Sunday, June 01, 2014

Artistcellar Pocket Stencils Blog Hop - Stop #2 of 7!

When I first opened the envelope and saw these stencils on the metal ring, I said "friggin" adorable" over and over to myself as I looked them over and thought of all the different ways that I could use them.  I hope that the few projects that I have posted here shows how easy these stencils are to use while pumping up your creativity.  These stencils are NOT for ATCs only.

As an artist, I like to experiment, so sometimes, things don't always turn out the way I thought it out in my mind.  The fun is in the process and the surprise in the end result.  A lot of the times, my end result is not very structured and is kinda messy.  What I really liked about these stencils are the variety of shapes and words so that I could experiment.  Also, I really liked that the stencils come pre-punched with a hole for the metal ring so I can keep the stencils together for future use.

At the end of this post, you will see the list of blog hop artists, please visit them each day  and comment on their blogs so you will get a chance to win a set of Pocket Stencils (your choice from one of the fun 5 sets).  If you would like a set or two (or more) NOW, you can purchase them here at artistcellar.com.

One last thing, DON'T forget to comment at the end of this post for your chance to win one of the Pocket Stencil stencil sets!  What would I like to know in comments? I would like to know which of the stencil sets would you like to win or which one of the stencils from the sets is your fave?  Personally, I am grooving on the mini gears in the Steampunk set, crown in chakras, charity (heart) in the Mini Virtues set, and absolutely love, love, love, all the words in both sets of create words/virtue words sets.  Can't help that I love words since I'm a reading teacher. If I had to pick an absolute fave it would be the vintage key.  It can do so much.


 I used the stencils here with wood blocks and styrofoam blocks with a text paper background on watercolor paper.  The color was done with Derwent Watersoluble Inktense Blocks. Some the stencils were used with modeling paste plus acrylic paint and some with crackle paint. White marker was Uni-ball Signo.  Loved the look of the stitching - at least some of it!  The wood blocks were sanded and then colored brown first to provide contrast to the background and stenciled images.


I have always loved creating houses.  I thought that these stencils were the perfect sizes for this project. I had recently seen a technique where you sand magazine images over the stencil to get the stenciled image.  Hint:  Don't sand too aggressively or it goes through the paper every time and you sand into the stencil.  Sigh.  Great experiment where you can try different things with color and vibrancy to get the image to show through more.  I decided to not add color but just to leave it "as is".  The other side of the house is full of color, as you will see.  The word stencils were awesome for this project.





This side of the house was done on large sheets of watercolor paper.  I sprayed Clearsnap Smooch Spritz through the Pocket Stencils and got fantastic images.  I love using Spritz as an alternative to acrylic sprays.  I placed some of my favorite little fun things in the windows for contrast.  I love anything metal and buttons are always somewhere in my art.





As I created and cut the shapes for the blocks and houses, I used the extras for ATCs.  As I went along, I discovered that I could use just part of one stencil on an ATC, overlay 2 parts to create a different image, or use a wet wipe to erase part of the stenciled image to create an entirely different look.




Bonus:  Reference cards so you know what each image looks like and you know exactly what you have!

Hole-punched for organization.  Clean-up is easy.

Don't forget to go back and visit Lisa from yesterday. She has some fantastic artwork using these stencils!
Hope you enjoyed my artwork.  Here are the list of artists and the schedule:

May 31 Lisa Cousineau 

June 1 Belinda Spiwak 

June 2 Amy O'Toole

June 3 Lea Cioci

June 4 Lynn Krawczyk

June 5  Effy Wild

June 6 Tamara Laporte

Good luck and don't forget to comment each day at each artist's blog for your chance to win!

One last thing, I am hosting an Artistcellar ATC swap to celebrate this fab blog hop that I am participating in this week.  You will find the details on how to become part of this ATC swap in a separate post in this blog.

60 comments:

Candice Thomas said...

Absolutely LOVED your art work. Looks like you were having great fun!

Candice Thomas said...

I'm not sure my comment went through, so I'll try again. Loved your artwork.

E J Brown said...

This was just sooo cool…..have been looking for something a bit smaller than my reg. stencils!! Thanks for this opportunity and I hope I win!!

Anonymous said...

You are so talented :)

Anonymous said...

perfect size... love the blocks!

Anonymous said...

perfect size... love the blocks!

Jo Murray said...

I'm with you...words are always great for my work...that is, collaged ATCs. The pocket size is operfect for small format work.

Carmen Whitehead said...

Love the colors you used!

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Lisa said...

Very nice work! Such cute stencils. I love that they have holes for organization. Very clever.

ConnieStamps said...

Oh my gosh! I love how you used them! Very creative! I particularly like the Creative Words and Virtues Words as I'm just getting into this art and have no words. I also am intrigued by the Steampunk Set.

Melody said...

Great projects.

ros said...

loved what you did with the stencils the size is perfect for travelling

Ros manicros@hotmail.co.uk

Gill said...

