Monday, November 2, 2015

"Swatton Flowers Version 1 Stencil"

Somewhere, flowers are still blooming ... and I made this birthday card to celebrate them, using part of one of my 6"x6" flower stencils:

Available here:

 To section off part of this stencil, I used masking tape, covering the areas I didn't want to print--

Above:  Click on this photo to enlarge it, to better see the area masked off.  The remainder of the stencil extends past the greeting card cover, resting under the lid of the light modeling paste (upper right corner.)

I chose to use white modeling paste, right from the jar, but had I wanted a colored paste, I would have mixed acrylic paint with the light modeling paste before spreading it over the stencil.

The photo below shows the final greeting card, given the final touches of glitter glue and a butterfly cut-out. 

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

New Ways to use Your Stencil-Printed Papers

Looking for new ways to use your beautiful stencil-printed papers? 

See Gwen Lafleur's post here:!

Or consider going in a completely different direction, with the quick and easy technique of fan-folding.  Photos below show, step by step, a fan-folding project that used a print made with my stencil Nosegay.

Above: a narrow strip of self-adhesive metallic tape is used to bind the bottom of the fan-fold.

Above:  The taping is finished and the fan is ready to be glued to its green cardstock background.

Above:  heavy gel is applied with a cotton swab (far right) to the back of the fan.

 Above is the finished project -- glued to a cardstock background, the fan is added to the top of a wooden box, spray-painted black in advance.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

TANGLED PODS ... a Stencil to Celebrate the Bauty of the Japanese Pagoda Tree

Tangled Pods remains one of my all-time go-to stencils.  Below are 5 close-ups of a canvas I just completed.  Under the 5 close-ups is a shot of the entire piece.

To create this artwork, I started with the stencil-and-stain technique that I love, relying on my faithful Golden High Flow acrylics.  I used that technique as well as the reduction/subtractive technique to build up layers.  More layers were added with the use of Krink and Shiva pigment crayons.  And still more layers were added when I cut a heavily-stained Tangled Pods stencil into several pieces, then added them (with heavy matte medium) as a next-to-last layer.  My very last step was to come in with acrylic paints to do touch-ups on the collaged stencil pieces. 

Here is one of my earlier posts showing the stencil-and-stain technique step-by-step; at that time, I used liquid watercolors.  Those watercolors work beautifully, but now I rely on Golden High Flow acrylics because, being acrylic, they don't re-hydrate nearly as much as watercolors will. 

The subtractive/reductive technique has been demonstrated here.  And here.  And here.  As these earlier posts show, the basic technique is the same, but there are many ways to introduce variety.  Besides Jenn Mason, another artist who has taught me this technique is my friend Cindy Powell.

My 9"X12" stencil Tangled Pods looks like this before it's been stained and cut into pieces:

The view above is actually a sideways view (of the pods that hang from the Japanese Pagoda Tree) but like all stencils, Tangled Pods can be turned in any direction.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Unique Twist on Using Stencils

The first image here is a greeting card cover ...

And the second image is the stencil I used ...

 The process was simple:  I held the stencil up next to a window, positioning it so that sunlight cast a pattern thru the stencil and onto a sheet of green paper that I had secured nearby.  This stretched the stencil's design into an angle that interested me.  I snapped a photo, printed it, and used it as a greeting card cover -- embellishing it with a curl of glitter in the upper left corner.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Drop Me a Line ...

...or draw me one.  And make it 3-dimensional!

 The 2 greeting cards below were created in several steps, using my new 9"X12" stencil Prayer Flags.  The cards were created on 6"X6" greeting cards blanks cut from dark bronze cardstock (available at     

Click on the above image to better see the 3D lines -- yellow on the left card cover and copper on the right card cover.

First, I  used masking tape to secure the stencil Prayer Flags into place over the covers of the 2 greeting cards. Clicking on the photo below to enlarge it, you can see that I'd lined up the greeting card blanks, side-by-side.  This way, I can use 1 stencil to do the groundwork for 2 cards -- at the same time.

Note:  In these photos you see a pale blue stencil being used.  This is an advance prototype sent to designers at StencilGirlProducts.  When you order your own stencils, they will be white.

