Hi all! Linda Edkins Wyatt is joining us today with a fabulous nine-patch art quilt made from paper!
I'm just loving this stenciled and embroidered tote bag that Jill McDowell is sharing today... I had the chance to see it in person last weekend and I have to say, it's even more awesome up close!
Jill used my "Not Afraid to Try" and Art Deco Peacock Feathers stencils as the patterns for her embroidery. Here are a few close-ups so you can see some of the amazing details:
Make sure you stop by her blog to see lots of photos and to get more details on how this gorgeous bag was made!
I'm just loving today's project from the Artist Tribe... Lynda Shoup made this fabulous bohemian cell phone case!
Lynda used Irresistible India downloadable collage sheets, sari yarn, Turkmen jewelry parts, Japanese Chiyogami paper, block printed paper from my Irresistible India Collage and Embellishment pack, and more goodies. Make sure you check out her blog for details on her project and lots more photos!
Jackie Neal is joining us from the Artist Tribe today with a truly mixed media creation! She's combined lots of different types of products and techniques to make a journal cover full of fabulous details!
Jackie has used embellished sari scraps, my Decorative Flower Stamen Medallion stencil, block-printed elephants from my Enchanting Elephants Collage & Embellishment Packs, and some Chiyogami papers. Make sure you head over to her blog to see all of the details and lots more photos!
Today we're taking a brief break from the new stencil love to showcase one of the designs from my last release in this powerful art journal page by Linda Edkins Wyatt.
Linda used my Not Afraid to Try stencil along with recycled paint skins from her craft mat. In her post she discusses both the idea fear as well as overcoming it, and she's also sharing several other art journal pages with this stencil. Make sure you stop by her blog to read more and see all of the details!
Jackie is here from the Artist Tribe to finish out the inspiration for the month (I can't believe it's almost June! ) She's sharing this gorgeous beaded cover for her sari journal:
Jackie used my Decorative Flower Stamen Medallion stencil as the pattern, then added some sari scraps and a few other goodies from a Curated Stash Pack. Make sure you head over to her blog to see all of the details!
I just love this gorgeous scrap fairy art doll that Linda Edkins Wyatt is sharing on her blog today... isn't it fabulous?
Linda used some orange embellished sari scraps, Florentine paper, and Turkmen jewelry parts... I love how it all came together to make this lovely "paper" doll! Make sure you head over to her blog to see all of the details!
For those who didn't see the latest newsletter that went out yesterday, I'm having a Memorial Day sale in the shop! You can save 20% off of supplies and downloadable collage sheets today through Monday - just use the coupon Memorial2018 when you check out.
Are you ready for some truly global mixed media inspiration? (Not that we aren't going global pretty much all the time over here! LOL!) Today Lynda Shoup is sharing a beautiful art journal page with influences from India and the Middle East.
Lynda is using hand-printed papers from some of my collage and embellishment packs, along with my new "Not Afraid to Try" stencil, some sari scraps, Turkmen jewelry parts, and an image from my Irresistible India digital downloads. Make sure you head on over to her blog for more photos and details!
P.S. A little birdie told me that there might just be a little sale coming up to celebrate Memorial Day... keep an eye out, just in case!
It looks like Spring is finally here, and Lynda Shoup from the Artist Tribe has a fun idea for a boho, mixed media approach to your gardening with her gorgeous embellished flower pot!
Lynda used a sari applique from the Irresistible India Mixed Media Happy Pack, as well as hand-printed papers from a variety of different packs and kits. Make sure you head over to Lynda's blog to see details and description of how it all came together!
The Artist Tribe is winding down the work week with this gorgeous quilt-inspired mixed media piece by Linda Edkins Wyatt.
Linda has used some beautiful fabric work in this piece, along with some Dresden trim, Turkmen Jewelry parts, and my favorite embellished sari patchwork ribbon from the shop. Make sure you stop by her blog to see all of the details and get the background on her project!
Hi all, Jackie Neal is back again from the Artist Tribe sharing another gorgeous spread from her sari art journal!
