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This week in art

I have two mandalas this week, from my colouring book Geneviève’s Mandalas. Coloured digitally in Procreate.

Mandala coloured digitally

Mandala coloured digitally

And, in case you missed it, I have a new video:


If you want to see all the artwork I have done
since the beginning of the year,
I have posted all the pieces in this Flickr album.

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New Mandala Stencils video

Here is a new video showing how to create mandalas with Geneviève’s Mandala Stencils.
Click here for ordering information.

Click here to see the video on YouTube.



Tangle Troves™ sneak peek

My awesome friend Kelly Barone is including a small version of my Mandala Stencils in the April box of her subscription product Tangle Troves™.

Tangle Troves

In addition to the small stencil, subscribers will receive a discount on the full set of Mandala Stencils.

Mandala stencils

If you are already a subscriber to Tangle Troves, you will receive this in your April box. New subscribers will have to order a subscription by April 1st.

More info on Tangle Troves…
More info on Geneviève’s Mandala Stencils…


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Circular Grid Patterns with Geneviève’s Mandala Stencils

All of us who do any kind of pattern drawing are familiar with grid patterns, patterns that drawn on a square grid like these, tow of my favourites:

Square grid

The mandala stencils are essentially a circular grid tool.

Circular grid

And if you draw the same pattern by following the grid, you end up with the pattern in a circular form.

Circular Huggins

Here is a video that shows the process.
If you can’t see the video, click here to see it on YouTube.

Click here for more information about the stencils.

Instructions on drawing patterns: Cadent, Huggins.


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Mandala Stencils are available again

GCrabe Stencil Manual coverHi everyone, and thank you for your patience while I changed the manufacturing and distribution for my mandala stencils. The stencils are available now from:

Acadia Laser Creations

The stencils are circular grid templates that can be used for a multitude of designs. Click here if you would like to learn more about these stencils, and see videos that show how they work.

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Zencils™ Doll Stencils

I recently received a new product from Acadia Laser Creations on Etsy.
These doll stencils are part of the Zencils line of products.


There are three sizes of stencils in the package. The small size measures 4″ when assembled, medium measures 6.25″ and large measures 7.5″.

I used the medium size to make a doll for a greeting card. I like that the package includes both the positive and negative shapes.

doll stencil

I traced and cut the shapes on one of my Gelli® prints.

doll stencil

doll stencil

Finally, I assembled them with some brads onto some card stock.

doll stencil

These are a lot of fun, and I see many applications in my artwork, both in tangling and mixed media.

The doll Zencils, as well as other cool products, are available at Acadia Laser Creations on Etsy.

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2015 Creativity Challenge – week 2

This is week two of Kelly Barone 2015 Challenge. Starting today, I will endeavour to post every Wednesday. Here are my pieces for week 2.

These two pieces started out as Gelli prints, with added stamping and stencilling, and use my Silhouette masks. In the first, I traced around one of the Yoga masks to cut a silhouette from sheet music. In the second, I used one of the Sisters masks when doing the Gelli printing. In both cases, I added some shading around each piece with a black coloured pencil.

Mixed media piece with silhouette

Mixed media piece with silhouette

After many years, I decided to get rid of my Cricut and buy a Silhouette so that I can cut my own designs. Sadly, there seems to be something wrong with the power supply, so I won’t be doing any cutting just yet. Bummer.

My new silhouette

Before discarding the Cricut, I cut a bunch of snowflakes (or mandalas) sized especially for the round Gelli plate.

Die-cut shapes

I love making my own stamps, as I talked about in this blog post from last year. These are all made with fun foam, some with textured fun foam. The possibilities are endless!

A few fun foam stamps

Finally, a bit of digital art. I have been experimenting with combining Gelli prints digitally in Photoshop Elements. These four pieces were made by superimposing the same four Gelli prints with varying blending modes and transparency.

Digital combo 1

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2015 Creativity Challenge – week 1

Last week, I read a blog post by Kelly Barone, where she issued a challenge to do something creative every day this year. I have a bad track record when it comes to following challenges for a long time, but I decided that this was the perfect opportunity for me to start doing more art, rather than just reading about it and watching YouTube videos.

I’m going to do a show & tell blog post once a week to show what I’m up to.
Here are my pieces for week 1.

I always enjoy drawing mandalas, and it occurred to me that it had been a while since I created a mandala template, so I made that my first piece.

Zendala template number 9

A more recent art form in my repertoire is celtic knots. This is from my sketchbook, where I tried different ways to shade the same image, using the three different greys available in Prismacolor coloured pencils.

Celtic knots with Prismacolor greys

This is an experiment. I started with a page of sheet music that I covered with red acrylic paint. The flowers are cut from a Gelli print and glued on the sheet. I then added some line work, shading, and stamping for decoration.

Mixed media flowers

For the second year, I enrolled in Nathalie Kalbach’s Creative Jump Start. It’s an online class that consists of video lessons by 23 mixed media artists, released throughout the month of January.

In one of this week’s lessons, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer showed how to create a stencil using your own face. Now I don’t think this looks much like me, but I like it!

First attempt at cutting a face stencil

This is the cover of one of my sketchbooks. It started out as a Gelli print, but this week I decided to turn it up a notch by adding a little stencilling and stamping. I haven’t decided whether it’s finished or not.

Sketchbook cover

The next two pieces were unfinished mandalas in my sketchbook, now finished!


Another mandala from my sketchbook

Finally, today’s piece is a hummingbird in pen & ink and coloured pencil on coloured card stock, based on a template by Ben Kwok.


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Cyber Monday: Alphabet stencils 60% off

Alphabet StencilsAlphabet Stencils Clearance Sale – 60% off while supplies last.
These consist of a full alphabet, in a casual style, cut from sturdy 0.007″ mylar. They are available in three sizes: 1.5, 2.5, and 5-inch high letters. Click the image for a larger view.
(No code necessary. Prices as marked.)

Here are two blog posts that illustrate some artwork that uses the stencils:
Click here for the first one. . . . . Click here for the second one.

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New in the shop: Silhouette Masks

I have something new in the shop starting today. These are masks made of sturdy 0.007 mylar that can be used in your art in a variety of ways. These are the silhouettes, you get all six in a package.


They can be used in a variety of ways in monoprinting on a Gelli Plate, or to make cutout collage elements. Here are some of the samples I made (click the image for a larger view):

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The lovely and talented Joanna Grant has been playing with a set and you can see her work on her blog.

The sets come in two sizes. In the large set, the masks range in size from 5-1/2 to 7-1/2 inches high (14 to 19 cm). In the small set (half the size of the large set), the masks range in size from 2-3/4 to 3-3/4 inches high (7 to 9.5 cm). (Note that these images are not to scale.)

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Click here to order the silhouettes in my ArtFire shop.

Starting today until November 27, 2014, you can use the coupon code SILHOUETTES1 for 10% off your entire order from my store. (Note, this discount cannot be combined with the bulk discount.)