Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Blog Hop and Special Artistcellar Giveaway!

"Gentle Leader"
watercolor, ink, acrylic and oil pastel on wood

Giveaway Now Closed: winner is Mary Cline!

Hello All You Wonderful People!

I am so honored to be able to be one of the first to tell you about an exciting new stencil set from Artistcellar!  And even better yet.. I get to give one set away!  

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Now most of you know...I am not a stencil kind of girl.  But...Artistcellar contacted me to try this one out and I couldn't resist.  I had been longing to do something similar to the design of stencils in my work...but hadn't quite figured out how to do it without long hours of tearing out...drawing.  They read my mind and developed a stencil.... And wait...NOT ONE stencil...a WHOLE ENTIRE SET OF FOUR!  Whoop Whoop!

And they are beyond LOVELY...and exciting!  

In fact...they are so exciting...that I forgot to snap a photo of them pristine in the package.  I thought I could get away with it and put them back neatly...but as you can see...I already christened them.  Sorry. 

But...for a stencil to get me that excited....these are really badass!  They versatility alone is A+++ in my book.  You can do so much with these!  And more A+++'s for the size and quality! These bad boys will stand up to some heavy duty you know what!

The set is called Diamond Series. There are four stencils in the set:

111 - Brilliant
112 - Flanders
113 - Heart 
114 - Radiant 

They are all great.  But...what I noticed right away when I got them...was how fascinating they were all together. So..that's how I used them in the painting above..."Gentle Leader".

They created the sun/moon shape in the sky.

I started out with 111 Brilliant...the circle one.  I overlapped it off my wood panel.

After it had dried....I left it in place and taped 112 Flanders on top of it.  This covered up some of the lines from the Brilliant stencil...but not all of them.  And I added a lighter color on top.  I kept if messy and kind of distressed looking.

And I let that dry completely before removing the stencils.

 I added a wash of light blue to tone it back a little and unite the shape with the rest of the painting.

Then I used the raised edges left from the stencils
to my advantage...and lightly hit them with metallic oil pastels.

 And I was super happy with the results!  The stencils have definitely exceeded my expectations.

Now...I get to give one of you lucky folks an awesome set of Diamond Series Stencils!  Just leave me a comment below and let me know how you would use the stencils. And PLEASE only one comment...multiple comments will not increase your chances of winning.  It will eliminate you. 

 I will pick a random winner on 12/8! So check back then!

Remember if you can't see where to's because you need to click this link and go directly to my blog (not my imported blog on my website). worries...just click here.

And remember to check out all the other blogs for a chance to win there too!  Here's the line up:

11/30 - Lisa Cousineau/Artistcellar,
12/1 - Wyanne Thompson,
12/2 - Jane LaFazio,
12/3 - Sue Bleiweiss,
12/5 - Jill K. Berry,
12/6 - Effy Wild,
12/7 - Felicia Borges,

Thanks for reading!  Good luck.  I can't wait to read your creative ideas!  And thanks Artistcellar!  You can fine out more about the stencils here.  

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