Wednesday, September 11, 2019

7 Unbelievably Easy Stenciling Techniques

7 Unbelievably Easy Stenciling Techniques

Hello, you beautiful creative genius, you!

You're artfully invited to flex your creative muscles + learn how to stencil like a pro!
(I promise, you'll never wanna stop playing in the acrylics after learning these bad boy techniques.)

"It's a great resource for absolute beginners to intermediate-level stencil lovers!"

I'm all about helping artists + creatives catapult their work to the next level. If you ever find yourself stuck on what to do next or if you think "there's something missing in this painting" but don't know what that "thing" is, please give stenciling a try. Clickety click to join the fun!

Imagine yourself:
** Being more adventurous with your mark-making
** Developing your signature, knock-out color combos

** Learning the process + sequence of steps to creating playful, intuitive art with a whole new toolbox of art supplies!

'7 Unbelievably Easy Stenciling Techniques' eBook by Martice Smith Fine Art + Design
'7 Unbelievably Easy Stenciling Techniques' eBook by Martice Smith Fine Art + Design

E-Book release date will be on Sept. 25th! I’ll send a link directly to your email with access to download the e-book. 

In this e-book, you will learn how to:
  • Master 7 in-depth stenciling techniques to transform your work from “blah” to “BAM!” 
  • Create simple, loose + colorful backgrounds full of charm, whimsy + wonder
  • Use stencils with confidence on a Gelli plate
  • Demystify color theory to avoid creating dull colors

Lock in these BONUSES + the OMG! ridiculous price with your purchase*:

  • 1-on-1, 30-min. play session with Martice via Zoom video** ($40 value)
  • Surprise! You're automatically entered to win a paper pack of 6 unique stenciled papers from Martice, in her signature style! ($12 value)
*BONUSES disappear on Sept. 16th, at the stroke of midnight, CST.
**Video session only available for the first 5 people to purchase 
Thank you soooo much for joining me on this crazy fun + colorful adventure!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

In a creative dry spell? Here's what to do...

What question have you always wanted to ask an artist but never gotten an answer to?

No matter where you are on your creative journey, you don't have to feel alone, wallow in grief or be embarrassed to admit that you have inner critics tap-dancing like maniacs on your self-confidence.

* Ugh! Darn those gremlins! *

When I first started my freelance illustration business in 2011, I remember praying for someone to come along, notice me, teach me the ropes on becoming a thriving artist-entrepreneur.

I was waiting to be "picked" instead of picking myself.

After this realization, I decided to go full-force with learning everything about marketing + worked on my mindset of FAITH over fear.

And guess what? I was blessed with opportunities to have over 30 solo exhibitions, my art published in two best-selling books + invited to be a guest designer for blogs like Jane Davenport, StencilGirl Products + DecoArt.

Wishing + hoping didn't get the job done, boo-boo. I chose to become my own knight in shining armor. I was the one riding the freakin' Palomino stallion. I started calling those things which be not as though they were!! (Romans 4:17)

One of the things I’ve learned since starting my creative business is how important it is to have FuN along the way.

Are you struggling with any of these roadblocks?
  • Loosening up. You feel like your art-making is too literal, too uptight. Those snobby inner critics keep holding you back.
  • The fear of not being good enough because you have no formal training.
  • Lack of confidence, OCD + thinking way too much into things.
  • Analysis paralysis in choosing what to do + how to best use your time.

A creative dry spell can strike at any moment. That's why I want to help artists create strategies to get outta their own way, replenish their idea well + get their creativity flowing again.

Need to gain clarity around which direction you need to take?

Book Your Complimentary Discovery Call!

I’m ready to support you in rewiring the way you're thinking or feeling about your goals + remove the patterns or blocks causing you to second guess your creativity.

I create customized game plans for enthusiastic, friendly + ambitious creatives - are you one of them? Will you be my next BFF coaching client? I hope so!

My only request is that if you decide to hop on a call with me, that you're prepared to receive + be open to possibilities. You have nothing to lose. There's no obligation to purchase anything from me.

If you say 'YES, sign me up right now!', just know this: I ADORE YOU!!!

Bring that same creative spirit + your curiosity + join the fun by signing up for a 20-minute chat with me!

This opportunity is a super-specific, breakthrough experience. 🤯 If you've been waiting for a sign...this my possum, is it! And it's flashing neon pink!

Grab your spot now ➡️

BiG hugs + high-fives!!!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Gelli Printed, Stamped and Collaged Cards

Hi creative lovelies!

RubberMoon Art Stamps has published another project from moi:

You're gonna be so proud of me because I created a...

That's right. I'm really enjoying the whole process of filming, editing + yes, being in front of the camera, for a change ;-)

Gelli Printed, Stamped and Collaged Cards video tutorial
Gelli Printed, Stamped and Collaged Cards by Martice Smith Fine Art + Design
Watch the video here:

This project is step-by-step, super fun + whimsical set of cards that I made from leftover scraps of stenciled gelli prints.

These were gifted as Christmas cards but you can use these same techniques to make your cards for, just about, any occasion.

