Blog: Art Deco Summit

No Feeling Final – Art Journal

“Let everything happen to you. Beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.” – Rainer Maria Rilke. This quote really lifted me up the other day when I needed some lifting.

I used some collage paper in this one – deli paper and magazine paper which I layed over my Art Deco Summit and Art Deco Fairview stencils and then rubbed with sanding paper to reveal texture and pattern.

Along with acrylic paint, gesso, the collage paper, and gel medium, for my background I also stamped with my Triangle Love rubber stamps.

I added the quote in black and white to help give it some dimension.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Motivated in March – Judi Kauffman

Hello from my Creative Squad! Today we have a tag and envelope project from Judi Kauffman using my Art Deco Summit stencil and this month’s theme: Motivated in March – What keeps you motivated to create? Is it a certain material? Your favorite colors that you can’t get enough of? Maybe you get motivated when you see artwork in a museum or out and about? Share with us your creative motivation and then create something inspired by it.

I love this month’s theme; “Motivated in March” really resonated. I thought a lot about what motivates me as well as parts of my life where more motivation is needed. To that end, I picked what I’m calling a “Magic Number” for the month: 37! And I designed a tag in a pocket to help me remember and focus on the number.

I’m going to spend 37 minutes a day on the treadmill.
I’m going to help my neighbor register 37 new voters!
I’m going to do 37 different creative projects during the month and will document them on the back of the tag and in my Traveler’s Notebook.
…And I’m going to imagine that I’m only 37 to keep myself feeling younger.


Before we get into the how-to portion of this tutorial I’m issuing a challenge: 
Pick your own “Magic Number”!
Write down at least 3 things that it represents.
Make a tag with a pocket like mine or start with an envelope, folder or box. Add the number to the tag, envelope, folder or box.
Document your intentions for the number and then chronicle how the month plays out!


1. Dry-brush a sheet of royal blue cardstock (or a color of your choice) with two or more acrylic paints. Shown: Black, teal, medium blue. When dry, randomly scribble with dimensional paint in one or more coordinating, equally dark colors. Allow to dry.

2. Dry-brush the reverse side of the cardstock with black.

3. Die cut the pocket shape.

4. Using teal paint, stencil Art Deco Summit pattern on the portion of the inside of the pocket that will show when it’s folded. Allow to dry.

5. On the right side of the pocket use copper metallic paint to stencil Art Deco Summit pattern on the two angled sections. Use newsprint to mask the areas where you don’t want any stenciling.

6. Fold on score lines, assemble the pocket.

7. Cut a 4.75” x 6.75” rectangle from scrap portion of 12×12 cardstock. Stencil Art Deco Summit pattern in two colors at an angle, masking between colors – copper metallic on one side, teal on the other. Trim corners and punch a hole to make a tag.

8. Edge the pocket and the tag with paint.

9. Hand- or die-cut the “Magic Number” and a hole reinforcement from another scrap portion of the 12×12 cardstock. Adhere to the tag. Add fibers in coordinating colors.

Thank you Judi – what a nice idea of activities that we can do now that we are all spending more time at home.

Want to give Judi’s project a try? You can find all my Stencils in my Online Shop and here are some of the other supplies she 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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  • Jean Marmo


    Judi – this is so inspiring! I love the idea and you have created such a gorgeous tag!!


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Alive – Art Journal

“Go where you feel most alive”

I created my background with water based spray paints, acrylic paint, and my Art Deco Summit stencil. I went back in with one of my Hex Small rubber stamps for the black lines, and used my pencil eraser for the dots.

This was a neighborhood scene study, and I sketched this block of row houses with acrylic markers.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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  • Petrin Diaz


    Dear Nat: I love the combination of colors, which remembers me of historical buildings here in San juan, P. R.

    So long time i have not contacted you, because had a big problen with Internet after H. María. Now i cannot reach my classes! My identification with your company: elenajuga2015 – Grandscraperona. Can this be fixed? Hope the personnel in charge can do something about, because i need to revise those classes!… Thanks in advance, hoping everyone is healthy around!


  • Sue Clarke


    I so love these colors Nat. The rich tones of the building and the pastels on the right hand side that scream beautiful spring day to me! Thanks for all your inspiration!


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Whistling – Art Journal

“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush!” It hasn’t been much of a winter yet here but I am always more excited for warm Spring weather than the cold :)

For my background I used gouache paint and a cosmetic sponge with my Art Deco Summit stencil. 

I went back and forth with the two colors. I like this stencil because it combines some fine detail with larger areas of color.

My Fan-tastic rubber stamps fit in there quite nicely. Here I used one of the small Fairview stamps.

For my quote I used a Derwent watersoluable pencil and then went in with a wet brush to oomph up the lettering.

I added some dots with the back of my pencil.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Stories – Art Journal

“In the end we’ll all become stories.” – Margaret Atwood

I used Liquitex spray paints with my Art Deco Summit stencil for the background. I also found that my Fanfare rubber stamps fit nicely into that stencil pattern to give a little more detail to the pattern.

For the house I used a handmade stencil and then went back in with a fine tip Molotow marker for the sketchy lines and doodle marks etc.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Sparkle Year – Art Journal

This is your year to Sparkle! – I love all the possibilities that the new year brings, with maybe a fresh start and a burst of energy and enthusiasm.

For my background I used heavy body acrylic paints and white gesso, but also I used the Gold Gesso by Daniel Smith for some serious sparkle with my Art Nouveau Wallpaper and Art Deco Summit stencils.

 I hope you are ready to sparkle :)

Here are some supplies I used:

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  • Kathy


    What a lovely spread, it looks very oriental. I almost expect to see a stork flying by on the pages, very pretty.


  • JoAnn


    Love the effect of the gold – I too have Daniel Smith Gold Gesso but have not gotten the results you did – will give it another go. BTW, CJS2020 is phenomenal. Thank you for making it happen!


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Is it Worth it? – Art Journal

“Is is worth questioning yourself by comparing yourself to others?” Never! Such a hard lesson to learn that I continue to work on. How about you?

I used my Art Deco Summit Stencil and then painted my figure over it with acrylic paints and adding black gesso surrounding her.

My quote I did in gold and white acrylic markers.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Dreamed – Art Journal

“Remember that once you dreamed of being exactly where you are now!” Maybe you have also reached some goals in life and are now living them? Sometimes we are so focused on what’s next that we don’t stop to see where we are. And hey, it is in a pretty good spot :)

I used Liquitex spraypaints, gouache and acralic paint on the back ground and on deli paper. Then I sprayed with white and black over my brandnew Art Deco Summit stencil and the formerly painted background.

Then I added an ink drawing and used a Fude pen for journaling.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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