Thursday, February 04, 2016

Valentines - Look, Ma, no glue!?!

Back in the day I kept an enormous box of supplies specifically for Valentine's - doilies, foil, glitter, sequins, you name it. I started working on my cards in January, laboring over each and every one so each was different and significant. 

Flash forward to 2016, 

I had one afternoon. A few hours. 

Here's what I did:

1. I had already bought THESE cards. Simple heart shaped cardstock with an envelope.

2. I pulled out my massive assortment of Washi & other assorted tapes, started randomly placing tape over the front side of each heart, just butting the tape up next to each other, overlapping in places, really trying to not think too much. I trimmed around the edges. Added stickers in some spots.
It simply couldn't have been an easier. And I felt good because I was finally using all those Washi tape. That moment when you put your stash to good work.
3. I used my new text stencils to put a message on the back.
And called it done. 
Quick and simple. No glue, no fuss, no muss.
You can find my new alphabet stencils HERE at StencilGirl Products.
But you knew that.

Monday, January 25, 2016

StencilGirl and Art Squares (from inchie arts) Blog Hop

A long long time ago in a galaxy far away, I participated in an Inchie Swap. 
Remember when those were 'the thing?' At that time, we were using card stock that we handcut into squares.  
I about lost my mind because the squares were so little, as in one inch by one inch (duh) and I had an awful time decorating them, it was as if my brain simply wouldn't work that small. I famously (or infamously?) declared inchies were not my thing. 
Flash forward and my team here at StencilGirl developed the idea to do a Blop Hop with inchie arts llc. I'll fess up; I agreed to participate just to be a team player and, because it is (after all) my company, right?

Imagine my delight when I found out how totally cool and fun the Art Squares are! 
I love these little substrates!!
Art Squares of various sizes 
The minute I took them out of the packages, I started to see their potential in a new way. Yes! They looked like tiny substrates to me and I imagined working on them as part of an overall piece. 
I took some tape and arranged it sticky side up so I could lay out the Art Squares in a pleasing composition. I used delicate surface tape because they are made of museum grade mat board and I didn't want to tear the surface. There is a 'right' side and 'wrong' side to the Squares which is clearly explained on the packaging.
Once I had my layout, I started painting and working on the Squares just like I would any other piece. 
Initial painting using Golden Fluid Acrylic paints and white gesso.
The Art Squares tolerate quite a bit of water which was a pleasant surprise. During the course of this project, I created several layers and the squares held up beautifully. Naturally I used stencils, my own Grid stencils seemed made for this project, right??
Mary Beth's Grid Stencils
I also used Carolyn Dube's Building Stencil which is a 'must have' for a grid obsessed girl like me.
Carolyn Dube Buildings Stencil
Painted batch of Art Squares
I ended up with a gorgeous batch of square is a variety of sizes. Not wanting to be influenced by my initial layout, I took them all off the tape and contemplated them anew. I used the larger Art Squares as the background and painted them Raw Umber to blend with the smaller squares. Then I arranged them mosaic style and created a piece of art. I did a little bit more embellishing with stencils and ink, then called it done. I even have several leftover squares to use in other pieces.

So much fun to make, I adored working with the Art Squares. 


We'll be picking one lucky winner
to receive a $25 StencilGirl Products Gift Certificate and
1 package each of White 4", 3", ATC (2.5" X 3.5") and Swatch (2" X 4") size Art Squares!

All comments left on the hop list participants’ posts will be entered. 
One comment per blog. 
Comments close on January 30th @ 11:59PM Central.
Winner will be announced on 
StencilGirl Product’s Facebook Page
 on January 31st.

Below are the hop list order (with links embedded) and attached is the giveaway image!

Thanks to everyone for hopping!

Monday, January 18, 2016

All Aboard, 2016 - the year of the Mulligan

Today I am starting 2016 over. 
Yep, it's a do-over 'cause I've had a shitty year thus far filled with way too much death, illness, miscellaneous mayhem and more. 
I don't want to talk about it particularly, that's what my art is for. 
But really, it's time for a Mulligan.

Starting right now.
All Aboard!!

These pieces were made using stencils and stamps by Seth Apter. The stencils are (of course) available at StencilGirl Products.  I am especially fond of Seth's stencils because he incorporates words that nearly always help me process the things going on in my life. Plus the extra gnarly little shapes are just plain fun to use! His rubbers stamps are available several places, you can find out more information on his blog. 

These paintings are 4" x 4" painted on all sides. They are available for $45 each. If you are interested, just leave me a comment below. 

Who else is on board the Mulligan Train of 2016?

Monday, January 04, 2016

Art Journal for 2016

Typically I have a bunch of journals 'in process' at the same time. Naturally that doesn't stop me from starting a new one like yesterday when I got a hankering for a smaller format than my mongo Moleskine.
Here it is, a small size Canson Mixed Media XL, the 5x8 one.

I used scraps of fabric and just glued them onto the cover. Then I stenciled some marks using Rae Missgman's Repetition stencil.  I am a wee bit obsessed with that stencil, it pretty much looks good on everything. Here, I used white Gesso.

My new journal makes me so happy.
I intend to use it primarily for Gratitude journaling.
If you want a peek at my journaling space in my house, click over to StencilGirl Talk to watch my video.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Cool Classes

I am honored to be part of two upcoming online experiences, Creative JumpStart and Life Book. Both events include awesome artists, many who are friends of mine, others who I have admired from afar. The events are distinctly different (hint, life is short, you might want to do both). 
Here are the details.
One of my abstract paintings, you get to watch me painting an abstract in CJS!
Creative JumpStart takes place in January 2016. I have participated before and found it quite inspiring, I like that you get all the videos during January to 'jump start' your year. Wowzers is it a lot of good stuff.
For only $50 (on sale right now for $45) you’ll get:
  • A series of 25 technique based videos from 24 artists from around the world.
  • Downloadable videos – download before November 2016 to keep them forever.
  • Information about new creative and innovative products and techniques you might not have used before.
  • Inspiration to jumpstart your own artwork.
Click over HERE to watch a video preview and sign up now. Treat yourself, I think you deserve it!
“Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class organized by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts. This is my first time and I will have to say I am very rocked to be involved and plan to play along and do the assignments each week. I am absolutely smitten with the concept and have already filmed my segment; it is chock full of techniques and ideas. 
Tam is joined by 23 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share their mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with YOU! Themed around self-development and healing, you’ll be creating several loose mixed media art journal pages per month which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life Book)! You will have a wonderful keepsake that you can treasure for the rest of your life!

So if you want to start the year with a fabulous creative BANG and spend 2016 with a wonderful creative community of like-minded souls, learning more about art and how to be kinder and more loving towards yourself, be sure to CLICK HERE so you can sign up. 
Truly, I think this is exactly what I need. I have felt a bit scattered in the past months, and the idea of grounding myself on a weekly basis totally appeals to me.

Hope to see you at one or both of these terrific events.