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StencilGirl Blog Hop: Leslie Riley TAP

I'm so excited to be participating in this week's blog hop with Leslie Riley and StencilGirl! I've always loved the look of transfers, especially photo transfers, so I was excited to use Leslie's Transfer Artist Paper (TAP) along with stencils for this week's project.

Blog HeaderI frequently audition ideas for bigger pieces of art in my art journal, and I had an idea I wanted to try out using TAP to transfer a photo and embellish with stenciling. So my project today is my art journal "prototype" using a picture of my niece Aubrey that was just begging to be played with!

I started out by following the directions on the packaging for creating the transfer and printed out my photo.

StencilGirl-Leslie Riley TAP Hop Step 1 - Gwen LafleurThen I cut it out and ironed it onto a blank page in my art journal.

StencilGirl-Leslie Riley TAP Hop Step 2 - Gwen LafleurFor my first time trying this, I was pretty pleased! I messed it up a little, but I was good with it... most of it was going to be covered up. The transfer has kind of a cool, grainy texture (which might be because I did it wrong... lol. It could happen.) and you get pretty true colors but with a slightly grungy feel. I really liked it!

From here, I wanted a background to surround the photo, so I took the backing I peeled off during the transfer and used it as a mask to stencil the background.

StencilGirl-Leslie Riley TAP Hop Step 3 - Gwen LafleurTo do this, I used the Rembrandt's Words stencil by Carolyn Dube and stenciled it first in light green ink, then just nudged the stencil over a bit and did it again with teal to create an offset effect with the words.

Next, I took the Layered Peonies stencil by Jessica Sporn and started creating a crown of flowers around Aubrey's head with various shades of pink acrylic paint.

StencilGirl-Leslie Riley TAP Hop Step 4 - Gwen LafleurSo far so good! Then, since she had pink and purple flowers on her shirt, I thought I'd add purple flowers to her crown. So I used purple paints and the Tossed Blossoms stencil by Terri Stegmiller to put some in here and there. Yeah... the purple? Not so good. Maybe it would look better with a butterfly? I had planned that all along, but was hoping it would cover up some of what wasn't working and make it better. I added that using the one on the Nature's Promises stencil by Roxanne Evans Stout. The butterfly looked good! The rest? Not so much. This was definitely an ugly phase.

StencilGirl-Leslie Riley TAP Hop Step 5 - Gwen LafleurAm I wrong? No. Ugly. (Not my niece, she's adorable. But the rest? Ugh.) In an effort to keep going and salvage things, I attempted several potential remedies that didn't turn out well. I was about 90% convinced that I was going to be starting over, but decided to give it just one last try before throwing in the towel.

I kind of morphed the pinks into yellow (because neon is really best in small doses.) Then I glazed the entire page with Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide Golden fluid acrylics and let it dry. And finally, when all else fails, add Liquid Pearls (and turquoise, of course!) I thought I might have gone too far and finally ruined it completely, but I kept pushing it and ended up really liking it, even though it was absolutely not what I originally had in mind.

StencilGirl-Leslie Riley TAP Blog Hop Project by Gwen LafleurIt's kind of like a cool, pop art piece and despite the fact that it's a little weird, I really like it! A few close-ups:

StencilGirl-Leslie Riley TAP Hop Project Closeup 1 - Gwen Lafleur

StencilGirl-Leslie Riley TAP Hop Project Closeup 2 - Gwen LafleurAnd that's my project for this hop! Despite my near epic failure, I had a lot of fun and really loved using the Transfer Artist Paper. Such a fun product!

And now for the part you've all been waiting for, the giveaway!

Do you want to try TAP Transfer Artist Paper and StencilGirl stencils? We have you covered! Just leave a comment and enter to win this FABULOUS pack that will get you started!

LRGiveawayALL comments left on all the posts in this week's blog hop are eligible to win! (One comment per person per post, please.) Giveaway closes on Sunday, November 16th @ 11:59PM Central Time.

If you haven't already, don't forget to hop over to the other posts today for more inspiration and chances to win!

Thanks for stopping by, and happy hopping!

Surprise, my article is out!

Just popping in for a fun little announcement... the latest issue of Mixed Media Art Magazine just came out, and I have an article in it! It's a 13 "page" product review of a variety of IMAGINE Crafts / Tsukineko products. I have several small projects and tips that are shared in here where I used and reviewed the various products they sent me.MMAM Article - Gwen LafleurThe magazine is digital only... you can download their app for free and either subscribe our purchase individual issues. You can check out the MMAM Facebook page for details, links, and fun posts.

Anyway, I was pretty excited to be included in this issue and just had to share. Big thanks to MMAM for taking a chance on me for this review, and to IMAGINE Crafts for the generous package of products they sent for me to use and review. And in case you're wondering, my reviews were totally honest! I've since picked up more of these specific products in different colors and started using them in my work (and convinced Tracie to carry the irRESISTible Pico Embellishers at the Clubhouse!) Really great stuff for anyone looking for new sprays or mediums.

If you get a chance to read the article, I hope you enjoy! (And enjoy the rest of the magazine too... they put out a very nice publication!)