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Video showing how to quickly and easily create detailed patterns with Layer Me stencils from StencilGirl Products!I love the look of detailed and complex designs however, that usually takes more patience than I have. Until now!  I don’t have more patience suddenly, I have a stencil that will quickly do the job thanks to my layering stencils.

There’s a big sale at StencilGirl for just two days – July 7 and 8 and these new stencils are included in the sale!  Use code BIRTHDAYGIRL for the discount – all the details at StencilGirl Talk.  Keep reading for all the giveaway details too!  

Watch How to Use Layering Stencils on YouTube.

These are all a part of my Layer Me collection.  Each stencil comes with 2 patterns that layer so you can create a complex design in no time.  In the video, I show you how with Distress ink and paint…with a little touch of sparkle too.

Layering stencils make it so easy!  Video showing how to quickly create detailed patterns with Layer Me stencils from StencilGirl Products!

Want to win all 3 of these stencils?  I’m giving one set away to random commenter here on the blog!  Want a chance to win?  Leave a comment to be entered.  Want more chances to win?  How about 5 more chances?  For each of these that you do, you’ll get another entry!  Each time you do one of these, come back and leave a comment tell me you did it and you’ve got more chances to win.  Giveaway closes on Tuesday, July 21st, midnight EST.  Be sure to stop back on the 22nd to see if you’ve won!  And yes, I will ship these to where ever you live so everyone is eligible!  And if you’ve already ordered these three – you can pick any 3 of my other stencils!

Pebbles Layer Me Stencil designed by Carolyn Dube for StencilGirl ProductsIntroducing Pebbles Layer Me stencil.   This was inspired by very relaxing walk along a stream and my hunt for the perfect skipping stone.  See more samples with this stencil here.

Layering stencils make it so easy!  Video showing how to quickly create detailed patterns with Layer Me stencils from StencilGirl Products!

Iron Grate Layer Me stencil by Carolyn Dube for StencilGirl ProductsIntroducing the Iron Grate Layer Me stencil.  The inspiration for this stencil came from Victorian homes.  Why?  They captivate me with their details, details truly everywhere, even when you look down at mundane things like grates.  See more samples with this stencil here.

Layering stencils make it so easy!  Video showing how to quickly create detailed patterns with Layer Me stencils from StencilGirl Products!

Connect Eyes stencil by Carolyn Dube for StencilGirl Products Connected Eyes Layer Me stencil was inspired by the connection for me, as an artist, between what I see and what I feel in my soul.  See more samples with this stencil here.

Layering stencils make it so easy!  Video showing how to quickly create detailed patterns with Layer Me stencils from StencilGirl Products!

The sky seems to be the limit as to how many different ways these stencils can be used to create different patterns!  Here is an example where I only used one of the patterns on a stencil.

Layering stencils make it so easy!  Video showing how to quickly create detailed patterns with Layer Me stencils from StencilGirl Products!

I’ll be sharing more of my play with stencils over the next few blog posts – so be sure to stop back…but if you’d like a sneak peek take a look at each of them at StencilGirl.  There are pictures for upcoming blog posts with each stencil!   

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Studio Tour

Welcome to my art studio -  tour and how I store my suppliesWelcome to my studio!  It’s where I make my messes while having fun playing.  What’s most important to me in my studio? Being able to spend more time playing and less time finding or cleaning.

What you see is my attempt to keep supplies within easy reach and limit the effort needed to clean it up. I hate cleaning….but I love having an organized studio.  So the shelves and drawers are usually organized but the counters are full of stuff.  But I cleaned it up since I was having a guest – YOU!

Watch Mixed Media Art Studio Tour on YouTube.

Here’s more of what it looks like a typical day…journals stacked on journals and then covered with Gelli® prints.  No matter how much space I have, there is NEVER enough counter space!

Welcome to my art studio -  tour and how I store my supplies

 

The Details

The cardboard sections that hold my journals are repurposed scrapbooking paper shelves turned on their side.  This makes it super easy for me to grab any journal without all the others falling and it creates a storage area right on top.

Welcome to my art studio -  tour and how I store my supplies

Every inch of space is important to me, so when I can make my storage go to the floor, I do!  The narrow shelves I have around my primary work area hold all sorts of supplies in a way that I can see exactly what I have and it’s easy to grab.  Master carpenters we’re not…but the basic shelves we built are the exact dimensions I wanted.

Welcome to my art studio -  tour and how I store my supplies

Thanks to plastic Command Adhesive hooks even the sides of my cabinets become storage.  Bonus is they aren’t permanent so as I reorganize in the future, there are no nail holes or marks.

Welcome to my art studio - tour and how I store my supplies

In the center of my studio is a custom made counter.  Nobody in my home is a carpenter so we take some short cuts.  The base is extremely cheap kitchen cabinets.  Wall cabinets because they were the cheapest and I didn’t want to mess with doors due to space limitations.

Since they were designed to be wall cabinets the counter would be too low, so we had to adapt.  Using 2 x 4’s, we created the extra height to get the counter just where I wanted it.  As an unintended bonus, that because another shelf thanks to the plywood top.

On that plywood is glass so the surface is extremely durable and easy to clean.  No cutting mat needed for Exacto knives.  Paint comes off.  Spray ink doesn’t stain.  Super low maintenance!

Welcome to my art studio - tour and how I store my supplies

My stencil storage…which is a spinning rack by Simply Renee, but sadly they are now out of business.  I have seen table top spinners at Hobby Lobby.

Welcome to my art studio -  tour and how I store my supplies

 

 

All those shallow shelves with white drawers that you saw in the video, well, I can’t remember who made those! Memory is going it seems.  But, those drawers hold a plethora of stuff and it is all easily accessible.

You’ve probably noticed that theme in my studio…easily accessible which is code for I can grab it and put it back quickly.  I’d rather spend more time arting than cleaning!

Thanks for stopping by my studio for a tour and thank you for being a part of this colorful journey!

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Survey Winners Stencils are on their way!

A BIG thank you to everyone who participated in my survey last week!  I was blown away by the number of surveys and the depth of the answers.  I am working my way through every single one and based on your feedback, making some exciting additions to the blog!  Stay tuned!

The 5 winners have all picked their stencils and now they are heading out to their new homes in colorful envelopes!

Congrats to:

  • Barbara F.
  • Linda D.
  • Sharon R.
  • Kathleen M.
  • Jamie

If you didn’t win…never fear! I’ve got a new giveaway coming on Tuesday!

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