Wednesday, July 10, 2019

July Copic Class

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Monday, July 1, 2019

July Newsletter ...

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Sydney Crafters ....

Are you in Sydney & want to come say hi?
I'm at the Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair from Wednesday to Sunday doing a fun little
Mini Card Class using the new Paper Rose release and Lindys Gang Magicals!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Copic in Adelaide

Copic class this week is using the NEW Paper Rose stamps!
BYO Copics or colour using any medium you like.

Bookings essential - message or call 0409994322

Friday, June 7, 2019


Come say hello .... I’m in Brisvegas all weekend doing my thing at the Papercraft Expo 10-4 each day

Monday, May 13, 2019

Scrapbooking in Adelaide

I have two great classes for this weekend ...
Saturday May 18 Art Journal 10am-1pm Layouts 1.30pm-4pm

Class Info for Art Journal ...
This week we are using the following - bring if you have available ...Acrylic Paint in blue/teal/green/yellow, Blade/Craft knife & mat, Paper Glue Watercolours, Gel Medium, Paint Brushes + Basic Kit
Class Info for Layout Class
Create 4 layouts using the new Cocoa Vanilla Happiness collection ... Bring basic kit

Give me a call or message to Book in :)

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

A little Art Journal Love

Hey there

I just thought I'd pop in and share an Art Journal page I created for class a little while ago.

I can be a little shy in sharing my journal pages as they are generally ideas that fall out of my busy brain and can be very personal but time to start sharing.

This page is all about layers and incorporating images into the page.
I used the Jane Davenport Whimsical Girls book - and in the class, everyone got a different image from the book to work with.

I also used StencilGirl stencils and Gansai Tambi watercolours.

Here is the page we started with in class for inspiration.

And the page I created while teaching.

So much fun.

You can purchase the Whimsical Girls book direct from me (please email me or from Can Do Books.

Thanks for dropping by.


Friday, April 26, 2019

The Spectacular StencilGirl Squared Off Swap Hop

You have arrived at the Spectacular StencilGirl® Creative Team’s Squared-Off Swap Hop.
 ...Oh Wow ... Isn't that a mouth full! 

I am super thrilled to be in on this and creating a receiving a little bundle of love 
from the StencilGirl team was a huge thrill.

The squares in the set that came to me were created by 
ummm ... what a thrill to have art from these guys in my hands!

So what do I do with it all?  Art Journal of course!

Before starting, I took the print on the deli paper and adhered it to some white card 
to give it some stability for my page.

I started off using the 9x12 from the Stencil Club, The Floral Facets stencil collection by Carol Wiebe
and used it with light modeling paste on the white & hessian background.

Once dry, I used a range of blue & purple paints to cover the background before 
adding splatters of Hydrangea Blue Lindys Gang Spray.

Now came the hard bit ... I cut up those gorgeous little bits of artwork to create a cityscape .... aaahhhh I totally didn't want to cut them up ... they are soooo pretty... but its all part of the process.

I love that all the colours look fantastic on the navy blue background.

This  Art Journal page is so easy to recreate and can look really effective!

So wanna win a Gift Certificate?

The more blogs you comment on the more chances you have a chance to win one of four $25 gift certificates for stencils from StencilGirl® Products. Comment by May 3, 2019. 
Winner notified by email May 6th.

Art & Whimsy, Belen Sotelo

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit the rest of the team!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Stenciled Poetry - Colours of the Rainbow with Natalie

Hey there Stencil Fans!

Natalie here sharing an Art Journal page for the Stenciled Poetry theme this month.

I am a huge lover of colour and using the colour wheel especially in my classes and I love using this stencil designed by Pam Carricker.

This page is so simple yet super effective.
Let me talk you through the process.

I started by using a Post-It and tacking the stencil to my page so it didn't move.

I used a Pitt Pen to trace each segment. I had to use a waterproof pen so when I added the water, I wouldn't loose the image.

I then used Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks to colour each segment, activating them with water, allowing the colour to bleed out into the page.

Once dry, I gave each segment another quick application of colour to increase the intensity before scribbling on a beautiful poem by Christie Ann Martine.

Thanks for stopping by and happy creating


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Need a weekend away?

Need a weekend away?
A spot has become available for the Retreat next month ...

Sunday, March 31, 2019

April Classes

What a busy week of classes coming up ... Classes to suit everyone ... If you would like to Book in or Confirm your booking - please message or email so make sure you dont miss out ... Spots are limited... 0409994322 or

Friday, March 29, 2019

Carry It for StencilGirl

Hey there StencilFans!

Natalie here today with something that is super special to me and a little on the creative side too.

This month, we have the theme of 'Carry It' and although the rest of the uber talented StencilGirl team have come up with incredibly impressive things to carry ... I wanted to create a Scrapbook page featuring my Grandmother who passed away a few years ago and how we Carry her memory in our hearts.

I am a big journaler ... I write notes and tell stories but not often do I put them on the front of my pages ... I scribble stories on the back of the pages so that the story isn't lost and the information is there for the next generation.

I created this Mixed Media Scrapbook Page to go into a frame to go on my studio wall.
It's surprisingly simple but with lots of layering elements.

I have used the following stencils to help with building those layers of colour and texture ...

I have produced a little video with full instruction on how to create this scrapbook page. 
You can view it on my You Tube Channel.

Here are a few close up images for you.

Thanks so much for stopping by
Natalie May