Tuesday, October 1, 2013

...stenciling with Jane...

I'm hopping again!  So happy to share these journal pages created with fabulous 6" x 6" face stencils that my gorgeous friend Jane Davenport designed and has added to her collection at Artist Cellar.  I am terrible at drawing faces, and Jane's designs are the perfect art tool to get a face image onto a surface.  It was "freeing" to have these basic lines to start and make my own face. 

Rather then spray or paint my stencil images, i used a Tombow Dual Brush (waterbased) marker on watercolor paper to draw the lines. 
 It worked perfectly, just gently swiping and pressing the side of the juicy brush tip into the stencil.  Voila!  A crisp outline of the shape made with marker!  The excess ink wiped off clean, no fuss, no mess.  (***I strongly suggest only using your DYE BASED INK markers, not your permanent or alcohol markers as these will permanently stain your stencil.  But i guess that's fine if you don't mind the marker left on your stencil.)  

Flowing hair is drawn with the marker and then i use a waterbrush to paint over and soften all the lines.  This creates a loose hand painted watercolor look. 
...add journaling over the image, done.


...After coloring with the brush marker, and to clean the stencil, spritz with water and flip.  Look at this cool image!  Ready to add my own details and journaling.

On this black gessoed, page i traced the stencil with my white Signo pen, drew flowing  hair for journaling lines and added lettering.
 

...Again, using the Tombow watercolor technique, the stenciled image is added to another painted journal page.  Think of all the ways you can use a dye based marker to create beautiful watercolor effects with your face stencils.  I am overwhelmed with possibilities, aren't you??!
 Now, leave a comment telling me in one sentence what your favorite stenciling technique is......... and YOU CAN WIN THE WHOLE SET OF FOUR STENCILS "Jane Girls Petite Series".  Visit my other hopping art friends for more chances to win!  I WILL ANNOUNCE A RANDOM WINNER ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4th.
September 28 – Artistcellar
September 29 Jill K. Berry
September 30 Dawn DeVries Sokol
October 1 – Joanne Sharpe
October 2 – Connie Hozvicka
October 3 - Effy Wild
October 4 – Tamara Laporte
October 5 – Dion Dior
October 6 – Courtney Brook
October 7 – Kate Palmer
October 8 – Jane Davenport



121 comments:

  1. Wow, just love the way you used the stencils. My fave technique so far has to be the surprises I get when planting the wet stencil, after spraying or painting, and let the excess go onto another page. I love to go into those weird blobs of shape and colour and play around with making new images.

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  2. Up till now I haven't used much stencils. I tried some but got no inspiration. These faces from Jane though make me want to create faces right away! Combined with my collages.

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  3. I love what you've done with these stencils :) Your work is so colourful and vibrant - what a wonderful inspiration you are. Thanks so much for the opportunity xx

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  4. My favorite technique is using graphite pencil and a blending stump to smooth the edges and give the image depth, then spray with workable fixitif to keep it from smudging!

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  5. I have used stencils with acrylics, spray dyes and watercolor. This is a great idea. It might be fun to use the TomBow and then spray it with water to see what happens. Thanks for your inspiration!

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  6. I just love the way you used the stencil I love you art in general it's just so colourfull and happy thank you for giveaway I would love a stencil as my face drawing are a bit dodge at times

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  7. Interestingly enough I don't have any stencils, so I am someone who needs to try some stenciling with her artwork. Joanne you did it once again you inspired me :-)

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  8. Hi Joanne... I recently discovered the Gelli Plate, so right now my favourite technique is mono-printing.

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  9. I LOVE what you have done with these stencils...very inspirational! Please count me in for the giveaway contest....I would love to try your techniques!

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  10. Love your techniques and the pages you've created. I love spraying on color to make backgrounds then flipping the stencil to create a monoprint on another page.

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  11. Your journal pages are just stunning, and i'm eager to try these techniques !!

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  12. Love it Joanne! My fav lately is using stencils with the gelli plate! So addictive and so meditative!!!
    And I don't believe you when you say you can't draw faces! I can a little so I know you can!!:)---

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  13. I started using stencils about a year ago and have been experimenting with all sorts of mediums, paint, chalk, crayon. It is so much fun to see how you've achieved such beautiful results with different techniques. Pastels and colored chalks have worked well for me, but now that I've seen your work I'm going to get more adventuresome! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Judith McCarrick

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  14. I can't draw faces, so these stencils would certainly expand my creativity in my art journals. I'd LOVE to win them! Thanks for sharing your wonderful art:)

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  15. I like to put a stencil over a painted sheet, then use gel medium to create a shiny raised design.

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  16. It'll be a new experience for me when I use these in my journals. TY for the giveaway!

