Friday, November 08, 2013

Jane LaFazio Sweet Gum Balls!

When I think about Gratitude, nature is one of the first things that comes to mind. I am so grateful for the miracle of nature. Walks in the woods, gazing at clouds,  listening to birds - I love every aspect of the natural world. Nothing inspires my art more than nature. And yes, I realize I am an abstract painter, but seriously, nature is at the root (pun intended) of a lot of my art.
Jane LaFazio is a genius at her depictions of nature. I have long admired her lovely journal pages and her nature drawings.
Her stencils are beautiful representations of her work. I picked Sweet Gum Balls because it is one of my favorites (duh) and also because it is such a complex stencil. And cause they are circles.
In the stencil business, everything is based on time - that being 'time on the laser'. Many of the StencilGirl stencils are intricate and take a lot of time to cut. But Sweet Gum Balls is right up there at the top meaning it takes forever to cut. Thankfully it is well worth it.

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89 comments:

  1. The info about "time on the laser" helps me appreciate this stencil even more. THX!!

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  2. I love those nature stencils, this gum balls are very special!

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  3. Great piece Mary Beth. It feels like you created a whole different universe here. xox

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  4. is an awesome page!!! love it!

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  5. The gum balls stencil is awesome! Love what you did with it...the colours are superb.

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  6. Mary Beth, I love your painting. The colours and texture are fabulous! I especially love those drops...I feel like I could just pick them up!

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  7. Stencils are certainly a favourite in my tool box. I'm grateful for them! :) Now I need the how to book. ;)

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  8. Love the texture in your piece ... just beautiful!

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  9. I love Jane's stencils too!

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  10. This is an awesome stencil. I like your interpretation and would love to have this stencil in my stash. thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win

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  11. I love the circles, too! Pretty art you have here, MaryBeth.

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  12. I love this stencil too! I love the colors and texture in your piece ~ fabulous as always! :)

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  13. Thanks for introducing me to your wonderful blog. I have been a follower of Jane for quite some time. Now I have a new blog (your blog) to enjoy.

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  14. I just found your lovel blog over the blog hop.. Thank you for the nature inspiration.. I love the nature look.. Fantastic. :)

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  15. yummy, Mary Beth!! thanks so much for participating in the blog hop. (and thanks for EVERYTHING!) I'm grateful for you!!

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  16. Wow, Thank you for your time! This turned out very beautiful and was well worth the time! Mine and yours! :) THank you so much for sharing your talent with us hoppers!

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  17. What another wonderfully rich and gorgeous painting, Mary Beth!
    So very grateful for you!
    And delighted to be in this blog hop with you and Jane!! :)

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  18. Thanks for sharing this info. I love the stencil.

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  19. I love this stencil and how you used it.

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  20. I love your art piece! The circles, the gum balls and the lovely colors! Wow!

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  21. Beautiful piece, love the depth and richness achieved. Time on the laser, now I will be wondering every time I pick up one of your stencils just how long it lingered on the laser :-)

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  22. Your design and the use of the stencil combine for a gorgeous piece. Thank you for cutting such a beautiful stencil.

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  23. Thank you for the stencil "time" information! Never gave that a thought but now it makes me love stencils even more! Your piece is beautiful! Love the colors and the texture! TFS!

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  24. OOOHHH MAry Beth! I'd be grateful if you did a mini tutorial on how you achieved these fabulous colors!!!LOVE!!!!

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  25. Love the stencil though it does take such a long time to cut

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  26. There is always a different technique on how to use stencils. I love the circle of the sweet gum balls and how only some you drew and colored a circle around.

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  27. Love the sweet gum stencil. So many possibilities.

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  28. Please put me on the giveaway list!

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  29. Would love a set of stencils, such generous people out there in blogland.

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  30. What a fab piece! So grateful for artists like you!

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  31. Love your complementary orange and blue! Also, the blog hop is a great source of inspiration!

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  32. The colours you have used are fabulous

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  33. Good colors and neat 3D effect. Would love to own that stencil!

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  34. What a really cool painting! I am loving these stencils more and more!

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  35. WOW! So much depth going on here. Love this! TFS :0)

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  36. I love the texture in this ... no idea quite right now how to re-create it but I love your final effect! I am grateful that I now have another art technique to research!

