Thursday, September 18, 2014

It's All About Mary Beth Shaw today!

Surprise!  In honor of the original Stencil Girl, Mary Beth Shaw, we are having a fun little hop showcasing a technique that can be found in her new book, "Flavor for Mixed Media".
You can find her book here.

I have been obsessed with the Liquitex acrylic spray paints so the section called "Spray It Again, Sam" really appealed to me.  

For this little project I took a look at MJ's last book, "Flavor for Mixed Media" and decided to combine the use of spray paint with a layering technique and some hand-stitching using some small left-over pieces of cloth.
I opted to use Maria McGuire's beautiful Doodle It Layered Petals Stencil, first by lightly misting acrylic paint over the canvas with the stencil in place as a resist, then flipping the paint-covered stencil over and, with a brayer, adding the positive image of the stencil.  Two for the price of one!
You can find this stencil here.

If there wasn't adequate paint on the stencil I moved it over a piece of parchment, sprayed, and 
then brayered it on the surface of the canvas.

I was fortunate to have this small piece of brown embroidered silk left over from another project.
It seems perfect as a layer for my project.

FIrst, I stitched the silk in place with my Bernina 750 QE.

Next, using a variety of neutral colored embroidery threads I
embellished the small construction with french knots and other assorted stitches.

I wanted to illuminate some of the elements of the stencil without covering the marks up completely.
Another bit of good fortune:  I have this gorgeous piece of Hoffman batik,
which has all the colors of my canvas, silk, and even the subtle variations of color in my threads.
I plan to stitch the canvas into place and create a small throw pillow with my beautiful cloth

Please be sure to stop by all the participating artists in this hop.
Thanks for stopping by!
Be sure to leave a comment here, and all the participating blogs, to be eligible for our daily drawing as well as the Grand Prize:  a copy of Mary Beth's book and a package of stencils chosen from ALL the comments left for the week of the hop!

Here is the hop list.  Be advised that the Friday participants won't go live until, well, Friday!  I am including them here for your convenience.
Mary Nasser

Michael Trent

Julie Kellogg

Friday:  StencilGirl Talk


  1. Wow! This is stunning and I have never seen this done before-thanks for sharing!

  2. The embroidery really enhances the flower on the brown cloth. You have a wonderful piece of matching material for the back of the pillow. It will be beautiful when it is finished.
    thanks for sharing.

  3. Wow, Leslie, this is gorgeous. And I can't believe you had the other fabrics which were so spot on. This pillow could live at my house, hehehe.

  4. Leslie--LOVE, LOVE and did I say LOVE what you did with my stencil design!!!!!

  5. That is going to make a beautiful pillow!

  6. I love how you have combined all the different pieces. Beautiful work!
    Thank you for sharing the great tutorial. :)

  7. Love that silk! And what luck to have that batik handy!

  8. That is a ton of time and dedication. Looks awesome.

  9. This is quite exquisite and will make a wonderful cushion. The variety of techniques in Mar Beth's book is incredible. com)

  10. Oh my gosh! I'm not a fabric artist but I wish I were! Your creation is divine! Can't wait to see the techniques in Mary Beth's book. deardeniseh(at)yahoo(dot com)

  11. Very lovely! Love the combination of fabrics and stencils! Love the embroidery!

  12. Beautiful work. The batik is perfect!

  13. I love stencils and your use of french knots on the silk is just beautiful. Awesome.

  14. My godness this is absolutely gorgeous!!! you're a big artist!

  15. That's really pretty! The silk goes beautifully with your stenciled fabric and I love both the positive and negative impressions. Really a lot of depth!

  16. Ohhh, I wish I could sew! I adore all the pretty materials & admire your techniques.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Grandma Nancy
    sapps2luv (at) yahoo (dot) com

  17. So gorgeous, Leslie!
    I love the rich browns! You are so talented!

  18. Fabulous - I love the use of Maria's stencil !!

  19. Beautiful needle work! What an interesting combination of mixed media techniques - thank you! lisa(at)horseconsulting(dot)com

  20. Love that you added a little stitching! Someone else used the word 'exquisite'--yes, it certainly is!

  21. WOWIE!! WOW!!! This is a lovely canvas & fabric creation, Leslie! I'm so glad that I'm hopping with StencilGirl--I would have never found you!!! I'd like to incorporate more fabrics in my creations...I think I'll be visiting your blog regularly for ideas :) Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!! XOXO-Shari T.

  22. This is beautiful! I love how you combined the stenciling with sewing... and those fabrics are gorgeous! Makes me want to try pulling out my sewing machine :)

  23. I love the way that wee piece of brown silk ties in so well with your stencilling. I don't have the patience, or the eyesight, for all that needlework but love seeing it.
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  24. Leslie- your piece came out simply beautiful! thank you so much for sharing you creative process!

  25. I love how you used the flower stencil.
    lacyquilter (at) gmail (dot com)

  26. Simply beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous project!

  27. I love the stencil and what you did with it.

  28. Is this where we leave a note for a chance to win the new book? Hope I'm at the right spot!


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