Saturday, July 20, 2019

Variety of Artworks from StencilGirl's StencilClub,

Above, Shelly Hilligoss Sturges shows us a creative, striking way to use my 9" x 12" stencil Vintage Script -- by using it backward, she made it exciting in a way I'd never imagined!  I love it when I run across an artist like Shelly, who thinks outside the box!

The artwork below shows more innovation paired with strong visual language, this time by Jill McDowell, who is a StencilGirl Creative Team Member.

Jill used several StencilGirl stencils in developing the art above, and among them, my 6" x 6" Heron stencil.

Below is art by Mary C. Nasser, who used one of my two hot air balloon stencils.   (Each of these two stencils come with same-size masks.)  The background was made with a stencil by Valerie Sjodin -- an artist whose work I'd admired for years, having had the good fortune to discover her long before her welcome addition to the team of designers at StencilGirl.

Above:  A charming detail from a larger, equally charming, painting by artist Kim Ross, who used my 6" x 6" Cats stencil.

By clicking on the image below, you can enlarge it to better see detail.  Among other StencilGirl stencils, artist Lisa Dobry used my 9" x 12" stencil Prayer Flags to add texture to the background of this two-page spread in her art journal.

Above:  Again, by clicking on the shot above, you can better see its details.  This art was created by StencilGirl Columnist Jennifer Armstrong.  Jennifer used my 6" x 6" stencil Pressed Leaves to make this gentle, happy image. 

The exciting artwork below was done by Terry O'Neill, with StencilGirl stencils that include my 9" x 12" stencil Thistle (which also comes in a 6" x 6" size.) 

I'm so very grateful that these artists have allowed me to use their photos in this blog!

And my thanks to you, too, for stopping by here today!

To scroll thru the pages of my StencilGirl stencils and masks, please start here.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Leftover Paints?

Sometimes I finish a project to find myself with a lot of leftover acrylic paint.  I spray it lightly with water and seal it (on a foam plate) in a zip-top bag.  But if a couple of days pass without any further need for that paint, I consider it near the end of its usefulness, and use it to make extra stencil prints.

Above and below:  both made with 9" x 12" Blooming Where Planted stencil.

Below:  printed with 6" x 6" stencil-and-mask set, Dance of the Courting Cranes.

 Above and below:  two prints made with Feathers 6 stencil, which measures 6" x 6" but has a "big sister" measuring 9" x 12" -- Feathers 9 stencil.

Below: Layers being developed with 6" x 6" Pavilion Shadows stencil and 6" x 6" Mikki's Flowers Mask (which also comes as Mikki's Flowers Stencil and prints an image that's the exact opposite of the mask.) 

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Greeting Cards and Envelopes

Recently I stencil-printed a new batch of greeting cards and envelopes.  Usually when I do this, I match the envelopes with the cards.  But this time, my needs were different.  So here is the mis-matching collection ... starting with envelopes I've printed with Fern Fronds Silhouette Stencil Mini --

And here is a third envelope, this one covered with multiple prints from the same stencil ....

My two greeting cards most recently made are collages I've created with cut-out pieces of acrylic paint-stained masks by Trish McKenney's fantastic series of tree branch masks.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Nothing's Ever a Waste

I believe nothing is ever a waste!  If a stencil-print turns out in a way that disappoints me, I look for a way to make lemonade from the lemon.

Today's post springs from an experience I had using my 9"x 12"stencil Boxed Vines... 

When I found myself with a less-than-perfect Gelli Plate print -- made with this stencil and a deep dark red acrylic paint -- I asked myself,  "Where can I go from here?"  

I decided to disguise the flaws.  I mixed modeling paste with silver metallic powder, then used a small plastic spatula to spread a thin layer of this textured silver paint over most of the flawed Gelli Plate print.   

With the same spatula , I covered the rest of the flawed print with a thin layer of reflective silver acrylic paint.  

Once the two silvery paints had dried, I cut the images into pieces to fit my 6"x 6" dark-bronze blank greeting cards (  As a last step, I added swirls and dots with glitter glue...

Because this deep bronze metallic cardstock is very dark, I sometimes line the insides of the cards with lightweight papers, cut to fit, as shown below -- 

Other times, instead of using a paper liner like the one above, I use white marker-pens for adding my message inside these greeting cards.

The main reason I like to use 6" x 6" greeting card blanks is that they perfectly fit my 6" x 6" stencils and masks.  But, beyond that, I like the square shape, even for projects like today's, which could fit on any size greeting card (or art journal page.)

