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Stencil Blog Hop – Circuit



Welcome to my second Stencil  Blog Hop! Again I invited four wonderful artist friends to hop along with me and play with my StencilGirl Products Circuit Stencil which is a 9 x 12 Stencil

Circuit Stencil S161


And I give away one Circuit Stencil!Comment her for an entry into this giveaway! And if you also comment on all the other listed blogs I will  give you an entry into the giveaway for each blog you comment on–how cool is that! You have five chances to win it. Leave a comment on each of the listed blogs and on my blog  and let us know how you like the projects and I will pick randomly one lucky winner. You have time to comment till August 6, 2013 – midnight EST.


Edited August 8, 2013: The winner is Dorothy McCarthy – Congratulations. Dorothy please email me with your postal address so I can get this stencil sent out to you :) , Nat

Edited September 23, 2013: Although I tried hard to get the winner’s addy – I never heard back. I will do a new drawing from a different post soon as I am sure someone else will be happy to receive the stencil :)


Here are my friends joining me:

Stephanie Schütze who joined me last week already and did some amazing cards and a layout- I love her style!

Birgit Koopsen a close friend of mine, not only do I love teaching together with her…she is also super duper colorful in her work!

Marjie Kemper, I met Marjie in NYC a while back when I was teaching workshops- and she is doing amazing things on her blog – check her out!

Samie Harding  – is a huge art journaler who also does a lot of fun videos on her art journaling.


I designed the Circuit Stencil because I do love technical signs in my work -I love when something is whimsy and then you can put some straight technical background to it. I also wanted to have a stencil which you can use as a background stencil but also to frame your work.

Check out some samples here:

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Here is what I created for today:


It is a very simple yet colorful sparkling art journaling page :) I used Wendy Vecchi’s Golden Embossing Paste over the Stencil- simply scrape it over with an old credit card or hotel key card.


I let it dry and then used three different colors of Dylusion Sprays over it.


At some areas I dabbed the color off while still wet – so it got sparkly gold again, at some areas I just let the color sit and dry on top of the circuit pattern.


Next I used a water mister and laid out the Circuit Stencil over areas that weren’t covered yet with the pattern, spritzed over the stencil and used a rag to rub through the stencil. As the Dylusions get reactivated by water, you take off some of the colors and get a little Circuit Ghost Effect :)



Voila- a nice background that you can add photos, journaling, stamping etc. I simply used a little quote I liked, by Pablo Picasso – I love filling my art journal with quotes.


Here are the supplies I used:


Now hop on over to my friends and check what they did :)

Stephanie Schütze

Birgit Koopsen

Marjie Kemper

Samie Harding


Have Fun



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  • Nancy Sapp


    Also saw you are doing a redo so thought I’d sign in TOO!
    Thanks for the 2nd chance. I’d LOVE to win 1 of your stencils.
    Grandma Nancy Sapp


  • Susan (Sanna) Burgess


    Just saw you are doing a redo so thought I’d sign in for a chance~! Hugs, Sanna


  • Carmen Lucero


    Nat, thanks for the second chance to win this awesome stencil! I had left you a comment before, and I still love this!!

    Carmen L
    cal8007 at aol dot com


  • Susan Stimson


    I love all the creative things that you did with this stencil and would love the opportunity to win this.


  • Dara Lynn


    Have loved this stencil from the beginning …..would love to play with it on my gelli, make tags…..layouts…totally a favorite to be for sure!!!


  • Lynn Parker


    Love it!


  • Lynn Parker


    Very inspirational- thank you for your clear instructions too!


  • Lynn good


    WOW fantastic work. Would love to win and use this stencil.


  • Barbara I.


    I love the circuit stencil Thanks for showing us how you used it on your journal page and sharing some new supplies that I am not familiar with. Your techniques have my brain percolating with some new ideas! I appreciate the chance to win this stencil. It looks like it would be a lot of fun to use in many art projects.


  • Grenae


    Great stencil! Would like to try the embossing paste. Your finished art journal page is so colorful – love it!


  • wendy


    Oh my, this is a stencil that’s right up my alley! I’m a software engineer by day, art journaler whenever I can get away with it, and this stencil would be perfect for my pages! I love what you’ve done with it – just gorgeous!


