Blog: Letterpress printing

Stencil Test Drive Cascading Leaves or…Forget Perfection

Jessica Sporn asked me  and some other artists to be part of her Stencil Test Drive featuring her amazing new stencils for Stencil Girl Products.

Stencil Test Drive Logo

Today along with some others I will show you the use of the Cascading Leaves Stencil. I love this stencil. You can either use it as it is in whole or use little parts of it here and there or even make a frame.


In my art journal spread I used it for the background several times layered up with acrylic spray paints and I loved how beautifully the stencil created a deep dimensional feel. I touched it up with some letterpress images, oil based inks and markers. Then I used the stencil for framing the spread.

Have No Fear Of Perfection. You’ll Never Reach It

Salvador Dali.


Supplies: Stencil Girl Productions Cascading Leaves Stencil, Letterpress Blocks, Tissue Paper, Liquitex Acrylic Paint, Liquitex Professional Spray Paints, Liquitex Professional Paint Markers, Louise Nelson Feather Stamp, Speedball Oil Base Block Print Ink.

Don’t forget to check what all the other artists created with the stencil and also get the chance to win a giveaway on Jessica’s Blog.

Jessica Sporn

Michelle La Point Rydell

Judy Shea

Roben-Marie Smith

Have a wonderful day


Comments (17)

  • Gunvor


    Oh, I really love this spread! It “ooooozes” with life! I think I have to get this stencil (too),


  • Lynn Cohen


    Another lovely page! Hey to Jessica for awesome leaves!


  • wandahentges


    Wonderful spread!!!!


  • Maria McGuire


    Really love how you used the stencil as a border–beautiful spread!


  • Kay Wallace


    And excellent way to “drive” this stencil, Nathalie! Love the border that you have created to frame this brilliant quote! Way to go!


  • Linda K


    love the effect you achieved by using the spray paint-fabulous!


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n*Studio Organization Part I

As hinted before I am going to write a bit about my progress in re-organizing my studio.


It is kind of weird:  I studied law and I always worked very structured and clean at the law office. I was known for going through unorganized areas of offices and telling bosses, colleagues and trainees that there should be never never ever a pile of files with unclear content or without to-do-steps. Very german-like telling them they could die in a car accident and I would not know what the heck is going on (believe it or not they still liked me- LOL – or at least that is what I think- hehehehe)


Anyway- my studio…total different thing. My studio is a MESS. Not in dirty mess…in “I can’t find the right place mess!”. My friend Julie tried to reorganize me eh the studio a bit going in her organization way when she visited me a while ago- but the thing was…it didn’t really work for me. It worked better and it was a good start but it wasn’t MY perfect organization. Time to tackle this again…because let’s face it…it is my work space an average about 10 hours a day- so…

Let me tell you how I found the perfect storage first…


When I went to the flea-market a couple of weeks, I found these letterpress blocks which I in itself eyed closely and bought a couple lots of. They were beautifully placed in this array of drawers. I somehow had this urge to ask the nice seller “so…those drawers, what are you doing with those?” To which he replied, that they actually belonged to a cabinet, he didn’t bring to the flea-market but plans to sell too once he sold all the letterpress blocks.


I asked what he wanted for it…and he named a prize that was really low. In fact the price made me think that the cabinet probably looked pretty bad. Despite the fact the price was low, I decided against further inquires, because even the low price was still something I had to chew on about. Imagine me for a whole week thinking to myself how stupid I am, what an opportunity I missed out on and dreaming and researching about letterpress cabinets. My husband the usual very mindful person actually gave me the push “You should buy it- let’s go to the flea market next saturday and see if he is there and try to get it”. And so it was.


I was a lucky ducky…that is all I can say- the cabinet belonged to an old tool school teacher who loved this cabinet from the 20s/30s and took good care of it. He taught kids how to print letterpress posters and when he retired had to move to an elderly home he had to sell everything. Knowing this background story makes this even more treasurable (is that a word?) for me and I wish he could know that his beloved cabinet got a home where someone equally loves and treasures this cabinet. I also was super lucky that the cabinet fit perfectly into the ONLY possible spot in my room- between a pole and a wall and with still being able to open the drawers which are quite deep without ruining a doorway (also known as “entering the American Zone” or my husband’s studio)


Let’s finally get to the organization part…I probably lost half of you already…but ok…you know I can’t contain my excitement for this. I wish those cabinets would be still built – yes! Because they are AWEsome- this cabinet is mall and look at all those drawers and they are thin and deep. Perfect for storing stamps:


Perfect with all those tiny containers which were for the metal book setting letters. I filled several drawers with found objects and embellishments. Being able to finally see them…it is like an inspiration drawer…open…spark…take…create!


Tapes …they lived in a box- some of them untangling, making it hard to control them (I might have control issues- LOL)


Oh wait…there was chipboard and canvas elements…


Letterpress, stamp- and lino-carving tools


I do not use a lot of ribbon, but what I knew I would use some time was dangling from a hanger…hated it (I know it is a strong word- but yes…true)


some of my Prima-Educator stuff…not perfect- but better when I had it before in boxes – I am still thinking about this.


the die cut tools – perfect… I was surprised to find some of them- ahem ;)


And as to not leave you with the false thought of a perfectly looking and wonderfully organized super duper power artist studio…here is the rest of my studio. Pretty much looks worse when before- hahahaha – because I started to pull stuff there out of the drawers and had to put it somewhere in between. It is now about organizing the paints and tools I use all the time. I will keep you updated in another post…hopefully soon ;)


BTW – I left the labels of the letterpress on the cabinet because I somehow think it adds to the charm of it…but maybe it might be better to label it with what is in there- LOL.

What do you think I should do – leave the labeling as is?

Have a gorgeous day


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Comments (63)

  • Stacy Scott Buller


    What a gorgeous piece for your studio and I love how organized you are getting. I reorganize every couple of months or when the mojo has run out just to remind me what I have and what has been neglected. I’m compulsive like that (but only in the craft room, the rest of the house is a disaster). Good luck with the rest…can’t wait to see more pics!


  • debb


    so jealous! LOL! I vote to leave the letter as is- you will remember the order of the drawers eventually!


  • artquiltgirl


    That is just wonderful…yes, leave the labeling as is…..what a great find!!!!


  • Bonnie Wright


    Good morning, Nathalie. The cabinet is beautiful and a wonderful find for you and your supplies. I would leave the original labels but make new ones on transparent tape and attach them to the left sides of the drawers.


  • Vicki


    Hi, Nathalie,
    I am bordering on jealousy–the PERFECT organizational piece! If it were sitting in my work space, I would leave the original labels and add my own in a discreet way, maybe on clear labels so they are visible from up close, but not from across the room. BTW, I want to tell you again how much I enjoyed Creative Jumpstart. It lit a fire in me that is still burning to try some new ideas. THANK YOU!


  • Martha Richardson


    Oh Natahlie I’m so envious…green with envy…oh yeah Happy St. Patricks Day ;) That cabinet is TDF and over here would be a fortune…enjoy with your find!


  • weevon


    Nat, I say leave them for now, but if it drives you crazy, then change. I so enjoy your posts. What a great read. Thank you!


  • Marsha.


    Wow! Lucky you!!!
    I would keep the old labeling… I think you know what’s in each drawer as is. You can always change them later, if this isn’t working!


  • Susan


    Woh what a find!! I’m almost jealous haha. I would love to have a cabinet like that but no space to put it…I’ll be looking for a lookalike…The space will be found haha.


  • KikiK


    love it! I want one of those…someday…a girl can dream,right? ;)


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