However, since the Postal Service has a non-machinable surcharge for mailing 6"x 6" cards, I use two Forever stamps when mailing them.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019


Four free stencils/masks are up for grabs in this giveaway -- details are here:

  Deadline to enter is 12:00 am July 12, U.S. Eastern Standard Time.  The winner will be announced July 13, here --

Monday, July 8, 2019

A Variety of Stencil-Made Artworks

Stencil prints abound here! 

Today's post features art created with acrylic paints.  It starts with a print made by using my 6" x 6" stencil Trivet A -- 

-- and this is just the first in my stencil series based on trivet patterns.  To see all of them, please check here.

Number two position in this line-up is the portfolio piece below:

The two-part collage above has a monoprint background; its foreground is a paint-stained stencil that has been cut free from its frame.  Sassy Spray is the title of this 6" x 6" stencil.

Below is a two-step print that started with blue acrylic paint and my 9" x 12" stencil Clustered Leaves.  Over that, I made a yellow print using another 9" x 12" stencil of mine, Fantasia.

Above is a print made with my 6" x 6" stencil Kaleid.

And below is a print created with my 9" x 12" Mimosa Stencil --

-- and the stencil used above also comes in a 6" x 6" size, Mimosa 6.

Many thanks for taking time to check out this blog today!  To scroll thru the pages of my StencilGirl stencils and masks, please start here.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Summer-Themed Stencils and Masks

Summer is blooming outdoors and -- thanks to stencils -- indoors too!

Above:  Made with part of 9" x 12" stencil Blooming Where Planted.

Above:  A 6" x 6" greeting card collage compiled from prints made with 6"  x 6" Garden Montage.

Above:  Made with 6" x 6" stencil Ginkgo.

Above:  a print made with 9" x 12" stencil It's Jungle Out There (9" x 12" and cut from its original frame.)

Above:  A print made on holographic gold foil giftwrap using 6" x 6" stencil Mikki's Flowers (which also comes as a mask.)

Above:  Artwork on stretched canvas created with acrylic paints and collage-embellished (center) with a paint-stained stencil.  Used:  6" x 6" mask Small Tangled Pods and 6" x 6" stencil Small Dangled Pods.  (These pod patterns also come as a 9" x 12" stencil and a 9" x 12" mask.) 

Above:  A print made with 6" x 6" stencil Swaying Grasses on an old encyclopedia page that has botanical illustrations.

Thanks for visiting this blog today!  You can scroll thru the pages of my StencilGirl stencils and masks here.

Monday, July 1, 2019


Garden Montage (9" x 12") stencil gets employed pretty often around here! 

Above:  I often use foreign newsprint as backgrounds for my prints.  I like the background that peeks thru, here and there.

Above is a print that I made on marbled paper.  (I purchased this paper already marbled -- lacking the patience to do it myself!)

Above is a print made on plain paper.

After I've collected a lot of prints, I cut them into pieces for use as collage elements -- either on stretched canvas, or on greeting cards.  (I usually buy the greeting card blanks at; another good company is LCI.)

Below are two greeting cards assembled this way --

Below is an example of a stencil print that's been cut to a smaller size and used in a collage on a canvas.  This a close-up detail shot.  The canvas as a whole is still being developed.  The stencil used here is Fern Fronds Silhouette Stencil Mini (4" x 4".)  

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

GARDEN MONTAGE Stencil and Friends

Garden Montage and Nosegay, both 9" x 12" stencils, have teamed up to create the two prints below.  After both prints had dried, I cut the blue and gold print (made with Garden Montage) to a smaller size, so I could collage it over the Nosegay-Garden Montage print.  And together they form the cover of a greeting card.

The two stencils in their entirety look like this --

Garden Montage, a 9" x 12" stencil 

Nosegay, a 9" x 12" stencil

Another collage greeting card is below --

Background was made with 6" x 6" stencil Sprigs; foreground, with Garden Montage.

Sprigs stencil looks like this:

Above:  6" x 6" stencil Sprigs

Above is another greeting card cover, this one with a pale blue base that was printed with Garden Montage.  Over that, I first added a cut-out from a print created with lavender and gray acrylic paint and one of my Pods series stencils.  The main top embellishment is another print made with Garden Montage.  To the right of that is a strip of printed paper that balances out the composition.  
My Pods series of stencils are:

Dangled Pods Stencil (9" x 12")

Small Dangled Pods (6" x 6")

Tangled Pods Stencil (9" x 12")

Small Tangled Pods Stencil (6" x 6")

Above is today's last collage-covered greeting card.  It was made with three cut-outs from prints made with 
Garden Montage.
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