Friday, November 8, 2013

A Blog Hop Featuring StencilGirl Stencils Designed by Jane LaFazio...

Eucalyptus
Pods
Hi Everyone!  Today I'm participating in another fabulous StencilGirl blog hop, this time featuring designs by Jane LaFazio.  I'm using her Eucalyptus stencil and her Pods stencil to create a journal page.
I started by drawing a simple frame around my journal page with a permanent black pen.  Then I started tracing some of the elements of the pods stencil within the border, and sometime allowing parts to extend outside of the border.




I then penciled in a quote by Henry Ward Beecher about Gratitude...did I mention that was the theme of the hop?  I like to pencil in my text before tracing it with permanent pen, just in case I mess up on spacing or such.


Time to pick up the other stencil (Eucalyptus) to trace the 'circle' images, this time using a red permanent pen.   I then added some doodles to turn those into flowers.



 Using my Tombow markers, I added colour.  On the stencilled areas, I brushed in colour (using the brush end) right on the page.  For other areas I put down some colour on the stencil plastic and then add a drop of water with the water brush before laying it down on the page.

 

I used this technique for the blue background areas as well as the little dotted flowers seen in this next image.




I also used the water brush to activate the Tombow colours in the stencil areas to achieve the watercolour effect.

 Back to my permanent black pen, I doodled stripes onto the border I made in the first step.
And here's the finished page (And yes, I'm also grateful for being able to ignore the drab November weather and create colourful gardens any time of year!):


StencilGirl Products is giving away a prize on their blog StencilGirl Talk. ALL comments left on ALL blogs are eligible to win. The more blogs you leave comments on, the more chances you will have to be the lucky winner! 

The giveaway will close on Monday, November 11, 2013 @ 11:59 PM Central Time.

Here's the Blog Hop order...happy hopping!
Linda Kittmer-You are here.
Jenny Lee Cochran-Hop on over here next!

136 comments:

  1. Amazing page, loved the colors!

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  2. Really pretty page Linda. Love the watercolor softness. xox

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    1. Thanks Corrine. I love Tombows for that watercolour effect!

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  3. That's a beautiful page, both stencils work well.

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    1. Thanks Jo. It's fun to see how you can pull elements out of stencils without always using the whole design.

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  4. What a fantastic page, is amazing!!!

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  5. Great detail shots. Stencils are such a great tool in the tool box!

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    1. Thank you Elle. They sure are great tools!

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  6. You are multi talented. Beautiful stencils.

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    1. Thanks Candy...can you see my blushing?

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  7. Wow! I'm learning so much from all you StencilGirls about using stencils in different ways. I would never think to use just a portion and then turn it into something else. Lovely!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! That's great to hear. That means we're doing what we set out to do. ;o)

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  8. I love your page - fabulous!
    Thank you!

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  9. Simply GORGEOUS! Love how you used these!

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    1. Thanks Kirsten. I've just finished hopping to all the other participants and there are so many wonderful ideas!

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  10. Love all these stencil ideas. Thank you so much!

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    1. I'm so glad you're enjoying the ideas Sharon. Thanks for hopping along.

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  11. Wow...I'm inspired by your idea.. And I love the poem.. What a lovely idea for displaying "grateful"
    Thank you.. :)

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    1. Thanks. As soon as I saw that quote I knew what I wanted to do for this page.

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  12. Love what you created, Linda! You really made the stencils your own, which I love. (and love that b&w border too!) thanks so much for participating in the blog hop! xo

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    1. Thank you Jane! It was my pleasure to play along. After seeing all of the wonderful ideas, I'm going to have to get myself the Sweet Gumballs stencil too. I love your designs.

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  13. Linda, love how you used parts of the stencil and your vibrant colors and doodle additions!
    This is so delightful and inspiring!!

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    1. Thanks Mary. The quote is what inspired the rest. I love finding wonderful quotes to use on journal pages.

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  14. Wow Linda, you really did an outstanding job with your journal page! It's so beautiful! Thank you for taking the time to share with us hoppers!

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    1. Thank you Christine. It was a lot of fun creating this page.

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  15. I loved to see your step-by-step. The resulting page is stunning.

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  16. I am grateful that I got to see this glorious work of art!! I love how you turned a blank page into such a beautiful journal page! Both of these stencils ROCK! TFS!

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  17. Love how you used the stencils in this project.

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  18. OOhh,Linda! I am grateful to get a new idea on how to use Jane's fab stencils!!!LOVE the idea of tracing in pencil then coloring in with Tombows!!!Gonna try this soon!

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    1. Thanks Sue. Have fun when you get to it.

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  19. Love the colors of your journal page and the quote.

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  20. Wow - I HAVE ALWAYS USED STENCILS WITH PAINT - HOW INGENIOUS TO USE IT WITH MARKERS AND USE IT AS A DRAWING AID.

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  21. Hi!
    I'm just discovering the stencil hype....looks a little laborious but fun!

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    1. Much more fun...not laborious at all really!

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  22. Love the journal page. I am just starting to journal and would love to own all of the Stencil Girl sencils, well I can dream!

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    1. Thanks Robin. That's an awesome dream. I too would love to have them all!

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  23. This is really fun, thanks for sharing!

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  24. Gorgeous page! One would never know you used stencils. Grateful for the generosity of the art community.

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    1. Thanks Nan. It's fun to use the stencils in unique ways so they become more my own.

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  25. Anne Marie Potmeer, Oijen, The NetherlandsNovember 8, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    beautiful as ever Linda!It's in your name. :)

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  26. Wow! you make it look so easy! What a wonderful page!

