Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Holiday Creating with the Three Trees Stencil from Stencil Girl




I'm on the Stencil Girl Talk Blog today showing how I made this accordion book using envelopes and the Three Trees Stencil from Stencil Girl.  



To see more photos and a video of the project from start to finish, hop on over to Stencil Girl Talk and take a look!  

Here are some other ways I've been playing with the stencil -- all part of my current obsession with Stenciling and Stitching!

I stenciled the trees and some of Carolyn Dube's words on fabric:


 and made gift bags:


For the background fabrics, I also used Terri Stegmiller's Broken Circles, Kae Pea's Tribal Leaves, and my Retro Flowers and Circles Stencils. 

I made some wine gift bags using Mary Nasser's Longitude and Latitude, and Seth Apter's Timeless Stencils in the background:


A patchwork runner for my sideboard:





And a gift card holder!




 

It's going to be a colorful holiday for sure!  

In addition to the Three Trees Stencil, I also used:


I hope this post and the video on Stencil Girl Talk give you lots of ideas for how to use the Three Trees Stencil.  If you use it, please share your designs with me! I'd love to see them.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Stenciling and Stitching


When I was at Art is You, I took a class with Kecia Deveney and Linda Willis called Flags of Affirmation.  

Here is one of Kecia's and Linda's project pics - it had me at "hello!"

Kecia Deveney and Linda Willis' class picture for "Flags of Affirmation."
It was one of those classes that opened up a whole new world for me.  Since taking it, I have been designing my own fabrics using my stencils, and stitching up a storm.  I finally hung a valance made of all the flags I've been working on!  I love it!



The painting on the right is one I worked on in Sue Pelletier's class, and the one on the left (mostly obscured, sorry) is from Tracy Verdugo's class -- all from Art is You.  So I guess my living room is a bit of an altar to the wonderful community Sal and Ellen have created.  (The walls are Benjamin Moore 708 if you're wondering.)

Here are some detail pictures:




And closeups:
Using the "Namaste Stencil" from Stencil Girl
Using the Doors and Windows Stencil (top fabric) and Hebrew Calligraphy and Hamsa Stencil (background fabric)
Five Hamsas Stencil (top fabric), and Garden Flowers and Leaves Stencil (background fabric)
Namaste Stencil
Random Squares Stencil
Five Hamsas Stencil (foreground), Flying Tulips Stencil (Background Fabric)
Creating your own fabric is so easy!  I just use tea towels or napkins I bought at yard sales.  After washing them, I stencil with acrylic paint and a cosmetic sponge, just as I would do with paper.  I've washed these again, and the paint stays put and retains its vibrancy.   I love being able to create my own fabrics!

Stencils used:  Bubbles Girl, Garden Flowers and Leaves, Namaste, Flying Tulips


Then I just give a little cut and rip up the fabric and layer it as I please.  I love this style of sewing.  Not being a sewer by nature,  I love not worrying about straight lines, loose threads, and ironing!  It's mixed media, art journaling and sewing all rolled up in one, and I'm hooked.  Look who else is a fan:


Hope you have a wonderful day doing what you love.  Linking to Art Journal Every Day.  

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Decorating a Clipboard with Stencils

I'm over at Stencil Girl Talk today showing how I transformed a clipboard using stencils from November Stencil Club!  Hope you'll hop over and take a look!


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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Art in Community - My Meetup Group

Last week, I wrote about the creativity that blossoms when you are in a community of artists.  


I am fortunate to have a monthly community, through the Jessica Sporn Designs Meetup group, of wonderful women who come to my studio to make art together.

At our last meet up, we worked on various lettering techniques, using our own handwriting as a starting point. 


Then we worked in our art journals, using stencils and wash tape to make backgrounds for our joyful words.


I love everyone's bright pages.







Our new kitten Shadow was an interested observer throughout!


If you 're in the northern New Jersey area, check out my upcoming classes!  I'm in walking distance from the train from Penn Station - if that's your mode of transportation.  

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Altered Book Page With Tags Using The Namaste Stencil


I'm on the Stencil Girl Talk blog today, sharing step by step photos for how I made this spread in my altered book, using my Namaste stencil from Stencil Girl Products!


I hope you'll go over to Stencil Girl Talk and check out the post and leave a comment there, as well as here.  I'm giving away one of the tags I made to one commenter.  If you comment both places, you'll have two chances to win!


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Art Is ... Making Art in Community

Judy Shea, Me and Marjie Kemper at Art is You
One of the joyful things about Art is You is the community of women creating, sharing, and socializing together.   Highlights of my non-teaching time included making flags with Kecia Deveney and Linda Willis.  Here are some of the panels - you will definitely be seeing more stitching and stenciling from me!  I loved that I could create my own fabric designs using my stencils from Stencil Girl!


Taking Marjie Kemper's awesome art journaling class was another highlight.  Marjie and I both work in art journals, but have different approaches and "go to" supplies.  I loved stepping into her world of inks, embossing folders, dyes, and her extensive wash tape collection!  Marjie is a very organized and knowledgeable teacher.  She's teaching in November at The Ink Pad in NYC, and has lots of dates scheduled for 2015 as well. 

Here are her gorgeous demo pages:  

Marjie Kemper's Samples

Here we are hard at work and showing off our pages.  There was a lot of laughter in the room!  (Pictures "nicked" from Marjie's site!)



Here's one of the pages I made, inspired by what we worked on in Marjie's class:


The words are from a stamp from Technique Junkies quoting poet Mary Oliver.


Even the staff of the Sheraton Hotel got into the act, wearing pink for a day devoted to Breast Cancer awareness.

Who are your creativity peeps?  If you don't have one yet, find a community of like-minded souls with whom to create.  It makes art all the more fun!

And... the winner of the charm from my last Art is You post is Linda Kunsman.  Linda - send your snail mail address to JessicaSpornDesigns at gmail dot com and I will get it out to you! 

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