Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Angela Cartwright's Habitat Collection of Stencils was created Just for Fun!

New Designer ~ New Stencils!

You may remember Angela Cartwright learning to sing do. re. mi from an Austrian nun, or as a famous comedian’s daughter for 7 years, or perhaps as a space explorer lost in space... but Angela’s true love is making art, fusing together photography and painting to create altered art.

Pursuing her passion for art and photography, Angela authored Mixed Emulsions – Altered Art Techniques for Photographic Imagery, which explores her hand-painted photography, as well as her unique altered art mixed media techniques. A pair of books, In This House: A Collection of Altered Art Imagery and Collage Techniques, and In This Garden: Explorations in Mixed Media Visual Narrative, further explored various altered art techniques.  Angela self publishes Pasticcio Quartz a Quality ART Zine. Angela’s art has been featured in Somerset Studios magazines and other art publications and her book Styling The Stars: Lost Treasures from the Twentieth Century Fox Archives won countless design awards.

Angela has also pioneered and produced a clothing and jewelry line, Angela Cartwright Studio, which incorporates her hand painted art.ography images on natural art.wear and accessories. Her art and photography has been licensed for numerous products and is exhibited and collected around the world.  She travels the planet with Craftours, teaching her unique art techniques and leads an annual trip to Salzburg, Austria where she shares her personal behind the scenes Sound of Music experiences.

Angela’s an artist, actress, author, photographer, curator, collaborator, instructor, traveler, wife, mother, and grandmother, not always in that order...

StencilGirl Products is ecstatic to introduce Angela Cartwight as our newest stencil designer!

Just for Fun ~ The Habitat Collection

This set of stencils is full of people and pets, windows and doors, a tree and sweet details to style your own habitat.

The Folks with Pets stencil gives you large size figures for your journal, but feel free to alter their form to personalize the look you want. Dress them in tissue, photos or paint. The pets love to hang out inside the windows or on the doorstep. Great to use with acrylic, stamp ink, spray ink, pen, pencils, or make gelli prints.

FOLKS WITH PETS stencil L512

Technique: stencil on a photograph, detail with white pen
"First Date"

Create an inviting place to have a glass of wine or enjoy the view with the Bistro Patio Table and Chairs stencil. Or, use the umbrella on a rainy day with a kindred spirit or by the sea in a beachy art scene. 

BISTRO PATIO TABLE & CHAIRS stencil S459 6" x 6"
Angela says, "I would like artists who use my stencils to look beyond what is the norm.  Make the top of the jug a bird, the plant pot a hat, the side of the ladder flags blowing in the wind, the pattern in the door a towel.

Think outside the stencil and they can be limitless…"

Ladders lead to something… all sorts of creative art. Use them literally up against a house, or metaphorically as a ladder leading to somewhere.  The Block door can be used as is, or the block pattern used as a background. (Did you notice Angela used it as a beach towel?)

These Kindred Spirits are flexible, dress them up or down, make your imagination soar. 

Make your habitat perfect with Angela's Edelweiss Door and Window stencil. This is a Bavarian door and window in a small village inspired this stencil. 

This bold and strong Life Tree stencil can be added to your art in a myriad of ways.  Stencil once and reverse it to make your tree symmetrical. Have it peek in from the side of your art. Keep adding to it to increase the size. It’s perfect for a lazy day or a grand family tree. Add a swing, lantern or birdcage. 

"Shadow Night" 
Technique: fragmented gelli print, micron pen and a water brush.
Two unique doors to create gateways into your art.  Inspired by doorways Angela found on her travels. Use the entire door or just part of the frame. 

"Seat of the Soul"

Take a seat in one of Angela Cartwright’s useful chairs. Sometimes you just need a place to sit. The art or rope chair will fill the bill. Create a background by repeating your chair stencil in a pattern, or try embroidering.  

Tell new story behind every window! 

PORTAL SHUTTERS stencil S460 6" x6"
A set of window portals that can be open or closed. Add shutters or a curious cat. Conducive to create a charming living space.

Want more tutorials with Angela's Habitat Collection? Just check out the April 27 Scoop ~ it is a portal into her imagination. There will be an apple tree you paint with your fingers and a stylin' mixed media paper doll for your art journal.

But first! We still have a stencil and a stencil mask to share!

Habitat Decor: Swing, Birdcages, Lanterns, Wine, Vases, Jug
Accessorize… sometimes you need that certain pop to your art. These d├ęcor accessories will make anyone’s habitat special.

This small Faux Window stencil mask offers a plethora of possibilities. Imagined from an Austrian window in Luftmalerei (literally ‘air paintings’) is a local version of trompe l’oeil painting which became popular in the 18th century. Use in homemade photo cards, in a painting or on an invite with your favorite quote. 


