Ready for another giveaway?! First off, the recipient of the giveaway from last week’s giveaway is:
Today I’m here to share an album by Ronda Pallazzari. If you haven’t seen Ronda’s amazing art, you’re totally missing out. What I love about Ronda’s work is that she uses our stencils to create beautifully colored and blended backgrounds.
Recently, she took a trip to Doha and created this wonderful mini album to create cross between a travel album and an art journal. Here’s a peek into some of her beautiful pages:
See how she uses multiple color mists in each page and the stencil makes it look like it’s blending from pink to orange to yellow? I also love the way the soft background and the black inks offset each other.
To see much more of Ronda’s album click here and if you haven’t used your stencils with multiple sprays to create this blending effect, give it a try! (and if you have, link us up in the comments so we can see!)
Ps: You have two more days to comment for last week’s give away. See you on Friday for another giveaway!
Do you see those wonderful Chevrons on the left side in blue? Well the very talented April Derrick created those using our TCW227 Chevron template:
Here’s what April writes on her blog:
* Two months ago I was playing around with my stencils and I ended up creating a stack of textured watercolor canvases. I applied gesso with and without stencils to several sheets of watercolor paper and then just set them aside to dry. I knew I would use them later and since I had everything out and the table covered why not go ahead and just make a bunch at one time right? Well a couple of weeks later I was showing one of my friends how to use distress stains and I brought out one of my gessoed watercolor sheets to demonstrate on. Let me just tell you – the minute I put the first streak of stain on my page my eyes lit up and I knew exactly what I was going to do with each and every single one of those textured watercolor canvases that were just sitting in a stack waiting for me to play with them! The distress stains from Ranger look quite frankly “Outstanding” on top of the gesso and when you mix the colors and rub them with a towel to blend them the results get even better. The piece above is one of the first ones I constructed using my freshly stained papers and I am quite happy with it because it ended up being another one of those projects that just flowed. I didn’t have to struggle with anything while I was creating, or worry about where to put what…it all just came together and since it doesn’t always happen like that I cherish the times it does!! I look forward to sharing more “Stained Gesso” projects and if you have any questions about the process please feel free to ask!
* Sorry the picture is a tad blurry – but to achieve the amazing chevron texture, I laid a chevron template from The Crafters Workshop on top of a sheet of watercolor paper and then used an old i tunes card to swipe gesso over the top of it. I lifted the template off of the paper and then let it dry. When I applied the distress stain later, I made sure to wipe over the tops of the chevrons with a paper towel so it took a little bit of the color back off and helped the chevrons really stand out! I got a lot of use out of that one sheet of chevron paper as I cut it up and have it used parts of it on several different projects since!
To read more, click on April’s blog.
Now that you’ve seen the amazing new stencils coming very soon, how about we give some away?
I will start with doilies because they have a soft spot in my heart and I love using them on my art. So, today, you have a chance to win both of these beautiful stencils at the 6×6 size:
To win a chance to receive BOTH of these stencils at 6×6 size, please leave us a comment and if you want to have an extra chance to win, you can also Like our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Crafters-Workshop/115725575146779
Please note that these stencils will not be available until after the CHA show, so around August. You will be first in line when they start shipping.
We will leave this open until next Friday (when there will be another giveaway!)
So what are you waiting for? Click here to see more…..Start writing your orders (or start haunting your store owner to write her order!!)!!!! We’re shipping in July.
It’s time for another awesome Blog Hop!
This week Julie teamed up with the talented ladies from the Impression Obsession Design Team to show off the Balzer Designs matching stamps and stencils!!
Each stamp set works independently. Each stencil works independently. Each stencil has a matching stamp set. Each stamp set has a matching stencil. And they work together.
Here are two sneaks – the bird set and the butterflies:
You’re going to have to visit Julie’s blog for A LOT more ideas and videos!
And here are all the participants of the hop:
- Mitra Friant
- Jeanne Streiff
- Daniela Dobson
- Laura Fulcher
- Vicki Garrett
- Jenny Gropp
- Dina Kowal
- Julie Koerber
And, as always, she’s doing an awesome give away for ALL SIX sets! All you have to do is answer:
Which of the eleven Spring 2012 Stencil Hops has been your favorite and why?
so go to Julie’s blog and leave a comment!
- Leslie Tucker Jenison: Leslie is a prolific quilter based in San Antonio, TX. She has appeared numerous times on Quilting Arts TV and has an hour-long instructional DVD called DIY Surface Design. She has been published in myriad books and magazines, including Quilting Arts Magazine.
- Tammy Tutterow: Tammy teaches a ton of online classes, both on her blog and at Big Picture Classes. She also has a roster of upcoming in-person classes, including several in Italy! Be sure to check out her etsy shop for project kits, jewelry, and lots of ribbon.
- Julie Fei-Fan (the Stencil Goddess herself) Balzer: Need we say more?
We sent these ladies the Flower Piecing stencil TCW273:
Here’s some beautiful paper that Julie created:
And here is a layout using that paper (and her sweet hubby)
And as if that weren’t enough, Julie even created a video for you:
I really like the creative use of the Numeral template (TCW200) for the head.
and of course the Cubist template TCW248 in the background
Valerie-Jael writes: For Paint Party Friday I have made a large, mixed-media canvas. I have painted it with acyrlics, using templates from crafter’s work shop for the small squares, numbers and writing. It’s something a bit different to usual, I think it’s good to try something new once in a while….
I agree! Thanks Valerie-Jael.