Wednesday, August 16, 2017

StencilGirl & Colourcraft Blog Hop – Day 1!

Welcome to
Day ONE of the
Blog Hop!

Team StencilGirl and the Colourcraft Design Team are getting creative with Colourcraft products and StencilGirl stencils!

Get ready! This blog hop will continue for THREE DAYS
with new projects EVERY day!

Sit back and enjoy a fabulous range of projects!
We hope to inspire you!

Mary's creating stellar art journal pages!
See more on her blog post here!

Louise has made this gorgeous sculptural work!
See how on her blog post here!

Sarah has sewn this stunning book!
See the details on her blog post here!

Terri's created this beautiful artwork!
See more on her blog post here!

What would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY??!!!
We'll be picking one lucky winner
to receive $50 in Gift Certificates
a $25 Gift Certificate for StencilGirl Products and
a $25 Gift Certificate for Colourcraft!

Take your time and visit each blog showcased August 16, 17, & 18 and leave your comments.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One comment per blog please.

You have until Sunday, August 20th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
on Monday, August 21st.

If you don't already, we would LOVE if you would signup
for The Scoop HERE
and join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Bloglovin for more inspiration!

See you back tomorrow for even more projects!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

DIY Washi Tape with Kiala Givehand

Hi StencilGirl Friends, 
Kiala here with my first video tutorial as a member of the Creative Team. 

If you're like me, you've probably got more washi tape then you will use in this lifetime. But do you have your very own UNIQUE washi tape? A roll you created with your favorite shapes and color? 


Then this tutorial is for you. I'm walking you through a super simple, super easy way to use your favorite (or forgotten) StencilGirl Stencils to create a private stash of washi to use in your art journal, your planner, your canvases, or anywhere you find yourself using store bought washi. 

I'm even encouraging you to make some extra to give to an artsy pal. 

Okay, grab your stencils, your paint, and a few other goodies and let's make washi!!

Stencils Used in This Tutorial: 

StencilClub April 2015 Feeling Groovy by Jessica Sporn

StencilClub October 2014 Texture and Details by Mary Beth Shaw

StencilClub November 2013 Hearts by Joanne Sharpe

StencilClub March 2015 Scribbles/Mark Making by Mary Beth Shaw

I sure hope you'll give this a try and start creating your personal pile of washi. WARNING: once you start, you may never buy washi in a store again :-)

Happy creating, 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Made By Janet

Hi Stencil Friends!
Janet here, wanting to show you what I've been doing this month.
It's summertime, so I am not at my art desk as often as other times of the year...
But I show up there when I can... trying to be creative every day!

Here are some details from my No Excuses Just Do It art journal page.
I am in love with the 4" sun stencil in the August 2017 StencilClub Kit.
It was fun using stamps and paints and paint pens for this spread,

And on a planner page where the prompt was using ink from a bottle....

Again, using that fabulous sun stencil from the August 2017 StencilClub Kit.

Here I used the bonus 6" stencil from this month's StencilClub.
I love this look of stained glass.

And in my Daily.....

I often use Seth Apter's numbers from his Make It Count stencil 
for the dates in my Daily.
They are a nice size and there's
different ways and techniques to add them in.

Coloring these can be very zen.

There you have it.
Till next month...See you then!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Guest Designer Christine Sauer: Abstract Floral Painting

“Night Flora”

Hi, everyone! Christine Sauer here! Several months ago I started a new group of abstract floral paintings.
I’m so appreciative of being featured here!
I really enjoy working with StencilGirl stencils. Here’s a bit of the process.

The lush and abundant flora of New Orleans inspires me. I love photographing my garden and the floral streetscapes in my neighborhood, even at night when colors and forms take on a mysterious and luminous quality. Photos are used for inspiration though I work primarily from imagination and through exploration of paint and other materials. Part of the process when starting new work is to explore a variety of approaches on a small scale. Creating rich, varied and textured surfaces is a big part of what I love to do. GOLDEN’s Glass Bead Gel is one of my favorite mediums and I keep finding new ways to incorporate it into my work.

