Saturday, December 31, 2016

Annie Hamman and TANGLED PODS

The busy hands of artist Annie Hammond have come up with a very creative way to use my 9"x 12" stencil Tangled Pods --

The above image is a close-up detail from a larger artwork by Annie, made with other StencilGirl stencils in addition to mine.  

Tangled Pods itself looks like this:

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Mary Ann Russo's Art Journal and WROUGHT IRON GATE

My friend Mary Ann Russo has chosen a vintage theme for her artwork/journal-in-progress, and to my delight, she's been using a number of my stencils along with Golden's flexible Molding Paste and acrylic paints.  Her art -- done on a heavy-grade, cold-press watercolor paper -- will start appearing here in today's post; I'll be adding more posts later.

The three photos below show a two-page spread that features a set of cut-out windows (both of which frame prints from vintage postcards.) The first two show close-up detail, while the third photo shows the full two pages.   

The 9"x12" stencil that Mary Ann chose to use is Wrought Iron Gate.  The stencil itself looks like this:

Many thanks to you, Mary Ann, for allowing me to post your gorgeous artwork here!  

Lots more to come!   

Monday, December 26, 2016


United Kingdom artist Frieda Oxenham has created a new art journal that's filled with her stunning stencil-printed papers.  She has used a number of stencils, and I'm delighted that among them were two of my 9" x 12" stencils, Clustered Leaves and Loopy Ladders.  

Above:  CLUSTERED LEAVES stencil was used with blue paint to help form an integrated background.

Above:  CLUSTERED LEAVES and LOOPY LADDERS were among the many stencils from that artist Frieda Oxenham chose for these pages, which were then sandwiched into Frieda's beautiful new journal.

Clicking on Frieda's name above, you can visit her blog.  My sincere thanks to her for letting me use these images here!

The two stencils featured in this post are:

Above:  CLUSTERED LEAVES (9" x 12")

LOOPY LADDERS (9" x 12")

I appreciate your visit to my blog!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Sneak Preview -- New Christmas Card

Mid-January, I'll have the honor of guest-posting for StencilGirlTalk. Here is a Christmas card made with the technique I'll be showing in that post:

In that guest-post, I'll be showing other-occasion greeting cards, as well, along with step-by-step photos and instructions.  It's a technique I learned online, and was won over by its use of foil -- along with it being quick and easy!  Altho I've employed it to make greeting cards, it can be used in art journaling, both as cover decoration and as embellishment on journal pages.

The stencil used to create the embellishment on the upper left is my 6" x 6" Kaleid.  The stencil in its entirety looks like this:

Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates this special day!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas Card Cluster

Today I'm trotting out another post from a past Christmas, and inviting you to click on the first two photos below, to better see details on these six greeting cards:

Altho the above cards celebrate Christmas, the same idea can easily adapt to birthday card decorations.

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

... starting with the above scrap of leftover metallic paper, previously stamped with alcohol inks.

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

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

Clicking on the above image to enlarge it, you can see that I've 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 above photo, 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.  This off-loading technique is a huge challenge for me, but I do the best I can.

 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 built-in 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 collaged-on flames.

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

-- and my 9"X12" stencil Borders 1 --

and my 9" x 12" Borders 2  --

Note 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.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas Stocking Stuffers

Here I'm using blank compressed-paper coasters that come in plain-Jane form, just begging to be stenciled .  They are available at and many other online venues.  They come in assorted shapes -- square, round, flower-petal-like; and maybe more. 
I'm going to show two (one round and one square) that I've used to make stocking-stuffer Christmas gifts; I decided that they will enter their next  life as coasters, rather than refrigerator magnets, altho I had the option of veering in either direction.


Click on the above image to get a closer look.

Above are the two coasters, having just received their first red acrylic coat, inside the spray-box.  

Many artists use ready-made sprays, whereas I make most of my own, including this one, using spray bottles from beauty supply stores and filling them with a mix of roughly 2/3 water and 1/3 acrylic liquid paint, with a few drops of airbrush medium to keep the pain spray nozzle from clogging.

I sprayed the coasters twice, once from each direction, to make the tops moisture-resistant and to coat the edges, all the way around, with matching color.

After my two coasters had dried from their second spray of red acrylic paint, I placed them on newspaper and set my stencil Borders # 1 over them.  The beauty of STENCILGIRL(TM) stencils is that their translucency allows exact placement of the stencil, which becomes really important when working on an object that is coaster-size.  Having achieved the right placement, I used masking tape to secure the stencil to the coaster, and to the newspaper underneath.

Click on the above image to see a close-up.

My next step was to use a sponge-tip applicator to add green paint across the face of the coaster.


What I've learned:  For best results, use a heavy-bodied paint and start with less paint on the applicator than you think you may need.  You can always add more paint if need be.  But if you start with too much paint -- as I tend to do -- you risk it leaking under the edges of the stencil's openings, creating areas of blurred paint.  Less is more.

After removing the piece of tape opposite the stencil, I then had a hinged stencil that I could simply fold back, away from the still-wet coaster.

Below is another example, using a different area of the stencil and using the other coaster:

While the stencil was still wet with green paint, I did whatMaryBeth Shaw calls reverse-stenciling.  I call it stamping with a stencil -- but I like her term better. 

I lifted the still-wet stencil carefully away from the still-wet coaster, placed the stencil face down on the newspaper, and went over it with a hard rubber brayer.  This transferred the reverse pattern onto the newsprint. 

Later, I cut out part of that print and used it on the cover of the handmade Christmas card below:

Click the above image to enlarge it.

Above and below:  I used the same type of sponge-tip applicator to add a circle of gold metallic paint, both to the Christmas card and to the two coasters:

Click the above image to get a closer look. 

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Christmas Tree Ornaments made with CLUSTERED LEAVES

Artist Judi Kauffman gave me a great idea for making my Christmas tree ornaments this year!

Check out Judi's full write-up here ...

As a preview, I'll show just two of her stunning ornaments, all of which were made with gorgeous stencils from the wide selection available at

To my delight, among the other StencilGirl stencils Judi chose, she included my 9"x12" stencil Clustered Leaves.  That's the stencil used to make the two stars above.  The stencil itself looks like this:

Is it any wonder I want to make my Christmas tree ornaments now that I've seen these?

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

4 New Christmas Cards and 1 Christmas Card Memory

I've made four new Christmas cards with marbled paper, metallic-green blank greeting cards and Inkssentials foil tape sheets by Ranger.  This self-adhesive foil comes in 6" x 12" sheets.

For decorating the foil, I used red acrylic paint on a Smudgee, along with two strips from my Borders series of stencils, Borders # 1 and Borders # 2. (There is also a Borders #3 stencil.)  Each of these 9" x 12" stencils contains three unique borders.  For me, using these borders is made easier by my cutting vertically down thru the stencils to separate the individual borders into strips.  Once the borders are cut into strips, they're perfect for automatically measuring the two sides of the pillar candles; I simply score a line along the two edges of this Mylar strip.  Then I cut alone those lines.
Above:  Borders # 1 marked with the vertical strip that I cut apart from the 9" x 12" stencil.

Above: Borders # 2 showing the strip I've cut off this 9" x 12" stencil. 

The four new Christmas cards are lined up below.

And here's one encore card...chosen because the stencil's design reminds me of a stained glass window.

Above:  a previous year's Christmas card made with my 9" x 12" stencil Facets, using a Gelli Plate.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

More Christmas Cards ....

More Christmas cards popping up today!




These have been posted before but I still enjoy seeing them!