Wednesday, April 30, 2014

NEW E-Book Intricate Paper Stencils, PART 1

Hello lovely friends and WELCOME to the newbies, who have just joined us!! Thank you for connecting with me, via my blog, Facebook and other places you've found me. I appreciate YOU ;)

Some of you may have already heard...
I'm so excited to announce that my second article will be published on the Create Mixed Media website, very soon!!

As a special gift to my newsletter subscribers, I want share my brand new, *free* e-book: Intricate Paper Stencils, PART 1

Inside, I will show you a creative exploration of:
10 designs to help you create your own collection of beautifully crafted stencils
• how to use phone book paper + a variety of other papers (gelatin prints / pre-designed papers)
• creating fluid, organic shapes and bold, geometric lines  

If you're like me, it's hard to throw away small paper bits and pieces! I like to save and tuck them away in a storage container so that I can use them in a future collage or some background textures for my illustrations.

Grab your copy! Subscribe here and remember that the e-book will be available as soon as my article + tutorial publishes on the Create Mixed Media Art website.

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Thanks again!
Talk soon,

Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring and Culture Inspiration

Hello my friends of creative genius!

Lately, I've been spending a couple of my afternoons preparing for my next article + tutorial for the Mixed Media Art website.

With Spring finally here, I've been mesmerized by the simple beauty of:

new flower blossoms...
the soft, creamy pastel colors from a magnolia bloom...

the florescent bursts of sunshine yellow daffodils...
waking up every morning to the hypnotic chirping of a mama cardinal (her nest is right outside my window)...

peeling paint and stained glass windows on historic architecture...

the gentle blow of a wind current, making the hem of my skirt dance...
sudden and unexpected rain storms...rain splashing against my face; my eyelashes collecting small droplets...
Oh! How could I ever forget the sky?! *sigh* words can not serve justice to this sight...

* * So much beauty to behold! I count it a blessing to be able to witness the absolute magnificence of Jesus. * *

As you can imagine, all of these things and more, have given me a load of inspiration to unleash in my upcoming projects.

For my next article + tutorial, I'll be showing you how to create these super easy Intricate Paper Stencils using, guess what? Phone book paper! Yes, that's right, my friend! Super easy AND super cheap ;)

MarticeSmithII_Handcut paper1

When this article + tutorial gets published, I will provide a free, downloadable guide for 10+ patterns, just to help get you started.

Don't want to miss this tutorial? Well, go ahead and subscribe to this blog via my Bloglovin' badge  OR 'Like' my Facebook art page. (Both can be found in the column, to the right)

MarticeSmithII_Handcut paper2
You won't believe just how simple it is to create these patterns!

Look for this article + tutorial "Intricate Paper Stencils: PART 1" to be published on: 
Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Where are some places you like to visit and explore to find interesting shapes, colors, patterns, or textures? Leave a comment below!

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