I'm excited to share that by popular demand, the 9" x 12" Chinese Garden - Buddha stencil from my June 2019 release with StencilGirl is now available in small and mini sizes!
The new 4" x 4" mini stencil is the perfect size for tags, cards, and mini art journal pages like the one here from a recent 2-1/2" square mini art journal.
The small version worked perfectly on this 6" x 6" accordion art journal page:
I deliberately designed these so that you could either color them in completely, leave it as a simple line drawing, or stencil over top of a more complex background and use color and shading to leave some or all of it showing through the face.
Here you can see more examples of how I used most or part of the face on a heavily patterned background and faded out the color so the background would come through... some leave very little showing, some allow a lot to remain visible. I love the variety of the looks you can get using the same stencils, products, and techniques in slightly different ways.
Both of these new baby Buddha stencils are available in my shop, along with the original 9" x 12" large version.
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I'm excited to share that I have five new stencil designs available today from StencilGirl! I've added three new stencils to my Chinese Garden series as well as two new Collage Textures & Patterns options.
These new designs all feature imagery that I love and use in my own work and as always, they're heavily influenced by my travels.
The Chinese Garden - Buddha, Lotus, and Koi stencils were inspired by my visits to various gardens and temples throughout Asia. The Buddha was directly taken from a pastel portrait in one of my art journals and the design of the Lotus stencil was inspired by a woodblock I found in India. Although the Koi are reminiscent of many places I've been fortunate enough to visit, my main inspiration came from a gorgeous and peaceful garden that appeared as the unexpected finish to a very long, hot, and unbelievably crowded hike through Xiang Jia Jie National Park in China. It was an incredible oasis in the midst of one of the most amazing settings I've ever seen.
Here you can see a few of the ways that I've been using the new designs:
In this piece, I've used the Lotus stencil as a pattern to create a highly layered and textured piece with a lot of fabric and a bit of embroidery.
The Collage Textures and Patterns - Medieval Cyrillic stencil was partially inspired by several semesters of Russian language study in grad school, but more particularly by a once-in-a-lifetime journey through Russia on the Trans Siberian Railroad. We stopped nearly every day to go into various cities where I was fortunate enough to visit many Orthodox churches and cathedrals as well as a few museums - all full of the most gorgeous art, especially icons. Many of the icons feature writing and much of it is ornate and beautifully ornamental.
The characters in this stencil are mainly comprised of combinations of different Cyrillic letters and, although it doesn't really say anything, I love using it for texture and pattern in my backgrounds. You can see this stencil sprinkled through the mini accordion art journal shared below along with the Collage Textures and Patterns - Leaves stencil which was inspired by wallpaper and upholstery in one of my favorite buildings near where I used to live in Utah.
Click on any of the images to see the whole thing or to see it larger.
You've probably heard or seen me talk about this at some point already, but I'm thrilled that my new line of products with Emerald Creek is now starting to ship! The new goods are going to a few small independent stores right now and I should get the order for my shop soon - I anticipate being able to start shipping sometime this month. (I'll open pre-orders when I know better when I'll get my order.)
What's included in this new line, you ask? I have eight new embossing powders called Boho Blends and seven new crystal and semi-precious gemstone embellishments called Boho Bits. All of them are inspired by my travels around the world... from the colors, sights, and experiences of everything from the Spice Market in Istanbul to the mud brick houses in rural Uzbekistan to the local jewelry worn in Myanmar, China, and Turkmenistan.
These were officially released at the Creativation trade show in Phoenix in January and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to be there on the floor, in the booth, and at the demo table. In my demos, I shared some of my favorite techniques using both the Boho Blends and the Boho Bits and since coming home, I've been working on re-creating those demos as in-depth videos so that everyone can see them.
Without further ado, there are two new video tutorials now available; the first one focuses on the Boho Blends and in it I share my faux "painting" technique. The second showcases the Boho Bits (and of course there's some embossing too,) and shows one of my favorite ways to use them - creating a custom medallion embellishment.
While the new products aren't widely available yet (I'm waiting on pins and needles for my order to ship!) I couldn't wait to start sharing ideas for using them... hopefully you'll be as excited as I am and ready to put them to work in your own mixed media projects, art journals, and paper crafts over the course of the next few weeks.