Doctor of the Plague

Doctor of the Plague

 

Being shut in along with everyone else during this crazy time, reminded me of some stencils I created awhile back. At the time I created these Doctor of the Plague stencils I honestly loved them for their simple imagery and thought they were ‘pretty’. Now as we enter a time where we will likely see a lot of people wearing masks as we emerge from isolation, they take on a new meaning. I just wanted to share them with you and hope you are all doing well and hopefully being creative during this time.

 

and the Winner Is…

Margo, you are the lucky winner!!! Congratulations!  Thank you everyone for all of your comments and I hope you’ll still consider signing up for this workshop. It’s the first online course I’ve done in several years and I’m really excited about it. Now is a great time to do something fun while we are all practicing our social distancing.

New Halo Stencils are Now Available!

I just love it when new stencil designs finally come out! Many months before hand they are designed then you get proofs to play with to be sure they are ‘right’ and then you get the final cuts and get to make art with them but you can’t show anyone until they’re released lol! So you keep the fun and excitement to yourself waiting until you can share. Well I can now share my latest line of stencils with you!!! Woo hoo!

Announcing my new line of Halo Stencils!

The Beautiful Halo stencil  features a beautifully detailed halo behind the silhouette of a head which can be used on its own or with my Face Map Front 6×6 stencil and mask. Whether you leave the head area blank and fill it in with journaling or design or add a face, this stencil will add an element of beauty to your work. It’s a simple design that can easily enhanced with your own marks.

Creative HaloThe Creative Halo stencil  is made up of the mask of a face with a halo which is reminiscent of a color wheel. You can use this design on its own or in conjunction with my Face Map Front 6×6 stencil and mask. This stencil and gives an array of creative approaches for you to create a colorful focus to a face in your art journaling, monoprinting, or mixed media artwork.

Faithful Halo

The Faithful Halo is my favorite of this Halo stencil series, and the Maltese Cross inside of a circle that functions as a halo behind the mask of a face is ideal for adding deeper meaning to your work. It also creates a powerful image in art journaling, mixed media, and much more. This design can be used on its own or with my Face Map Front 6×6 stencil and mask.

The Radiant Halo stencil radiates light and positive imagery. The radiant beams coming out from behind the mask of the face are a great place to add journaling, words or patterns on art journal spreads, mixed media artwork, scrapbook layouts, and more. This stencil can be used on its own, or it works perfectly when paired with my Face Map Front 6×6 stencil and mask.

 

and here’s a little bit of artwork using these stencils to inspire you:-)

NOTE: Some of Seth Apter’s awesome stamps have been used in the making of this art! All other stencils are from Stencil Girl Products!

A Peek at My Studio, a work in progress

Some of you may remember that last spring we moved…again! Why many have asked, especially when we had just had a house built, well we had an opportunity to live on a private airstrip in a home with an airplane hangar! It’s been our retirement dream for many years and we decided to jump on this chance as you can never be sure when they will come along. So we are now living in our retirement home, just early lol.

Creating a studio space along with renovating much of our ‘new’ older home has taken us a lot of time but it’s finally feeling like everything is coming together. My studio is not done but it’s at a good place where I can work and dream about further renovations, like skylights, but nothing ‘needs’ to be done now to make it a good studio space for me. I have about 700 sq feet that includes the art space, a small office and a bathroom. The next thing that’s being done is a custom sliding barn door is being created from an old fence we took down on the property. The wood will be reclaimed and left rustic and I think it will be super cool in the oversized opening that adjoins the space to the living area.

I overcame the urge to totally tidy up before pictures so excuse the mess, but I’m  in the middle of several projects and will clean up when I’m done lol.

The floors were done in reclaimed wood look ceramic tile and I’m  really happy with them.

I recently taught at an art school in Paducah, KY and loved the tables they had. It’s a packing table from Uline and extremely sturdy. I also bought the chair from there. Working at a taller table allows me to stand and work when I want to.

Print making and dry media corner. The barn door will actually slide open on this wall so I’ll have to move the storage around when it goes in. Below my Raskog carts fit perfectly under my new work table.

Large canvas painting area.

Storage cabinets and prep area. I have a line with clips that will go on this wall to hang work, sketches etc. I like to hang current work to help me build off of it.

My little office space. It’s small but I love it and love looking out onto the back patio and yard.

Hope you enjoyed a little peek into my work space, I know I love looking at other peoples studios!