Monday, February 24, 2014

Stencil Girl & Walnut Hollow








If you're hopping along, you've arrived here from Julie Snidle's blog.  Because today is the Stencil Girl blog hop using products from Walnut Hollow!  And there's a big giveaway - details at the end of this post.


Since I was once a decorative painter, I know that stencils are NOT just for art journals and canvases; it was fun to have a chance to use them on something completely different!



Here are the 5" High letters I received from Walnut Hollow.

"Breathe" is one of my words for 2014 - a reminder to stop, pause, inhale and exhale.










I made a mixture of gold paint and Aztec Gold Mica powder and painted the letters.  


Then, I stenciled onto tissue paper using my Borders Stencil and Medallions Stencil from Stencil Girl.   (Sometimes I like to stencil onto tissue paper rather than directly onto my substrate, because you can "audition" the placement of the images plus the tissue paper adds texture.  Here's a post with a video about stenciling onto tissue paper.)


I carefully tore the tissue paper into strips and adhered it onto the letters using Liquitex Matte Medium.


I went to Home Depot and had them cut me a piece of wood.  I sanded it, painted it with black gesso, and then gave it sheen with Liquitex Glazing medium.  Then I adhered the letters using E6000 Craft Adhesive.


My sweet husband mounted the wood on the wall in my studio, opposite my work table.  I see it every day, and it's a great reminder to stop and BREATHE


Here is the list of all the artists participating in this blog hop.  If you're following along, your next stop is my dear friend Judy Shea.   If you just happened upon my blog, definitely check out all the inspiration and creativity by this fabulous team!


Stencil Girl and Walnut Hollow are both giving away products on this blog hop. All comments on the hop are eligible for the giveaway. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win! The giveaway will close on Sunday, March 2nd at 11:59PM Central Time.

AND... I am having an additional giveaway! 





I have an extra copy of my "Runes" stencil that I will give away to one commenter on my blog.  (Here's a post from Stencil Girl Talk where Leslie Tucker Jennison used this stencil.)  You have until 11:49PM EST, Sunday March 2 for this giveaway too.  

Your comments make me so happy and let me know you were here. I read and treasure every comment and will happily answer any questions as soon as I can.

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84 comments:

  1. I love how your sign turned out Jessica--you know it is one of my favorite words :)

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  2. Lovely sign Jessica, your words always talk to me ;-)

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  3. Your "Breathe" looks fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And it's a good word!!!!

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  4. Love your Breathe!!! Great idea- thank you for the inspiration!!! Your piece looks beautiful above the window and such a perfect word to be able to view so easily! Thank you Jessica!

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    1. Wow- what an intricate piece Leslie made with your stencil! very cool!

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  5. What a neat wall plaque. Love your "Breathe" word

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  6. Great calming reminder. The tissue paper stenciling is a cool idea.

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  7. I love the sentiment.. but the position.. just above the window you can open and let the fresh air in., perfect :)

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  8. Love the stenciled tissue paper, what a great idea. Great sign for your studio!

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  9. ooh! What a great addition to any studio. Luv the lettering!

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  10. Fabulous Jessica! I need this in my house!

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  11. I like the lettering/word. I would not have thought to stencil onto tissue paper first, I would have just stenciled onto the wood itself, so that was a great idea. I love these blog hops as I get so much inspiration from them. Thanks.

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  12. What a wonderful word.. BREATH! Lest we forget. I think I must borrow your word... and Bless you for giving us such inspiration with your work!

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  13. I am one of those people who needs to be reminded to Breathe, so I especially resonate with this. Beautifully done!!!

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  14. Jessica.. this is lovely.. I am in love with the tissue that dissolves leaving only the pattern. Simple and elegant. Great to have that right across from you. We all need to "breathe".

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  15. What a great inspiration piece. Love it!

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  16. what a good reminder to us all. I think I need to make one.

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  17. Wonderful project and so meaningful. Love these products.

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  18. another new technique to try and I love your stencil!

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  19. Thank you!!! I love the technique used here...your 'breathe' has such a beautiful surface. I find the 'runes' stencil very appealing... a great texture for a background with a vintage image transfer.

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  20. First of all I am jealous of your studio and how clean it is! Seriously?? I am living in a construction zone and can not wait until I have REAL walls! LOL ~ maybe then, I can make myself this BREATHE sign to remind myself! :) Great job!

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  21. The gold stands out so beautifully from the black, and I love the tissue paper technique. Reading different blogs, etc., people are going through deli paper like crazy!! I love that technique.

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  22. I love what you did with the letters! Thanks again for the inspiration.

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  23. Signs I love to give them as gifts and the way you do the letters really makes them pop

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  24. The sign as a pretty reminder is jusqt great!

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  25. What a wonderful reminder of your word....

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  26. Beautiful, perfect word for todays busy lifestyles.

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  27. Jessica, this is so you!! I love how you did this. I have a bunch of letters that this will be happening to very shortly. Loved this post.

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  28. Beautiful word and beautiful plaque and wonderful reminder for all of us. It always helps us to decompress on stressful days! Thanks so much!!

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  29. Thank you for sharing this adorable project with everyone Jessica. I am always so inspired by the ideas you post and look forward to seeing them.

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    1. Hi Cindy - You are the winner of my Runes stencil! Please send your snail mail address to me at jessicabethsporn (at) gmail (dot) com and I'll send it to you!

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  30. Every time I see a great project like this using tissue paper I am in awe. I really need to try it soon.

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  31. Such a wonderful idea. I have a 'word' for the year (practice) and want to try this. The tissue paper technique is one I also love. I was just talking about it this morning with someone. Love how you used it here. Thank you, too, for adding your own giveaway as well!

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  32. Wonderful. Great work and such an important word.

