Saturday Surprise: A Gift for You

Saturdays are play time on my blog. Today’s creativity-boost sites are about art journaling, because I’ve been having fun making new journal pages and postcards.

Stencils, tissue, and iridescent ink really give this page a deep-space look.

Stencils, tissue, and iridescent ink really give this page a deep-space look. Stencils from Stencil Girl.

I’m exploring the joys of tissue paper and collage. Watch iHanna making the most of tissue paper by painting it.  She also has a tutorial on making paper cloth. She uses a lot of color, and makes it bright and beautiful.

And if you want to get in on iHanna’s Spring Postcard Swap, join now, the deadline for signing up is March 24. I’m doing it again this year, and each postcard will be a wildly different one.

Some of those postcards will be using stencils, now that I know some secrets about stenciling. For months I’ve wished I could love stencils more. I have some interesting stencils, but I didn’t really know how to use them in art journaling. Part of my problem was that I did a lot of wall stenciling in the 80s (remember all those vines twining around the top of the walls? Yeah, I did that.

And today’s stencils are much more creative and wilder than ever before.

Denim, titan buff and gold are favorite color combinations for me. I like the color-on-color stencil I placed and sponged down in the upper left is fun.

Denim, Titan Buff and gold are favorite color combinations for me. I like the color-on-color stencil I placed and sponged down in the upper left.

Art Instigator (and previous guest poster, writing about extreme self-care) Glenda Waterworth stepped up when I expressed my lack of skill. Glenda is the owner of the UK-based online store Chocolate Baroque–a store that designs and sells unmounted rubber stamps and a host of other products to help your creative urges.

Glenda created a how-to-stencil download for her website. I asked her to please give me some tips so I could enjoy stencils more. As she usually does, Glenda leaped ahead and made me (and you!) an incredible offer.

At the moment, the stencil how-to download comes free with a purchase, but Glenda is making the how-to a gift for readers of my blog.  It contains how-tos, tips, and beautiful examples of cards that Glenda made with stencils and a variety of techniques and materials.  There’s a coupon code so you can download the how-to information  for free until March 17.

All you need to do is go visit Chocolate Baroque, add the Stencil Inspiration leaflet to your cart, then enter coupon code QC3  in the coupon box which you will see on the shopping cart page or on the checkout page.

You will need to register on the website to purchase a product, even a free one, but new accounts are approved automatically so there’s no delays. And no shipping, because it’s a download. Instant stencil gratification!

Thanks so much to Glenda for sharing so generously for the joy of creativity! If you are a stencil lover, leave a link to your stencil work in the comments.

Have a great creative weekend!

-Quinn McDonald thrills in the generosity of creative people.