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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.



2015 Creativity Challenge wrapup

Now that the year has wrapped up, here is a slide show of the artwork I created in 2015.

If you can’t see the embedded slide show, click here to see it on Flickr. Enjoy!

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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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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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Gelli® Jam Art Journal Workshop part 2

This is my second project in the Gelli® Jam Art Journal Workshop with Joanna Grant, part of the Artful Gathering Online Art Retreats. We made a journal with recycled greeting cards.

These are all the Gelli® prints I made for the journal:
(Click the images for a larger view)

card journal prints

This is the front cover:

journal cover

The front spread:

front spread

A two-page spread:

journal pages

I used a paper punch to create windows:

journal page with windows

Some of the homemade tools I used:

my tools

And some of my stencils:

my stencils

…And on to the next project. Stay tuned!


Gelli® Jam Art Journal Workshop part 1

I have been taking a wonderful online class, Gelli® Jam Art Journal Workshop with Joanna Grant, part of the Artful Gathering Online Art Retreats.

Joanna has shared some cool Gelli® printing tips. I just finished the first project in the class, a Gelli®-printed tag journal.

tag journal

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Mandala Stencils – New Class Pack

Many of you are using and enjoying my Mandala Stencils. For those of you who teach, I have created a class pack which contains one full Mandala Stencils kit plus 15 smaller stencils you can use for teaching. You can sell the small stencils to your students, or you can loan them out.

Click here for videos and purchasing information.
Orders of USD$200 or more get a 40% discount
with coupon code bulkpurchase200.

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From my sketchbook

Here is some recent work from my sketchbook.

This first page has some tangling in circles, coloured and shaded with Prismacolor French Greys.

from sketchbook

Then, some Aquafleur and some strings inspired by Helen Williams.

from sketchbook

And more circles, with tangling and coloured pencil.

from sketchbook



Recent work with Joggles Stencils

In this drawing, I traced an image from a Joggles stencil with a Micron pen, and added some tangling and some colour with a blue coloured pencil.

ZIA with Joggles stencil

I really like this design, so I added it to this canvas bag, using a Pentel Gel Roller for Fabric.

ferret briefcase with ZIA