  • linda trapp


    love this stencil! The energy in your work vibrates off the page.


  • Cuchy


    Those are colours!!! awesome background.
    Your stencil make it shine!


  • Louise


    What a fabulous page, I adore your colours and love the way you have used your fabulous funky stencil- by adding and then subtracying, its like an acho <3


  • Carmen Lucero


    Nat, your project is absolutely fabulous. The way those inks shine and your stencil plays with them is great! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

    Carmen L


  • Gemma maggs


    I love this stencil and the colours you have used are beautiful. The journal page is beautiful.


  • Buttons


    Love this stencil design! Reminds me of London Underground. Hugs, Jenny x


  • KrisKreates


    Love the stencil and I want to get out my modeling pastes and play!! I’m a scientist and a papercrafter and technical art items always appeal to me!! Great design and ideas


  • Suzanne


    What a great mouth watering new stencil!! It’s just perfect and I’m dying to get my hands on it. Absolutely stunning work with it too. Suzanne


  • Susan


    Wow! This stencil is great! I would be jumping for joy to win. You are very talented!


  • Linn


    Ohh what an awsome page, love how the gold circuits pops through! Also that stencil lordy lord it has seriously so much creative play and potential. I almost short circuited when I first saw it. It is a MUST have stencil for sure!


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Standup Bass or…New Stencil with Stencil Girl Products

StandUpBass Stencil

New Stencil in the house and it is a 6×6 Standup Bass Stencil :)


One of my favorite things in our household is my husband’s standup bass- I just love that thing  – and I thought it would be a great stencil using it for everything related to music, or lyrics you quote , or layouts with bands, theater, concerts…etc :)


I used the stencil positive and negative at the same spot – meaning I sprayed over the stencil , then flipped it over at another spot to get the access paint onto the page and then took another color and sprayed over it again .


Love the dimension and the layers you build up with this method. Other than that I used Derwent Arbars, Dylusions and Liquitex Spraypaints with the background. The stamps you see are stamps I found at a store around the corner I am so in Love with them.


I hope you like my new stencil. It comes in two different sizes 6×6 and 4×4 inches.


Here is what I used for this art journal page


Have a beautiful and creative day !

huge hugs


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My new Oldtimer Stencil with Stencil Girl Products

This Oldtimer Stencil makes the third stencil with Stencil Girl Products out by me :) The stencil is actually 6×6 inches big- and on my layout you see the bigger version- which we decided not to use- I like it smaller better. But nonetheless this is the design :)


I did a layout using the stencil with Dylusion Spraypaints.


I love oldtimer cars  and I love how you can use it also for more male oriented layouts as well as on art journal pages in the background. Especially when it is the 6×6 size. I will show more samples as soon.


I used the photo before. It totally cracks me up. My great-uncle Hans is in the background, in the front is a friend of him and my aunt Margot with a fishing rod and then…hahahahahah- I tell you what- I didn’t even notice last time I used the photo …my aunt is sitting in the car!


So why would you take a photo of two dudes on a fishing trip, the car placed in the picture and have the wife sit in the car? LOL. Makes me crack up!


Hope you like it :) Here is what I used for the layout:


Huge hugs and have an amazing day




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My Favorite Mixed Media Essentials: 6. Spray Paints

I often get emails asking me about my favorite tools or supplies and I actually love those emails because they make me think of why I tend to use some things all the time.

Is it laziness? What is it about these items that make me grab for them whenever I create a Mixed Media Project?

One of the answers that came up for almost all of them is “I use them because of their versatility of usage” . That is an easy guess for an answer- LOL- since I named my favorite Online Workshop series Über*Media playing on the fact that you can use some items so MANY different ways.

But let me take you the next couple weeks on a little journey on my favorite Mixed Media essentials and explain why I could bathe in them and show you where I used them.

If you missed the other posts in this series – you can catch up here 

6. Spray Paints


I am a big fan of spray paints. If you say spray paint…you get me interested…keep that in mind if you ever want to get my attention during a conversation ;) I have neglected spray paints a bit in my workshops in the last year, simply because I have been teaching sooo much with a certain spray paint, that I had to step away a bit from teaching with it. But in my personal playing I use spray paints in almost EVERY Mixed Media project.