Next, I used a plastic artist's spatula to spread thick white metallic paint thru each of the stencils.  

 While the paint was still wet, and while the stencil was still in place, I sprayed one of the cards with a water-based paint.  Keeping the stencil in place during the spraying step is important to prevent the spray paint from landing on areas where I didn't want spray to land.  See below:

Quickly but gently, I lifted off the stencil and -- since I had used thick paint -- I cleaned the stencil.  (When I use thin media, I seldom bother to clean a stencil after use.)


Once the 2 greeting card surfaces had dried, I placed translucent resist paper over them, and got out my dimensional paints in squeeze bottles.  I used deli wrap paper, but plain wax paper would have worked.  

Holding the deli wrap in place with one hand, I used the other to start drawing lines along the lines of the stencil design.  I was careful to keep the dimensional paint flowing, leaving no gaps in the network of lines. 

When the dimensional paint had dried, I carefully lifted it off the resist paper, pulling the networked lines free just a little at a time.

I painted both greeting card covers with a coat of gloss gel medium.  While the medium was still wet, I placed a network of dimensional lines across the surface of each.  I used copper paint for the still-white card and yellow for the blue-sprayed card:

Click on the above image to better see the 3D lines made with dimensional paint from a squeeze bottle.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Below is a ghost print made with one of my 3 June StencilClub Crop Circle stencils -- for its background, I used an old collage.  I call it a "ghost" because I pressed the still-wet stencil to the old collage as an afterthought, just to clean off the excess paint after having used the stencil in another project.

StencilClub members can still order the Crop Circle set; to become a member, just check out the right sidebar here:

I've worked on a number of stenciling projects over the last 5 weeks, but since I'm recovering from shoulder surgery, I can't take any photos yet.  It requires being able to lift both hands, to use either my phone or my camera.  That's beyond me, now.  But around mid-September, maybe sooner, I will be taking photos of these projects and posting them.

Monday, August 24, 2015

About the Tote Bags with my Designs at

I haven't yet had time to poke around at to see if there is a way I can add a more helpful description of their merchandise bearing my designs.  As far as I know, doesn't provide this information on its own. 

Having ordered tote bags of my own, I can say this:  

The tote bag is made from sturdy polyester.  The fabric exterior is bonded with a layer of flexible plastic on the inside of the tote.  I suspect the inside is waterproof because it looks that way, but I haven't tested this to see. 
I've also ordered a T-shirt from and found the material to be of good quality -- not that cheap flimsy stuff that you sometimes find in some souvenoir shops.    

6'x6" GINGKO Stencil, used in a Recent Project ...

In taking another rewarding online workshop facilitated by Jane Davies, I had an assignment to do something in a monochromatic color scheme -- my least favorite scheme.  I floundered around for quite awhile, before my eye fell on an old Gelli Plate print that had not turned out well.  I had used my 6"X6' stencil Gingko --

-- and as you can see, the resulting blue print was anything but sharp; I have had trouble all along with the paint drying too fast on my Gelli Plates.  But I tried to improve this particular blue print by spraying it with droplets of monochromatic blue.  (You can better see this by clicking on the top image to enlarge it.)  

When this old print caught my eye, I decided in relief to use it as the basis for a new greeting card cover.  (My 6"X6" blank greeting cards come from JAM.)  

With deckle-cut Friskar scissors, I clipped off edges from the original print, before gluing it to the greeting card cover.  Then I added the cut-offs as narrow strips across the upper left of the card.  Below that, I added two more collage elements, blues in two shades, cut from old catalogs and calendar pages.

The final artwork is far from a masterpiece; I was happy enough to finally come up with something that meets the requirements of this segment of Jane's weekly assignment-list.  As many of us know, the words "masterpiece" and "workshop" go together like oil and water.  The goal of a workshop is to equip ourselves with knowledge that will serve us in the future.  

