Friday, April 18, 2014

Chevron Play In My Art Journal

Sometimes a mess on a page in my art journal turns into something I LOVE. That is the case with this one. I was playing with my Chevron stencil from StencilGirl Products. What started as a mess with no direction except to trace it, turned into some unexpected FUN!
 I LOVE it when that happens!!!

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Stencil Used

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Art Journal Page Experiment

Sometimes you just have to experiment with things. 
Color, stencils, paint....just try different things. That is what I did here on some pages in my art journal using 2 of my new stencils from StencilGirl Products.

My experiment findings...
I love these colors, I used to use browns all the come I don't now?? Maybe I should change that.

This one...the colors I use most often now...

Red has been my favorite color since as long as I can always will be :)

Stencils Used

Monday, April 14, 2014

Teardrop Art Journal Page

Just some quick fun in my art journal with my new 
Teardrop Doily mini 4" x 4" stencil from 

I used a magenta and turquoise for the top photo and teal and red for the bottom.
Layers and layers of the same stencil over and over....someday, maybe they will turn into something new. For now....I like them like this!

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Friday, April 11, 2014


Something I really need to work on in all aspects of my life! To remind myself I made this art journal page with my new Seeds stencil from StencilGirl products. I love how simple, or if you want, complex you can made this stencil look. Here I took the simple route.

I glued a thin brown craft paper into my art journal with gel medium and then used teal acrylic paint through the stencil. 
After it was dry, I used a white gel pen to trace the stencil over the paint.

The word SIMPLIFY was "built" with Carolyn Dube's new stencil called Vintage Typewriter Alphabet.

A VERY simple page...maybe I'm on the road to SIMPLIFY!!! We can only hope!

Here are two other examples where I used Seeds. 
The first one also uses my new Tiny Medallion stencil.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sometimes You Just Have To Cover It UP!

You know the projects...the one's that go south, you want to rip up...why did you start?? Well, this was one of them. I have many :)

Here is how it started...without the stencil drawn on. 
That came later...more mess!

When I'm on the phone, I doodle...TOTALLY RANDOM doodles. Sometimes I think my mind is nuts. I like repetition...over and over and over again. It is usually circles--today it was squares. Why did I add color? I was trying out some new watercolors. I really didn't care what I was doing.

When I received the samples of my new stencils in the mail from StencilGirl Products I opened my art journal to this page. What could I do to "fix" it. As you can see I outlined the stencil onto it. That wouldn't do...I messed it up more. I am a very determined person when it comes to bringing something back to life.

These are the two stencils I used:

                                        Teardrop Doily 4" x 4"                  Loopy Doily 6" x 6"

What else did I use? A black marker and a white gel pen.
Now I no longer think it was a fail. 
and seriously that is all I care about. It doesn't' really matter if other people like it, I have to like it :)

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Just Breathe, A Serene Goddess Stencil

Just Breathe.....
well I'm finally going to take a deep breath and show you one of my new releases from StencilGirl Products.

This one is called

How did she come to be...well after a very stressful day I started doodling randomly on a piece of paper. I always seem to be telling myself to just will be okay. 
My doodle came to life. 

This project started out on a hard panel canvas with molding paste through the stencil. I came back the next day after it was dry and it looked white...well, of course it looked WHITE...white canvas, white molding paste...white. I painted over the entire thing with gold, came back the next day and it looked....well YOU GUESSED IT!! Gold....
Still not right...some black...and now I was HAPPY!

Of course, like all the stencils I have designed, I like to make parts and pieces that can be used in different ways other than the actual stencil. I will be showing you some of those projects soon.

She is special to me--I hope you like her too!

Here is a project that a friend of mine, Madeline Stevens, made with the Just Breathe and the Gelli Plate. I just love how it came out--a TOTALLY different look!
Thanks Madeline!!!

Monday, March 31, 2014

StencilGirl Blog Hop Featuring NEW Artist Andrea Matus deMeng

 to the 
NEW release
 NEW StencilGirl Artist
Blog Hop! 

If you have arrived from Julie's blog you are on the right track. If not, you can follow the list at the bottom of the post to start at the beginning.

