Crafter’s Workshop Stencil Blog Hop – Numero Due

sooo thrilled to be again part of the Blog Hop for Julie Fei-Fan Balzer …I just love her wonderful release of Crafter’s Workshop’s Julie Fei-Fan Balzer Stencils. Here is my work with the featured Stencil Circles in Squares:

Glow Canvas:

Somehow the Stencil gives me an 80’s flashback- so I wanted to do something that goes with the 80s for me…colorwise and pattern wise:

I glued down some book pages to a 12 x 12 canvas, put the Circles in Squares Stencil on top and used black Gesso over it. I applied quite a lot- so it actually covered the whole stencil and not just the areas without plastic. Then I lifted the stencil and used here and there a grid tool to add some LP-like patterns to it (for those young folks like my 11 year old god son: – those vinyl round thingies you find in your parents livingroom close to the dinosaur music hifi tower – they are not frisbees…oh wait…you might not know what frisbees are either…never mind 😉 )

It is a bit hard to see in the photograph – so the first layer of the dark gesso has then the structure of the Stencil here and there included.

I waited then several hours until the Gesso was ALMOST dry – when I poked my tiny sausage fingers in and ripped the rubber like gesso here and there off. I pulled it up a bit too – so that it bend upwards and created little wholes revealing the book paper underneath. Because that is the coolest part- it dries in a way that it is not totally ruining the book paper underneath. So far as I tried it only works with the Golden Black Gesso – it is a matter of thickness and binding stuff in there 🙂

Then I sprayed some Inchworm Chalkboard over the wholes- nice neon color….pops even more on the black and goes very well with the 80s theme- LOL

Then I mixed some yellow and red acrylic paints and created a darker shade of orange and dabbed this first over the Circles in Squares Stencils, then just red and then just to get some contrast three circles in squares- with white gesso.

Some found objects…voila- done 🙂

Supplies:Crafters’ Workshop Circles in Squares Stencil, 12×12 Canvas, old book paper, Eco Green Crafts Artist Medium, Golden Black Gesso, Gerstäecker White Gesso, Eco Green Crafts and Golden Acrylic Paints, Tattered Angles Inchworm Chalkboard, Found Objects, Golden Heavy Gel Medium, Heidi Swapp Chipboard Letters.

I hope you like it 🙂  Here is a picture of the used stencil:


check out the other ladies on this blog hop too 🙂

•       Leslie Ashe:

•   Emily Pitts:

•        Lisa Pace:

•   Tammy Tutterow:

•      Nathalie Kalbach: well you are here 🙂 – LOL

•    Julie Fei-Fan Balzer:


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  1. Wow..Gorgeous! Your creative ideas never seem to amaze me!

  2. What a fabulous canvas! I love the piece of birch bark.

  3. Cool! Love how you played with the mixed media.

  4. wow this is just soooo beautiful!!

  5. absolutely amazing technique and stunning work.

  6. Ah, records and frisbees, I do remember them. Just want to know where your 8-tracks are?!
    This is such a fun piece – love the rich and bold color and textures you created.

  7. Loving your canvas! I had not seen the black gesso used before so I’m really impressed and inspired by your creation! Must add black gesso to my “must have” list now!

  8. Love the mixed media use for this stencil – this is how I’d most likely use it too! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Love you project! And the stensil is just so cool! Have several of those stensils at home and just love them! Really loved the black gesso and red colors!
    Have to check out your Gesso workshop!

  10. Theresa Merkling says:

    Great project! Was the light bulb green or did you colorize it? Very 80’s. Flashbacks for some of us… 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    • The light bulb is a found from a Junk Yard in Australia- I believe it has been part of older – probably 60s christmas lights – but i’m not sure. So yes the light is already been green 🙂

  11. Love the canvas. The bark piece is a cool touch.

  12. Cool tip about peeling up the almost dry gesso to reveal the under layer! And I love the painted layering of the 12×12 size stencil with the 6×6 version. Will you add this cool canvas to your studio gallery wall? It looks awesome!

  13. Oh wow I really like how the colors are popping!
    Greetings from Germany 😉

  14. Very very cool! I love that you used that bark! Thanks for playing along!

  15. I like everything about it!

  16. LOVE the colors and textures on this canvas!!! Your writing made me laugh- I especially like those radial textures you made with the grid tool- will have to try that sometime.

  17. I love all the textures you created. And I surely remember LPs and frisbees! Beautiful work!

  18. Now this sounds like a rip-roarin’ good time 🙂

  19. Love the painting, and the way you used the stencil. I love red on black!

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