StencilGirl & Tim Holtz Blog Hop

What happens when 2 Amazing creative companies come together?  The  StencilGirl & Tim Holtz Blog hop

Now I realize you are getting SUPER Excited. But before I lose you in the sea of creative wonderland let me tell you to be sure to read all the way to the bottom as there is fabulous giveaway that you don’t want to miss out on.  Giveaway has ended.

Okay so without further ado – I have a Creative Video Tutorial Full of Inspiration for all of you today .  We will be creating 4 art tags and a 2 page art journal spread using ALL StencilGirl Stencils and Featuring Tim Holtz Distress crayons.

So come along with me and let’s spend some creative time together shall we?  🙂

Stencils used in todays projects:

Tim Holtz Products used:

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a $50 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products!  

There is still time to get the early bird discount of $10 off for the Online Collaborative I’m teaching in:  

The Gratitude Junk Journal

Take a peek at my class in the video below

Sign up here today – no discount code needed discount has already applied – Save on this class until October 22, 2017.  10 Epic Artist Instructors – 1 Low Price – Mountains of Love and gratitude – Priceless.  Looking forward to having you join me on this beautiful journey together!

Have an amazing day Friends!!

xo – Sherry

 

Welcoming in the New …..

Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens –  Leanne Womack 

Good Morning Dear Friends,

As I sit here writing to you all today I am filled with so many emotions.

Today marks a big day for me in my “creative career”.  Today is my last tutorial for the Jessica Sporn Design Team.  WOW – when this Journey started last year it felt like I had so much time.  So much time to be able to create tons of projects to showcase Jessica’s beautiful stamps and stencils and to be a part of her amazing team with all of the other amazing artists.  As I sit here typing today I can’t believe it’s over.  One year gone in a flash.  I guess that is how life goes, but wow!

Reflecting on the past year has (well to be honest brought tears to my eyes).  Being offered a spot on Jessica’s team has opened so many doors for me but more than that it has allowed me to create friendships.  One in particular that I will forever be grateful for and that’s the friendship of my sweet friend Karen Gaunt.  She has been there for me so many times through this past year and all I can say is that personally it’s been a rough year for me (sheesh this going on 2 in a row lol).  But seriously had Jessica not given me the chance, believed in me I’m not sure where I would be right now.  So I am sending out a HUGE heartfelt thank you to Jessica, please be sure to stop by and check out her site here .

Here is a link to one of my favorite tutorials that I created for one of the blog hops while I was on the team.

So very ironic that I also have some NEW exciting news to share on this same day…..

I have been selected to be a part of the Tiare Smith Designs Creative Team.  If you don’t know Tiare Smith here is a link to her website so you can check her out.  I know that you are all going to love her as much as I do.  Her work is beautiful first and foremost, but beyond her amazing artistic talent she is fun, and funny and REAL!  I met her in the online collaborative class that we both are teaching in:  Hacking the Colorwheel .

It’s an honor to be a part of her new team and I’m excited for this new adventure and journey that I’m about to embark on, with her and the other Team Members!

And one more very important thing before I go.  I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU and SHOUT OUT to all of you as well.  If it wasn’t for all of you amazing beautiful souls I would not be where I am today.  You all lift me up and push me forward with your loving comments, your encouragement, and by taking the time to connect with me.  Each one of you is in my heart and I am so glad that you have chose to share your time with me and join me in this journey of life!

Have an amazing day my dear friends xxoo – Sherry

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Stencil Crush Tuesday using Jessica Sporn Designs

Hi Friends well its been awhile since I have actually done a blog post.  I didn’t realize how long actually.  Keeping up on so many social media sites along with difficult family things I’ve had to deal with has left me in a bit of a time crunch and something had to give I guess.

I’m sure there are many others out there that can relate to having so much to do yet so little time.  That being said I have a special Stencil Crush Tuesday Tutorial to share with you today using 2 beautiful stencils by Jessica Sporn Designs.

The first one is a brand new stencil that was just released and I just love it.  It speaks to my heart it’s called Love is for everyone script . The second stencil is from November’s Stencil Club and it’s called Nature and Nurture .

I hope you will grab your stencils and your paints and come along and create with me today.

