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In My Dreams – Maura Hibbitts

Hello from my Creative Squad! Today we have Maura Hibbitts sharing a mysterious dreamscape with us in her art journal. She is using my Wabi Sabi and my Mini Motifs rubber stamp sets for this and our theme: In My Dreams – A lot of folks are having crazy dreams these days. What visions do you see at night? Are you sleeping at all? Let us get a peek into your nocturnal adventures through your art.


I don’t know about you, but I have been having some very vivid and wild dreams these past few months. I had one dream that was so realistic, I could hear, see and feel what was occurring, and when I woke up I totally expected it to be real. I often see words and text in my dreams…maybe because I read before I go to sleep? And most of my dreaming is in blazing technicolor too. I have to say, my dream imagination is pretty darn vivid, and I think that helps guide my creative spirit.

I had this idea of showing my dream imagination as a cosmic swirling mass. I started in my art journal on the black background with blobs of paint – Cobalt Teal Hue, Primary Cyan, and a blend of Titanium White with Dioxazine Purple. I also added in some Glamour Dust to blend with the paint for a sparkly appearance.  Then, I used the paintbrush to swirl and blend the paint around the center.

Since I had a rather thick layer of paint on the right hand side of the journal, I thought why not close it and see what happens? When I opened up the pages, I really loved the swirling on the left side. I went back to the right side, and scraped some circle marks into the paint with a dowel.

To create the feeling of a swirling cosmos, I stamped out from the center in a circle using the Groovy stamp and a mix of Titanium white and Cadmium Orange Hue for a contrasting color. I repeated another circle pattern using the Jazzed stamp with the paint. Note – when stamping with paint, be sure to clean your stamps right away. Since I had some orange paint left over, I used the end of the dowel and made a few paint dots on the opposite page.

Next, I imagined a flowing school of fish coming out of the center of the cosmos and swimming across the other page. I used the Neato stamp (a favorite!) and stamped two lines of fish using black ink, then went back and stamped the fish using gold ink.

I went back to the galaxy, and stamped over the designs in the orange paint with black ink. I was trying to give them a bit more definition, as some of the painted stamping was not too clear. I also decided to draw an eye in the center of the galaxy with Posca pens.

Sometimes we visualize our thoughts as bubbles or umbrellas, so I turned the Mini Motif stamps into umbrellas. I stamped the Arts and Crafts, Jugendstil and Mission Motifs onto manila tags using black ink, then cut them out into umbrella shapes. Also cut a strip of the tag to use as the umbrella handle. Doodle a bit on the designs with gold pen. Adhere three umbrellas onto the left page. (Good rule of thumb – use an odd number.)

Head back over to the dreaming eye/cosmos page, and add the lettering “ in to the dreaming” around the central design with a turquoise Posca pen.

There are many images and stories at play on these pages, and maybe they don’t seem to fit or make sense. But isn’t that what a lot of dreams are like?

How do you imagine your dreamscape? I thought of mine as a swirling cosmos with an all seeing eye, umbrella thoughts and a stream of fish flowing through (the fish might come from my desire to visit the ocean, which I haven’t been able to do this year). I think our dreams bring our subconscious to the surface of our thoughts, and help ignite our creativity. May you have some creative dreaming! – Maura


Thank you Maura! I loved hearing about your vivid nighttime adventures of the subconscious and how you translated that strangeness onto the page. Very cool!

Give it a try: you can find all my Rubber Stamps in my Online Shop and in addition to a wooden dowel and some adhesive, here are some of the other supplies Maura used:

Feel inspired? Working on something yourself that you’d like to share?  I love to see how you interpret our monthly themes. Email me how you used my stencils and stamps with the theme and email me an image – I would love to share your projects in my next  “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Maura, I love this so much!!!

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Stencil Layering Fun- Art Journal

“If you can’t fly, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl. But move!” MLK

This was an art journal spread I did for StencilGirl here on their blog that I’d like to share with you today. It is with my Art Nouveau Wallpaper and Art Deco Summit stencils and spray paint, showing how to layer them up with cool dimensional effects.

Check out the video I made:

I designed these stencils with just this layering possibility in mind – they share the same fan design and scale and can be used together nicely. They also both include open areas for adding more of your own personal style through stamping, colors, or hand drawn elements.

Here is a close up of the page:

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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In My Dreams – Jennifer Gallagher

Hello from my Creative Squad! Today we have one last project and post from the amazing Jennifer Gallagher. We have loved having Jennifer on the Squad now for 2 years and have always enjoyed her colorful and fresh style. This month Jennifer says goodbye with an art journal page that is both personal and powerful. She is using my Hamburg stencil, my Mini Motifs rubber stamps, and my Wabi Sabi rubber stamps along with our new theme for this month: In My Dreams – A lot of folks are having crazy dreams these days. What visions do you see at night? Are you sleeping at all? Let us get a peek into your nocturnal adventures through your art.


This month the Creative Squad is talking about dreams. With all the stress of the last several months, my dreams aren’t memorable so much for their content, but the way I wake up feeling – and that is tense. So, I’ve created this art journal spread to express that tension and chaos.