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  18. That's an excellent tip, using watercolour to draw the stencil lines. Works wonderfully for you. I like using stencils with modelling paste to make a relief image.

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  20. I love using parts of stencils with interesting overall designs to lightly stencil or spray bits of color and design all over my background - and sometimes over the foreground. Just enough to be interesting, not so much as to overwhelm the design

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  21. speechless wow...beautiful and inspiring

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  22. I use stencils with watercolor sprays to create backgrounds in my journal. I love what you did with this focal point stencil and would love to give it a try.

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  23. my fave stencil technique is buying them, am obsessed havent got these yet though <3

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  24. Oh nice!!!
    Love your use of the Tombow pen!!!!!
    My fave use of stencils is to put fiber paste on the page with them.......

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  25. I am anxious to try different techniques with stenciling...love this concept for the faces as I really cannot draw or sketch....

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  26. I've used my stencils with lots of different media. One of my favourites is sponging with ink. Love your pages you created with the face stencils.

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  27. I'm anxious to try my Tombows with stencils. What a great idea! Thanks

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  28. I love using spray inks with my stencils! :)

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  29. Wow! My thoughts are flowing just the way you have drawn words flowing out onto the hair of your drawings... Can't wait to try these stencils in Tombow water colors! I am so inspired! Thank you!

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  30. I like using those makeup spoonges with my stencils. Great work on how you did yours too.

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  31. Sponging watercolor over a stencil is my favorite stencil technique.

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  32. I like using spray inks, sponge on inks and sponged on acrylics. The fact that these face stencils make it so easy is AWESOME! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  33. I would LOVE to win these stencils! I have never stenciled, but these are beautiful and very inspiring. I can see all sorts of art projects in the future. Thanks for introducing them to me.
    Linda Edwards

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  34. I like using modeling paste with my stencils and then putting on the color or leaving it white depending on the look I'm going for.

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  35. I have used spray inks and texture medium with my stencils. Thanks for the chance to win this set. They look incredibly fun!
    Lori Poffenroth

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  36. Joanne! Your brain must be so full of ideas! I love this one! The only stenciling I ever did was the old-fashioned way with creamy stencil paints pounced over the stencils on houses that I remodeled & sold! Boy, that was a LONG time ago! ;) I have just one face stencil & had no idea what to do with it! Was gonna ink it onto a page & doodle it, but now...who knows!

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  37. girrrrrrrrl, you are just too fabulous! love this idea with the tombows!!!!!! So gonna give it a try! I have tired numerous mediums with the stencils as others have mentioned......my latest has been using a black paint dauber over the stencil.....once dried...I lay the stencil back over the original black image and use gel pens to enhance the details. Would love love love these face stencils for my Art room. Just started art journaling with the kids...so pretty pretty please pick me! hugs!

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  38. I love to use several colors of acrylics brushed or brayered over a stencil. :)

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  39. These are awesome! I would love to win them! I use a makeup sponge with my stencils. Gives me flexibility. Great idea using the tombows! Will be trying that!

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  40. Oh my I just love these stencils and what you've done with them - always love your work. I'm not good with faces either and would love to win these stencils. I think my favorite technique would be to use Dreamweaver Embossng paste mixed with color to give a raised image on the page. Linda E.

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  41. My favorite stenciling technique has been to dab acrylic paints through my stencils, but, now I'm going to use my markers! Love your work:)

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  42. I like using many different mediums with stencils, but recently I have been using pan pastels with some success.

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  43. Love these stencils with the tombows would be great to win a set. Anyone know what stencil is used for the birds in the last stencil - love that too....

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  44. I love stencilling with ink, then sprinkling embossing powder over and heat embossing it :) It adds a great sense of dimension!

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  45. I'm definitely going to make Tombow markers my favorite way to use a stencil! These are all great!

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  46. Hi Joanne! I have Jane's original set of Jane Girl faces and am looking forward to the new set. I love just tracing them and then painting in the details. I also like to use spray ink on the stencil and to use the leftover ink on the stencil for a ghost print.

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  47. I use stencils a lot. So far, my favourite technique is to spray through them lightly onto my background to add depth & interest before I journal on the page. Hopever, I've never attempted to draw a face in my journals because I would be really bad at it. These stencils could add a whole new dimension to my journals.

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  48. I love using acrylic paint on fabric when playing with stencils. Joanne, your pages are fabulous as usual!

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  49. I am pretty new to using stencils. So far though I have enjoyed seeing the outcome by spraying the background a solid color, then laying the stencil on top of it and spraying it with water, let it sit for abt 1/2 a minute and blot up with papertowels. The samples you did are so inspiring that I am trying my Tombow markers on them tonight. Love it!!! Thank you again Joanne for the awesome artwork and inspiration. You are beautiful!!! And I am sooo grateful to have discovered your work.