Thanks so much friends for sharing your time with me today, I hope you enjoyed todays tutorial and if you did please leave me a comment either here or on my Youtube Channel I truly love to hear from all of you.  Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel so you can get a steady dose of inspiration.  If you missed my first tutorial for the Roben Marie Smith Design team you can check it out right here

Have a fabulous day friends !! xoxo

Love / DecoArts Hop

Good Morning friends and welcome to the Jessica Sporn Designs Love / DecoArts Blog hop today I am hopping along with these amazing artists: Jessica Sporn , Karen Gaunt , Kristin Van Valkenburgh , Marit Barentsen ,  and Denise Alloca

And of course what would a blog hop be without an amazing giveaway?  The blog hop give away is this beautiful 7 Hearts Stencil shown below.  All you have to do is leave a comment here on my blog and then hop on over to the other Artists blogs see their gorgeous artwork and leave comments for chances to win.

The project I have to share with you today is Love themed in a Shabby Chic style and  centers on a quote that ended up coming up with since I couldn’t find one that I really liked.  And since Valentine’s day is about love I think it’s important to remember to love yourself so this is the quote on my page today:

“Your Love is Precious

Don’t Forget to give it

to the most important

Person in your life…..

You”

-Sherry Canino

Hope you enjoy watching the process of this art journal page

If you are interested in purchasing the stencils used in today’s video you can find them here:  Eastern Leaf, Lotus and Flower Repeat and Becoming

Thanks for visiting my blog and taking time out to watch my video, I do hope you enjoyed it,  Don’t forget to leave a comment below to be entered to win that gorgeous stencil and then stop over to see more amazing art work on these artists blogs and leave comments for more chances to win:   Jessica Sporn , Karen Gaunt , Kristin Van Valkenburgh , Marit Barentsen ,  and Denise Alloca   Comments close 9/13 at 9AM EST

The Winner will be announced on Jessica’s Blog on 9/14 at 9AM EST

Due to our Team blog hop today Stencil Crush Tuesday will happen on Wednesday (tomorrow) 2/8 – hope you will come back and join me for a super fun Stencil Crush day!!

Wishing all of you much peace, love and happiness always !! xxoo Sherry

Frightfully Fall Blog Hop

Hi Friends and welcome to the October blog hop for the Jessica Sporn Designs Creative Team.

Today I’m hopping along with Jessica Sporn, Kristen Van Valkenburgh, Lizzy Wurmann, Marit Barentsen and Denise Alloca, to share some fall creations using Jessica’s stamps and stencils. We have an amazing giveaway – One Lucky Commenter Will Win: Jessica’s Cascading Leaves stencil and Tree of Life stamp.  All comments on all the blog hop participants count – so make sure to visit everyone and leave some kind words!

So what do I have in store for you today??? Well many know that I just absolutely LOVE sunflowers and I have painted them in every color of the rainbow.  So today I’m sharing with you my process of creating this Helen Keller Inspired canvas, (which of course has a sunflower) she has a quote that inspires me and is one of the reasons I love sunflowers:

Keep your face to the sunshine & you

cannot see the shadow.

It’s what the sunflowers do.

-Helen Keller

So Grab your paints and a canvas and lets get started 🙂

I started out with a 14 inch by 14 inch canvas, covered it with a layer of white gesso and then used the following colors: Primary Cyan, ultramarine blue and titanium white, with an old plastic store card just scraping the paint in different directions to create a nice and quick background.

I then used a piece of white chalk (kids chalk is fine) to sketch out where I wanted my sunflower.  Don’t be to fussy with this just get a general idea down and don’t worry chalk wipes right off with a damp rag or baby wipe.

Using a flat brush (any brush is fine this is my “got to brush” but you use the one you are comfortable using) and Permanent Violet Dark I painted in the petals. As you can see I did not worry about getting a thick or even coat.  This is just to give me guidelines, get a base coat down and create some depth.  For the stem and leaf I used Quinacridone  Burnt Orange.

Then I used my titanium white to put in where I want some highlights.

Many times when I’m working I mix 2 or more colors together so I will often put out on my palette several colors as I’m not always sure what I will end up using.  For this canvas I put out on my palette a medium yellow, cadmium orange, and yellow orange azo. Here I stared with using mostly the medium yellow and the yellow orange azo, mixed them a bit on my palette and put down a base layer.  Again I used a flat brush but a round brush will give you just as good results.  I stroke the paint inward towards the center. This is for 2 reasons:  It gives the flower petals the lines and creases that they have in nature and since I haven’t done the center yet it helps me stay in the lines starting from the outside and dragging the paintbrush inward.

