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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?

Monday, January 21, 2013

Terri Stegmiller's Stencil Blog Hop ~ Give-Away!

Hello sweet friends!  

Are you excited?  You should be... it's the "Terri-Terrific" Stencil Blog Hop ~ yay!

If you don't know it already, Terri truly is a wonderful Artist.  {with a capital "A"}!  I am so excited~so blessed, to be part of 'showing off' her newly designed stencils in the Blog Hop!  I've long been a fan of her style, whether it's quilts, {her adorable kittens}, paintin, and now her stencils!  I'm showing two designs; the first of which is "Flowers 20."
Stencil Girl Products presents "Flower 20" from designer Terri Stegmiller
Cute, isn't it?  So here's the first thing I did; I sprayed a light yellow s.e.i. tumble dye spray-dye through the stencil, onto some plain ol white fabric. 
Now, enter two of my favorite color combos; lime green and turquoise blue!
Now don't let that bright yellow spray dye color go to waste on the top of the stencil.  Flip the stencil over, and using a brayer, roll gently over the top of the stencil, transferring the color once again, in a reverse image of the flower stencil.
Cool beans!  And with the stencil flipped over, spray a bit more color {I used the lime green and the blue colors here}, and overlapped the design on the previous yellow printed surface.  Beautiful! 
Here's the second stencil: "Antennas Stencil L119"
This is how it looks, just simply layering it, on top of the previous printed fabric with the flower stencil:
And of course I kept on going, layering the stencil and dyes...  Did you know you can see a video of this process also, on Terri's blog?  You can! The video "Stenciled Fabric Surfaces" is here, under her "tutorials" category on the blog.  This is her blog link.  I'm pretty sure you can get your own party started with her video as inspiration, too!

Continuing to play with color, I switched to several different fabrics; batiks, hand-dyed's, cotton sateens, and printed 'white-on-white' commercial fabrics, {and even cotton velvet}.  {Yup ~ a hurricane came through my studio}.  Pictured below is one of my favorites! 

I stenciled the flower design to a piece of pale pink, dotted batik fabric {below}.  I really like the 'double your fun' with graphical design elements in other pieces of printed, commercial fabrics.  The dots really pop.
I experimented with my FW Inks, too.  These inks really are a fabulous product, which I also learned about from reading Terri's blog.  {have I said what a terrific Artist she is?!} They really look good through the stencil.  I diluted the ink a little bit even, and it still looks so great.  I just used a small black foam brush for application, dabbing it in an 'up and down' motion.  You don't want your brush soaked... go easy, and apply in several light applications.
I think it's rich-looking; love the 'not so perfect' print the best!  Note that I'm using the FW inks in their Pearlescent medium.  Soooo beautiful!  {Idea:  these would look so cool cut out and appliqued ~ I will be showing those tomorrow!}
and this one is quite charming too, especially with the black text fabric:

 and... my MOST favorite of the FW ink prints {so far!}... this one, shown below.  Look at the background; the layering is subtle, but this base fabric was a bright pink, {with text in white} and I added yellow, and a dash of purple blues in the antenna stencil first... then proceeded with the FW inks in a couple different tones of white pearl, pink pearl, and a dash of blue-purple.  Love!  {I mean LOVE!}
I brought out a piece of my hand-dyed fabric... knowing the spray colors wouldn't always show against such a bright dyed piece, but hey ~ what the heck? I like to try the unexpected ... cuz ya just never know how much you might {unexpectedly} like it {or don't} until you try!  And I do like it!  It's gives the subtle print a little bit of added texture, and I really like that.
And this is the cotton sateen sample: {are you tired of seeing my play action, yet?}  I hope not... the good stuff's comin' ~ i promise!
 
Flowers and Antenna stencil printed onto white commercial fabric with S.E.I. Tumble Dyes
All of Terri's new designs are available for purchase, from Stencil Girl Products.  Be sure to visit all the other artists participating in the Stencil Blog Hop.  You can enter for more chances to win some of Terri's great stencils! KICKOFF Sunday:  Jan. 20 - Terri Stegmiller
Monday: Jan. 21 - Leslie McNeil, {Flowers and Antennas}
Tuesday: Jan. 22 - Deborah Boschert, {Waves & Spinners}

Wednesday: Jan. 23 - Margaret Applin, {Leaves & Squiggles}
Thursday: Jan. 24 - Brenda Gael Smith, {Sign Posts, Curvy Fronds}
Friday: Jan. 25 - Vicki Welsh, {Striped Circles & Straight Fronds}
Saturday: Jan. 26 - LuAnn Kessi, {Tire Tracks & Slices}
Sunday: Jan. 27 - Sue Bleiweiss, {Broken Circles & X-12}


 Leave a comment here for a chance to win this set of charmers {flowers and antenna}.  Comments will remain open for one week; until Jan 27th. 
Winner posted here on January 28th!

