 28.

Friday, November 25, 2016

PRESSED LEAVES for Christmas

Christmas preparations are, to me, every bit as fun as unwrapping gifts on Christmas Day.

Look at this fabulous double-image Christmas card by Martha Lucia Gomez!  She's one of the artists I greatly admire.  

In making this card, Martha used my 6" x 6" stencil Pressed Leaves.

I too made 2 Christmas cards with this stencil, but mine come in a distant second and third to Martha's!

My Christmas card above was made with modeling paste and glitter, on dark bronze cardstock from JamPaper.com.

My card below again uses glitter (to outline the leaves in sparkling red) as well as silver metallic acrylic paint.  

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Always a Reason to Give Thanks ...

... and I still exchange Thanksgiving cards with a few old codgers like myself...

Stencils used in making the above greeting cards:

Pressed Leaves (6"x 6")

Clustered Leaves (9" x 12") 

Loopy Ladders (9" x 12")

Swaying Grasses (6" x 6")

Thursday, November 17, 2016


Look at the smile glowing on the face of this participant in a workshop earlier this year, facilitated by Carolyn Dube!

I'm delighted that my 9"x 12" stencil Tangled Pods was the StencilGirlProducts stencil used here.

I don't know which technique Carolyn was presenting here, but it reminds me of a few Gelli Plate prints that I once did in an online workshop with Jane Davies...

Stencil used:  Tangled Pods.

Stencil used:  Prayer Flags.


Thanks for visiting!

Monday, November 14, 2016


 This image by artist Tommy McDonell is enough to knock any art-lover off his feet!

My guess is that Tommy used alcohol inks on Yupo (a slick, synthetic substrate that comes in a choice of thickness, as does watercolor paper.)  What a stunning work of art!  My hat's off to you, Tommy!

The stencil used here was Palm Fronds Silhouette Small --  which measures 6"x 6" -- and which has a little sister, Palm Fronds Silhouette Mini -- measuring 4" x 4".  I've often used the two stencils together, really happy with the way that something as simple as two sizes can help create variety while maintaining overall unity within an artwork.

Again, let me announce that you can catch up with Tommy McDonell here--

Facebook:  TommyBuellMcDonellArt 

And here –

Tommy’s website:  tbmcdonellart.com

Friday, November 11, 2016


Artist Tommy McDonell has created three jazzy prints that grabbed my attention -- especially the top one, below:

I'm honored to say that Tommy's prints were made with my 6"x
6" stencil Silhouette of a Wildflower Bouquet --

You can catch up with Tommy McDonell here--

Facebook:  TommyBuellMcDonellArt 

And here –

Tommy’s website:  tbmcdonellart.com

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Frieda Oxenham

UK artist Frieda Oxenham has been working in her art journal ...

Above:  a 2-page spread while Frieda's artwork was still in progress.

Above:  a close-up detail of the wonderfully complex, multi-layered finished artwork.

Among the many StencilGirl stencils that Frieda chose to use for this project, I'm happy she chose to include one of mine --

Pressed Leaves, which measures 6" x 6" and looks like this:

My sincere thanks to Frieda for allowing me to post her artwork here!

Saturday, November 5, 2016


I'm still using It's a Jungle Out There ...

Above:  It's a Jungle Out There was the only stencil used here.

Above:  It's a Jungle Out There was the only stencil used here.

Above:  It's a Jungle Out There was used here, along with Mimosa Stencil .

Time now to move on to other stencils!

Friday, November 4, 2016

More Combos!

I have still more combinations to show; the top photo is a close-up detail and the second photo shows the full piece.  All four were made with the same two 9"x 12" stencils -- Mimosa Stencil and It's a Jungle Out There.

More combos tomorrow ... 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Using IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE with Older Stencils

Altho I'm continuing to use cup-up pieces of L451 It's a Jungle Out There in my paintings on stretched canvas, today's photos show how I've used it alongside older stencils -- I have a lot of these shots, because, to my eye, this new L451 goes hand-in-hand with several other designs composed of strong line patterns. 

Above:  L141 & S126 & S238 with L451

Above: L141 with L451

Above: L141 with L451

Above: L141 with L451

Above: L141 with L451

Above: L141 with L451

Above: L141 & M050 with L451

Above: L141 & S238 & M050 with L451

Above: S238 & M050 & L141 with L451 

Above:  M050 & S126 with L451 

Above: M050 & S126 & S238 with L451 

Above: L141 & M050 & S126 & S238 with L451  

L141 is Mimosa Stencil (9" x 12")

M050 is Palm Fronds Silhouette Mini (4"x 4")

S126 is Mimosa 6 Stencil (6" x 6")

S238 is Palm Fronds Silhouette Small (6" x 6")

And L451, one of my latest-released three 9" x 12" stencils, is It's A Jungle Out There.

Many thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Butterfly Wings with IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE

Butterfly Wings is the the title that I decided to bestow on this painting on stretched canvas --

You can click on this photo to enlarge it and better see its details.  

On the far left, middle section and far right, I've made imprints using cut-out sections from one of of my October 13-released 9"x 12" stencils, It's A Jungle Out There

The stencil itself looks like this:

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Nancy Sanderson Curry and CLUSTERED LEAVES

I'm happy to interrupt my ongoing string of daily posts about my 3 Oct. 13 stencil releases, so I can offer this treat!

Nancy Sanderson Curry has delighted me in making this video --

-- and I'm so glad that, from all the beautiful StencilGirl stencils, she chose my 9"x 12" Clustered Leaves ... and with it, she created art to envy!  

The stencil itself looks like this:

Many thanks to you, Nancy!

IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE and the Chop-Shop

The first four photos below are close-ups of several areas on a painting on stretched canvas.  The fifth photo shows the piece in its entirety.

The stencil I used repeatedly on this piece is my 9" x 12" It's A Jungle Out There.   And, as you probably can tell -- by clicking on the above image to enlarge it -- I had cut the stencil into three or four pieces before using it here.

Before it went to the chop-shop, the stencil looked like this:


The first stages of this artwork was done following a technique found in the Absentee Artist Chapter of the book Creative Paper Art by Nancy Welch; it's also shown on Pat Dews' DVD Designing Great Starts with Texture and Form, available online at Cheap Joe's Art Supplies.

In the middle stage, I used paint-tinted white gesso around the edges to strengthen the composition. 

The final stages of this piece were done with oil-based art crayons. 

Thanks for visiting!

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