Here's the general supply list:
  • Stamps (RubberMoon)
  • White cardstock, cut down to size of card you want to make
  • Stack of gelli prints
  • Neon fluorescent acrylic paint in an applicator bottle (I’m using Sizzling Pink by DecoArt Americana Acrylic)
  • Adhesive / Matte Medium
  • Foam dots (to add dimension)
  • Small paintbrush
  • Permanent Ink pads (black and gold)
  • Scissors

Grab your supplies + come play with us over on the RubberMoon Artmosphere blog!

Gelli Printed, Stamped and Collaged Cards video tutorial
Gelli Printed, Stamped and Collaged Cards by Martice Smith Fine Art + Design
Watch the video here:

P.S. If you haven't already, I'd LOVE for you to give me a little boost of love + confidence over my YouTube channel. Don't forget to subscribe + click on the bell icon to receive alerts whenever I drop a new video!! Thank youuuu

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Illustrated Scripture Prints now in shop

Hey sweet friends!

Last week, I was in complete "struggle mode" trying to narrow down color palettes for an illustrated scripture print I designed. 

There were a total of 8 different color combos. Naturally, I wanted to offer them all BUT the editor in me showed remarkable restraint + I was able to narrow my choices down to 3. ::whew! that was tough!::

With these 3 color combos, I hit up my favorite place for some feedback: Instagram.

full disclosure: You know I had to make one of the options all the colors, right? I mean, you already know I'm color-obsessed + wouldn't mind rolling around like a three year old in a boat load of rainbow glitter confetti...but that's beside the point!

A poll was created + within minutes I knew which color combos were the most popular. (Thanks Instagram tribe!) 

I was excited to learn so many people share my love of bright, cheery colors + voted for the 'Gimme all the colors!' option. 

I did an impromptu photoshoot in my small studio so that I could show off the illustrated print in a cute way. (Check out those disco balls. I just love their fun vibe, don't you?) 

The second most popular choice was 'Simple Black'. (I added a splash of red just because I like to be extra sometimes.)

The third choice has a muted background. Tints of blue, grey, + soft pink. Yeah, this one has a totally different vibe than the first two designs.

All 3 designs have just been listed + are now available in my SHOP! As a thank you gift, I also threw in a really cool (free!) BONUS GIFT for ya: 

Receive a BONUS GIFT with purchase! A set of 12 collage stickers from my Tribal Chic collection. ($10 value)

A set of 12 collage stickers! This set is from my Tribal Chic collection. (Inspired by abstract + intuitive mark making + graffiti.)

Display your love of Christ in your space with a downloadable art print. 

I hope you enjoy these gifts + have a wonderful holiday season. 
Surround yourself with people you love, people who uplift + support you + most of all, remember to do the things that make your heart pitter patter with JOY!

As always, thank you for your love + support!
xoxo Martice

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

NEW VIDEO: Jumbo Gelli Printed Tags

I'm at it again, friends...


I had the great honor of being a guest designer, again, over on the Stencil Girl blog and was so happy to be able to create these tags for my art journals.

In this video, I'm sharing 3 ways to add contrast in your artworks using: SHAPE, TEXTURE + COLOR.

Watch me play with stencils on the Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate to create JUMBO gelli tags for my art journal!

3 ways to add contrast in your artworks using: SHAPE, TEXTURE + COLOR. Watch along as I create these JUMBO gelli tags for my art journal!

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Link to watch the video >>

Catch the written tutorial of Jumbo Gelli Printed Tags over on the StencilGirl Talk blog.

Thank you lovelies!
xo, Martice

Sunday, September 10, 2017

NEW VIDEO: Creating a Layered Monoprint with RubberMoon Stencils

Hello creative lovelies!

Today, I’m giving you behind-the-scenes access to watch exactly how I create my super fun backgrounds.

Armed with only a handful of supplies, you get to watch my every move as I build up layers of color and texture, create a sense of depth + sprinkle everything with some hand lettering.

By the end of this video, you’ll feel more confident to approach the blank page or canvas, equipped with a bunch of easy to apply techniques to your own masterpieces.

*Subscribe to receive a notification when I upload a new video! ;-)

RubberMoon Stencils:

Supplies + Tools used:
  • Paper to print on (white cardstock)
  • Acrylic paints (Titanium White, Sap Green, Cerulean Blue)
  • Gelatin plate + Rubber brayer
  • Sponge
  • Craft mat or paint palette

::Project steps::

STEP 1// Create a monoprint using a stencil and a gelatin printing plate.

STEP 2// Apply second color; Pull second print

STEP 3// Stencil directly onto pulled print
Using acrylics and a cosmetic sponge, hold the stencil in place with one hand as you pounce the acrylic paint onto the stencil. (A sponge allows you to have more control and to help you vary your pressure.)

Remember to pounce off excess paint to prevent seepage under your stencil.

STEP 4//
Journal with paint pens + embellish!
Add dots, lines and repeat shapes from stencil design.

There is no wrong way of doing this - just have fun, make bold color moves and enjoy the process of experimenting!


I hope you enjoyed my video on creating textured backgrounds enhanced with RubberMoon stencils.
xo Martice

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