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Stencil Giveway!

16x12; mixed media on paper

I have been out of practice for using stencils in my artwork, but when The Crafters Workshop came calling, I said, why yes! I would love to try out some of your stencils!

How to incorporate stencils into my abstract art is a little challenging to me. I don't want them to look deliberate..or uniform..so I take extra care to spray or paint through them haphazardly. I also don't want them to look like someone else's art..I take bits and pieces of the stencil and lay them throughout the art and I think I overcome those challenges pretty well.

Gracious Jaime over at The Crafter's Workshop sent me a bunch of stencils...that I want to share with you! Leave me a comment and list one of the ways you will use the stencils if you win the drawing. I will pick one winner on May 9th (international entries welcome!!) for a package of 7 brand new 12x12" stencil templates. (One entry per person; entry must be a comment on this post; must leave a valid email address so I don't have to go on a hunt to find you.)

Good luck...tell your friends to stop by too! Thank you for reading my blog. Stop by Friday to see some more stencil art.

Reader Comments (356)

Like you I am out of practice with stencils, in fact, I'm out of practice with my journal! I've been spending so much time taking photos.
Time to get out the journal again...
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMegan Warren
Makes me think of an old fashioned circus ring...
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate Lamb
Great abstract Julie! I would love the chance to win! I would use the stencils in some graffiti style art I have been doing. Thanks for this great giveaway!!

April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Bueti
I think you did a great job with the stencils! I love stencils, and use them a lot. If I think a stencil looks too much like a stencil I overpaint parts and make them look more natural. I've got lots of Crafters stencils, but only the small ones, so I would love to win the big ones ;-) Thank you so much for the chance! And for the idea, I will pull out my stencils and use them in one of my Act Natural paintings LOL
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrigitte
Hi Julie
at the moment (but that can be changed tomorrow) i use stencils with wax crayons: i put the stencil under my paper and scratch with the crayon. Leaves a waxy, not too precise, partial image that i cover with watercolor, spray ink or Tombow twintips. Thanks Julie and Jaime for this opportunity winning stencls!
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHedwig aka belle2create
I think you did a great job with the stencil! There are so many stencils being used these days it is hard to make them your own and not have your work look like everyone elses.

I use CW stencils all the time in my art journal. I also make handmade canvas pillow covers and use CW stencils on those as well.


Cristi Clothier
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercristi clothier
I would use the stencils in my mixed media whether on grunge board projects or lately thinking of making another configuration box, this would add some design and could use texture paste over it too to give dimension! thanks for a giveaway!
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Hahaj
Hey Julie,

I am working on a project to be donated to the Sierra Club for either their lodge here in the Laguna Mountains or for a fundraiser. I am creating a mixed media collage focusing on natural outdoor elements like leaves and animals. Stencils are part of the under-painting and the front elements! Thank you for the offering the drawing !
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMollie Bigger
Well, for starters, I would use them to finish up one of the paintings I'm working on for the layer love class, that I have yet to finish. Depending on the stencil, I have been wanting to do some paintings on a pair of jean jackets I'm working on. I have many uses for stencils, and have been working on building up my selection, so I'll have a broader palate to work with. Thanks for having this drawing!
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCJ Larson
Love your piece and love the way you use stencils. I'm just beginning to use stencils so my answer today may be different after using them for awhile :-)
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJudy Shreve
I don't actually own any stencils (sad, I know) but if I did, I would use them to create cool backgrounds for my zines. I'm all about texture!
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLelainia Lloyd
I love stencils and to date, for me, The Crafter's Workshop's ones are the best.
I will use them to add interest and texture in my mixed media paintings, and fun in my art journal pages.

Thanks for the giveaway <3
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNolwenn
I would love to try out those stencils in my art journal. i don't have a lot of them so it would be fun to work with some new stuf. Mostly I use acrylic paint of wax crayons. I think they would realy mak a beautiful new layer.
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEllen
Julie, I am in love with my stencils (for the ones I have, anyway), but I usually push through gesso, molding pastes or gel medium in them. They give such dimension and texture that put me in happy place. I've never spray painted on them , but I must try that. Thank you for a great giveaway. Judy
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJudy Shea
I love stencils. Have only just started using them with gesso and modeling paste - a technique I really love. I usually use them for positive and negatives using Dylusions spray inks.
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBernice
i will use them in my journal. i will use them on a painting. i will try them on the sidewalk. i will give them to my kids. i like stencils (and green eggs and ham). :)
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkelly snellng
I love to use stencils as a basis for Zentangle artwork.
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGenevieve
Stencils + matte gel + paint for one of a kind art! Stencils + paint and pencils for making great pages in my new journal


Thanks for offering them!
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca Cook
Hi Julie! It's been awhile since I popped by your blog!

I love what you did with the stencils. Subtle, but striking.

I want to try using paste or gel to create raised images which then can be colored with inks and/or paints.
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathi R
I would love to do some collage papers and spray paint in my journal this summer (when I can be outside) using some stencils. It's fun but I hardly own any myself. :-)

April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenteriHanna
love the way you incorporated the stencil in your painting.

I'm happy with using stencils on paintings, with acrylics, gesso, gel medium, water color, just everything that will stick to the canvas :) Thanks for the chance to win in your giveaway!
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdymphie
I like the way you have incorporated the stencil in your abstract piece. I make lots of cards, books and ATCs so bits and pieces of stencils work well. One can always paint or ink over portions as you did to make them less a part of the whole.
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbarbara lemme
I would use them in collage work............that would be great! Thanks for the chance to win.
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersusan lew
Thanks, fun! I would incorporate them in my projects for the Mixed Media Melange workshop.
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaurelKP
I would love the stencils and use them on pages with books I am making - currently walnut ink is a fave!!
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

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