Monday, June 02, 2014

StencilGirl, Linda Robertson and Enkaustikos Blog HOp

Last year I was fortunate to attend encaustiCON in Santa Fe, a meeting of the International Encaustic Association. I had been invited to present a demo/class on 'Addressing the Substrate' and felt truly honored to be among some of my encaustic heroes like Linda Robertson. She was so authentic and down to earth, I instantly liked her and felt a connection. Naturally I gave her stencils because I knew she liked them and wanted her to use ours.
Enkaustikos Linda Robertson set
Flash forward.  Linda was working with Kathryn Bevier from Enkaustikos to create a kit of materials and wanted to include a stencil, ultimately she picked Pippin's Dragon Flower.  
Imagine my delight when they went this awesome kit for me to try! Wowzers!! In addition to all the items shown in the picture above, this Set includes video downloads from Linda. And I am here to tell you they are awesome. She is a terrific teacher and her Set is well worth the money. 
Here are some shots of the project I made. 


I started out with the fantastic cradled substrate that was furnished (nice!!) and randomly use the Enkaustikos paint and medium to build up a background. These paints are SO loaded with pigment, they really go a long way and I enjoy the Snaps format, you can snap off a bit at a time so nothing is wasted. 
Being the abstract person that I am, I decided to use Squared On, a stencil of my own design that is a real 'go to' for me. I placed the stencil on top of my piece and painted the encaustic paint over top the piece, moving the stencil several times and fusing in between each layer.


Next up was the Pan Pastel. Oh my is this blue ever a gorgeous color! Once again, I place my stencil and used the Sofft sponge to apply the Pan Pastel right on top of the wax. It simply 'grabs' the wax in and a quick fuse is all you need to add this delicious pigment. LOVE using Pan Pastels with wax.


 I then played with the other tools furnished in the kit, namely the pointy tool and the scraping tool. These both allow you to pull back some wax and create interesting texture effects.


 Here is a close up of some of the texture I obtained.


And finally, here is the completed painting.

In my opinion, this kit is a wonderful value. It includes everything you need to obtain fantastic mixed media results with your encaustic work. The paints and tools are super high quality - no corner cutting here!! And you are going to love Linda's instruction. A class and supplies, what more could you want?
Before you leave, make sure you comment to win the prize from StencilGirl Products and Enkaustikos!



Giveaway includes:
(4) 9" x 12" Stencils from StencilGirl Products Retail Value $56
(3) Online Lessons from Linda Robertson (RobertsonWorkshops.com) Valued at $45
(1) Collection of Wax Snaps and Hot Sticks from Enkaustikos Valued at $75
All to ONE lucky winner!!
Giveaway will close on June 8th at 11:59PM Central Time. Every comment in the hop is eligible for the giveaway. The more blogs you comment on, the more changes you have to win. One comment per blog please.

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120 comments:

  1. I love that your piece has so much texture and....of course, the red! It is amazing what the scribbling and scrapping does to the piece! BEAUTIFUL!!!!

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  2. Beautiful work as always and very inspiring!!

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  3. This is stunning!!!! The texture, color and layers are yummy!!!!

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  4. EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH BECOMES FANTASTIC. I LOVE YOUR COLORS AND STYLE. ITS VERY INSPIRING . I HAVE TO LEARN TO DO THESE TECHNIQUES

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  5. Art rules today. Forget the laundry!

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  6. LOVE IT! Man, I really need to try out encaustics for sure!!!!

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  7. I'd would love to try these one day.

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  8. So inspiring MB! This is really stunning!

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  9. Wow! Loved this art piece! Loved the layering of the colors and also the details that the tools allowed! thanks for sharing!

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  10. Very exciting giveaway! :)

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  11. Loved your finished painting-especially the textures! Thanks for the chance to win this great kit.

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  12. I so agree that the kit is top notch! I am in love with this piece you created!

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  13. I've been fortunate enough to take a class with Linda Robertson here in Portland. She's a wonderful teacher. The kit looks fantastic.

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  14. Love it. Looking forward to playing with all the great ideas for the tools in this kit.

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  15. Great looking kit, I'm thinking I need to play with Encaustic again.

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  16. It's very exciting to find out pan pastels work so well on the wax! I love your abstract piece... just gorgeous!

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  17. All the possibilities! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Yowza.. what colors and texture. I'll say the same thing I told Carolyn.. I want to rub my hands all over this. Bravo.

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  19. Fab giveaway - I have sort of tried it in a fashion using a travel iron and wax crayons and that's because to buy all the 'proper' bits, it worked out really expensive so I'd love to have a chance to win this fantastic array of prizes, esp the lessons to get an idea of how to tackle it best.

    Thank you xxx

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  20. Love Linda's kit and love the geometric spin you put on it. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  21. I love encaustic and wish I could try it at home ... I love the feel and look to the wax (my favortie artist would be Judy Wise). Thanks for a chance to win!

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  22. Oooh ~ love love love the color combinations and patterns you created here! I guess it's time for me to learn a new medium! I am inspired!

