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!

Art Journaling at the Speed of Life

Art Journaling at the Speed of Life

I just wanted to share some art journaling goodness with you all:-) I was thrilled to get my contributor copy of Art Journaling magazine and find me work on the cove! It totally caught me by surprise. As most of you know, I love art journaling and it’s my go to vehicle to teach workshops. They are such a valuable tool for any artist.





Cover Art September 2017

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Here’s the full page spread. I love this color palette of Nightfall, Celedon, and Rain from my line of paints with Derivan Matisse. The stencils used here are my designs with Stencil Girl Products.

I hope you are finding time to explore your own journals~


CONGRATULATIONS WINNERS Denise Spillane, Ajae McCain and Patricia Upshaw!!!

I’m thrilled to have been asked to write a couple of articles for a brand new publication all about my favorite subject matter! I’m eagerly awaiting my hard copy of this magazine, but already downloaded it because I couldn’t wait! Also stay tuned for some cool extras that will be coming along with this issue! Be sure to read all the way through this post to find out about a special GIVEAWAY that I’m offering!!!



From the Editorial Director: “I am thrilled to let you know about our newest special publication: FACES: Creating Mixed-Media Portraits is for all of you who love drawing faces—or who want to learn how. This issue is loaded with projects on drawing and painting portraits, plus creating portraits in collage, stitch, and even assemblage! Download the digital copy today:, and pre-order the print issue, due out August 18th: Check back soon for some fun related giveaways!” ~ Jeannine Stein




Discover a wealth of information and instruction for creating mixed-media faces!
From the editors of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine comes the premiere special issue magazine dedicated to mixed-media portrait art: Faces.

Inside this issue, you’ll find:

15 projects for artists of all skill levels
Techniques and tips for making features pop
Instruction for drawing expressive characters
And much more!

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Some of my artwork from this issue.

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9×12 Phantom of the Opera

You can get all of the stencils used at Stencil Girl Products

I also have some new DVD’s that go along really well with the types of techniques I share in the magazine. You can find out more about them by clicking on the images below.


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And to celebrate I’ll be giving away three of my new DVD’s to three of the commenters on this post!!! So be sure to leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing. I’ll be drawing names next Monday, August 15th

Ring in the New Year with New Stencils!!!

I’m very excited to announce that my new line of stencils with Stencil Girl Products is now available! 

Gross Anatomy 6 x 6″ Stencils

Inside My Head


One Breath at a Time

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These stencils reflect on personal struggles of the past year and will add powerful imagery to your art journaling and other mixed media work.

Here is a stepped out look at creating a journal spread with one of my new stencils


This page started off on a partially stenciled background using my Acrylic Inks and a copy of a sketch adhered with Mixed Media Adhesive, to give a nice matte finish to the page. Then I traced the stencil design with a Pitt Artist Pen. Using a small sponge dauber I applied Liquid Frisket through the stencil. Let it dry. The Liquid Frisket will mask off the stencil design to preserve the colors underneath.


I adhered more imagery using Mixed Media Adhesive and chose my color palette for the page. I’m using my Fluid Matt Sheer Acrylics in the following analogous color palette, Turquoise, Rain, Olive, Celedon and using a complementary color to Turquoise, Mustard Seed.


Because I’ve masked off the stencil design I can freely paint over the top of it with layers of color.


Using a Liquid Frisket removal tool, I can easily pull off the masking to reveal the page underneath.


I love how it went slightly outside the lines of the stencil design. This gives more interest to the page.

DSC02187The completed journal page using paints to define the face and imagery.

Here are some more pages done using my new stencils

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Analogous Colors at Play

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Today I had time to play with lesson 3 from my book. Analogous colors are so fun to play with in a messy way because you can’t make mud with them! They just keep blending and making beautiful color.


photo 1I first spritzed my page spread with water so I could work wet on wet. (Check out my messy table from yesterday’s print making session!)

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Then I used Mini Misters (Ranger) to spray some of my acrylic inks onto the page. These will be available soon at Jerrys Artarama! They are great for backgrounds because they’re acrylic and when dry, permanent!! No bleed through. I’m using a non stick teflon sheet to mask off most of the page.

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These pics show the progression as I work my way up the page from the bottom. I chose to use 6 colors. Remember analogous colors are side by side on the color wheel.

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Next I laid a stencil on top (Stencil Girl Products) and then used paper towels to blot off the excess ink. I used 3 different stencils to create an interesting background.

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I added a color wheel using one of my stencils (Stencil Girl Products) to show the colors I used on the background. Then using a Copying Pencil (these have indelible ink in them and turn a lovely turquoise color when you wet them) and sketched a face. I used the Copying Pencil to stay with my color palette and not overwhelm the page.

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I activated the pencil with a wet brush.

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Next I used white and black China Markers to add a little pop to the face with highlights and shadows.

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I used the Copying Pencil to add some journaling and my page spread is complete. I really like that the image doesn’t overwhelm the page, or cover the background. I may work a bit more on this but I’m done for now.