Thursday, October 20, 2016

Art Journal Your Archetypes Give Away

I am thrilled to announce that I am a participating artist in Gabrielle Javier-Cerulli's new book, Art Journal Your Archetypes. When I heard about the book, I immediately knew I wanted 'in' because I have studied archetypes ever since I lived in California (late 90's). Gabrielle outlines Carl Jung's definition of an archetype as,
"an inherited pattern of thought or symbolic imagery derived from the past collective experience and present in the individual unconscious."  
Although this might sound like some woo woo verbiage, the study of archetypes is a way of exploring your personality and learning more about yourself based on patterns of behavior. It is fascinating, I mean who doesn't want to understand themselves better, right? To work on these ideas in conjunction with an Art Journal, well, that just makes a lot of sense!
I was lucky enough, as a participating artist, to have a consultation directly with Gabrielle. We walked through the testing and analysis together (there is a self test in the book!!) and I discovered many interesting things about myself. It was a moving experience that I would recommend to anyone, an appointment with Gabrielle. 
I also did a number of journal spreads that are within the book along with an explanation of archetypes that apply to me and the other featured artists - Seth Apter, Orly Avineri, Jessica Sporn, Nathalie Kalbach (lots of StencilGirl artists!!) and others. It is rather engrossing to read about each person. Uh yeah, I'm apparently a little bit voyeuristic, ha!!
If you are interested in watching the video conversation between myself and Gabrielle, you can find it on Youtube. You will be surprised at what I reveal about myself. 
But now for the good news........
I am giving away a FREE copy of this book to one of my lucky Blog Readers. All you need to do is leave me a comment below about why you would like to win this book. I will draw a name on Halloween!! Please make sure you leave your email address so I have a way to contact you. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

StencilGirl and Impression Obsession

Welcome to the Blog Hop. I am excited to share my discoveries regarding the rubber stamps I received from Impression Obsession. First of all, I requested a group of stamps called Clingables:
This particular group was made for Tea Bag Squares, but I just wanted them because they are such neat patterns. For a brief moment I considered actually making Tea Bag Squares and embellishments, but (although beautiful!!) they seemed too complicated for my feeble brain. 
So I decided to make collage parts which is pretty much my favorite thing to do. I thought it would be fun to stamp each design on graph paper. This would allow me to easily line up the stamps and it would be instantly layered with the grid showing in the background. I used StazOn ink because I knew it would remain permanent and not smear with collage medium.
Here are a few of the images I made:
I love the way these turned out and can't wait to use them in Collage. They look simple yet the complexity is instantly seen once you stamp with them - kind of a vintage tile look which I adore.
And then I happened to notice that a few of the stamps would offer two different design opportunities depending on what part of the stamp takes the center. Take a look at the package above, see the three on the right hand side? Look what happened when I stamped them in a square:
Oh my gosh, was I ever excited about this - six little stamps with such variation, how much fun is that!?!? Here are some parts that I glued onto a journal page:
I also got some of Seth Apter's stamps and I am very smitten with the grid (of course you know how I love my grids. I had to immediately use it in my journal - this time, I swiped StazOn and wet gesso across the page and pressed the stamp right into it resulting in a slight texture. 
I also snuck one of my new reverse Grid stencils into this one, I couldn't help myself, the piece called for it. 
Hope you enjoyed seeing SGP and Impression Obsession together; stencils & stamps living in harmony, it was sure fun. 

StencilGirl Products will be giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to TWO lucky winners!
Impression Obsession will be giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to TWO lucky winners!
Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your
chance to win 4 great prizes during the hop!
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Friday, September 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winners will be announced onStencilGirl's Facebook page on Sunday, October 2nd.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Stencils with Paper Clay

Today I am reviewing Artful Paper Clay, a terrific new book by Rogene Manas. Watch the video to catch the review along with a quick project! 
Hope you enjoy. 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Stencil Love

Today I am the guest artist on DLP 2016. I made a little video of my pocket cards which you can see here, click the link:

Stencil Love

If you are interested in seeing a quick tutorial, you will find one on StencilGirl Talk, you may watch the "With Two Stencils Tutorial," by clicking here.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Making Mandalas with Stencils

I got a wonderful gift in the mail the other day, a review copy of Kathryn Costa's book, The Mandala Guidebook. Sometimes you just get lucky! Truly. I am not sure the book would have flown onto my radar screen otherwise. I like this book! 
I brought it into the studio the other day, all set to peruse some pages in order to write a review. Now you know StencilGirl Products sells lots of mandala-like stencils, but nothing beats the idea of starting from scratch and creating your own design, so I was excited to learn how to do this.
I became rather engrossed with the book and started reading page by page, as Kathryn covered everything from drawing a mandala freehand to using a grid; painting patterned papers and making collages; even using magazine pages. When I got to page 80, where she was drawing a Grid type mandala on a painted background, it hit me like a ton of bricks - the way the grid structure is formatted looks an awful lot like a Color Wheel! And StencilGirl has Color Wheel stencils, designed by my friend Pam Carriker. 
And, well, since I hate to measure anything, using stencils to trace my format, well it seemed like a bit of simple genius to me. 
I started out by putting a skim coat of acrylic paint on three backgrounds. I decided I would make mandalas using three of my favorite Pam Carriker Color Wheels stencils. I used a pencil to trace the stencil design onto the dry background. 
At first I was thinking I would just use this as my guide and then draw free hand within each space, but heck, I own a stencil company, so you know what I did next.......I grabbed some stencils
I started out by placing a stencil in the center ( Scribble Blooms, the flower in the center). If I were a more precise person, I might have worried about the paint that went outside of the center, however, I am not that person. 

....the photo above shows how I then used painter's tape to tape off a section of the stencil. I thought I would be able to easily fill in the sections this way. I intentionally made the taped off part slightly wider than my pencil lines thinking this would allow the sections to match up to one another (thus compensating for the width of the Mylar during tracing). 
After I stenciled all the sections, I went back with a paint pen and added further embellishment. 
Next up was the Green background and I pulled out some painted collage papers to glue into a few sections, using the stencil (once again) as a tracing guide so the sizes matched up. 
I know I shouldn't play favorites, but this is my fave. I just love how it turned out!!
And finally, the yellow one. Again, I pulled out some collage parts, this time literally scraps from a previous project. 
I've gotta say I was totally inspired by Kathryn's book. It provides specific, hands on, precise information about a variety of ways to make mandalas. I chose to take this in the direction of stencils, but there are lots of other projects I can't wait to explore, such as the Gratitude Mandala and the Labrinth. Anyone with an interest in making their own mandalas will definitely want this book in their library.