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  33. What a great idea and beautiful result. Thanks for your giveaway.

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  34. Wow Jessica! I could really do with this sign in my craft room. I do tend to stress out over silly things. Love the idea of stencilling onto tissue paper & then applying strips. Thanks for the inspiration. Theresa x

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  35. A wonderful word and love how you finished it.

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  36. I love this! "Breathe" is a very important word to me, as well. You have definitely inspired me!
    ...Raine

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  37. Wonderful sign and great techniques shared with us, thank you. Breathe is my favorite word, too:)

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  38. I think this one might be my favorite I love letters and numbers in my art :) I just love how you did each letter, this project is going on my awesome ideas list :) Thanks for the giveaway and awesome ideas.

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  39. So very beautiful, Jessica! And inspiring!
    Really want to try your technique of stenciling on tissue paper! :)

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  40. Breathe is my OLW for 2014. I think that is a great sign to use. I might just have to make on myself. Thanks.

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  41. Love the letters and the addition of the gold bling!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  42. Am so trying the stencils on tissue, really like how you can place them on the project!

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  43. Love the project and the hop! thank You for sharing

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  44. I just love the BREATHE project. I am off to Office Depot in the a.m. to get my piece of wood. My "word" is flow. Thanks so much for the inspiration. AND what a great stencil. Would love to play with it as well.

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  45. Breathe resonates with me. I love it!!!

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  46. You know the thing that got me in your post? The dribble of paint down the front of the bottle of metallic paint - because it's used, not a pretty new bottle sitting there to look good in a photo. I love seeing art supplies really being used. Great project by the way, and the perfect word for 22014.

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  47. adore and great to have in a space where you meditate. xox

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  48. The stenciling reminded me of blackwork. I've always enjoyed stitching blackwork so this really caught my eye. Great project and a great way to remember to breathe rather than stress over a problem thanks for hsaring.

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  49. Great project, Jessica As a newbie, my word for 2014 is ART! I will definitely try this! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  50. Awesome! It's a great word and you made it beautiful! We all need to remember to breathe

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  51. Love your word, love your idea and project, love your sweet studio!!

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  52. i just loved, loved, loved your words, want to try that sooooooooooo bad. walnut hollow has incredible products, i got to use some of them at charity wings art center but i would love my very own. and stencil girls is one of my most favorite companies ever. thanks for the inspiration and chance to win such great prizes. xox lurabrown@gmail.com

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  53. Just a really fun design with an important message.

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  54. Jessica, I love the sign with the simple word, BREATHE. Love the gold supplies also. Walnut Hollow is a great supplier for all wood projects, their quality is great.

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  55. What a nice project and beautifully done. Nice to see a unique way to use stenciling. Thank you.

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  56. This is amazing - you are very creative! I'm definitely going to bookmark this project to try on my own at some point!

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  57. That is my favorite word- Breathe... and something we all need to do more of. Love the colors and now you have inspired me to use stencils on tissue paper.... Awesome! Thank you

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  58. I love your BREATHE sign, Jessica, and how you made it. So smart to stencil on tissue first and then place it on the wood pieces. Sounds like a great technique. And besides the blog hop prizes, you're going to give away a Rune stencil? I love that one!!! You know exactly how to 'double my pleasure'!!! thank you!

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  59. Breathe is one of my words to focus on this year as well. I practice it on the weekend when I go and watch the sunset. I can also so relate to using tissue paper as a way to position your design before making it permanent. I also do that with acetate and staz on ink for projects. Thanks for sharing your project.

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  60. Love the way you used the stencils! Your BREATHE is awesome.

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  61. Love your sign Jessica. "Breathe" is one of my words too! Thanks

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  62. Absolutely gorgeous sign Jessica! Love how you've stencilled on to the tissue paper. Sue C x

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  63. Brilliant! I am definitely going to have to make one of these for my studio!
    Hugs from a new follower on Bloglovin',
    Beth P

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  64. Jessica this is an amazing piece! I love how it turned out. I have words in my kitchen but I would love to mount one like this....just fabulous. Very inspiring and I love how you made your own mix of paint....I do that with eye shadow....not the same...but you get the picture!!

    These would make great gifts too!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  65. The sign is beautiful, and I love the idea of stenciling on tissue paper. Of course I have *stamped* on tissue paper, but never made the leap. BTW, Runes is on my to do list. :-)

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  66. Jessica I can't seem to comment on Carolyn Dube's blog....when I click the comments it goes to her blue stencil picture!! Hmmm tried several times to no avail!

    Hugs Giggles

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  67. Jessica, the stencil makes an interesting texture for your sign. I would love to begin to use stencils to enhance my art.

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  68. This is my word for 2014! BREATHE! Love what you have done with it...thank you for sharing!

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  69. Great concept. Stop and Breathe! I can see going in so many directions with these ideas. Love the finished project!

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  70. I love the idea of the tissue paper! Thanks so much for the inspiration, and for the reminder to breathe!

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  71. Thanks for sharing this project! I have used tissue paper on canvas, and layouts, not thought of using it on other OTP projects. Love your stencil! I am about to alter a box and was thinking last night of how I could use my stencils on such small surfaces, and you have answered that for me! Love your word - mine is TRY for 2014.
    Janelle R

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  72. Love the wall art, brilliant, would love to recreate some similar for my home and for my mom

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  73. Beautifully done and the perfect sentiment for me. Love the idea of auditioning with tissue paper placement. I'll have to try that as therapy for my art "commitment" issues.

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  74. How fabulous! I can't get over how large your beautiful letters are - what a super home dec piece!

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  75. Great idea with stamping on the tissue then adding it over your paint! Thx for linking to the other tutorial too. Great texture!

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  76. So so pretty. On my must do list!

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