As part of an Instagram Hop, StencilGirl© recently challenged me to create something fabulous from a box of random art supplies that they sent me. Click here to go to my Instagram Post where you can find out how to enter. (Note that the contest will close on 10/18/21 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time USA.) My box of goodies included a generous selection of Sparkle and Spectral Spirit Alcohol Inks by Kristie Taylor, a Derwent Inktense Paint Pan Travel Palette, and an Oil Based Sharpie Marker. Anyone who follows StencilGirl’s Mary Beth Shaw knows that she is the ultimate Mad... Read more →

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Just a heads up that my spring column for the StencilGirl Talk Blog is available. This time I’m sharing tips on buying and cleaning vintage textiles and three techniques for printing on them using the sun. You can read all about it here. I hope you’ll stop by and see the process pics for this textile Cyanotype project using Rae Missigman’ s Botanical Wildflowers Stencil and my own Jardiniere Stencil design. Until next time.... Hugs, Jill Read more →

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Have you ever experienced a Kismet Moment? You know, when a little rush of adrenaline bleeds through your veins like an ink splat on a wet watercolor paper and whispers that the tiny scrap you just picked up off the floor is the perfect shade of blue to make your journal page sing anthems of joy kind of moment. (Ok, that was a really long sentence...). They don’t happen very often for me, probably because I have a tendency to overthink most things, which in turn stifles any opportunity for a kismet moment to actually happen. So when one does... Read more →

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One of the things that I love about mixed media is that it gives you opportunities to combine many passions into one project. Like this project that meshes my fascination with Zhen Xian Bao, (aka Chinese Thread Books), my newfound love of Eco Printing/Staining, and encaustic wax. The making of Chinese Thread Books is an ancient folk art. Traditionally made of paper, Thread Books were used to store string, needles, paper patterns and other loose items. The paper is cleverly folded into collapsible boxes that are then stacked and bound together in such a way so as to create hidden... Read more →

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Hi Everyone, Today I’m bringing you my latest project for Gwen Lafleur's Artist Tribe. This time I'm working on an encaustic mixed media panel featuring a BoHo Chic Butterfly that I coaxed into revealing his Arty Impressionistic side. He's the smallest butterfly of three from Gwen's BoHo Butterflies Stencil and I just love him. I've chosen to capture him under luscious layers of encaustic wax, but you can use the super simple stencil technique I'm sharing later in this post to make a focal point for just about any type of mixed media project. It’s unfortunate that encaustic medium and... Read more →

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This Collagraph design incorporates three Collagraph plates made with Sticky-back craft foam and stencils designed by Gwen Lafleur. Hi Everybody, I'm back to share with you another tutorial for Gwen Lafleur Studios Artist Tribe. In this post I’m going to show you how to use your stencils to make a collagraph. If you don't know what a collagraph is, let me explain. We all know what Gelli prints are, right? They are all over FaceBook, Instagram, and Pinterest these days. Well, Collagraph prints are a distant cousin of the Gelli prints; they just haven't gotten as much attention. Gelli prints... Read more →

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