Welcome Stencilgirl and Paperartsy Fans! I’m so happy to have you here for this wonderful blog hop this month! When I found out that we would have to opportunity to work with some paperartsy products I was over the moon with excitment. I actually have many sets of paperartsy stamps already which must be at least ten years old so they’ve been a big favorite for a long time!

So I was lucky enough to recieve a couple of the gorgeous Fresco Finish acrylic paints in Coral and Lake Wanaka (they have the most amazing names for their paints!) as well as a set of stamps by Ellen Vargo to use in this project. I’ve combined them with the Spring Flower Vase stencil by Suzi Dennis. This stencil is really beautiful and also quite large so I’m using an acrylic board which is 12″ x 16″ to create a really lovely piece that can hang on the wall.


To start off with I’ve traced around the stencil to get the positioning of the flower petals and leaves onto my board. I’m going to be building up a paper collage effect on the flowers so I have left out some of the smaller details on the flowers. I’ve just created some larger petals where there were several smaller ones. Mainly to save myself some frustration later on!


So using the coral paint I pulled some gelli plate prints. I’ve mixed the coral with some white and layered each paper several times to give myself a good variety of tones from the same color. The images really don’t do justice to the lovely rich tones on this coral paint.

I’ve then taken a tombow marker and used the pen to ink up my paperartsy stamp. I didn’t have an ink pad to match the color and I didn’t want to go with a dramatic black for the petals. The marker worked out perfectly and the textures available in the stamp set meant that I had a wonderful range of patterns to add on top of the printed papers.


I knew I kept collecting containers for a reason!! So I’ve cut up my papers in advance into small pieces and kept them arranged by color and pattern. I’m going to use the different papers to create shading within the flowers.


I did the same on some book text to create a different pattern and texture for the leaves and stalks.


Here are the completed flowers. I loved that I could sit on the couch and just mindlessly paste them onto the board. I’m not too worried about making sure that the lines are perfect, I’m going to be going over them in paint now next to tidy up any rough edges. I really love the depth and texture going on in the blooms. I used matt medium to stick down the pieces.


So I’ve gone ahead and outlined the flowers in night sky color paint. It’s just a cheap craft acrylic paint by Do Crafts which I’m pretty sure is not available outside the UK and Ireland. I’m fairly confident most ranges have a very similar shade though. I really love this blue shade it’s much softer than black and I love how it has made the flowers and leaves pop.


I’m using my stamps now to build up some background layers for my piece. I used some Staz On ink in teal blue and just randomly stamped some areas. I’ll be painting and stamping and layering all over my background.


Here you can see several layers of paint and more stamps to add interest to the background. I love these stamps because they have some really great options to build up texture. The one on the top right is one of my favorites, it almost looks like bubble wrap.


More texture with some gold gouache and liquid acrylics.


To finish off I painted the vase with the lake wanaka blue. It’s a lovely matt color and gives a gorgeous opaque finish.


To give it a more “water in glass” type feel I’ve added an iridescent medium over the top of the paint to give it some lovely sparkle and shimmer.


And here is my finished piece! It’s too big to photograph on my usual background so my floor had to oblige! I really love how it’s turned out. The flowers have some lovely texture to them and I will certainly be using this technique again for more projects.



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AND a £50 Gift Certificate for PaperArtsy!!

Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your chance to win!
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106 thoughts on “Stencilgirl and Paperartsy Blog Hop

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  1. Susan Schultheis

    Love your artwork today! Looks like a lot of fun to put together. I have really enjoyed this blog hop and sorry to see that it is over. Everyone’s art is fabulous and I have gathered so much inspiration. Thanks to you and all the other hoppers.


    1. Champ

      Ein sehr guter Artikel, der die Qualitäten des gegenwärtigen UStÃPr¤siden-en richtig darstellt. Und ein wichtiger Lichtblick in einer Welt, die manchmal viel zu sehr dem Zynismus und der Rechthaberei zugeneigt ist.


  2. Shay

    I love all of your art!! I fillow you on Instagram too!! Love your color palettes!!! This looks like such a relaxing project. I love it! Thank you for the tips!! ❤️


  3. Kathy Crum

    i love the idea of collaging your papers to create beautiful mosaic flowers! The flowers just pop off the beautiful backgrounds created with the awesome use of PaperArtsy paints and the stencils by Stencil Girl. What a fantastic combination!


  4. Kitty T

    Wow I love the paper pieced flowers. Did you find it difficult to work the background around your focal image? I usually do background first, then my focal point…but I think I might try a piece in this order. I also love how you lightened the areas around the ‘blooms’, almost like a halo. Thanks for the great ideas!


  5. Monica

    I love to see how you used this lovely stencil. And I love your finished project. So great you choose a big canvas at 12×16….It will truly decorate a wall somewhere. Fab colors z wow…
    Thank you for sharing your gorgeous art.
    Hugs from Monica


  6. Doudoulina

    Love the paper piecing/mosaic technique! so creative and it gives a lot of texture and depth to your flowers. The result is striking, certainly a statement piece.


  7. Ann Juette

    Lovely project. Like how you used collage for the flower. Nice technique on the leaves. I will try outlining the dtecil and filling in with collage. Nice wok.


  8. Coco

    Fun and gorgeous project, thank you! You show us another way of using stencils and paints… Love your blooms.
    I wish you a Happy Christmas! 🙂


  9. Jakki

    This floral arrangement is just the perfect antidote to a chilly Christmas Day! The collage work is so effective and the background has so much depth! Thank you for sharing this really cheerful project with us – Merry Christmas!


  10. Sherry

    Karen what a gorgeous project you created. Thank you for the inspiration and sharing your talents with all of us❤️❤️❤️


  11. Gerrie Johnnic

    Just lovely! I find your work very relaxing to follow and look at. You soothe my busy mind…a good thing! Great canvas with wonderful color and textures.


  12. Mary Holshouser

    Love how you did the flowers and stems.
    Good way to use up those little scraps that I
    hate to throw away. gives the canvas the
    look of stained glass.
    thanks for sharing
    Happy New Year


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  13. Andrene

    Fantastic!! I love how you paper pieced the flower images. That is one of my favorite stencils so I am definitely going to have to give this a try!


  14. Susan

    My resolution for 2017 is to paint some pieces to hang. Your piece is fun and inspiring to me. I love the fact that Fresco paints come in translucent and opaque shades. Thank you for yor contribution!


  15. Jan

    Looks like stained glass flowers. The background color was beautiful and I like the look of the blue color instead of a black color to paint around the flowers and vase. Very nice!


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