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  50. I love using stencils and the way you have used Jane's awesome stencils is just blowing me away! I love Tombow markers and it's great to see how versatile you have made them with the stencils!! Can't wait to try them. I'm always awed by your loose, flowing watercolor painting and "drawing", Joanne. So glad you posted these.

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  51. I like to use stencils with spray inks-- I feel so new in this wonderful world of art, that I try to let "color" do my talking. I can't wait to try stenciling with the Tombow markers-- way cool!

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  52. I love to layer stencils with spray inks add a bit of gesso and add another layer with a different pattern and a different color of spray ink!! Luscious Messy fun!! I cant wait to get a hold of these face stencils as I cannot do faces!!
    thanks for this great post!!

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  53. I love what you did with these stencils and the lettering! Veautiful!

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  54. These stencils are fabulous!! I use the ones I have with sponges - dab, dab, dab, stencil, LOL The faces are so different and they can be used on both sides! I gotta try the lines on the paper to write my journaling!

    Carmen

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  55. I like using spray inks with stencils

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  56. I like to use the makeup sponges and distress inks to create a soft image with the stencils.

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  57. Love the colorful rendition of the stencil. So many takes on it... lovely!

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  58. Spray inks and paints are my favorite technique products for stencils.

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  59. I like to spray water through the stencil and then blot off for the "ghosting" effect. Love your work

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  60. What great faces you've made! I'm intrigued by how each one looks so unique. I love to use stencils to add layers to a background.

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  61. I don't have a favorite technique yet because I am still learning and haven't been able to experiment much yet. I just got a set of stencils to start practicing with and these faces would be perfect to help me learn and practice layers!! :)

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  62. so long as it is stencilled...I am happy!!!

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  63. luv to use modellling paste for mixed media backgrounds .
    crafty joan

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  64. Love using "ghosting" spray with water on top of dylusions. Always amazes me LOL

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  65. I like using modeling paste. It can be colored and then I spread it over the stencil with a palette knife. It adds texture an dimension. You then have the freedom to embellish with any media you choose. Fun fun fun!
    ((Hugs))

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  66. Many of us tend to " over-think" being creative. Sometimes a blank page in our journals or blank canvas can be over whelming. These stencils can free you from over thinking and eases you straight in to the magic of creating something special! I love the idea of stencils and how so many people can use this set and create such original art with it! Proof that the stencils allow the thinking part of our brain to quiet down so that we can create from our soul! Xo

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  67. Wow..love the idea of using the Tombows to create a watercolor effect! I, especially, love the last 2 examples!! My fave technique to use w/ stencils is: super thick, creamy opaque gesso w/ a couple colors of ink sprays spritzed on top, & then while the stencil, gesso, & colored inks are still in place, I gently swipe the ink & gesso around a bit to swirl the colors.

    Thank you for the fun opportunity! Many Blessings ~H♥~

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  68. I just do the spray thing normally but I love your methods... and reading up on everyone else's for some super tips ;)

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  69. I am a HUGE fan of Light Modelling Paste over stencils.

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  70. Joanne, your examples are fantastic. They don't look like you even used the stencils in the end. Thanks for so many wonderful ideas.

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  71. My favorite stenciling technique is French wash sponging paint.

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  72. I love your waterbrush technique. Very cool, I am going to have to try that. Thank you for the opportunity to win the fabulous stencils!

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  73. I use Micron pens, watercolors & spray mists for stencils. The pens are for the sharp details & the mists are for the wispy effects. I love your ideas!! Have always LOVED your handwriting as well.
    Would LOVE to win the stencils as today's my birthday!
    Grandma Nancy Sapp

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  74. I'm planning on trying out your ink/mist to stencil then flip to print idea! You've inspired me to look at my stencils again.

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  75. My favorite stenciling technique is modeling paste through the stencil...however after seeing the techniques above...I definitely will give the waterbrush techniques a go!!! Stencils are great creative jumps....and these faces by Jane are spectacular!

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  76. With that kind of stencils, I like to use a simple watercolour pen to have a smooth result and I also like to use a dabber with acrilyc paint. Wathever I would use, I 'm sure it would be great with Jane's stencils

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  77. My favorite stenciling technique is using spray inks to create multiple layers for colorful backgrounds!

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  78. Spraying lots and lots of color on top of the stencil---that's the way to go! Flip it and drop it back on the paper---surprises await and a color blast of fun!

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  79. I just use a micron pen to stencil, but I was impressed with your ideas and never thought of using a watercolor pen. I would love to play with these stencils

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  80. Gesso resist with watercolour. I also love delicious dylusions sprays with stencils.