You can order Angela's stencils HERE, and find out more about Angela via these links: 

art site

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Red White and Burlap Girl Journal

Greetings and Salutations! Carol Baxter here for the StencilGirl matchup with Canvas Corp.

I took put a stencil on it literally. I chose just one ~ the 6"sq from Mary Beth Shaw's Private Collection 15.1 for StencilClub.

I played with this one stencil ALL DAY LONG. (It's going to turn up in later projects as I kept switching back and forth between the project at hand and some art journal pages.)

Stenciling on burlap was a blast! I had a big smile on my face with how well the fibers took the paint each and every time. I saw the post about coasters and I am game to try that next time I need a house-warming gift!)

inside cover

Supplies in addition to the stencil:
1 rectangle of red striped cotton duck cloth and matching ribbon
4 pieces burlap, including 1 red
Red,White, Blue, and Turquoise Paint
5 Brads
Sewing Machine
Deckle Trimmer

Once I had the pages stenciled the way I wanted them, I carefully sewed the binding.

I must tell you, those dots on the round wheel thing still make me happy! I was simply stenciling away, not too worried about being exact (hard for me!) daubing away with white paint on my sponge.

See below ~ the dots are cute on the stripes too!

I have to tell you that the brads became a necessary creative accident. I really meant to sew the picture on the striped cloth and then sew cloth onto the burlap. When I realized what I had NOT done, I figured I might as well accent her earrings.

This project was pure play. I hope I've inspired you to go and have fun with your stencils and use them in a way you might not have tried before.

back cover
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  • leave a comment here on any or all of the Match-up Posts during the month of April with StencilGirl Products and CCB. You can leave one on each post for more chances to win. Don’t forget to include the hashtag #SGPCCBmatchup so we can find you!!!
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Frieda Oxenham: There Are Always Flowers

Spring is here and what a joy it is to see the green shoots and emerging flowers.
They have long been an inspiration for artists and Matisse was no exception. Neither am I!
This spread is a joyful celebration of colour, flowers and spring time. 
Here are the step-by-step instructions:
1.      Gesso 2 pages in your art journal. I used the A4 sized Dylusions journal.
2.      Scrape on peach, pink, turquoise and yellow paint (I used an old credit card) and remove the paint using a baby wipe through Deconstructed Double Zinnia.
3.      Glue on flowers images (from photos or magazines).
4.      Add text by using a text stamp (mine is by Anna Griffin) with a gold stamp pad (I used the opaque pigment one by ColorBox.) 
5.      Add more stamping with a flower stamp in colours matching the pages so far. (I used Sunflower – Ornamentum by Uptown Design Company).
6.      Using a variety of orange and red paints (including some fluorescent ones) stencil on flowers using Nonsensical Bloom and a cosmetic sponge.
7.      Repeat step 6 with turquoise and Scribble Blooms.
8.      Repeat step 7 with white paint.
9.      Using stencil Deconstructed Bold Lily and white spray paint (I used Liquitex), spray over the stencil and then also use the sprayed stencil, turn it over, cover with deli paper and brayer over it to get the negative image.
10.  Use yellow spray paint and stencil Scribble Blooms to add more flowers.
11.  Outline some of the flowers from step 9 with white marker and using your fingers (or a brush) rub some gold paint to the pages here and there.
12.  Add more flowers using Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste in Metallic Gold with Nonsensical Bloom and a palette knife.
13.  Outline embossed flowers with pink and white markers, glue on text after colouring the edges with a Picked Raspberry Distress Ink pad, and colour the centres of the larger flowers with water soluble oil pastels in pink, yellow and turquoise.
14.  Edge the pages with the Picked Raspberry ink pad.
 (C) Frieda Oxenham 2017. To see more of Frieda's work, please visit her BLOG.

Friday, April 21, 2017

StencilGirl & Amazing Casting Products Blog Hop – Day 3!

Welcome to
Day THREE of the
Blog Hop!

Welcome to the last day of the StencilGirl and Amazing Casting Products hop!
What fun we've had!
Hasn't the inspiration been fabulous!

And we aren't done yet! Follow the links below to see today's projects!

Anna Friesen
We love the way Anna's added dimension to her art journal!
See more on her blog post here!

Janet Joehlin
Aren't Janet's birds lovely?
See more on her blog post here!

Maria Chuy Soto
Maria has created an inspiring piece filled with text, texture and colors!
See much more on her blog post here!

Tanya Ruffin
This is just a peek at Tanya's chic dream catcher!
See it all on her blog post here!

What would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY??!!!
One lucky winner will receive
both a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to Amazing Casting Products!
Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your chance to win!

Today's Blog Hop Order:

Take your time and visit each blog showcased today through Friday and leave a comment.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Sunday, April 23rd at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments. 
Winner will be announced on
on Monday, April 24th.

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