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A Look Back – Cool Stuff You May Have Missed 24 – Challenges

A Look Back – This time I’m looking at different Challenges I’ve created. On April 1st I started Nat and Sarah’s April ArtFoamies Challenge so I hope you check that out on Instagram and here on the blog too throughout April, but that’s not the only challenge I’ve ever dreamed up. Read on for more!

A Look Back is a blog series to show you some projects and posts that you may have missed – sometimes going WAY back in the archive. I think it will be fun to revisit a few ideas that we haven’t seen for a while. I’m excited to see how a little look back might inspire something new in the future :)


Deck of Cards Challenge – In November 2019 I created a challenge to explore 30 different card making ideas. I focused on different themes: Holiday, Thank You, Just Because etc. and also different design motifs like patterns, lines, shapes and others. I made enough to have a Deck of Cards, ready to go to whenever I needed to reach out to someone with a little note. You can see the posts here on the blog.

 

Stencilbop Challenge – In August 2019 I came up with a challenge to really push the way I thought about using my stencils. Different paint and markers and pens of course but I also went in some new directions like woodburning and even an ice cream cake! You can check that out here on the website.

 

Foam Stamplifier Challenge – In March 2019 it was all about foam stamps and 31 ways to use those. I’m really passionate about my ArtFoamies stamp designs and as they are a relatively new type of product, I thought it would be fun to figure out different ways to use them in my artmaking and art journaling. See what I came up with here on the website.

 

Nat’s April Patterns – In April 2019 I created a book full of patterns using my rubber stamps. I didn’t use prompts, but each day I created a new pattern for the book and then in the end I posted a flip through video too. Check out all those April Patterns here.

Challenges are the perfect fix if you need some inspiration or new ideas. I hope this Look Back inspired you and I hope you join us for Nat and Sarah’s April ArtFoamies Challenge #artcollabchallengeaccepted

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Stencilbop Challenge Prompt 31

Wow – this is our last day of the Stencilbop Challenge, August 31, and I thought Free Jazz would be a good prompt- I cannot wait to see what you came up with. I chose to mix my manufactured stencil design with some hand cut free form stencils and masks.

I used an acetate sheet and just created some oval shaped forms and cut those out. I used a blending tool and some stamping inks to transfer and stencil into my artjournal.

I used some of the stencils and masks to determine the area to stencil over with my Stencil Girl Products stencils. Here I am applying the Manhattan stencil.

I also added some of my foam stamps as I thought they would go really well with it overall. 

Free cutting some stencils is a great way to personalize your art journal pages and give them that extra oomph. 

I hope you enjoyed this Stencilbop challenge- thank you so much for being part of it- that was super fun! 

Here are some of the supplies I used in this final prompt:

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Stencilbop Challenge Prompt 30

Here is your recap for the Stencilbop Challenge prompt for today, August 30 – Kinda Blue

While I love using my stencils in it’s entirety I also love looking at parts of the stencil that make up a shape or pattern. 

I often use masking tape to define the area I want to stencil – Like here the star shape I masked off in my Kassel Stencil. 

I used different blue ink pads and a blending tool to add the star to my art journal background. I filled in with my little Star Tag rubber stamp too.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Stencilbop Challenge Prompt 29

This is a recap of today’s Stencilbop prompt, August 29 – Tone it Down

Often times I use my left over page in a second art journal or try new things out and the spread then looks kind of crazy but also kind of interesting. 

Instead of painting over the spread I love to tone it down with a stencil – usually using one with bigger openings and a lighter color paint. 

Here I used the Versailles Stencil with white spray paint. 

Here are some of the supplies I used in this prompt:

There’s still time to play along with us on Instagram! Here is the prompt list:

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Stencilbop Challenge Prompts 27 & 28

Here is your recap for Stencilbop prompts 27 and 28:

August 27 – Cut

It’s so much fun to use Stencils as a cutting template in your art journal. 

For this art journal spread I used my Star Struck  Stencil and traced it into my journal.

Then I cut the openings out of the paper with a craft knife…

…and mounted one of the Suminagashi papers that I printed a while ago behind it.

I really like the simple look of this. 

August 28 – Collage

Collage is such a classic artmaking technique. I wanted to combine it with the use of stencils.

For this art journal spread I used some spraypaint through my Santa Fe stencil and then traced some of the elements of the stencil onto an old letter that I had found in an antique store. 

I cut the pattern elements out and applied them- sometimes offset with a glue stick to the spraypainted pattern. 

Another fun and easy way to use stencils. 

Here are some of the supplies I used for these prompts:

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Love the fussy cutting with that stencil. Looks great and perfect for a unique page in an art journal or on a project.

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Stencilbop Challenge Prompt 26

This is a recap of today’s Stencilbop prompt, August 26 – Homely

I just recently purchased an awesome VerDay Metal Paint kit by Relics and Artifacts which let’s you create different patinas on a variety of surfaces. 

I thought it would be fun to use Bronze and create patina with my Buenos Aires Stencil.  I painted the frame in Bronze, let it dry, repainted it, then added the stencil on top and sprayed with the patina solution over the stencil. 

After a couple hours the reaction was complete and I love the out come on the frame. I added a picture of my other half and cannot wait to put the frame onto my new studio mantle. 

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Stencilbop Challenge Prompt 25

This is a recap of the Stencilbop Challenge prompt for today, August 25 – For You

For me stencils are a great way to add a special personal touch to kraft envelopes, which I use for shipping out my products.  

Sometimes when I am about to finish up a spray paint session I just grab a couple envelopes and add some color to them. 

Hope these make someone happy :)

Here are some of the supplies I used in this prompt:

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Stencilbop Challenge Prompt 24

This is the recap for today’s Stencilbop Challenge prompt: Eat Cake

Oh boy- this one could easily be renamed into “Eat Cake and Keep Calm” See I thought oh gorgeous idea, I am going get a wonderful plain ice cake from my favorite local ice cream shop Torico’s here in Jersey City…

…and then use one of my small 4×4 stencils (I used the Park Blvd stencil here) with cacao powder to decorate on top myself. 

Now – I am not a cake decorator and there is a simple reason for that ….hahahaha- I screwed it up. I looked at it and thought “oh maybe this is a sign and I need another one” –but I decided , nah that would be cheating and in the future I might leave the decorating to the awesome peeps at Torico’s as well . Anyway – LOL- here is the result with a little bit of a scrapping action using my Park Blvd Stencil. Just so you know…no ice cream cake was harmed during this prompt –it was delicious as always and has been devoured soon after ;) 

In addition to a small ice cream cake, here are the supplies I used for this prompt:

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Stencilbop Challenge Prompt 23

Here is the Stencilbop Recap for today, August 23 – Bebop

Did this one give you a headache? I hope not :)

Dance the Stencilbop with me by applying paint through a stencil like maybe my Chicago stencil here…

… then move it slightly to the left or right and apply a different color.

You can do this with any paint media but by far the most bopping results come with acrylic spray paint –I love the dimension this gives. This one is my Exchange Place stencil.

Here are some of the supplies I used in this prompt:

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