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  27. I have read your blog posts. I am very grateful to have discovered your blog.

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  28. Thank you for sharing your process. I'm always grateful for learning new ways to create!

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  29. Wow! Beautiful colors and delightfully intricate!

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  30. Well, that's gorgeous! Need to play with my stencils more...

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    1. Thanks Leslie, and yes, do play and have fun!

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  31. What a beautiful picture! With each of these blogs I see I am more and more impressed with the flexibility of the stencils. What a lot of wonderful ideas.

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    1. Thanks Susan. I'm glad you're enjoying the hop.

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  32. I love what you did with these ... lovely colors and the frame sets it off perfectly! I am grateful I discovered you and your art!

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    1. Thanks so much Barbara. I'm glad you found me too!

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    1. Thanks Yolanda. November needs more colour...it tends to be rather grey here!

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  34. I love the colors! And the step by step post. It's nice to see how artists create their work!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for your visit.

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  35. Nice page , Linda. It's fun to play in the journal!

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    1. Thanks Holly. I couldn't agree with you more!

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    1. Thank you Lynda. I hope you're enjoying the blog hop.

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  37. Gorgeous! I'm inspired to use all the pens I bought yesterday...

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    1. Thanks! That's wonderful...enjoy playing with those new supplies.

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  38. WoW! Awesome use of those stencils. I love the page, love the black, really makes it all pop. You also introduced me to some new supplies that I'm sure I'll have to get. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks! I'm so glad I've inspired you. Have fun.

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  39. This is awesome Linda! This is my kind of stencil! Holy cow - I love how your page turned out and would LOVE to try it! Thanks for sharing and a chance to win!
    Janelle R

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    1. Thank you Janelle. Good luck in the draw.

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  40. wow i had to sign up for your blog. love what you did. awesome. love, love these stencils have to have them. thanks for the chance. xoxo

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    1. Thanks Lura. Good luck in the draw and thanks for signing up for my blog.

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  41. I love what you did with your page. I am grateful for the ideas and the chance to win.

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  42. Wow, beautiful journal page...I love the colors and layout! Thanks for sharing and for this great chance to win.

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    1. Thank you Traci. I'm glad you like it. Good luck in the draw.

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  43. Like the use of colors combined with the black and white border.

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    1. Thanks. I love using black and white like this.

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  44. I never event THOUGHT of using Jane's stencils as a border on a journal page. What a great idea!

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    1. Thanks. That's the fun of these hops...we can share all sorts of fun ideas.

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  45. I like the way you've used these stencils, outlining and coloring in. I could do that!

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    1. Yes you could Randi! Thanks. This is a great way to begin art journalling if you're not very secure in your drawing skills.

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  46. Can't wait to try this. It looks like so much fun!

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    1. Yes it is Elaine. Enjoy! Thanks for dropping by.

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  47. I love the watercolor effect from the markers you used with markers and I loved the stencils!!! Thank you! I am grateful for new artists blogs to visit online!

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    1. Thanks Jackie. Tombow markers are great for watercolour effects. I'm glad you've enjoyed your visit.

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  48. This is so fun! I am really enjoying hopping through all of these great ideas. Thanks for the opportunity to win the stencils.

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    1. Thank you Marsha. I'm glad you enjoyed the hop. Good luck in the draw.

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  49. wow! you must have a lot of patience...don't think I have that much. beautiful!
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Sue. I just enjoy any art time I can fit in.

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  50. Such a pretty page, so glad this blog hop brought me to your blog,lots of goodies to explore here !

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    1. Thanks. I'm so glad you're enjoying the blog hop and my blog.

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  51. I love how you used these stencils. Blog hops are so much fun because I get to find new bloggers to follow.

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    1. Thanks Roxanne. I'm so glad you're enjoying the blog hop and also that you found my blog!

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  52. Wow. This came out fantastic! Touching and beautiful.

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  53. The rest of the piece is lovely but the border makes it pop.

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    1. Thanks Linda. I do love that fun border too.

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  54. Nice tutorial! Beautiful page! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  55. Hey, these are cool stencils, Linda! I tend to stay away from them, but could be persuaded. LOL!

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    1. Thanks Anne Marie. I really do find them fun to play with. Good luck in the draw.

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  56. Fantastic instructions! Sure hope i win!

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  57. I love the use of different media. Thanks.

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  58. Thank you for showing us this page. Wonderful colors!

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  59. thanks you so much for reminding me about a different technique using stencils. can't wait to get busy!

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  60. What a beautiful journal page you created with Jane's stencils! Perfect quote!

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    1. Thanks Maria. It is a wonderful quote isn't it?!

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  61. Gorgeous! I love how you made the flowers your own - and it is a lovely way to extend summer, even if it's only inside.

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    1. Thanks Tina. This page sure beats the dull, rainy day outside my window. ;o)

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  62. I really appreciate the contrast between the smudgy green/gold flower stems and the brilliant color of the blossoms - like zinnias in real life at the end of summer.

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  63. Linda, what an absolutely gorgeous page!!

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  64. This piece is gorgeous. I am thankful for all the people like you who share their talent and give encouragememt.

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    1. Thank you Vicki. That's so thoughtful of you to say.

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  65. Great page Linda. I love using watercolors with stencils... I have been working with metallic mixed with regular. I like the FineTEC and Twinks. Thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. Thanks. I haven't heard of FineTEC before...I'll have to check them out. And yes, Twinks are beautiful. I'm working on a page right now using them.

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  66. I love how "free" your page feels - looks great!

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