I decided I would attach a piece of A5 cardstock to my kraft page in a Dina Wakley Media journal. I will create my design on the cardstock and then attach it once it is complete.

I have cut a face and an eye (larger than the eyes originally on the face) out of a magazine and picked a spot where it will go. I’m not attaching it yet so I can stencil the background.

I laid Nat’s Hamburg stencil over the A5 piece of cardstock and starting at the bottom applied three colors of Distress Ink. First, I placed Black Soot, then Raspberry Preserves, and finally Wild Honey. Notice that at the top I blended a little wild honey over the white space to give a different look.

Next, I stamped Nat’s Jugendstil Motif stamp onto the top two corners using Versafine Clair in Nocturne.

I stamped Nat’s Jazzed and Funky stamps above the figure to represent tension and chaotic thoughts. These were also stamped in Versafine Clair in Nocturne.

I used a generic glue stick to attach the face and eye to the cardstock. Then I applied scor-tape to the back of the A5 sheet and attached it to a kraft page in my Dina Wakley Media journal.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. I really loved creating this page. Also, this is my last tutorial as a member of Nat’s Creative Squad. I have loved sharing my art and creative projects with you these last two years. Happy Creating! xoxo – Jennifer


Thank you Jennifer! We will definitely be sad to see you go!!! But we of course will continue to follow you online to see what other creative magic you are up to :)

Give it a try: you can find all my Stencils and Rubber Stamps in my Online Shop and here are some of the other supplies Jennifer used:

Feel inspired? Working on something yourself that you’d like to share?  I love to see how you interpret our monthly themes. Email me how you used my stencils and stamps with the theme and email me an image – I would love to share your projects in my next  “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“.

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Just an Opinion – Art Journal

“Impossible is just an opinion.” Love this quote :)

For my background I used acrylic paints, my Mini Motifs stamps, and versafine ink. I layered two of the motifs in some areas – the Craftsman Motif and Jugendstil Motif, and then used acrylic markers and a signo pen to add some color and detail.

The figure is an image transfer, again given details and color with posca and liquitex markers and a white signo pen.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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  • Vivian

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    Love this page!! I purchased these stamps from you and have worked with them many times but never stacked them.

    Your page is very effective. The quote is a GREAT thinker!

    Thanks for your MANY inspirations!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe-thank you so much Vivian!!! I would love to see what you did with the stamps – hope you share some time :)

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Wild and Free – Emilie Murphy

Hello from my Creative Squad! Today we have Emilie Murphy with us using my Lady Liberty stamp and my Central Ave 4×4 stencil and sharing her fresh and funky take on our theme: Wild and Free – After so many months of careful living, it’s time to go Wild and Free… In our Art! Go a little crazy in there and live it up with bright colors, exuberant mark making, bold colors – however you want to go a bit bananas. It’s time to let loose!


Hi there! Hope you are doing well and enjoying the summer so far.

My first thought of “Wild and Free” theme was to use Nathalie’s stamp “Lady Liberty“, well known symbol of Liberty and emblem of New York City. Lately, I got nostalgic about my trip there, already ten years ago. I had spent such a great week in this fantastic and energetic city.

I started my page making some marks with permanent black pens on watercolor paper. I used a Posca pen to make blobs of black paint that I spread with a plastic card and straw.  I let it dry completely.

Then I applied some watercolor and limited my colors to two ones with kind of neutral tone. I slightly sprinkled a little bit of salt in some wet area because I love the effect when it dries.

I decided to work on my background with the “Central Ave” 4×4 stencil. I first laid down my stencil and applied distress oxide ink directly through the stencil with a foam tool. Then, as I wanted to keep some blank less busy areas, I applied distress oxide ink on my stencil and spritzed a mist of water then laid down my stencil on the paper. I let the stencil down few seconds before removing it. As a result the paper absorbs the ink and you get a light negative print of your stencil. That is a cool effect giving a kind of ghost print.

In order to unify all together the different areas of my background, I added more watercolor in order to make pop the stencil pattern out and get some circles.

I introduced smaller circle shapes made only with the central part of the stencil. I think it brings an interesting dynamic to the background having different sizes of circles. It’s amazing what we can do with this simple stencil. I also added some black splatters with a water-soluble crayon. I can’t help myself… I love splatters!

Then I prepared my focal image. I stamped the “Lady Liberty” stamp with VersaFine Clair ink. It is just a matter of preference. I could have used also archival ink. I gathered few other elements with coordinated colors that I wanted to add like a handmade label, a couple of Washi tapes, black thread and buttons. The “wild and free” sentiment has been made with a hand-label tool.

Finally, I assembled all the elements the way I wanted to finish my page.

Hope you have enjoyed this easy and pretty quick tutorial. I made the choice of doing a journal page but this could have been also great as a card.

Have a good rest of the week and see you next month!


Thank you Emilie – love how you tied everything together with the splatters, colors, and mark making!

Give it a try: you can find all my Rubber Stamps and Stencils in my Online Shop and here are some of the other supplies Emilie used:

Play along with our monthly themes and weekly projects! Working on something yourself that you’d like to share?  Email me how you used my stencils and stamps with the theme and email me an image – I would love to share your projects in my next  “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“.

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