Monday, November 28, 2016

I am once again participating as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2017, run for the 6th time by Nathalie Kalbach. If you're not familiar with CJS, it's a one-of-a-kind online event to kick your creativity into high gear in January 2017. I sooooo look forward to this every year. The videos are really substantive; the artists pack a lot into a short time frame and they are just enough to get me jazzed without causing me boredom.....ahem, I will admit it, I sometimes fast forward through videos if I am not interested. I never find that to be the case with CJS!!
And I have to say, the artists this year totally rock! 
I can.not.wait. Anxious to sign up? Click here already :)
Throughout January you will get access to 27 downloadable videos from 27 featured artists. I'm proud to be one of those artists, called “JumpStarters.” And StencilGirl is proud to be a sponsor. See for yourself:

Announcing Creative JumpStart 2017 - CJS17 from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

You will really want to do this, trust me, it's a terrific bargain. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Art Journal Your Archetypes Give Away

11/03/16 UPDATE 
Contest is over now and Jean Marmo is the winner!! Congrats, Jean!
I am thrilled to announce that I am a participating artist in Gabrielle Javier-Cerulli's new book, Art Journal Your Archetypes. When I heard about the book, I immediately knew I wanted 'in' because I have studied archetypes ever since I lived in California (late 90's). Gabrielle outlines Carl Jung's definition of an archetype as,
"an inherited pattern of thought or symbolic imagery derived from the past collective experience and present in the individual unconscious."  
Although this might sound like some woo woo verbiage, the study of archetypes is a way of exploring your personality and learning more about yourself based on patterns of behavior. It is fascinating, I mean who doesn't want to understand themselves better, right? To work on these ideas in conjunction with an Art Journal, well, that just makes a lot of sense!
I was lucky enough, as a participating artist, to have a consultation directly with Gabrielle. We walked through the testing and analysis together (there is a self test in the book!!) and I discovered many interesting things about myself. It was a moving experience that I would recommend to anyone, an appointment with Gabrielle. 
I also did a number of journal spreads that are within the book along with an explanation of archetypes that apply to me and the other featured artists - Seth Apter, Orly Avineri, Jessica Sporn, Nathalie Kalbach (lots of StencilGirl artists!!) and others. It is rather engrossing to read about each person. Uh yeah, I'm apparently a little bit voyeuristic, ha!!
If you are interested in watching the video conversation between myself and Gabrielle, you can find it on Youtube. You will be surprised at what I reveal about myself. 
But now for the good news........
I am giving away a FREE copy of this book to one of my lucky Blog Readers. All you need to do is leave me a comment below about why you would like to win this book. I will draw a name on Halloween!! Please make sure you leave your email address so I have a way to contact you. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

StencilGirl and Impression Obsession

Welcome to the Blog Hop. I am excited to share my discoveries regarding the rubber stamps I received from Impression Obsession. First of all, I requested a group of stamps called Clingables:
This particular group was made for Tea Bag Squares, but I just wanted them because they are such neat patterns. For a brief moment I considered actually making Tea Bag Squares and embellishments, but (although beautiful!!) they seemed too complicated for my feeble brain. 
So I decided to make collage parts which is pretty much my favorite thing to do. I thought it would be fun to stamp each design on graph paper. This would allow me to easily line up the stamps and it would be instantly layered with the grid showing in the background. I used StazOn ink because I knew it would remain permanent and not smear with collage medium.
Here are a few of the images I made:
I love the way these turned out and can't wait to use them in Collage. They look simple yet the complexity is instantly seen once you stamp with them - kind of a vintage tile look which I adore.
And then I happened to notice that a few of the stamps would offer two different design opportunities depending on what part of the stamp takes the center. Take a look at the package above, see the three on the right hand side? Look what happened when I stamped them in a square:
Oh my gosh, was I ever excited about this - six little stamps with such variation, how much fun is that!?!? Here are some parts that I glued onto a journal page:
I also got some of Seth Apter's stamps and I am very smitten with the grid (of course you know how I love my grids. I had to immediately use it in my journal - this time, I swiped StazOn and wet gesso across the page and pressed the stamp right into it resulting in a slight texture. 
I also snuck one of my new reverse Grid stencils into this one, I couldn't help myself, the piece called for it. 
Hope you enjoyed seeing SGP and Impression Obsession together; stencils & stamps living in harmony, it was sure fun. 

StencilGirl Products will be giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to TWO lucky winners!
Impression Obsession will be giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to TWO lucky winners!
Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your
chance to win 4 great prizes during the hop!
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Friday, September 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winners will be announced onStencilGirl's Facebook page on Sunday, October 2nd.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Stencils with Paper Clay

Today I am reviewing Artful Paper Clay, a terrific new book by Rogene Manas. Watch the video to catch the review along with a quick project! 
Hope you enjoy. 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Stencil Love

Today I am the guest artist on DLP 2016. I made a little video of my pocket cards which you can see here, click the link:

Stencil Love

If you are interested in seeing a quick tutorial, you will find one on StencilGirl Talk, you may watch the "With Two Stencils Tutorial," by clicking here.