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Spring Equinox

Rebirth, Renewal and Refresh
The vernal equinox, also called the Spring Equinox, marking the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, occurs on Tuesday, March 20 at 12:15 P.M. EDT. On this day, the Sun rises due east and sets due west. In the Southern Hemisphere, this date marks the autumnal equinox.

Spring is associated with rebirth and renewal, therefore Easter is such an iconic Holiday.  The Easter date travels as it is based onthe approximate time of theJewish Passover, which was celebrated on the firstfull moonfollowing the vernal equinox.
This soon led to Christians celebrating Easter on different dates. At the end of the 2nd century, some churches celebrated Easter on the day of the Passover, while others celebrated it on the following Sunday. Flowers play such an important role for Spring and Easter, that is why I chose to create a floral stenciled project this week.  

Supplies: Dutch Spring Stencil Acrylic and Chalk Paints Oversized Tag Washi Tape Seam Binding Ribbon Gel Medium As…
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Today I have for you a mixed media piece  featuring a feather stencil.
This project started with a substrate of cardboard.  (actually it is about a 9x10 inch piece of ceral box)  With matte medium, I adhered scraps of patterned paper, vintage music sheet and inked up vintage text pages to the cardboard.  Then, I gave the whole piece a thin coat of gesso.
Next, I used a flower stencil and added a bit of texture with white acrylic paint. 
Then came time to ink it up.
This piece basically used all the same steps.   This was a smaller piece of cardboard, gesso, a feather stencil with  modeling paste and inks. 
I felt it needed a bit more dimension so I added a vintage text page flower that I made previously.  The colors were spot on and I had the perfect feather giant gem for the center of my flower.    I just happened to have a few chip board peacock feathers that I inked up as well.  I also added a couple strips of burlap for a bit more texture and dimension.  I am not 100% sure about the burla…

Stencils from the Past!

Today I have gone back to the Archive Stencil posts!!!   Here are a few using stencils in a variety of projects!!!

Stencil Background by Trisha Neal

Stencil Butterfly - by Barbara Rankin

Stunning Stenciled Tags - Danie May

 Journal with Stencils - Stephanie Siatta

Stenciled Background - Robin Horasanian

Sing in SPRING

Spring has sprung, the weather is warming up, flowers are getting ready to bloom and birds are singing in the morning! Today I have a beautiful tag created with the Music Sheet Stencil, on the Large Watercolor Tag and Little Birdie Medley.

Music Sheet Stencil
Altered Pages Collage Sheet - Little Spring Birdies
Large Watercolor Tag
Little Birdie Medley
Metallic Rub
Water brush
Mist Brown
Tacky Glue
Ribbon - Seam Binding

Spray water on  Large Watercolor Tag, add color to tag with Gelatos (blue and yellow) with Water brush blend colors on the tag, let dry.  Spray with Mist Brown on the tag, let dry.

With Metallic Rub and Music Sheet Stencil add the notes to the top of the Large Watercolor Tag.  Apply a little rub around the edge of the tag.

Leaping Ahead

So many people are happy about Daylight Savings Time.  
Arizona does not change times.  That makes for some confusing phone calls and appointments!
This is extremely simple but I thought fun for this weekend of time jumping!   Robin Horasanian, I thought of YOU.

Supplies: Funky dollar store glass frame with black wood  Time Travel Stencil Gesso Chipbrush Assorted clock faces or die-cut gears Glue
See, anyone can have Stencil Mania and create fun and funky projects!    Look around the house and reuse cardboard or metal, add some embellishments and there you go!   

Playing with Paint and Stencils

One of my favorite sayings when I am creating is 'Don't stress embrace the mess' and apart from glitter I don't think there is too many other things that could beat paint as something that can get really messy for you whilst creating.  Playing with paint and stencils is fun and a great way to create layers and interest particularly for journal page backgrounds.

I actually started by using my Gel Press Plate (12 x 14) to get some base color quickly onto my page.  Adding paint to the plate, spreading it across the plate and then pressing my journal pages directly to the plate.  This is the part where you embrace the mess as you won't always get perfect coverage etc.

Next I brayered black paint onto the Plate and used a large 12 x 12 Stencil while the stencil was still on the plate I pressed one page of my journal into the plate picking up the positive print space, then removing the stencil I picked up the remaining design on the other page.

I then took some smaller 6…