I have found myself using stencils over and over again lately in a lot of my mixed media work. Stencils have been on the scene for quite a long time but they seem to be exploding lately. There are more choices of styles and sizes than ever before. And many people are making their own.
Of the many choices of stencil sources out there, one of my favorites is Mary Beth Shaw's StencilGirl Products. You can count on wonderful quality, a large selection, and an all-star team of artists who design for the company. In fact, earlier this year I posted about two sets of stencils from Jessica Sporn here and here.
In addition to the website and online store, Mary Beth has started a new blog called StencilGirl Talk that highlights the company's stencils. She has even created a Stencil of the Month Club.
I feel honored to announce that I have recently joined the team of stencil artists at StencilGirl and have created three large (9x12) stencils that will be added to the online shop and available in retail outlets very soon. The designs are a bit of a departure from many of the stencils that are currently available and I am excited to see the direction that artists take when using them. Here is one small section...
I will be "revealing" them next week at CREATE mixed media retreat, where I will be selling a limited number of each stencil at the Artist's Faire on Friday, July 19th. They will not be available anywhere else until just after the retreat. Look for another post on my blog when they are more widely available.
If you are interested in learning techniques for adding texture to your artwork using stencils, you can download Dimensional Stenciling, my eMag published by Cloth Paper Scissors as part of their Art Lessons Series. You can read more about this publication here.