Tuesday, July 7, 2020

A Journey through Art with StencilGirl

Hey there guys!

Today I am sharing an Art Journal page created for the Passages theme this month.

I admit I had to Google the meaning of Passages and how it applied to me ... and I realized that an important stage in my life is my art and my teaching of art.

Creating a little project to tell that story was going to be easy - or so I thought. 
All of a sudden I had too many ideas and too many options so the best thing to do was break it down into what makes me happy ... simplicity and ease.

Here is how the page breaks down into simple steps ...

I started with collaging some music paper and Dictionary paper with Gel Medium and then gave it a quick coat of clear gesso.

Next, I used a brayer to roll on some neutral paint to lay a foundation.

Now for the stenciling ... I used a couple of different "Mark Making" stencils to start building the page in simple shades of beige, grey, and blue.

To give the page a gentle shimmer, I used Gansai Tambi Watercolour paints in Gold & Bronze as well as added some stamping in black.

Next, I used the Pen and Ink Stencil to add my focal point images. I only wanted to use a couple of the elements so using a sponge was perfect for doing this.

I finished with adding some definition with black and gold paint pens and finally my scribble journaling alongside the brushes.

Thanks so much for stopping by. 
Wash your hands.

Natalie May

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Time for more bargains and Live Free craft demos!

Starts again tomorrow - A crazy weekend of great specials, two live Facebook demos a day & 
bargains that you wont want to miss

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Grungy Vintage Index Cards for Lindys

Hey there gang!

Natalie here today sharing a few lovely little Index Cards I created as part of the 100 Day Project!

I figured I had plenty of time on my hands during this Covid Quarantine so I thought I would have a go at the 100 Day Project and create a few index cards … well that was a total joke and I think I got 12 days in then forgot about it – but I did make some lovely art along the way!
I’m sure I am not the only one who has done this right?

So I love the size of these Index Cards and thought they would be ideal – 10x15cm, but as they are on quite thin paper, I gave them all a decent coat of gesso first.

I wanted to create something a little vintage but still in my style so each of the cards has a different StencilGirl stencil with modeling paste in the background.
I then used a combination of Squirts and Moon Shadow Sprays to add color to the dried cards.  A little layering between coats and the colors just popped!




I used a combination of chipboard and ephemera to add some interest to each of the cards as well as a little background stamping.

I am loving how they turned out.


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Lindys Products

Have you had a go at the 100 Day Project this year? Or did you have great intentions like me?

Have a great day.


Wednesday, June 3, 2020

A Great Australian Sale & 8 Free demo sessions!

I'm thrilled to be involved in the Great Australian Craft Show starting tomorrow!
Lots of specials and demo sessions each day ... right here ... so see you soon!

And I have a new class too ...

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Colour is a Power for StencilGirl

Hello Hello ... Today I am sharing an Art Journal Page using the Typography theme for StencilGirl.

This was an easy theme for me as I LOVE using type and text in all my projects so this one was a breeze!

I started with a coat of gesso on my page to seal it. (I am working in a large Dylusions Journal)
I then used gel medium to collage on some book paper and torn mesh tape before adding some stenciling with heavy gesso through the Central Ave Stencil.

Once that was dry, I used modeling paste through the Wall of Words stencil across the middle of my page and popped it aside to dry.

I wanted to make a little flippy bit for the middle of the page, so used gel medium to join the pages together to make the book paper element a little bigger and backed it in white card.
I then used my fave Hue Tint Tone Shade stencil with a waterproof pen to trace the design.
Lindys Magicals were perfect for adding color to the design and I added a little water to them to color.

Back to the page, I used Lindys Magicals in Blues and Black to add the color to the page but 'puddling' the color around the raised stencil words.  Added a few scribbles and all done!

Keep scrolling down for a quick little video tutorial I made for you ...

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Natalie May

Stencils Used ...

Friday, April 24, 2020

All the Shades of Black with Natalie May

Hey there!

I'm back and cant wait for another amazing term with StencilGirl!

Today I am sharing a Scrapbook page featuring a photo of my Besties and I taken just before Christmas.

These girls are just my absolute superstars and I had the perfect stencil to frame my image.

Here are some simple steps to re-create this projects

I used the 9x12 Stencil that came with the August 2017 StencilClub on 300gsm Watercolour paper and lightly, using a pencil, traced one of the stars across my page.


I then used a range of Blacks from Lindys Gang, to add color to my stars.
They will act like watercolors on the watercolor paper but have a distinct permanency to them that you just cant get from watercolor - I freaking LOVE THEM!

Each star has a different shade of black in it ... I added more water to some to make them more intense and less water to others to make the pigment darker ... loving all those juicy shade of black.

Once dry, I then went back with my stencil and traced the images in Black Pen so that I could see the shape clearly.

I used the Illegible Stencil with Distress Oxide and a blending brush to add some more interest in a few places.
And finally some stamping with Distress Oxide for a little balance.

I love working in Monochromatic tines - definitely something that I am comfortable with and with a limited color palette, you certainly cant go too wrong!

Check out all the wonderful artworks in our Creative Team Monochromatic Rainbow Hop:
Shel Cee – Violet
Peg Robinson – Purple
Sue Plumb – Blue
Linda Edkins Wyatt – Green
Jennifer Gallager – Yellow
Claudia Neubacher – Orange
Carol Baxter – Red
Sunila Mahajan & Aditi Mahajan – Gold
Natalie May – White/Black
Debi Adams – Indigo

Comment on the blogs for your chance to win one of the $25 gift certificates for StencilGirlProducts.com.

Contest ends April 27, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Central Time USA. Winners will be contacted via email the 28th.

Thanks so much for stopping by and cant wait to share again with you soon!

STENCILGIRL - SC-08-2017, S200
LINDYS GANG - Blazing Black, Blackforest Black, Screaming Banshee Black, Midnight Rendezvous Raven, Frozen Jack Frost
OTHER - XPress-it 300gsm Aqua paper, Bazzill, Distress Oxide, Paper Rose Blending Brush, Unity Stamp, Thickers