For this spread, Jackie used embellished sari scraps, Fabulous Florals Skeleton Leaves, and some gorgeous Japanese Chiyogami paper. Make sure you stop by her blog to see up close photos and lots of details!
The Artist Tribe and I are excitedly welcoming Spring with open arms, and today Jackie Neal is sharing a gorgeous spring-inspired art journal spread!
Jackie used some of the embellished sari scraps from the shop along with lots of beautiful papers, beads, and my new Chinese Garden Plum Blossoms stencil. Make sure you head over to her blog for lots more photos and details!
Jill McDowell from the Artist Tribe is jumping in today with a new art journal page done with teabags and some of my newest stencil designs.
Jill used my new "Not Afraid to Try" stencil as well as my Chinese Garden Plum Blossoms stencil to make this gorgeous art journal page. Make sure you stop by her blog for more photos and details on how this page came together!
The weekend brings another fabulous project from the Artist Tribe as Lynda Shoup shows how she used some of my stencil designs to bring boro stitching and boho style together in this fun and functional handbag!
Lynda used designs from my Decorative Medallion stencil as well as my "Not Afraid to Try" stencil to decorate this bag, then added all of that lovely boro stitch work and some fun beading! Make sure you head over to her blog to get all of the detail and lots more photos.
The Artist Tribe and I have all been busy lately, but we're back today! Linda Edkins Wyatt is bringing grunge and vintage together in these gorgeous art journal pages using old family photos.
Linda is using techniques she learned in "Radiant Rust" a class she took with Seth Apter a few months ago, and the results are stunning!
Linda used embellishments cut from sari scraps as well as a mix of various Baked Texture embossing powders to help achieve all of those gorgeous, grungy effects! Make sure you head over to her blog to get more photos and all of the details on these beautiful art journal pages!
The Artist Tribe never stops creating inspiring work, and today Jill McDowell is sharing a stunning piece of mixed media artwork she made in my "All Mixed Up" workshop at Mary Beth Shaw's studio in St. Louis two weeks ago, along with a workshop summary. Here's a little peek at her finished artwork:
Jill used Dresden trim, a bunch of my stencils - including the new Decorative Flower Stamen Medallion stencil (and you may also see one here that's going to be released in June that was handed out to workshop attendees as a special surprise!) Make sure to head over to Jill's blog to see the entire piece and get all the details on her class experience!
Linda Edkins Wyatt from the Artist Tribe is jumping in today to share an absolutely fabulous Art Deco inspired mixed media project! I absolutely love the quote by Rumi that she used - it really resonates with me!
For her piece, Linda used my Art Deco Bookplates stencil, along with some Turkmen jewelry parts, plus some brads and other metal findings and accents. Make sure you head over to her blog for all of the details and lots more photos!
Jill used a bunch of my stencil designs on these projects, including my Decorative 6-Petal Flower Stencil (4x4) and the Decorative 6-Petal Flower Screen (6x6,) as well as my Decorative Medallion stencil.
On the art journal page below, she's used both the 4x4 and 6x6 Ornamental Compass designs from my Ornamental stencil collection.
Head on over to Jill's blog for lots more photos and details, including a how-to on turning those soggy teabags into gorgeous works of art!
Another wonderful project from the Artist Tribe today... Lynda Shoup is popping in with this gorgeous mixed media wall hanging!
She's used my Ornamental Petals Screen stencil along with some sari yarn, embellished sari scraps, and a Turkmen pendant along with some other beads and papers from her stash. Head on over to her blog where you can see more photos and get details on this beautiful artwork!
Also, today is the last day for the anniversary sale at the shop! 15% off all mixed media supplies with the coupon 1stAnniversary15. The offer expires tonight (3/28) at midnight mountain time.
Jackie Neal from the Artist Tribe is joining us today to share how she's journaling her art journey with this gorgeous art journal page!
Jackie used my Ornamental Peacock Feathers stencil along with some sari scraps and a few bits of Turkmen jewelry to help complete her page. Make sure you head on over to her blog for lots more closeups and details!
Just a quick reminder - my shop anniversary sale was extended so you can still save 15% on all mixed media supplies when you use the code 1stAnniversary15 between now and 11:59pm mountain time on 3/28.
