Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Layers of Colour for StencilGirl

 Hey there Stencil Fans.

I hope that you are happy & healthy in this crazy world and getting some paint on your hands regularly!

Today I am sharing a bright art journal page that I created in my Dina Wakley journal.

Last week I received a delivery from a local Aussie company, ScrapFX with some exciting new designs and couldn't wait to use them.  The images are designed by my talented friend Michelle Logan for this company and they have released the 'Confetti Sisters' as an A4 sheet ready to go straight onto your projects! Cool hey?

Here are a few simple steps to re-create this page.

I started with dry brushing on a couple of colors across the page to create a base before pulling out my stencils.

Using Dina Wakley Gloss Sprays, I lightly added Rouge to the page through the Soulful Scribbles Dots Dash Stencil and then used it as a stamp to transfer the excess paint.

Using a blending tool, I used a little paint through the 6x6 stencil from the StencilClub release from October 2016 (this is one of my most used designs) ... I love the little shapes!

Next, I added some Turquoise Gloss Spray with the Circles Layer Me Stencil and then used it as a stamp to transfer the excess paint again - I think this technique works great for adding more pattern to the page.

The X Rows stencil was perfect used on an angle to add some crosses in white over the top.

The layering was finished with a few words around the page using black archival ink through the Fridge Poetry Stencil.

I completed the page by cutting a few circles from book paper and adhering them, adding a few splatters of gloss spray and a few doodly scribbles!

Layering stencils can work really well in art journals and I am loving the result!

Thanks for dropping by and have a great day!

Natalie May

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

StencilGirl Project for July

 Hey there StencilGirl® fans!

Today I am sharing a canvas I created to display in my new Studio!

I wanted to create something that was honest and inspirational and this little 20x25cm canvas was just the thing.

Here are a few simple steps to re-create this canvas.

I started with a base of yellow paint and then added a few collage elements with gel medium.

I pulled out a few of my fave StencilGirl® designs and started layering on the colors, building up from light blues to darker blues and teals.  

Using a blending tool makes it super easy for the color to go on evenly.
Finding unique shapes in the stencils added a crazy dimension to the canvas and I love that!

Adding the Vintage Script Stencil with a light grey paint plus some loopy bits from Mary Beth's Private Collection stencil gave depth as well.

The Shaw/Carriker Mash up from the November 19 StencilClub was the perfect focal point for the piece so I used a Navy blue paint to add it to the canvas, blending it into the background.

I finished it off with a few splatters of white paint, some simple black stamping and some doodling in black and gold paint pen!

And it has pride of place on the shelf in the studio!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day

Natalie May


Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Doing it Warhol Style for StencilGirl

 Hey there Stencil fans!

Pastiche is one of those words I had to look up.
I'm not too shy to say it!  I had no idea what it meant!
In fact, I messaged a friend and fellow Aussie creative, Fiona Paltridge, for her helping me translate the word into a way that I can use it for my creating! And then it made sense ...Pastiche is to 'borrow' inspiration and make it your own! 

So with this in mind, I went to my all-time fave artist, Andy Warhol. and was instantly overcome with ideas!

I narrowed it down to his unique printmaking style using this fabulous piece for inspiration and pulled out the Gel Press!

Here are a few simple steps I used to create my Art Journal Page.

I started with my Gel Press and created a heap of simple backgrounds using a range of colours.  

Next I pulled out all my Pam Carriker 6" x 6" stencils and decided to use the Create Face for the page. 

I then used the stencil and contrasting colours to create the prints.  

This process was so much fun and I love that I created a heap of extra prints from the additional pulls I got from the plate - including the paper towel! 

Once they were all dry, I trimmed them down and shuffled them around my journal page until I was happy with the layout before popping a little stamping and doodling on the finished image.

I am loving how this turned out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Natalie May

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Creative Escape 2021 - A Luxury Retreat in the Adelaide Hills

Oh My Goodness!   
Did you see the exciting news that there's a new retreat happing this year!  And in May!
We are super excited to introduce you to Creative Escape - A Luxury Crafting Event here in South Australia.

Here is everything you need to know ...

Time for a Luxury Creative Weekend away with your friends?

Hosted by Natalie May, this luxury 3 day
Crafting event situated in the beautiful
Adelaide Hills will have you relaxing,
creating and spending time
with friends old and new!

Nestled on 13 hectares of scenic manicured rolling hills and bushland, with unparalleled views of the magnificent Adelaide Hills, Hahndorf Resort feels a world away yet offers every convenience at your fingertips.

Only 20 minutes from Adelaide and within walking distance to Hahndorf's Main Street, this picturesque retreat offers the perfect location to discover Hahndorf & the Adelaide Hills, enjoy the resort's many fun activities or just relax.

You’ll have use of the spacious Adelaide Hills Convention Centre from 7am to Midnight daily, Breakfast, Morning Tea and Lunch supplied each day, access to the latest Papercraft Supplies in our exclusive onsite Scrapbook Store PLUS a generous Thank You Gift!
Your accommodation at the
award-winning Hahndorf Resort is second to none in super comfortable cabins or the unique houses on site at the resort.