Here is where you have to be patient and let it dry between coats.  The more coats the more depth your petals will have.  Mine have about 3-4 coats some petals maybe more.  I also mixed a little of the white with the medium yellow to bring the highlights back out.  I also used the Burnt Orange to accentuate my shadow spots, which you can also see above.  Remember the petals do not have to be perfect ( I actually prefer mine not to be) as nothing is perfect in nature.

On the stem and leaf I used sap green and vivid lime green and mixed them, then painted the entire leaf and stem in my mixed color. Then to give it a bit of a highlight I went back in with the same mix but added some titanium white to it on my palette then applied this color to one side of the stem and the top of the leaf where the sun would be hitting it.  I also accentuated the veins on the leaf with this same color.  I am still using my flat brush and just using the edge of it to create the thin lines.  Be sure to use a dry brush for your veins in your leaf with very little paint.  Do one quick stroke from the center of the vein out.

Moving on to the center of the flower the colors used were: Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Yellow Medium and Nickel Azo Yellow.  For this I use this really OLD ruined flat brush that I have.  But certainly a stipple brush would work.  The reason I like my old brush is because unlike a stipple brush, the bristles on my old brush are all uneven so I get a  more natural look.  Use a dry brush when doing this part, just dab in your paint lightly and apply in a stippling motion to the center, you can always go back and add more so again more is less here.  I don’t cover the entire center but go back in with a bit of the raw sienna and continue to work back and forth between these colors until I am happy with the results.  I also use the Raw Umber as you can see to go up into the petals a bit.

To get a look of pollen in the center I use the Nickel Azo Yellow in a very light stippling motion. This is a great color to use because it gives off a greenish yellow look over the raw umber.  I also add just a few bits of the medium yellow to accent the pollen in the flower.

Let your sunflower dry completely before this next step. Once the sunflower is complete and dry we are going to be using one of my favorite stencils by Jessica Sporn Designs called “Rain Stencil”

I selected the girl with her arms back and head up to the sky because it reminded me of the Helen Keller quote and so I decided to place her below the sunflower as if she was lifting her head high to smell the flower or to be like a sunflower.  I used my Dylusions black paint to stencil her in with a sponge.  I choose the Dylusions paint because it’s a nice flat black paint that I knew would give good coverage, as I wanted her to look like a silhouette. Just remember when stenciling, less is more, so go easy on the paint and be sure to really dab it off before going in to stencil, you can always add another layer if you want to make it darker.

Typically I do not wash my stencils but in this case I would or at least wipe it dry. The  Dylusions paint to me, seems like it stays wetter on your stencil longer than regular acrylic paint and since we are now going to use another part of the stencil I cleaned it off and then dried it with a paper towel before doing more stenciling.

One of the reasons I love Jessica Sporn Designs stencils is because they are SUPER versatile. Each stencil has sooooo many elements and gives you so many possibilities.  I  picked out 2 words from the different quotes on this same stencil that worked together and fit perfectly with the message I wanted to convey for this canvas.  “Embrace Today”.

Again using my black Dylusions paint and the skinny part of my sponge I went in and stenciled one word at a time cleaning my stencil in between to be sure not to transfer any unwanted paint onto my canvas. When stenciling small areas again I can’t stress enough with using VERY LITTLE PAINT, I added 2 layers here.  I stenciled it once then lifted – let it dry and cleaned my stencil while it was drying and then lined it back up again and went back over it to get it a bit darker.

Here are some close ups of the details and the completed painting. Hope everyone enjoyed this tutorial.  As always your comments are so very much appreciated and today they could win you a prize!

 

Thanks so much for visiting me on this blog hop, and don’t forget to hop on over to the other amazing blogs listed below. Remember to leave a comment on each blog for your chance to win the Cascading Leaves Stencil and the Tree of Life Stamp. You have until 9pm EST on Monday, 10/10 to comment and the winners will be announced on Jessica’s Blog Tuesday, 10/11/16.

Jessica Sporn

Kristen Van Valkenburgh

Lizzy Wurmann

Marit Barentsen

Denise Alloca

My first Creative Team Post for Jessica Sporn Designs

Good Morning Friends and Happy Thursday.  I am so excited to share with you today my first post for the Jessica Sporn Designs Creative Team.  Below is a sneak peek of what you will see when you head on over to Jessica Sporn Designs Blog.  Hope you enjoy the tutorial and please leave me a comment over there and let me know how you liked it.  As always thanks so much friends for taking the time to check it out and be the super supportive souls that you are with all my work, it truly means so much!!! 🙂 🙂