©Christine Sauer, “Night Flora” in process, 8x10, acrylic on canvas board

For this exploration, a repurposed, experimental canvas board that already had paint and texture on it was used. A rigid surface such as a panel or cradled panel would also work well. The process started by pouring a variety GOLDEN High Flow acrylics in a freeform manner onto the surface. I spritzed the paint lightly with H2O to help the colors merge and flow into each other.

©Christine Sauer, (L) 8x10, Repurposed Canvas Board  (R) GOLDEN High Flow colors used for pouring include Anthraquinone Blue, Iridescent Copper, Permanent Violet, and a mix of Green Gold with Hansa Yellow Light. 

1)      Let this dry over night before doing the next stage. Because the colors merge in unpredictable ways, it‘s always fun to see how the pour has developed overnight!

©Christine Sauer, GOLDEN Glass Bead Gel applied through stencil

2)      The next layer is GOLDEN Glass Bead Gel applied with a palette knife through stencils. Suzi Dennis' Ripple stencil, shown here, and Floral 2 by Traci Bautista were used in small sections and turned different directions to create an organic, abstract design with a sense of movement. I love the gritty texture of the Bead Gel as a contrast to the smoother poured paint. Let dry approximately 4 hours or until it has dried clear before adding paint on top of the Bead Gel. TIP: Carefully lift stencil. Use a small color shaper to clean up between spaces if needed to keep shapes clean edged.

©Christine Sauer, (L) Wet Glass Bead Gel design (R) Dried Glass Bead Gel. Fluid Acrylic colors for painting on top of dried Glass Bead Gel.

3)      All colors were mixed with Iridescent Pearl to create sheer, luminous color and to provide high contrast to colors below. A small Filbert brush was perfect for the job. Sometimes it’s hard to see the dried Bead Gel Shapes. I used the photo of the wet Bead Gel as a reference. TIP: Iridescent paint dries quickly. Spritz your palette with a little water periodically while painting.

©Christine Sauer (L) Iridescent colors added on top of Bead Gel. (R) Completed layer of Iridescent colors.

The above piece is still a work in progress and will still get some tweaks. Below is another iteration of this process. They have even more texture than the above piece. For these I created a painted tissue layer first. Then a dark glaze layer was added that allowed for the tissue colors to show through a bit prior to adding the Glass Bead Gel flora.

©Christine Sauer, “Night Flora” explorations- (L) work in process, 8x8 acrylic, mixed media on cradled panel, (R) 8x10 acrylic, mixed media on canvas board

My paintings, mixed media, and fiber art are intuitive, colorful and abstract. As an artist living and working in New Orleans, I have exhibited my work in solo and group shows in galleries and art centers here, around Louisiana, and in other parts of the country. As an educator, I’ve been teaching for over twenty-five years to all ages and experience levels in schools, museums, art centers and more. Currently I teach painting and mixed media workshops for adults. I’m a certified member of the GOLDEN Artist Educator Program, sponsored by the paint company GOLDEN Artist Colors, Inc.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Kathy Adams with TWO StencilGirl Video Tutorials!

Hi, Everyone! Kathy Adams here! I’ve been a fan of StencilGirl stencils for many years and have tons of them, with a wish list too long to count!! Stencils are a great way to get started with your own art and I find them to be a great jumping off point for the many ideas that swirl around in my head. Today I am sharing two projects using a few of my favorite stencil designs. I hope that you are inspired to try these techniques and I would love to hear your ideas and even see what you made in response. I’ve prepared a video for each of the projects so that you can see my creative process. Enjoy!
Project 1 
Technique: Layering with Stencils
“Let’s Do This” Canvas
Ornamental Petals Screen by Gwen Lafleur
9” x 12” Canvas
Acrylic Paint
Acrylic Retarder Medium
Baby Wipes
Sponge Applicators
Die Cut Phrase

Sometimes when I am feeling uninspired, I open an art journal and make backgrounds. In this video, I show you my favorite technique for making backgrounds using stencils. Instead of using an art journal, I used this technique to make a fun canvas.