To be eligible to win you must provide contact information if you don't have your email associated with your comment ID.
Have fun and prepare to be inspired... have you got your HOP ON yet?  {don't wait for Easter!}  
But wait!  There's more! {does this sound like an infommercial?}...  
 I {really do} have more!  {and no shipping and handling charges!} lol
I will give away several of my "custom fabric" quilted pieces, too. 
  In the meantime, {hint hint} you may want to go to my  
and become a fan by liking that page. 
EnJOY!
XO
Leslie

74 comments:

SeeingStars said...

The pearl paint looks terrific on the purple fabric too. Looks like you've had so much fun designing with your stencils. Can't wait to see what you do with these. And thank you for the giveaway!

Jenni C's said...

Lovely stencils and lovely ideas, Leslie, love your color combinations...

elle said...

Duh, I should known you'd have a facebook page! I'll like. But these photos are wonderful. I am making a list and I am off to get some nice whites and some inks. The tumbler ones I'll need to order. SEW EXCITED> This is such a great technique!

Gunilla.B said...

This stecilling looks so fun. Love to give it a try!
Hugs
Gunilla

Patricia said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun playing with them! I'd love to play with some of them too.

patchouli moon studio said...

i love the stencils and what you did with them.

Donna said...

First off, I agree that Terri is a wonderful artist. I always enjoy her awesome art!

I love these stencils and what you've done with them. The layering and the colors that you used are fabulous, and the Pearlescent--WOW! I'm going to try to find some Tumble Dye today and perhaps some FW Pearlescent too.

I Liked your FB page on my personal FB page awhile back. Recently, I started an art page and I have already Liked you on that too. Thanks for this Give-Away opportunity!

Have a glorious day!
D~~~~

Gill said...

What fun! I especially like the antennas stencil!!
I look forward to seeing more!
Take care!

tesuque said...

Scrolled through your stencil work as I sipped my morning coffee. A beautiful start to Monday!

Nina Marie said...

Thank you so much for sharing your process!! love the stencils!

ruthanne said...

THE STENCIL HOP IS GOING TO BE SO MUCH FUN! Away love your work and ready to create with stencils.

Quiltbug said...

I would love to be able to try your techniques with those stencils. Put me in the draw

TinaW said...

These would be so much fun to play with!

This Dog's Mom said...

Your wwork is gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity and the great ideas!

elle said...

Les, I'm making my list. Do you put the FW Liquid Acrlics in a spray bottle? Do you dilute? Inquiring minds...

Laceflower said...

Looks like you had lots of fun.

Deb Levy said...

great layering of color with the stencils Leslie! The pearl ink was a nice touch!

Nancy Lee said...

Really nice colors!Do you have an idea before you start of the colors you will use? Thank you.

kathisgardenart said...

Thanks for sharing you pretty ideas :)

Nina Lise@Mrs Moen said...

I would love these two stencils - If you ship internationally. No, I am not tired at all looking at your stencil adventure, but rather looking forward to see more experiments!

Mary C. Nasser said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
Love the antenna stencil against the text!

Glenda Hoagland said...

Beautiful work. I am learning so much about using stencils

Terri said...

How awesome is that!! I haven't ever used stencils on fabric before. I need to learn this cool technique.

Anya said...

How fun!

Joan said...

Lovely work. And it's nice to discover you through the blog hop.

Teresa in Music City said...

Oh my! I had loads of fun just watching each new piece pop up! One of these days you're going to get me painting on fabric, and then look out world :*)

Jeanne said...

Very interesting--great ideas!

sophie said...

It looks like you had great fun with the stencils ... it makes me want to play, too ;-)

tisme said...

I am so glad someone posted about this giveaway on Facebook, found some great blogs, will be following you around now! lol
Headed to facebook to see what you are up too.

Nelson Nook said...

So creative as usual! Would love to try stenciling fabric, how fun is that, but I might need help with the quilting part...someday I will learn...

Sheila said...

Always an inspiring visit , such fun designs , I really have to try this !! Thanks for the creative show and tell :-)

Dotti said...

What you've done with Terri's stencils shouts with joyfulness!

Anonymous said...

Heather says: these look like so much fun i love doing things like this it's amazing all of the creative designs you can make thank you for the wonderful giveaway

hg temp addy at hot mail dot com

Susan said...

Awesome stencils and great ideas for using them! Thanks for all the great photos!

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

Oh wow... you have been having so much fun with these! I love seeing all the beautiful things you have created, Leslie! I think your favorite is my favorite too... with the gorgeous pearl colors! :)

Linda Germain said...

I love the stencil with the lines thanks

Linda Strowbridge said...

I love seeing what you are creating with these stencils. And I really appreciate these blog hops. They introduce me to wonderful blogs that I haven't seen before, like yours!

KelQuiltz said...

I have already learned about two new products and it's just the second day (and not including the stencils!) FUn FUN FUN! Thank you so much for sharing!

Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

Beautiful work. I am learning so much about stenciling so this hop is well worth it.

PS Love love love your Blue Merle Collie!

Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

Correction....Shetland Sheep dog!

Anna Pickering Ballinger said...

