peachflower

I don’t often work with stencils, but I couldn’t say no to Tamara Laporte’s request to help celebrate her two new sets of stencils from Artistceller!

I started by incorporating some of her buildings from the “Whimsy” set into kind of a timeline art journal page (foreground):

desk

But then had my almost obsession-like urge to abstract them somehow to make them “my own.”

I  scanned in some leaves, messed around in Photoshop and printed the image out on watercolor paper (the peach background and the grey “flowers,” below). I then masked out parts of Tam’s stencils to create the stems and flower details with PanPastels.

stencils

I really liked working with these cute stencils! And I like that there are so many ways you can use stencils.
There’s a giveaway and blog hop going on, and at each blog/day there will be two winners: one for Tam’s Whimsy set and one for the Inspiration set. Just leave a comment for a chance to win one of these sets, and I’ll pick the winners randomly on Friday, noonish (11/1). Thanks!
The winner for the Whimsy set is commenter #87, Janie Schulz, and the winner of the Inspiration set is commenter #130, Herma. Thanks everyone for your comments!
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Tam’s Artistceller Stencil Blog Hop List
10/26 Artistcellar http://www.artistcellar.com/wp
10/27 Jill K. Berry http://jillberrydesign.com/blog
10/28 Dawn DeVries Sokol http://www.dawndsokol.com
10/29 Carla Sonheim carlasonheim.wordpress.com
10/30 Micki Wilde thesecrethermit.blogspot.com
11/1 Effy Wild www.effywild.com
11/3 Jane Davenport http://janedavenport.com
11/5 Tamara Laporte www.willowing.org/blog