Watch StencilGirl Stencils Layered Background Technique here.

Check out my blog post at for more ideas using this technique.

Project 2

I have an online business and always send a thank you note with every sale.  I also occasionally sell my art and need information cards. For my next project, I will share how I created art cards using my favorite stencils and the Gel Press Plate. I try to keep it simple so that I can make a bunch at a time. I print information on Avery labels ( allows you to print on any label they make!) and stick them on the back, leaving room to write a thank you.

Cluster Leaves by Cecilia Swatton
Floral 1 by Traci Bautista
Flower Party by Traci Bautista
Deconstructed Floral Bouquet by Traci Bautista
8” x 10” Gel Press Plate
Acrylic paint
Palette paper
8.5” x 11” cardstock
Spray inks
Baby wipes
Paper trimmer
Colored cardstock
Alphabet stamp
Tape runner

Watch Art Cards With StencilGirl Stencils here.

Thank you so much for visiting the blog today.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas so leave them below in the comments!

Kathy Adams

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Premiere of New Stencil Designer Margaret Peot's 10 Stencils

Margaret Peot's stencil designs open up a world of possibilty for creating book cloth, art journal and scrapbook page backgrounds, gift wrap, paintings, greeting cards and fabric play.

Scarab Beetles

Jewels of Ancient Egypt, the insect art of Christopher Marley, Cabinets of Curiousity: these were the inspiration for this 9 x 12 Scarab Beetle stencil, L559. 

L560 Dragonfly Background

For Margaret, dragonflies are creatures of change and “going deeper.” Glinting greens and blues and golds over a summer pond are a fond memory of her childhood.

Bunnies Blooms & Birds Stencils

The Scattered Bunnies Blooms & Birds Background, L558, features a tiny meadow’s worth of flora and fauna.

The Birds and Bunnies Stencil, L561, gives the stencil user “main characters” for their stenciling projects. Use the animals individually on throw pillows, a stenciled base for embroidery, or tuck them into a stenciled meadow using with coordinates L558 Scattered Bunnies Blooms & Birds Background and L562 Scattered Flowers Background.

Use the 9 x 12 Scattered Flowers Background, L562, to print blooms and foliage for custom quilt fabric, as a beginning for an embroidery project, or the pages of a spring-ing forward journal. You can mask out individual blossom stems!

L565 Looping, Leafy Vines Background 

The 9 x 12 Looping, Leafy Vines stencil can add tone-on-tone interest to a journal page, or become a starting place for a collage. These vines could be used to print a set of tea towels, be used to print custom quilt fabric, or as a beginning of an embroidery masterpiece.

L563 Impressionist Water Lily Background

Water lilies recede into the distance on this stencil. Use with pastel colors in a painting. It's perfect for a a water lily border on a dress, enhanced with ribbon flowers. Coordinates with L564 Impressionist Brush Textures.

L564 Impressionist Brush Textures (Four)

The paintings of the impressionists inspired Margaret to design this stencil. They can be used to build up painterly layers to build a dreamy natural world, perfect for accenting a gardening journal. 

L567 Woodcut Blossoms Background

At the costume shop where Margaret works, they often need stencils to lay in texture to add interest and depth to a plain piece of fabric. This stencil has a plain textural quality, but also can be perceived as floral, undersea life, coral, lichen texture. It was Margaret's intention to make a super useful, super flexible 9 x 12 stencil! Use with reverse coordinate L566 Woodcut Blossom Background Inverted (pictured below).

We hope you enjoy these new stencils as much as we enjoy bringing them to you!

Check out Margaret's post on her blog too! She took her stencils to the beach.