So here are a few of the questions we have been asked over the last few days ...

How much is it?
The event is $430.00 and includes all your accommodation. There is a $95 non-refundable deposit.

Is there a day pass option?
Yep - $275.00 

Can I do a Payment Plan?
Absolutely. Just get in touch. 

How do I book?
Jump online and fill this easy form in and pay your deposit by Bank Transfer. Email your remittance to natmay@adam.com.au

When does it start?
The retreat starts 9am Friday until 5pm Sunday and you have access to the Crop Room each day between 7am and Midnight so plenty of crafting hours!

Are meals included?
Your Cabin has a kitchenette and a light breakfast will be supplied in your cabin but you are welcome to bring your own.  Morning Tea and Lunch is supplied each day.  Your dinner Friday and Saturday is up to you. Being in the beautiful Adelaide Hills and a stones throw from Hahndorf, you could pop into the gorgeous German Arms Hotel for a Cider & a Pretzel or maybe use the delightful onsite restaurant or if you are keen, you can use your kitchenette to whip up a meal! We left the options up to you.

Can I have a room to myself?
Of course you can for just a little extra. The accommodation included in the event is a great little two bedroom cabin so you will have your own room and share a common bathroom and lounge.  If you are wanting a cabin all to yourself or are bringing the husband to carry your bags then it will be an additional $180.00.  The cabins are lovely and if you are traveling alone, we will pair you up with someone who is equally as awesome. You wont need to bring linen or towels - just your crafting supplies.

What happens if I need to cancel?
The $95 deposit is non-refundable. If Natalie May Scrapbooking cancels the event, your booking will transfer to a new date. If you cancel due to sickness or change of mind within 30 days of the event, all monies will be forfeited. 

Covid ... What about bloody Covid?
We are following SA Government Regulations for this event and will take all relevant procurations and follow all applicable procedures.  If you cannot travel between your home state and South Australia due to Government restrictions, then you will be refunded all monies paid to Natalie May Scrapbooking with the exception of a $50 admin fee.  We just gotta take that risk!

But I don't do Scrapbooking?
Thats ok ... you do whatever makes you happy! There will be Card Makers, Scrapbookers, Mixed Media Creators, Art Journalers, Quilters and Procrastinators ... but we are all Crafters!

What will I do at Retreat?
Make pretty things and be crafty!  You are encouraged to create your own projects and enjoy some crafting time!  Closer to the date, Natalie may release some mini classes which might suit you but there will be kits available to purchase from the Onsite Shop and Natalie will be on hand to help you if needed.

What if I dont know anyone?
Well thats the best way to meet new people! We are all likeminded creatives and Natalie and the team will pair you up on a table with someone who is in the same position as you!

Do I need to bring all my supplies?
No of course not but bring what you need to create with. If you are coming with a friend, chat with them so you dont double up on supplies. There will be an Onsite Scrapbooking Store to tempt you and help you out if you need something. Cash & Credit Card facilities will be available.

Are you doing a retreat in Victor Harbor again?
No - this event is replacing the little one we did in previous years.

So what are you waiting for?  BOOK IN TODAY!

If you have any further question, please dont hesitate to get in contact - natmay@adam.com.au

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Art is Freedom

 Hey there Stencil Fans!

Natalie here today sharing a quick and easy Art Journal page I created with our theme this month, Masks.

I think most of us create our various forms of Art in so many different ways and often use our Artworks as Masks to hide ourselves from the real world, project our feelings or express something a lot deeper.

This Art Journal page is all about how I wear a mask that allows me to create whatever I damn well please! It's about the Freedom I get from creating a Journal page ... a mask I often wear when I am working in public too... a Mask that gives me confidence.... My Art gives me Freedom.

Let me talk you through the simple steps to create this page.

I started in my Junk Journal on a page that was a blue cardstock base. 
Using a brayer, I applied a thin coat of Acrylic Paint in light grey then using the Use Your Words Stencil, I applied Distress Oxide in Frayed Burlap across the page.  What I loved about this is the Distress Oxide lightened up leaving the stenciled image matching the background perfectly. 


I wanted a face to lay over the top next so this StencilClub Release from November 2018 was perfect!
Using a combination of blues and teals in acrylic paint, I  used a latex sponge to gently sponge over the top.

Once it was dry, I wanted to add the 'Mask" element so the Art Is Freedom Collage paper was perfect but I added some white gesso with my palette knife first and then used gel medium to adhere it to the page.

Finally, I finished the page with a few white splatters and a black border.
The Mask is complete.

Thanks for stopping by,

STENCILGIRL PRODUCTS USED ... November 2018 StencilClubUse Your Words

OTHER PRODUCTS USED ...  ScrapFX Junk JournalScrapFX Collage Paper.