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  23. Oh this kit looks so wonderful! Your painting is awesome and I love to see how the pan pastels work so well with the wax.

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  24. Your painting is gorgeous, Mary Beth! And what a wonderful kit.

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  25. I so want to learn more about this process. The kit would be a great beginning.

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  26. Fabulous - I'd love to have a go!
    BTW I love your square stencil !

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  27. Beautiful piece Mary Beth! I have a lot to learn with encaustic, but it's a fun medium.

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  28. Wow! I'm quite a fan of encaustic and would love to try it. Great surface!

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  29. Love the look of this using the geometric like shapes! Looks like some cool techniques to try with encaustic wax!

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  30. Oh my goodness, two of my most favorite things! Encaustics and stencils together - swoon! Oh to be so lucky to possibly win this giveaway...be still my beating heart.

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  31. Wow! What a great giveaway. I would love to try these products.

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  32. Your color combinations and geometric design is right up my ally. This has given me a boost to finally try the encaustics.

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  33. Mary Beth, I love Encaustics and your abstracts. This is a wonderful piece. Thanks for the details too! Never thought about the pan pastels with encaustic, I usually go to my friends house to play with encaustics. She has a wonderful large heating surface. Can't remember what kind. It is in storage because her mother in law is staying with her after surgery. I am going to send this to her too.

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  34. This geometric canvas is just WOW !! I never thought encaustic could have SOOOOO much ways to be used ! it's like a media with so much possibilities !! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the chance to win !!

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  35. I had no idea, either, that encaustic could be used so many ways. Thanks for sharing!

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  36. Wow! What a beautiful piece! I would never have known it is made from wax, what vibrant and beautiful colors. I don't have any experience with encaustics but have wanted to learn. I never researched what tools and supplies were needed and local craft stores don't have much info or supplies readily available.

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  37. Love your painting! Some day I'll try encaustics!

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  38. Thanks for walking us through one of your pieces. NICE! I love encaustic but can't afford to paint that way as much as I would like. This giveaway would be the perfect booster! **fingers crossed**

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  39. I love this piece. Encaustics is most definitely on my list of methods to try.

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  40. Your finished piece is so *you* - love it.

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  41. Well, I can see you have a new love! I think it could be a new love for me,too!
    Super colors!

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  42. Hot wax and stencils, seems like a perfect pair

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  43. What a terrific combo of media and techniques. I'm a big fan of Linda's from way back when you'd say "encaustic" and people think you were speaking Greek:)

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  44. What a terrific combo of media and techniques. I'm a big fan of Linda's from way back when you'd say "encaustic" and people think you were speaking Greek:)

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  45. I'm curious about the term "fuse" it in when you describe using pan pastels over the wax?? I love the end results and would love to give this a try. Maybe I'll win the fabulous giveaway, eh?? LOL

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  46. Great use of texture and color. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  47. Gorgeous results. This looks like so much fun. I hear you will be a Stampaway--I'm looking forward to meeting you

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  48. Beautiful!! What a great giveaway! I love playing with Encaustic Wax!

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  49. some great techniques here - thanks for sharing!

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  50. I have always wanted to try encaustics, but the cost was more than I could afford. I love what you have made because I'm really loving the texture you created. Lovely and fun to see how you made this.

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  51. What a generous and fabulous giveaway!!! I have so wanted to try out encaustics, but have been waiting to go to the big city and an art supply store. Thanks for the opportunity to throw my name into the hot wax. (Thanks also for always inspiring me to try new things, for your wonderful book, and stencils.)

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  52. I can imagine a million interesting things you could use to carve and create texture with this medium, it makes me drool just thinking about it! lol.

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  53. How fabulous your piece is! Each blog I stop at & read about what you've each created with this amazing kit makes me want to "wax on/wax off". Must.Have.This!

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  54. What an awesome abstract project you created! Love it!, thanks for the chance. Encaustic sis something I've been wanting to try forever!

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  55. Intrigued beyond measure! I must try this technique!

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  56. Wow, this is one very fabulous & special Blog Hop, encaustic kit, tutorial and giveaway!! Thanks so much.

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  57. Hopped over from Carolyne's blog,what a wonderful abstract piece you created, I LOVE the textures, those tools look like serious fun.

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  58. Thanks for the chance to win this gorgeous stuff. I really love what you did with it. The colours and the texture....... Mjummie!

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  59. I love your project, MaryBeth! This medium is amazing, and I'm pretty sure it just a matter of time before I find myself ordering the kit…I love the look, and it seems that you just can't really duplicate the look of encaustics with anything else….gotta try it :-)

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  60. Mary Beth- what a beautiful piece! Love how richly pigmented those colors are!! Thank you for this opportunity! ")

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  61. Love your stencil! And this process with encaustics, stencils, and pan pastels is just fascinating! I'm definitely going to try this.

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  62. MB I love this and am so excited you all are doing or trying this. You, SG, and your work are totally awesome.

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  63. Wow, That is just amazing!! I love the colors and technique!!! thanks for all the info!