Last Wednesday I announced the release of five new stencil designs from StencilGirl and shared the background and inspiration for my two new 9"x12" stencils along with some samples. Today I wanted to focus on the other three designs.
First up is my new Scribble X Mask stencil.
I've been a doodler for as long as I can remember - I doodled in my classes all the way from elementary school through college, and then as an adult I've continued; I think that's the reason I continue to take notes in a notebook instead of on my computer! It helps keep my hands busy and my brain focused.
This particular design was inspired by a series of doodles that showed up in my notebook during meetings at work last Fall. I had the idea to turn a few of my doodles - including this one, into a hand-carved rubber stamps, and I loved this particular design so much that I knew it just had to be enlarged and become a mask that could be used for even more applications in my artwork.
Here you can see how I used it in my art journal:
And a close-up so you can see some of the details for both the stencil and the page:
Next, I also used this as the pattern for one of my 3D boho collages. This was done on a 5x5 cradled panel, and you can also see one of the borders from Not Afraid to Try as well as a bit of the Decorative Flower Stamen Medallion peeking out from under the dimensional piece.
I really love doing these collages... it's a very detailed process (some might say tedious?) but I find it to be kind of zen. Then there's the fun of finding the perfect way to embellish the openings and add fun little accents to the finished collage. Here's a close-up so you can get a better idea of the dimension as well as see a bit more how I used the Baked Texture embossing powder (Patina Oxide,) as well as some Emerald Creek Pyrite Quarry Gemstones, and more Emerald Creek embossing powders inside the collage and on the background. I also added a button from my Turkmen jewelry parts, and then triangular pendants around the circle are from my personal stash of jewelry bits.
Next up is the Decorative Flower Stamen Medallion stencil - one of my new 6"x6" designs.
Like the Scribble X Mask, this design started off as a doodle in my work notebook. I had these organic elements that looked like the stamens of a flower growing out of the margins of my pages, so I went home and turned them into a quarter-repeat hand-carved rubber stamp. When I printed and repeated the stamp, the results were so much cooler than I'd anticipated! I knew immediately that it would make a fabulous addition to my collection of medallion stencils.
This design is perfect for creating background textures and patterns (it worked great with texture paste on my sample canvas below.) Like all of my medallions, it's also ideal for layering... try using smaller circular designs and objects layered over the center and build up from there to create a unique focal point in your art!
Here's the canvas I mentioned - lots of layered and collaged elements, and then I used gold texture paste (Wendy Vecchi / Ranger) to add the stenciling on the top.
Here's another close-up so that you can see more of the texture and how detailed this design really is!
Finally, the other 6"x6" that I released last week is my new Art Deco Peacock Feathers stencil.
It's really not much of a secret that I love both peacock feathers and Art Deco - I've already created stencils aplenty for both of these themes! That probably means that a mash-up of the two was inevitable at some point, right?
I have a particular fondness for Egyptian Art Deco designs, and have wanted to do something along those lines for quite a while now. While visiting my family in the DC area last year, I spotted a pillow in a shop that immediately sparked the idea in my head to make Egyptian Art Deco peacock feathers. I drew it out and carved it as a stamp to see how it would work, and I loved it so much that it was the first thing I worked on when I started this round of stencil designs.
The hand-drawn pattern was created to repeat, so all you have to do is line the stencil up along any of the edges to create seamless backgrounds as large or as small as you want. You can also mask off a single feather to use as a stand-alone motif in your work.
Here you can see where I used this design to create a repeating background on some painted deli paper:
If you look closely, you can see where I tore out pieces of the above paper and used them to create the background on a page in my most recent artist book:
On this page I also added some torn sari ribbon on top, along with pieces cut from a Dresden medallion, some sari patches from my stash, printed handmade paper, and a large Kuchi patch (I seriously love these things - so much!)
I also used this stencil along the edges of one of the translucent pages in the same artist book (my Decorative Curvy Ornament stencil is the one you see in the center.) I finished it off with some trim and sari patches from my stash. (I don't have these in my shop, but you can check out my Curated Stash Packs if you're interested in this kind of thing!)