What I personally learned from this segment of an assignment is that I will most likely never choose a monochromatic color scheme for any of my artworks.  Others can pull this off beautifully ... and my hat is off to those artists!  :-)

Saturday, August 22, 2015


You are cordially invited to attend St. George’s-by-the-River 4th Annual
                       Canterbury Art Show -- 

            A Tapestry of the Arts 2015 Art Show and Sale

*********All proceeds benefit St. George's and and the many local charitable organizations to which it contributes *************

 Friday, Saturday and Sunday     September 4, 5, and 6 
$10 general admission

For further information, visit

St. George’s church is located at 7 Lincoln Avenue, Rumson, NJ 07760

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Visit for this week's blog hop and giveaway!

Visit today's edition of StencilGirlTalk to join this week's StencilGirlProducts blog hop and giveaway!

In today's hop --

-- another 9"X12" stencil of mine, Vintage Script, is being used  --

 This stencil is available here:

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Second Day of StencilGirl Giveaway Blog Hop!

 Today's Blog Hop includes artwork using my 9"X12" stencil Nosegay --

So join the fun here, and you may win in the giveaway --

Monday, March 23, 2015

Don't Wait!

StencilGirl's blog hop starts today, so if you jump in quickly, you have a chance at winning prizes!

While visiting today's post by Ken Oliver, you can see how he used my 6"X6" stencil  Pressed Leaves.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

9"X12" Stencil TANGLED PODS

There are countless ways to use stencils -- for proof, scroll thru my other blog --

But I often fall back on old favorite stenciling methods, including the use of a Sofft Sponge to apply heavy-body acrylic paint thru the openings.  I usually do this as a second step, having first established a background. Over the background below, I've used the stencil 9"X12" Tangled Pods with heavy-body burgundy acrylic.

After using the stencil a first time , I often add spray paint.  This reinforces the layered look that's already begun -- and it's useful for hiding areas where paint may have bled under the stencil.  I sometimes use Adirondack color wash spray from AmazonSmile.  Other times, I use a mix of liquid acrylic paint, water and airbursh medium in a spray mister bottle.  (Roughly 1 part paint, 1 part water and just a drop of the medium.)  I use the small spray bottles found in the travel section of drug stores.

My next step was to brush on new layers of blue acrylic paint to set the stage for spraying a thinner paint thru the stencil.  I don't always add these new, opaque layers, but in this case I decided to do it this way.

Below is a close-up of the stencil taped in place, ready for me to apply spray paint.  (Notice I have cut the outside border off the stencil -- now stained from having been used earlier with burgundy paint.)

Detail close-up

After spraying paint thru the stencil, I lifted the stencil, leaving what you see in the close-up below. 

Detail close-up
Another old favorite technique that I often fall back on is to use the reductive (also called subtractive) approach:  First, I paint a layer of new color in a limited area -- then, while this layer is still wet, I place a stencil over it.  Holding the stencil in place with one hand, I use a paper towel or soft cloth to rub off still-wet paint in the areas that are exposed in the openings of the stencil.  The results are shown below -- where I have used the reductive technique at left bottom (purple) and right bottom (aqua.)

Below is a detail close-up of the lower left side of this painting.

Next, I focused on the upper right area, again applying burgundy acrylic paint thru the stencil.  See below.

Below is a close-up of this upper right area:

 After the burgundy paint had dried, it was time once more to secure the stencil to the canvas with masking tape.  Notice again that I've cut off the stencil's outer border.  (You can click on the image below to enlarge it.  The stencil is now stained green.)

  Again I used water-thinned green acrylic paint in a mister bottle to spray thru the stencil.  After I lifted off the stencil, the central right area of the painting appeared as shown below.

Below is a close-up of this area:

Below is a full view of the painting, further developed.  What I've done was (1) I painted out the left-middle section with opaque green paint; (2) I applied full-strength pink paint thru the Tangled Pods stencil; (3) I weakened the lower part of this imprint by covering that area with green spray paint. 

Below is is the painting, finished.  The final touch was to add part of the cut-up stencil along the left side.  This meant cutting the stencil almost completely apart and reassembling it while collaging it to the canvas.

These are only a few ways I've found to use my 9"X12" stencil Tangled Pods. 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

3 Brand-New Stencils at!

My latest 3 stencils are available here: