Monday, March 31, 2014

StencilGirl Blog Hop Featuring NEW Artist Andrea Matus deMeng

What a thrilling day for StencilGirl Products!
I have wanted Andrea to come on board for us for, well....for a long time. Every time we would see each other (at a teaching gig), she and I would talk again but fail to develop a plan. This has been going on for a stupid (slaps self in head) amount of time. But the thing is, Andrea is a mom, an artist, a teacher, a wife, I could go on and on.......not to mention my schedule.....we are both super busy girls and life just kinda snuck up on us.
So I am absolutely beyond delighted to introduce Andrea Matus deMeng as the newest StencilGirl artist.
Her stencils completely R-O-C-K, as I knew they would. I imagined she would design stencils with an edge - sort of tattoo meets sophisticated beauty. Somehow she knew exactly what I wanted even though I didn't verbalize it well. I can't wait to work with all her stencils, but for this Hop, I chose the Fowl Play stencil and the Free as a Bird stencil.
I am gaga for these birds. I love that they come in 2 sizes with slightly different looks and faces.
I should have taken a picture of the stencils before I got them dirty, eh? Hmmm, so what's new?
Working once again in my journal, I used a Sofft sponge to dab Pan Pastel over the stencil. My background pages were pretty busy from the start and the blue I chose didn't 'pop' as much as I had hoped so I decided to try something different.
Being as it was late at night and I was too lazy to get the paint out, I scraped a little 'pan pastel powder' onto my palette and then added gesso (plus a drop of water) to it. Using this 'paint' and a couple of Pitt Pens, I was able to paint this bird. We are talking 3 seconds max.
And it doesn't even look like I used a stencil so much, does it?
Wowzers!
Now I am *really* gaga for these birds.

Enjoy the Hop! I can't wait to see what everyone has done.


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82 comments:

  1. Lovely birds, they give me the feeling of spring!

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  2. wow those birds are great, thanks for the methodology for them.
    Stencils that are like stamps....all my dreams come true!

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  3. Love this beautiful bird! Great inspiration

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  4. I love how you used the bird stencil! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. How inspiring! I love the colors! The art makes me feel free!

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  6. love those blue birds, nice idea to blend the powder with gesso, thanks for the tip
    Gill x

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  7. Very diverse group of stencils. thanks for all.

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  8. Cute birds - love what you do.

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  9. Love this page, Andrea is a great addition to Stencil Girl!

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  10. Makes me think spring when I see these super birds!

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  11. Love your spread and these beautiful birds!

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  12. So glad you recruited Andrea to become a StencilGirl Artist!
    Mary Beth, these pages are DELIGHTFUL! Your art journal pages you've shared inspired me to work in mine yesterday! :) Love your blue birds!

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  13. Love love love this...

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  14. Love, love. love these stencils. Andrea will make a great addition to the team.

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  15. You can never have enough bird stencils or anything bird related. Great stencil.

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  16. The birds are great, so happy to Andrea added to the party

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  17. Beautiful blue bird. Love bird stencils and you did this one justice.
    Daisylou xx

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  18. love your paint mix... I just rec'd my first set of pan pastels... can't wait to try this! I always learn something new on your blog hops! thanks!

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  19. Love the birds!!!! Great idea to liquefy the pan pastels, too!

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  20. Love the little blue birds!! I think I'm going to have to break down and get some Pan Pastels!

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  21. Hi, Mary Beth -- I can't wait to try this! Love the birds.....

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  22. What's not to like with those new stencil designs? Thanks for sharing your ideas on using some of them.

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  23. Hey MB.. great birds. Love Andrea's stencils. I, too, got my stencil dirty first. Art first, think later.. LOL.

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  24. The birds look awesome! I love these new stencils!

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  25. Love the stencils. great inspiration for spring that just does not seem to want to get here.

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  26. love your bluebirds MB - now if they would only usher in spring....

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  27. Mary Beth, love what you did with the birds! Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your truly fabulous team! (...and was I not supposed to get my stencils dirty? I missed that memo and mine have a few layers of "stuff" on them and look very well used right about now) See you in Dixie my friend! xoxo

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  28. LOVE Andrea's stencils...and your hands...perfect.

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  29. These new stencils are awesome! I love the faces!!!
    ....Raine

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  30. The new stencils are great. I LoVe your bids! Thanks for sharing your talent.
    Thanks for the chance to win... ;0)

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  31. What fun these stencils are! Glad Andrea is on board!
    marilyn sandau

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  32. I totally get why you would be 'gaga' for these birds! And love how you improvised during a 'lazy' (your word not mine) moment. That little improvisation is inspirational--I'm going to hold onto it as a motivator next time I feel one of those 'lazy' moments coming on!

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  33. Come ON! I just saw these on Andreas blog...they are incredible! Just the difference in what you did and what she did. Its like a ton of POTENTIAL :) Thanks for showing us these, Mary Beth:) Laura

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  34. Those birds are awesome. Your page is just beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win....Rita

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  35. Love the birds, Mary Beth!

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  36. There's such a good lesson in your creative improvising!! Thanks, Mary Beth:)

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  37. Great use of the stencils!

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  38. Your creativity is so inspiring!

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  39. Mary Beth, the blue birds are a delight!

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  40. I love birds, and these are wonderful. It's always a treat to see what different artists will create with the same tools.

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  41. Those birds are a beautiful addition to your project. TFS

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  42. it is so fun to see what everyone is doing with their stencils - love the orange with the blue bird.

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  43. Mary Beth i just love how you used the stencil!!! great page, new follower!

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  44. I would definitely love to win the birds and like knowing about the applicator which would work well with inks.

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  45. loove these birds and who doesn't need a blue bird of happiness

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  46. So glad Andrea is now part of the group.

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  47. Thank you for highlighting this particular stencil! Love birds and this is so easy to imagine using!
    Happy Spring!

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  48. Just so beautiful!! Love bluebirds... real ones and journal page ones!! :)

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  49. So glad you convinced Andrea to join Stencil Girl. Her stencils are amazing and so is her art. She fits right in with the rest of your very talented group (including you of course!) I cannot wait to get my hands on the birds or one of the faces. I am not a great "face" artist but these stencils should help just like Pam Carriker's.

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  50. How cute, love it. These stencils are fabulous

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  51. Loved the birds! Also would love the bird stencils! I can think of SO many ideas with those bird stencils!
    I am READY for fun with bird stencils!

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  52. You made me gaga after them too.

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  53. Love Andrea's face stencils but the others are great too. Love what you did with her birds!

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  54. Wow Mary Beth this is beautiful! I like how you added words around the birds as well. I also was so happy you used the birds because I wanted to see them better. Have a good day! Hopping along...

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  55. Love how you used the bird stencil. Very pretty.

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  56. Very good, MaryBeth! I love how you did this - I can't wait to get my set, how fun! I also am so very happy to see Andrea a part of the creative team here - what a wonderful addition!

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  57. I love the way your birds are soaring around the page...

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  58. Your birds came out beautiful MaryBeth- in spite of it being so late! heehee

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  59. Great movement in these little birds .... they're just flying all over your piece.
    SusieW

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  60. it is so much fun and interesting to see what each artist does with the stencils, i am with u though, i want these birds! tx for sharing and inspiring, aloha, angi in hana

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  61. Very Nice. Your right it looks more painted.

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  62. How fun! Thanks for sharing.

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  63. SO lucky to have seen this journal page in person. ABSOLUTELY love the birds!

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  64. This is a must have! Love this!!

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  65. love that stencil and what you did is very nice
    hugs bibiana

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  66. I love seeing your journal and how your layers intertwine!

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  67. Loved getting to see this in person! Beautiful subtle layers and colors!

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  68. I love how your birds came out. I must try this new "paint" idea :)

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  69. I love the birds! Thanks for the inspiration

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  70. I love your birds!

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  71. Beautiful Mary Beth I adore birds and you have incorporated Andrea's bird stencils beautifully into your design!

    Amy*

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  72. Really cute! Love the look.

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  73. Love the bird stencil and also your color choices!

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  74. Birds! What's not to lo!ve

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  75. Love how you used the stencils! Loving the colors too! Happy Sunday!

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  76. Love these stencils. Andrea is a great addition to the team!

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  77. OMGosh how did I miss you last week. I love, love, love the bird. Blessings, Janet PPF

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