Finally, I used the Art Deco Peacock Feathers stencil for one of the layers of pattern on the background of the art journal spread I shared last week which also uses my two new 9"x12" stencils.
So that's it for this release! I'm so beyond pleased with how the stencils came out... the team at StencilGirl did a stellar job with them, as always! I'm so excited to continue using them in my work, and also to see what you do with them!
Of course, all 37 of my stencil designs are available both in my shop and directly from StencilGirl. You can also check your local stores - I know there are quite a few out there that have some as well (shop local if you can!)
For those who are interested - I've still got my anniversary sale going on in my shop... you can save 15% off of all mixed media supplies and downloadable products with the coupon 1stAnniversary15. Thanks to the great response so far, I've extended the sale so this coupon is good through midnight mountain time on Wednesday, March 28th.
Linda Edkins Wyatt is popping in from the Artist Tribe today with a fabulous project... she's made a gorgeous and totally unique set of mixed media art paper dolls!
Linda used several different colors of embossing powder to add texture and a bit of shine to the details of her dolls. If you look closely, you'll also see bits of Dresden trim and some embellished sari scraps! Make sure you stop by her blog to see close-ups of each of the art dolls and get more details on the project and products she used.
Also, just a quick reminder that I'm celebrating the one year anniversary of my shop with a sale! Get 15% off all mixed media supplies and downloadable products with the coupon 1stAnniversary15.
I'm super excited to share that I have five new stencil designs releasing today from StencilGirl! I'm really excited about these stencils - it's a bit of a mixed bag and in the past I've always released in collections, but each one is a design that I really loved and so I decided to just put them all out there together in a bit of an eclectic mix. Without further ado... here they are! (You can tell that mine are already getting plenty of use :)
Do these designs look familiar at all? If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen these motifs before since most of them came from the stamps I carved in the last round of Carve December. It's not unusual for my stamp designs to turn into stencils... I started counting how many of my hand-carved stamps are now available in some form or another from StencilGirl and it was a surprisingly large number!
The Chinese Garden Plum Blossoms actually started as a drawing for a stencil, but then I turned it into a 3-part stamp so that I could print it in different colors. I loved how that came out, so I decided to submit the stencil design, and here we are! I'm especially thrilled to have my first Asian themed stencil... it's been a long time coming, and hopefully this is the first of many!
I'll be sharing the individual stencils and the inspiration behind them as well as some sample projects here, as well as on Facebook and Instagram over the next week or so, so make sure to keep an eye out for inspiration with my new designs!
Today I want to share a bit more about my new 9x12 stencils. The first one is called Not Afraid to Try.
As background on this design, in 2009 I went back to school to get my MBA and during my second year I took an elective called Business Judgment, which was my favorite class of the entire program (it was much more interesting than it sounds!) One of the books we read in class focused on the concept that our own fears are our biggest impediments to making decisions and moving forward, and with achieving success in both our professional and personal lives. This really stuck with me, and I ended up making it the subject of my final project for the class (which I aced, by the way!) I've continued to keep that as a mantra in the years since, and for close to a year now I've really wanted to have a version of that concept as a phrase on a stencil so that I could use it for art journaling and other projects. I thought that it was probably likely that others might want this as well, and luckily StencilGirl agreed with me!
The words on this stencil are all hand-drawn, and you can also mask off individual letters to form other words and phrases like I did with the page below from my latest artist book which reads, "Doubt Not, Fear Not." (I stenciled just part of the "o" and then drew in the horizontal line to make an "e.")
Of course, I couldn't have a quote without some decorative elements, so I added two borders which were inspired by traditional Indian woodblock designs, as well as a fun ornamental motif that's a combination of inspiration from a vintage metal finding and architectural elements. You can repeat the borders to make them longer, or turn them into backgrounds! That's what I did on the back side of the above page - since the background is translucent, I wanted them to show through to the front a bit (as you can see above,) but also stand on their own if you were looking at the reverse side of the page.