I tried many different spray paints and right now I stick to the ones in my list below…but it might change over time here and there. Some of the spray paints are better for certain uses. But it doesn’t make the spray paint bad if a certain technique can’t be as well archived as with another one. I refer to this as to flour in baking in your kitchen. There are different kind and grades of flours you can buy. You need a different grade flour for pizza dough and bread then for biscuits and cakes- it doesn’t make one flour bad…it just is something to know and keep in mind to get the result you aspire !

Here are my thoughts and uses- a supply list at the bottom

What I love about Spray Paints:

  • there is a huge variety of different spray paints out there and for every technique or liking there is the right one 
  • you can create beautiful background mixing spray paint colors
  • once you know their specifics you can use them with other paint media for some really cool effects and techniques
  • you can create vibrant art using spray paint colors
  • you can evenly spray all kinds of materials with the right spray paint 
  • you can use stencils in an amazing way with them which is different from the outcome of using them with acrylic paints
  • you can afford them- even if some come as a pretty big investment in the beginning, most are pretty long living and highly pigmented – they go a long way
  • you can create layers with spray paints and add dimension in a way that is not always as easy as with other paint media
  • you learn to use the sprays super fast and get the first awesome results quick. If you take a bit time later learning more about your spray paint and it’s specifics you have a power medium in your hand
  • like with stamping, the outcome is not always perfect, which makes it for me more desirable to use as you embrace the outcome not striving always for perfection
  • you can add visual texture with spray paints
  • you can use it to quickly to alter embellishments or alphabets so they fit your projects

Here are some examples:

Revealing fabric texture with Maya Mists

revealing gesso texture

Layering using Ranger Color Wash

using spray paints with stencils on a canvas board

Using Golden Montana Spray for an outdoor plant pot

Grungy background with Liquitex Professional Spray Paints

Using as an accent on simple scrapbooking pages

using spray paints to change the color and mood of a patterned paper for a scrapbooking layout

using spray paints to alter home decor items -like this mirror

layering it on with Golden Montana for my own pattern paper

using spray paints on fabric

using Dylusions Ink Sprays with Derwent Art Bars

using Liquitex Professional Spray Paint to highlight small areas


using spray paint to change embellishments and alphabets color and appearance

Art Journal Background

Another Homedecor Canvas with Liquitex Professional Spray paints


boy- that was hard to just pick a few…are you still with me?

My favorite Spray Paints at the moment:

As always in this series- the answer to this question is based on my preferences, my style and my experiences.

Dylusions Ink Sprays are my go to sprays when I work inside and can and want to use spray paints that are going to be water reactivated. Meaning once I put something wet on top, the colors will reactivate again. This means if you work with for example gel medium or other wet media on top, it will get activated again and bleed. Some people do not like that…but I say, it is what you need to know about your spray paint and then you can use it for your advantage. I love using Dylusions for ghosting techniques or to blend in other colors and paint media. The vibrancy of those colors is amazing. And you can use them inside, without a mask and you can wash it off if it goes somewhere else when your project ;) I also have to say that clogging wasn’t an issue for me yet with these spray paints probably because they are dyes. If the colors are used on wall art though – say canvases, the colors tend to evaporate quick in sunlight though at least if there are on top of acrylic media, so I stopped using them on canvases that I hang on the wall.

Maya Road Mists – I love that those colors are also very vibrant, some have a nice shimmer, which I used to love a lot but I am now getting away from the too shiny shimmering stuff.  Seems my magpie times are a bit over ;) What I love about Maya Mists, which are pigment based is, that you can heat set them, so they won’t get reactivated anymore, meaning they are permanent then and therefore can be used on fabric that might get wet or washed too. Like the Dylusions you can use them inside and they cover for example chipboard in the best possible way. Actually they are my favorite when working with chipboard. The clogging is bearable – it happens- and it is nothing you can prevent forever with any given pigment spray paint. Yes…sometimes you force it by not spraying the “right way”….but often times it is just the way those spray nozzles are made that you cannot prevent the spray paints from clogging. They are wonderful on Gesso-ed surfaces- so that is their plus in comparison to the Dylusions but some techniques like the ghosting have on the other hand a better outcome with the Dylusions. So…see it is all about what you want to archive.