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  64. a master piece!!! love it!

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  65. Love the colors! I must be interested in this encaustic process because my mouth starts to water when I look at all the great projects...

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  66. Must try this encaustics method, it really peaks my interest...

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  67. love your work. I need to take the plunge and try encaustic

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  68. All you talented ladies make it look so easy.

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  69. I am fascinated by this art form! Thanks for the interesting project and the opportunity to win that great kit!

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  70. Great painting. Would love to try out encaustics. Will check out the others on the hop too.

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  71. Great project would love to try it. Thanks for chance to win !

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  72. This is a lovely piece! I think it's time for me to add this to my dabbler's arsenal....

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  73. Oh that is sooooooo sooooooo cool!

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  74. Love the colors and texture! Thanks for sharing

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  75. Love the look of this! My sister and I were just talking about this last week and how we have never tried it.

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  76. What a beautiful encaustic painting --- very inspiring!

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  77. Beautiful! Love all the colors and texture.

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  78. love the surprises in encaustics

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  79. Oooooohh!!! I have taken 2 encaustic classes and am hooked. I want to create an encaustic set up in our garage. I love the idea of using Pan Pastels over the wax. Never knew you could do that!

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  80. I love that! It looks like fun!
    ...Raine

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  81. I have never tried this technique and would love to include it in my mixed media pieces.

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  82. Beautiful colors! I especially like that bright, vivid blue. Well, here goes the chance for the drawing! :)

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  83. Gorgeous, gorgeous painting, Marybeth! Love that vivid red with that beautiful blue pan pastel, too!

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  84. This is beautiful! I have to say, I'm normally not an abstract gal but this piece is simply beautiful and I know just where I would hang it in my house! Love it!

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  85. Love, love, love all of the color and texture. Thanks for the demo, this awesome blog hop, and the opportunity to win!

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  86. Oh my gosh...the more encaustic work I see the more I want to learn how! Your abstract work is wonderful, I love all the color and texture possibilities you demonstrate in it. Wonderful blog too I might add. Thank you for being a part of this generous giveaway too.

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  87. Thanks for your info on your encaustic experience. I've yet to try this but am going to start to play sometime soon!

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  88. OMG!!! Love what you did with it!!!! LOVE!!!!!

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  89. I like your abstract process. Your use of color is wonderful. Encaustic is such an interesting and fun to use medium. It is fun to participate in the bloghop and see everyone's works.

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  90. Love your work, love your demo. Can't wait to try some of your techniques

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  91. I would love to try encaustics. Thanks for the info and opportunity

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  93. So many fun things to try with stencils!

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  94. Oh, Mary Beth! You keep hooking me on new media. This is perfect for my preferred abstracts.

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  95. Thanks for the great tips! I am new to the medium and still setting up my workspace. I don't have any stencils to try yet, but it looks like they have wonderful possibilities.

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  96. Wonderful, Mary Beth! Would so love to win this set!

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  98. I've been dying to try encaustic. This kit looks wonderful!

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  99. This is Gorgeous MB! I am dying to try encaustics....one of these days I will! You are a great inspiration!

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  100. Reminds me of the abstract expressionists paintings from the 60's. Great depth, color, and texture! Can't wait to give a try!

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  101. Love the square stencil.. it's so Mondrian! beautiful work!

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  102. Gorgeous results !!! Love that waxy smoothness.
    Question - do you need to remove the way from stencils afterwards if you plan to use the with paint ? Stencils don't melt at all with the heat of the wax, etc?
    Would so love to win this awesome kit ! Thanks for the chance !

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  103. I love Wax!! No waste and so easy to use in so many ways!!

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  104. Love the textures and the depth.

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  105. Really beautiful! I love how the stencil helped form the structure of the piece. Love what you did, all of the details. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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  106. Very nice. I like the way you use the stencil to create some structure, but that you don't see the exact outline as so on. The raised white strips are nice too.

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  107. Oh, man, the texture! I must try encaustic! If I don't win, I may have to put this on my Christmas list!

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  108. I have always wanted to try this but for some reason I've been a little timid. This kit looks like it has everything you would need

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  109. Now I have one more item to put on my 'art to do' list. As usual, your artwork is exciting.

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  110. A beautiful piece and a great giveaway!

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  111. I really love the colors you've chosen for this piece; the red just pops, but then looking closer there are all the many layers and textures that take the viewer deeper. I've always wanted to try encaustic; would be great to win and give it a try. :)

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  112. Keeping fingers,toes, eyes crossed!

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  113. Great hop! I would love to try encaustic with my Stencil Girl stash!

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  114. Fingers crossed really tight!!!

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  115. Fingers crossed really tight!!!

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  116. Very nice I like the texture you made with the tools! The colors are beautiful as well as the squares you made with the stencil.

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  117. Wow cool tools and combinations of supplies! I love to see artists make something out of new supplies. Nice demo! Thank you

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  118. The colors you used are so intense. You can really see the drips too, bold not subdued at all. Very nice. Thank you for sharing.

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