I’m just so excited that I was asked to design the December 2020 StencilClub set for StencilGirl®️.  The set is called Block Prints, an homage to their inspiration, my collection of vintage Japanese Block Print books published in the mid 1800’s. We’ll be creating origami gift card holders for our project. Read more →

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Want to learn how to get more out of your stencils? I created a short video to show you how I transform a stencil with a repeating linear pattern like this: To create a square motif like this: I’m using the 9x12 stencil for the December 2020 Block Print Collection in the video. It’s part of a set that I designed exclusively for StencilGirl’s StencilClub. If you’re not a member follow this link to find out how to join. Happy Stenciling! Jill Read more →

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I’m so excited to announce that StencilGirl is launching seven new stencils today that were designed by me! The series is called Trivets and is made up of three mini 4x4 stencils, three small 6x6 stencils, and one large 9x12 stencil. All were inspired by my love for Japanese Woodblock prints from the late 18th century. What I love about this series is that all of the stencils are designed to reveal hidden patterns when they are repeated next to each other. I created a short video to show you what I mean. It includes a quick demo on how... Read more →

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If your anything like me, you’ve got a cache of treasures squirreled away in cigar boxes and file cabinet drawers just waiting for the perfect project to come along. Well recently I got my hands on a few jars of the new BoHo Bits, semi-precious gemstone, crystal, and mica embellishments for mixed media from Gwen Lafleur and Emerald Creek, and inspiration struck! In no time, the idea for creating a BoHo Tunnel Journal out of an altered book came to be. Sometimes you just need a new art supply to get you to put old treasures to good use. I... Read more →

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Hi All, I’ve got a new post up on the StencilGirl®️ Talk Blog. The theme for the month is stenciling on food. I made a Piped Chocolate Giant Cookie Topper with stencils designed by Gwen Lafleur and MaryBeth Shaw. There’s a step out complete with pics so that you can see how it’s made along with a self critique and my thoughts on how to make it better next time. Check out the video below for a quick preview, read the post and let me know what you think. In case you were wondering: I’ve been pretty quiet on my... Read more →

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Hi Everyone, I wanted to share with you a video tutorial that I did for StencilGirl® showing how I made my Inky Bird magnets on Ampersand Encausticbords. I worked with Faber-Castell Pitt artist pens, Bombay India inks, walnut drawing ink, and of course a few of my favorite StencilGirl Stencils to make them. Although mine were finished with encaustic medium, wax is totally optional for this project. You can find the video and close up pictures on the StencilGirl Talk blog. I'd love it if you head on over there to check it out and let me know what you... 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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Hi Everyone, Just a quick post to show you how easy it is to mix, match and layer the three new stencils in Gwen Lafleur's new Ceramic Tiles Collection being released as the July 2018 StencilClub set. StencilGirl® will be mailing them out to members on 7/15/18 so if you haven't yet joined, now is the opportune time for Gwen Lafleur fans to sign up. (Click on the same link to also see a list of all the perks.) It's the only way that you'll be able to complete your Stencil Collection of Gwen's designs. I've been a member myself... Read more →

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Hi Everyone, I'm here with another post for Gwen Lafleur's Artist Tribe sharing a project I started a few weeks back at Gwen's Translucent Art Journal Workshop at The PaperCraft Clubhouse in Westbrook, CT. Gwen's classes are always full of exciting new ideas and innovative ways to add variety into your work. Every time I take a class with her I learn so many things. Her workshops always leave me inspired and ready to experiment. This workshop was no exception. In this post I'll walk you through my Translucent Art Journal and show you how I combined pressed flowers from... Read more →

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Hi Everyone, I'm so excited to share with you my first official post as a member of the StencilGirl® Creative team. I'm on the StencilGirl® Talk Blog today kicking off their new monthly feature, "What's old is new again" with a thrift shop treasure makeover. I even made a video for commemorate the event. Come shopping with me at my local Savers Store in Manchester, CT and see how I refresh a pair of $5.99 thrift store curtains with Terry Stegmiller's Straight Stems Stencil. Then I'll show you how I made my fabric collage medallions from cannibalized vintage clothing and... Read more →

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