Stencils and Book Giveaway!!!

The Stencil Girl Design Team is at it again! Check out the amazing art journal spread created by Jennifer Armstrong, a columnist for Stencil Girl. I’m honored that she chose my book, Art at the Speed of Life, to create a project from. She used some of my stencil designs for her own take on that project and I’m in love with the journal page she came up with. You have to go HERE to check it out and please leave a comment there for a chance to win $50 worth of my stencils and a signed copy of Art at the Speed of Life!!!

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!

Creative Jumpstart 2018

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be participating as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2018, run for the 7th 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 2018.

Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters.

Throughout January participants get access to 31 downloadable videos from 31 featured artists. I’m proud to be one of those artists, called “JumpStarters.” See for yourself:

Announcing Creative JumpStart 2018 – CJS18 from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

Head on over to Nathalie’s site to sign up and for more details:

 

You get 31 Downloadable videos – over 6 hours of unique content –  for just $40 (USD) if you sign up by November 29 11:59 pm EST, 2017. Afterwards it will be 45USD until December 31st, 2017before it goes to its normal sale price of 50USD.

 

So what are you waiting for? Sign up here

 

Cyber Monday Stencil Girl Products Sale!!!

My stencils are on sale!

Complementary Color Wheel, One Breath at a Time, Journal Texture #2 and #4 used

Cyber Monday
Save 25% off all* stencils
Use code:25cyber
Monday, November 27, 2017
from midnight until 11:59 p.m. CST (Central Standard Time) USA

PLUS 10% discount when you buy 6 stencils of the same size!

NEW THIS YEAR! Choose 1 FREE large stencil for every $100 spent (after discounts are applied). You MUST specify your choice(s) by L### code in the comments section of the cart when you check out or it will be StencilGirl’s choice. Sorry, no exceptions.
Articulated Hand, Golden Mean used
BONUS! Spend $500+ (after discounts are applied) and StencilGirl will send you an original work of art by Mary Beth Shaw.

Door to Heart stencil used (comes in 9×12 or 6×6 sizes)

Tuesday & Wednesday
Save 20% off all* stencils
Use code: cyber20
Tuesday, November 28, 2017, & Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Sale ends at 11:59 p.m. CST (Central Standard Time) USA
10% off 6 stencils of the same size discount, FREE stencil(s), and Bonus still apply.

Gross Anatomy Inside My Head and Wing (wing comes in 9×12 or 6×6 size) stencils used
*Stencils only. Does not apply to DVDs, books, tools, wholesale orders, StencilClub, or gift certificates. The StencilClub exclusive monthly member discount does not apply.

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!