What a great idea!
I like the Steam Punk set

Gillian Pearce said...

I love the pile of ATCs you made. The stencils would make a great addition to anyone's stash they're so versatile.

Kim Hine said...

So fun your designs, I really would love to have a set of those stencils to incorporate into my art.

Judy Shea said...

What fun, Belinda. Love the houses and so darn colorful. Would love to win these stencils.

Denise Spillane said...

I love all of your projects. These are really great stencils

Robyn (RedDogGirl) said...

That house row is gorgeous. I love the street art feel to it. I am smitten with the Steampunk set. I mean, gears, a crown, a key all in a pocket sized set? Perfection!

Jay said...

What great stencils!!! And thanks for the great blog so full of creativity and instruction! Thanks!

Cheri P. said...

I like the Chakras Mini set the best.

Sandy said...

I love stencils -- so versatile, and you can get great effects with them. I love using them on fabric.

Sandy said...

I love stencils -- so versatile, and you can get great effects with them. I love using them on fabric.

Anonymous said...

These are adorable. Lissag123@verizon.net

WoolenSails said...

I love all the different pieces that you created with the stencils. They really open up a world of creating on all different mediums.

Debbie

Rosie said...

You make it look so easy! You rock and I'm with you and lovin the key, but all the pocket stencils are great!!!

ashley pendergrass said...

i love these stencils and what you did with them!

Raine said...

Wow! Love your work.

Cathy said...

Love the houses!!! What a great idea!! I'd like to use that idea to make a sort of picture book for a family memeber using pics of the grandkids!

Dijitize said...

Love the steampunk ones. Perfect for ATCs

Iris said...

Love how you used these. I visit a lot of mixed media blog that do work like me (on flat surfaces), so it's awesome to see something a bit different!

I'm totally crushing on the gears too. Love me some steampunk. Although the words ones are inspiring too. Hard to choose isn't it!!

Mic Starke said...

These are perfectly sized. I am going to use your hole-punch idea when I get a set of own! How convienent.

Tasha Freeman said...

I love the word stencils!

PJsArtFun L said...

These are all very cool! I love the word sets and the steampunk, but then again I would be happy with any or all of the sets!

Lilian said...

These stencils are awesome. Love what you did with them.

Jennifer Ropers said...

Wow! Love what you have done! If I had to choose favorite set it would either be the words with create and seek in them or the mini steampunk....can't decide between them! Thanks for sharing!

Barbara Miller-Davies said...

Fabulous - I'd love these stencils!

Robin Broitman said...

They are all fabulous but my favorite is the Chakras!

kborus said...

What you did with these is so very cool. Thanks for sharing! Love the size of these.

Jacklyn Young said...

I love these little stencils!

Shelley Gerald Bailey said...

love the boxes....nice work...play well....

Kia said...

I like the 4 create words stencils and the word I like is create.

Tamiko McCurry (MEKOfoSHO) said...

your projects are absolutely divine!! The smaller stencils speak to me.. bc.. I frankly just dont have the space or desire to create o a HUGE scale.. I likstencils 6x6 or smaller.. I like quality stencils too.. If I had to choose.. I would go with the Chakras or the set of words with create... new followers as well.. beautiful work!!

Jackie Beeman said...

Thanks for your great art tutorial or pieces! Love to be in the running for this awesome prize!

MoondragonsEyrie said...

Simply and beautifully amazinga.

Nancy Wirt said...

You had SO MUCH fun with these, I can tell. My favorite is the steampunk gear, but I truly want to use them all!

bwheather said...

Oh wow, any of the word packs would be wonderful, but I'm caught between them and the steampunk pack. All totally cool. ;-)

Sue M said...

I'd love to use the words - your art work is inspiring!

Susan Salyer said...

You made wonderful inspirational projects with the stencils. Fabulous art and I do love all of it especially your boxes..Thank you for sharing wonderful ideas and beautiful art.

Renee Stien said...

These little stencils are perfect and I love all of your projects too!

Shirley Douglass said...

What great stencils! Love the new size. Thank you for sharing :-)

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Your projects are awesome!

Amy M said...

Love the words, both sets. Your art is wonderful.

Amy Weaver/The Weaver's Hand-Inspirational Mixed Media Artist said...

those are fabulous! couldnt even pick a fav if i tried (okay...maybe the houses...or the blocks...oh, all of them)! so versatile and fun!

Pambi7 said...

I love all of your projects. Very creative.

Franny said...

Love your designs!
My favorite stencils are the word sets :)

Cori M said...

Looks like you had fun with these cool stencils!

Cindy said...

I love how you used the stencils. They're the perfect size for small or large pages. : )I'm hoping to win a set to use in my healing journal I'm using with therapy. They'd be perfect!

Randi said...

Some great ideas!

Briards2 said...

Love this and would love to win. Would like the templates too. Thanks
Barbara