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  81. I love your black gesso and white pen page. Magnificent!! I usually use a Stabilo pencil and water based inks to do my faces, I like the look of the different colors merging together.

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  82. Love to use sparkle spray inks...above all

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  83. So glad I hopped on over.... the inspiration has helped light my mojo fire!! It had fizzled out the last week or so... thank you for sharing your wonderful tips on using Jane's awesome Petite Stencils... :-)

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  84. I love the soft look I can get by using a makeup sponge with my stencils. Thanks!

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  85. I love using sponge for a dabbled effect. But I loved your method. Am going to give it a try.

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  86. Love what you did with the stencils!! Using the Tombows was inspired! I have recently started using the gelli plate so have played with stencils pressed in paint or using the reverse. Such fun!
    Thanks so much for the chance to win these fabulous stencils!
    Sue Brailey

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  87. Wow love what you have done with the Jane stencils :)

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  88. I like to use modeling paste with stencils. It gives such a great raised effect that takes paint very well. I love all your whimspirations, Joanne! It inspires me to no end!!! Thank you for all you do!

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  89. Just starting out with stencils but love using acrylic paint, prismatic pencils and tissue paper to create faces using stencils!!

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  90. wow Joanne i thought using my sprays with stencils was my favourite but after seeing what you have done i want to play more with your techniques ! Thanks for the chance to win a set of jane's stencils !

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  91. I love stencils - I like to spray or sponge or roller through them!!

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  92. I love using stencils with Shiva Oil paintsticks onto a fabrics!

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  93. I use them to paint images on everything as a starting point..then embellish from there.

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  94. I love using stipple brushes iver my stencils :) And I am amazed at how white your gel pen came out - I can never get mine to work that well :)

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  95. I love to use my stencil with my Gelli plate. I also love to spray through them.

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  96. Thank you for showing how versatile stencils can be.

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  97. I don't have a favorite technique because I don't have any stencils yet. I'd love to win a set!

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  98. my favorite I suppose would be the one I use most often - the good ol' pounce method (with a makeup wedge)

    I would love to win a set cause I just love 'em

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  99. I like to spray with acrlic paint through stencils. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  100. The Art Stencil set of faces is absolutely awesome and love the way the journaling flows through the hair. Fabulous!

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  101. My favorite technique is using a pitt pen, crayola crayons, and koi watercolors it creates a great resist effect.

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  102. my favorite use would have to be the pounce...I can control more of where and how much! Congrats on your new book coming out!

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  103. Oh they turned out fabulous. So many ways to use such fabulous stencils, the possibilities are endless and to have the outline already done so you can just do your own thing just makes it all much easier..
    Sandy :)

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  104. Sprays, acrylic paint and modelling paste all work well with stencils. These are great stencils and would be so much fun to work with. Have a happy day - Heidi

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  105. Love using molding paste with stencils for texture and adding color after. These are wonderful stencils and take away the "drawing the face" pressure.

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  106. Fantastic result with stencils and inks! Thanks for the opportunity. Have a nice day. Isabel.

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  107. I love using stencils with Distress Inks. Thank you for the chance to win :)

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  108. WOW! Stunning results...A new technique I just tried and loved was using a card to push gesso through the stencil!! So fun!

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  109. I am a newbie to the whole mixed media art scene- but I do love stencils. I love to use home made sprays on them- pretty simple but it is what I love!

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  110. Stencils make drawing easy for non-draw-ers like me!
    :-)

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  111. Sprays with stencils = lots of fun ;-) Love the ease of drawing a face with a stencil !

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  112. I like to overlap various designs to create more complex images. Would love to win these faces, and yours look fantastic.

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  113. I'm a huge fan of stencils and never worked with the face ones, looks interesting and love the result!

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  114. my favourite effect is modeling paste thru stencils and sprays

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  115. looks like I'm sneaking in on the last day of this give away You did some lovely things with Jane's stencils

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  116. Love using stencils to add to my art. I use spray dyes and watered down acrylic ink so that I can layer the colors

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  117. I like to use an old scruffy brush with my acrylic paints, wipe off most of the paint then rub into stencil areas...also like to do mirror images by flipping stencil and butting up to original image. Love your technique here though....would love to try! Thanks for sharing!

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  118. Congrats to Heather. This hopper has had a total blast with this list of stencil artists blogs. My favorite stencil techinque would have to be by using pen outline and then filling in and altering with other forms of arts and crafts supplies mainly paints! Sometimes followed by sprays for a different look. As I am a beginning artist I can't honestly say that I have found any one style that I like above all others. I do like what you created with her! Thank you so much for sharing with us hopper/shoppers!

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