Love the stencils and what you did with them. These are a must have for me.

Bev Longford said...

this looks like a whole lot of fun, i will need to go and play now. Bev

Tonya Littmann said...

Great ideas. Thank you for the opportunity. I really like the antenna stencil!

SweetArtUnlimited said...

I would love to try this stencil technique that you do. You inspire me always. Not only with your talent but your spirit. It is wonderful that you have that gift.

Unknown said...

Very much looking forward to the opportunity to use the images available! -Sharon

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

So glad that I found Terry's FB page and these fabulous stencils. Loved seeing how you used them...an new tool that I need soon. Certainly have the dye and fabric to use them with. Thanks for being a part of this blog hop.

Margaret said...

Really like her stencils. I need to start using them more. Thanks for the give away

Leslie McNeil said...

Joan, so glad you are here too!

Leslie McNeil said...

Nancy Lee, I don't usually have a 'specific' idea -- i mostly like to play! But a good rule of thumb is to start with the lightest color first, and then when you add others, you'll get a variety of colors. But don't let 'the rules' stop you from finding your fave color combos. I was surprised by some that I got, and really super excited by them, too. But the best advice... play! play! play! XO

Jennifer Scantlebury Vienneau said...

What a wonderfully informative post! Thanks for all the ideas and photos - I loved how you used your fabric in your pieces!

stitchedbyme said...

Leslie, I have been reading your blog for quite a while now, but this is my first time commenting. (Funny how a give away can do that, huh?) I have gone to your blogs Facebook page and liked it, too. I would LOVE a chance to win these stencils.
Thanks so much for sharing your talents with via your blog.
~June in AZ
stitchedbyme.wordpress.com

btw: I am so jealous that your machine has a free motion quilting foot. I have a Brother machine, which I absolutely love, but it does not have a similar foot.

Createology said...

I am amazed at how many layers of stenciling and painting you put on the fabric and in the end the fabric is fabulous. Terri's stencils are really lots of fun. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

Carol said...

The Blog-Hop is a fantastic idea! After following Terri's bolg and seeing her tutorials I purchased a few stencils... and yes - I'm hooked! Thanks for sharing your tips/tricks - can't wait to get back to the studio.
Best,
Carol
carolreaton@comcast.net

patty a. said...

I came over to your blog via Vicki at Field Trips in Fiber. Now I see I am going to have to stay awhile and read previous posts - lots of interesting things! The stencils are very cool!

Christina Fairley Erickson said...

Lovely work... right up my alley. So glad to have found you from Freemotion by the River.

Connie said...

What neat fabrics you have made! I would love to win some of those neat stencils! Thanks for sharing.
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Vickie said...

This post really shows how much fun you had working with the new stencils! Love the way the spray dies work with the stencils to add great texture to the fabrics.

Sandy Chavez said...

I'm soooo glad I stumbled onto (or is it into?) this blog series. I have never tried resurfacing and layering fabrics with spray dyes, now another "must do" in my list. Thank you.

Jeannie said...

I love the antenna stencil! Your cloth is so much fun and spring like and I am looking for any hint of spring right now. Thanks for sharing your process and the fun stencils.

Leslie McNeil said...

So glad to have you! Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you see Terri's blog, too.

Leslie McNeil said...

Aren't they fun, Connie?! Best of luck to you!

Leslie McNeil said...

Thank you Vickie; I'm definitely crazy about these stencils, and the spray dies, paints and layering have me hooked into the process! it's fun to create with something unique and special to me. Thank you for taking time to come on by, and best of luck! {I'll have more to give away!}

Leslie McNeil said...

Sandy... I'm just glad you stumbled!? Well, let's just say "discovered" shall we ?!! lol So happy to have you! I know that if you are someone who is crazy about fabric and creating with it... this is just your 'cup of tea' !

Jeane said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I love Paint! Plus add a stencil and it looks like anyone can create Fun. The pearls are very special.

roadie said...

Love the ideas and the opportunity to enter for another give-away. What a treat! The antennas are especially fun!

Michelle Berkey said...

Thanks for the great inspiration!

Sandy in CA said...

I'd love to win these stencils -- thanks so much for the opportunity AND for your wonderfully inspiring ideas for using them.

Frances Arnold said...

Wonderful stencils. I would love to have a chance to play with them!!! Wonderful quilts!!!

El in Oz said...

Love your work with these stencils. I also love Terri's stencils. I'm trying to build up my collection so love a chance to win a couple, thank you.

liberal sprinkles said...

I love the different ways you used the stencils, especially with the pearlescent ink, gorgeous!
grace

Janny said...

I love those stencils and the way you used them. Thanks for the giveaway.

Gari in AL said...

If you haven't picked a winner yet I would like to be entered. You have completely whetted my appetite to try stenciling.

LynneP said...

I really like what you did with the stencil-especially the yellow flowers! Thanks for the chance to win! Have added your blog to my daily blog read.

Crickett Hutchinson said...

I love the stencil over the hand dyed fabric! Please enter me too.

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