Aidorondack Color Wash – these are also water based textile dyes to use on porous surfaces. Like the Maya Mists you can use them on fabric and they can get heat set so that you make them permanent. They are translucent dyes but they cover pretty well. They are VERY concentrated and can be diluted with water a lot and still keep the color and vibrancy. They hold FOREVER. My bottles are very old- probably 5 -6 years (big bottles ;))  and the colors are still awesome and good to use. When you dry them the colorshift is not that high- they stay very vibrant– which I like too. For me it is important that a spray paint is not turning dull once I heat it. So that is definitely a plus here.

Liquitex Professional Spray Paints are my absolute favorite at the moment -but that is also based on my acrylic paint high right now. These spray paints are acrylic based and highly pigmented. They take a bit practice to use..but oh wait till you get the hang out of them ;) Once they are dried they are permanent…as said they are acrylic paint based. They are super vibrant. They can be mixed with acrylic paints and the color shift is very low. Meaning you see the color wet as you will have the color dried- you get what you see :) Sometimes I am not sure if they are already dried as they shine so much and didn’t change the look much from wet to dry. They dry quick too – which I love, no heating required. They are low odor – which means you can use them in small quantity inside in a very well ventilated area. I recommend on top wearing a mask (I have several windows around and a skylight over my spraying station – so I do not always use a mask if I only use small doses- but do not recommend not using one, don’t sue me…use a mask !). The down side is that the spray nozzles of the Liquitex Professional Spray Paints clog easily due to the acrylic paint drying in the cap. The tip is that you should clear the tube and nozzle after using it by turning it upside down and spraying until it comes out clear. That doesn’t help always- but since the spray caps are industry standardized ones, I just buy them at a graffiti store in bulk (super cheap). I am not sure if in the States there is anything like a graffiti store- LOL- but Liquitex also offers replacement caps.

I also loved to use Golden Montana Spray Paints before Liquitex came out with their Professional Spray Paints. If you want to use the Golden Montana Spray paints you need to know that you can really ONLY use them outside and definitely have to wear a mask on top. I also dislike now that the odor of them hangs in the projects for a long time – which is not the case with using the Liquitex Professional Spray Paints.

For cleaning your fingers I actually recommend using Ranger’s Scrubbie I have never found a better thing to clean my hands after spray painting and believe me I tried A LOT.


The next part in the series is already in the planning. Which Mixed Media topic of favorite supplies would you like to see covered by me in this series?

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Take a Shower Art Journal Page…or Negative Circuit Stencil

Loved creating this art journal page using my new Stencil Girl Product Circuit Stencil


The Journaling says “Shower in the good things of life and your heart will shine”.

I had created a background with Dylusions Spray Paints and had it in my art journal for later usage. Something I do often when I spray a stencil is using the excess paint on top of the stencil for a different project as a negative.

Here I had sprayed  onto a different page in the art journal with Liquitex Professional Spray paint


I then simply flip the stencil over to a different page- either already prepared with a painted background or onto a white one – and brayer over it to get the excess paint over.


Which can then result in something like this


And then I took it from there to create my art journal page. And yes…I might be I am biased regarding my own stencil but boy do I love the negative outcome of it too. So basically you get a pretty cool two-in-one design.


BTW…did you spy something else on the page? ;) ;) ;)


Have a wonderful day!
huge hugs


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Make Your Colors Sing – Dylusions & Derwent ArtBars Tutorial

Give me new paint media and I vanish into my studio going crazy – I just can’t help it!

Recently I purchased some awesome Dylusions Ink Sprays – and somehow some Dylusions Stencils and Stamps also fell into that basket…ooops ;) Love the products! As you know I have been playing with spray paints for many years ….and so getting some new spray paints makes me just giddy with excitement to try them with all kinds of other media and find fun new techniques. Well….so it was only a matter of time, that after I figured out the scoop about those spray inks and how they react, to try them with Derwent ArtBars (if you missed my post about them – here you go)…another awesome new paint media in my possession. OHHHH MMMMYYYY DEAR!!!!

Dylusions Ink Sprays and the Derwent ArtBars are amazing each by themselves but put together….they make the colors SING :) A complete Supply List of what I used can be found below

Here is the finished page


What have you played with (art product)  recently?

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