My other new 9x12 is called Chinese Garden Plum Blossoms, and it was inspired by my first two visits to China where I explored the Yu Garden in Shanghai and also learned about the symbolism of the plum blossoms during a Chinese watercolor painting demonstration - these trees flower in late winter and have come to embody the ideas of perseverance and hope, as well as beauty and purity. After I learned about the symbolism, I developed an immediate and abiding love for the blooms of this tree; I have a painting of plum blossoms in my home that I bought from a master artist in Beijing that I had framed and keep displayed in a prominent place to remind me of the concept of hope and beauty blossoming through adversity.
I also added Chinese characters for beauty (top,) harmony (middle,) and tranquility (bottom,) to describe the feeling while visiting those stunning traditional gardens. The design of the plum blossom branch was deliberately created as an outline to allow you to color the flowers with whatever color combinations and mediums you choose. Here you can see how I stenciled the design onto rice paper and then colored it with gouache:
I tore out the designs from this page and used them on the same art journal spread I showed above... here's a close-up so you can see the blooms in particular. (The Chinese characters on this page mean "strength" and are from another of my hand-carved stamps.)
I also used the Chinese characters from this stencil to make a tag - these frequently end up as tip-ins in my art journal.
I'll be back soon with more inspiration behind the other three designs... in the meantime, make sure you're following me on Instagram where I'll continue to post projects with the new designs!
I'm absolutely loving the project that Jill McDowell is sharing today from the Artist Tribe... she's used my stencil designs to make these utterly fabulous stenciled Easter eggs!
Aren't they incredible? She's used several of my stencil designs from both my original Ornamental stencil collection as well as my Decorative stencil designs. Make sure you stop by her blog today to see more photos of these beautiful eggs as well as details on how she made them!
P.S., don't forget about the shop anniversary sale that starts Friday! You won't want to miss it!
We're starting the new week off on a high note with this fabulous project from the Artist Tribe - this stunning mixed media shrine by Jackie Neal!
Make sure you head over to Jackie's blog for more photos and details about this stunning project.
Psst... a little heads up - my little shop is a year old this month and I'll be celebrating with a sale! Mark your calendars...
Linda Edkins Wyatt is joining us today with another inspirational post from The Artist Tribe! I love this handmade boho-style necklace she created... isn't it fabulous?
Linda used sari yarn and pieces from an assortment of Turkmen jewelry parts, along with beads and fabric scraps, to make her necklace. Make sure you swing by her blog to see more photos and get all of the details on how she made her beautiful project!
Jill McDowell from the Artist Tribe is sharing a fabulous project today; she's used some of my stencil designs to make collograph plates and then print with them!
Make sure you stop by Jill's blog today to see all of the details of how she made her collographs, along with lots more gorgeous prints!
We have one final post from the Artist Tribe this week... Linda Edkins Wyatt is sharing some gorgeous, grungy mixed media using pieces made in the Radiant Rust workshop with Seth Apter:
Linda used my Art Deco Sun Medallion stencil along with a Dresden crown and the fabulous Baked Texture embossing powders. She also added some gorgeous natural elements for the perfect finishing touch.
Head on over to Linda's blog to see more photos and get all of the details of this beautiful project!
In addition to the sari scraps, Jackie used my Ornamental Petals Screen stencil and my Art Deco Sunburst Background stencil. (I'm really loving the texture and color she got with that one - check out this closeup!)
Make sure to stop over at Jackie's blog today to see the rest of the photos and details!
Lynda Shoup is back again today from the Artist Tribe sharing another project to celebrate Chinese New Year - a good fortune keeper!
What a fun project! Lynda used one of the Chinese coin tassels from the shop, along with a metal wafer die (I only have a few left and my supplier is no longer carrying these designs, so first come, first served!) She's also using some sari yarn.
Make sure you head over to Lynda's blog to see more details and get the background on how she's using this fabulous piece to celebrate the Lunar New Year!
Feeling inspired? Don't forget that you can save 15% off on orient-inspired supplies all throughout February using products from the Exotic Orient section of the shop when you use the coupon ExoticOrient15 at checkout!
Today Artist Tribe member Jackie Neal is kicking off part 1 of a 2-part series using embellished sari scraps in her art journal. Check out the spreads she's showcasing today!
Make sure you head over to Jackie's blog to see all of the details for these first two pages!