Andrea has 12, YES 12 new designs with StencilGirl! I couldn't decide which one I wanted to play with first. I started with playing with some of the birds, but I will save that for another post :)

For this project I decided to use the Eve, a Modern Woman stencil as my inspiration starting point.

Here are some process photos of how my painting came to live. 
The finished piece is 12" x 17".

1. Stenciled Eve face stencil onto book paper and painted in loosely.
2. Painted the background of the canvas and stenciled Andrea's Precocious Peony stencil randomly around the edges.
3. Cut face out of book paper and applied to the canvas with Golden Matte Medium.
4. Used the It's All in Your Headdress Stencil with Wood Icing sold by StencilGirl to give some dimension to the piece.
5. After Wood Icing dried.
6. I also made a shirt of Wood Icing for her :)

Then came my favorite part. The details. Pens, markers, gold paint.....did I mention this is my FAVORITE part?

I had so much fun using these stencils! Thanks Andrea for a inspiring and beautiful collection for StencilGirl!

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Stencils Used
Eve, a Modern Woman
Precocious Peony
It's All in Your Headdress

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Stand Out

**If you are looking for the StencilGirl/Lost Coast Design Blog Hop keep scrolling down the page**

Here is the other page that I finished up in my art journal while I had the Lost Coast Designs stamps out. This page was also started months ago. Here is what it looked like when I started. I was paying with my Stitch A Circle stencil from StencilGirl Products...and there it stayed.

It was pretty ugly!
When I came back to it now I decided to just paint over it with some gold paint I had out. However, I didn't realize that the gold paint was transparent when I picked it up.

I went to get another gold paint to cover it and then looked again--I think I like it!
It sort of made the circles look like they were floating in outer space to me. I carried on!

So, this has got to be the simplest art journal page EVER!
Now I took the Doll Faces stencil from Lost Coast Designs (same one I used in the Blog Hop) but this time I used two of the different faces. 

I stamped onto deli paper and cut them out. I glued them on with some Gel Medium and wrote a title with a white paint pen. 

I realized that I wrote something similar on another recent art journal page HERE. I wonder if I am trying to tell myself something :)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I Am An Artist

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While I had my Lost Coast Designs stamps out for the Blog Hop, I decided to make a few pages in my art journal....or rather FINISH a few pages in my art journal :)

I started this one with a page I did a few months ago with my Stitch A Greek Border stencil from StencilGirl Products. I had some left over grey molding paste that I had mixed and didn't know what to do with it so I used the stencil onto a plain black background. 

There is stood. 
Until now....
To finish this really simple art journal page, all I did was cut a circle of some painted paper I had made with my Chevron Doily stencil and glue it down to the middle of the page. You can see all the papers I made with the Chevron Doily HERE.

I took the Little Artist stamp from Lost Coast Designs and stamped it in black ink on deli paper and then trimmed around the edges and glued it on.

I LOVE this stamp :) Some doodling with a white gel pen and I was done! 
Just a note: I hand cut my letters on the page with that same painted paper made out of the Chevron stencil., if only in my art journal, I can say.....

I am an artist!!!

Thanks for stopping by today!!!

Monday, March 24, 2014

StencilGirl and Lost Coast Design Blog Hop

Welcome to the StencilGirl Products and Lost Coast Designs Blog Hop!
If you are coming here from Lindsay's blog you are on the right track and you have made it to the end of the hop! If you are just visiting, please join us on this Blog Hop. 
The hop list is at the end of the post.

Well, I have to say, this was FUN, back to my roots kind of project for me! 
I knew immediately what I wanted to made after I stamped the doll face stamp from Lost Coast Designs.

I made an easel (tons of tutorials on Google) card using a card base that I made on my Cricut. 

I wanted some texture on the card base. 
I wasn't worried at all about getting a perfect stencil image. 

I also used the Stitch a Doily Stencil on the easel front part of the card, again not worrying about a perfect stencil image. 

Extra's I added: Hand journaling with a white Signo Uniball pen and machine stitching around the card.

I think this is the perfect combination of Papercrafting meets Mixed Media!

Here are a few other views of the card:
Flat for Mailing
 Side View

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