Friday, March 31, 2017

Debi Adams and FERNS 6

S313 Woodcut Roses, a stencil designed by Desiree Habicht, was -- in an act of artistic genius -- used by artist Debi Adams alongside my 6" x 6" stencil Ferns 6 in the artworks below:

Dots and Dashes, designed by Jessica Sporn, was used in creating the borders.  

Please click on these images to better see the gorgeous detail in these exquisite artworks by Debi Adams!

Ferns 6, by itself, looks like this:

I'm so happy to see Debi Adams and other artists combining stencils to create unique artworks!  

"The sum is greater than the parts." -- Aristotle

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


My 9" x 12" stencil Blooming Where Planted was used by Tina Walker, an artist whose use of linework leaves me in a daze of admiration!  Click on the images below to enlarge them and better see the intricate lines that Tina has encorporated into the highlight-areas of her artwork.

To keep current on Tina Walker and her artwork, visit her blog.

Scroll down to see this stencil in its entirety...

Blooming Where Planted
Thank-you bouquets to you, Tina Walker, for allowing me to show your fabulous artwork here!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Playing with my 2 MIMOSA Stencils

The two stars of the day are:

9" x 12" Mimosa Stencil

6" x 6" Mimosa stencil

Above:  This was made with my 6" x 6" Mimosa, as well as modeling paste, acrylic paints and crayon (for the blue highlights.) 

Above:  this was made with the same materials listed above, using my 9" x 12" Mimosa stencil.

Above:  this was made with the same materials listed above, using my 9" x 12" Mimosa stencil.
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Kay Carley's Fantastically Beautiful Greeting Card

Below are some steps Kay Carley took to create this multi-layered greeting card--

In the top photo, Kay is using my 6" x 6" stencil Swatton Flowers Version 1 (S078)--

To catch up with Kay Carley, visit her blog --

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Mary Ann Russo's Beautiful Art Journal-in-Progress, Continued

Returning happily to the art-journal-in-progress by my friend Mary Ann Russo, I'm delighted to show more examples of her work in the detail close-up shots below:

Done on heavyweight, cold press watercolor paper, Mary Ann's dimensional art was made with Liquitex flexible modeling paste, yellow acrylic paint and my 9" x 12" stencil Swatton Borders # 1.

The stencil itself looks like this --

Mary Ann used the border on the far right.

Thanks so much, Mary Ann, for allowing me to use your artwork here!

Thursday, March 16, 2017


I can't find enough good adjectives to express how much I love this artwork by Jade Adams --

Stunning!  Creative!  I could go on and on.  

I'm proud to say that to create this, Jade chose my 9" x 12" stencil Branching Blossoms Silhouette.

Jade Adams, if you're out there somewhere, thank you!!!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Lisa Dobry's Tags!

Lisa Dobry has done some tag-painting that I was delighted to see.  For one tag, she used my 9"x12" stencil Queen Anne's Lace -- in a very creative way ...  

... and she produced the white highlights shown above with one of the Organic Roots stencils by Carol Wiebe.  

Lisa Dobry also made these amazing tags --

-- using several StencilGirl stencils, including -- on the far right -- my 9" x 12" Clustered Leaves to lay in the white-and-pink background.  The blue foreground was made with Joanne Sharpe's Whimsey Script Stencil.

Also shown above are prints made with Tall Birds Stencil by Terri Stegmiller and a cluster of other great stencils, all available at

Queen Anne's Lace stencil, in its entirety, looks like this --

Clustered Leaves in its entirety is shown below --

-- and, if you're like me, you'll cut off the outer rectangular border to make this design more versatile.  Trust me, it will all hang together!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Nancy Sanderson Curry

I'm not on Instagram yet, but I'll be looking into that.  Meanwhile, Nancy Sanderson Curry has delighted me yet again -- mind you, she delights me every time she posts her artwork of any kind because she's a gifted artist I would love to emulate -- but this item wins a special thank-you from me because she used one of my stencils, 9" x 12" Clustered Leaves.

Here is a video clip of the artwork in progress --

Here are the Instagram pages --


And here's the artwork itself --

Many thanks, Nancy Sanderson Curry, for letting me post this here!  

Friday, March 10, 2017

Sherry Canino's Breathtakingly Beautiful Art Tags

Artist Sherry Canino has delighted me yet again ...

Among the many beautiful StencilGirl stencils that Sherry used in making this gorgeous collection of tags is my 6" x 6" stencil Ferns...
which looks like this... 

Any time you're 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. 

Thanks, Sherry, letting me post your art tags here!  The colors and range of intricate patterns captivate me every time I lay eyes on them!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017


As I'm prone to do, I've cut my 9" x 12" stencil Fantasia into pieces.  When this stencil first came out, one of the StencilGirl Stencil Club members commented that it reminded her of "vertebrae, up close and personal!"

Her comment came back to me when I was finishing this mixed-media piece on stretched canvas.  As result, its title is Growing Backbone.

Above:  close-up 1.

Above:  close-up 2.

Above:  close-up 3.

Above:  the artwork in its entirety.

Before it gets customized by my scissors, Fantasia looks like this:

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Saturday, March 4, 2017


Crazed Stencil, by Wendy Aikin, is the more prominent stencil that I used in making this mixed-media artwork on stretched canvas:

I also used pieces of my 9"x 12" stencil It's A Jungle Out There

Close-ups of details:

Above center:  Crazed Stencil was used with modeling paste, later coated with acrylic paints.  Above right:  It's A Jungle Out There was used with purple acrylic paint.

Above:  Same area, but showing more imprint from It's A Jungle Out There on the far left and diagonally across the upper right.

Above:  Diagonally across the central area, purple acrylic paint was used with It's A Jungle Out There.  Above upper right:  Crazed Stencil was again used with modeling paste, then coated with acrylic paints.

Above:  It's A Jungle Out There was used with purple acrylic paint atop the horizontal red area.

When it's not cut up, my 9"x12" stencil It's A Jungle Out There looks like this:

Yes, I send many of my stencils to the "chop-shop" so I can more easily use smaller parts of them.  

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Encore: Trish McKinney's LINE WAVES Stencil

I'm back once more with Line Waves by Trish McKinney. 

This time, I used this lovely 9" x 12" stencil to add interest to an older artwork of mine, originally made with Crop Circles, my Stencil Club Stencil-Set-of-the-Month set of June, 2015.

Trish's stencil was used in the bottom third, mostly on the right.

(To order Stencil Club stencils from past months/years, send a email to John Shaw ( to tell him which months you would like.   Put in the subject line StencilClub order.  John will send you a PayPal invoice for them.)