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  37. Nice info about the laser I didn't know that!!! Wonderful stencil and project!!!

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  38. Fabulous! I'm trying to figure out which stencils I want to start with. Choices, choices!

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  39. Great texture in this piece.

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  40. so glad to have known stencil girl stencils and the great artistry they represent, but also the wonderful artists behind them. thanks for exposing us all to this grand adventure with intriguing, and artfully satisfying, stencils, mary beth. i for one, have enjoyed this journey! xo

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  41. Love the color and the texture.

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  42. Mary Beth, Love this stencil. Thanks for the giveaway.

    PS. I reviewed Stencil Girl on my blog recently. Great book!

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  43. I love the intricate details of the stencils; after trying to hand cut some, you appreciate them even more.

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  44. Mary Beth, think you are a masterful artist. Love what you did with this stencil. textilerecycler@yahoo.com

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  45. Love the colors and the shine.

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  46. I simply love the stencils, and I am grateful for all of you!

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  47. love these stencils, so much to do with them. would love to win mary beths book. thanks so much for all the inspiration and the chance to win. xoxo

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  48. Love the stencil and how you used it! Grateful for the chance to win!

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  49. I was just collecting gumballs at a friends house in Ohio this summer. This stencil will be a perfect addition to the art I want to make, using the gumballs! Great technique!

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  50. The texture is so cool. Must get the stencil and try to achieve a similar effect. Still learning but will be fun to try.

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  51. Your piece is so intriquing...I'm wondering how you created the texture,

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  52. I like how this set of stencils celebrate nature!

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  53. What a super stencil, love the pattern, it makes the texture pop off tye page.

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  54. Love this stencil! I would love to try this in my prayer art journals!

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  55. Love the way you used this stencil, Mary Beth.

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  56. So fun to meet you in Santa Fe!

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  57. very cool stencil
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  58. Great stencil,love the texture!

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  59. A wonderful use of this stencil. Loving the way you used it.

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  60. This was really pretty. Great colors and texture. Thanks for sharing.

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  61. I'd love to learn more about what makes a good stencil and the process for making them. I find that I enjoy creating so much more when I understand the tools of the trade.

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  62. Cool use of the stencils! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  63. awesome use of the stencil!!

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  64. I like circles too! They're my absolute favourites, next to spirals.

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  65. what awesome stencils! Thanks to everyone sharing.

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  66. Neat colors! Like the earthy tones!

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  67. LOVE your texture-great piece!

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  68. I am in love with the colors and textures on this!!!

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  69. I'm inspired by nature too. I can always find something to be amazed by in the natural world. It makes me feel small and insignificant, yet grounded.

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  70. I'm inspired by nature too. I can always find something to be amazed by in the natural world. It makes me feel small and insignificant, yet grounded.

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  71. Stencil Girl stencils have become a favorite since you introduced them to me in Paducah. Love this piece!

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  72. love these mary beth! I have gumballs all over my yard!

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  73. Mary Beth, you showcased Jane's stencil beautifully!

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  74. Hello Mary Beth, Thank you for sharing your inspired and inspiring ideas AND especially your stencils!

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  75. Thanks for sharing. I love these colors!!

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  76. I am grateful for learning so many techniques using these stencils. This is so much fun.

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  77. neat technique for stencil use, I really like this ide and the color comb!

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  78. I have a love/hate relationship with sweet gum balls. We have a tree that drops millions of them in the front yard. I always seem to trip on them. But it is such a great stencil!

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  79. Mary Beth what a cool piece you created with Jane's stencil! Love it!!!

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  80. This piece is gorgeous. I am so grateful for everyone sharing their talents.

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  81. I am grateful that you are willing to share so much of the creative process with me. The more I learn from you, the more I am able to share with others.
    Thank you so much.

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  82. Love the nature as inspiration, so true. You stencils reflect you love and are especially inspiring.

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  83. So much creativity! I am inspired

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  84. Just beautiful! I'm inspired to try so many more things with my stencils!

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  85. Love your new book, Mary Beth!

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  86. Love stencils, love blocks, what more could I ask for?

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