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Wednesday, August 7

Nat Kalbach + StencilGirl + Crackle = HEAVEN!

 
I'm so excited to share something fun my sweetest friend Nat Kalbach has been working on this year -- her own line of stencils with StencilGirl. This one, the Crackle Stencil totally caught my eye the moment I saw it. I'm always after the elusive porcelein crackle -- and this stencil is AMAZING because it lets' me put the crackle exactly where I want it.

Crackle Stencil by Nat Kalbach!

Will you look at this gorgeous stencil? 

Crackle Stencil by Nat Kalbach!
Oh, and what about these paints just waiting to be used with it??
For this piece of art, I started with a piece of 10 x 10 140 lb. Strathmore Mixed Media Paper and did what I do best -- filled the space with whimsical flowers.
Happy Flowers 10 x 10 Art using Crackle Stencil by Nat Kalbach for Stencil Girl.
I used a variety of types of paint to get the color -- as well as some colored pencils, distress paint and even some watercolor crayons.
Happy Flowers 10 x 10 Art using Crackle Stencil by Nat Kalbach for Stencil Girl.
When I got to the stage where the base was painted and dry -- I grabbed the crackle stencil to use in the center of the flowers. First I laid down a pretty heavy layer of Modeling Paste using a palette knife to get that gorgeous crackle texture in the center of most of the flowers.  When that was dry I covered the modeling paste crackle with some yellow and orange acrylic paint.
Happy Flowers 10 x 10 Art using Crackle Stencil by Nat Kalbach for Stencil Girl.
I really wasn't happy with it until I added some crackle with Golden Magenta acrylic paint and a stencil brush. The crackles just popped right out -- and I knew I was done. As a final touch, I added some stems to a few of the flowers using strips of vintage text. A little deetail work here and there with colored pencils and it was complete. I love how this turned out -- and I can't wait to take it to the Brunswick 10 x 10 Sale at the Library.

Happy Flowers 10 x 10 Art using Crackle Stencil by Nat Kalbach for Stencil Girl.

Oh, and look at the mess I made. It sure was fun though.

I did use a piece of that newsprint I use to protect my table for some mail art. the crackle stencil made it on that piece as well!


So, now that you've seen what I've done with Nat's beautiful crackle stencil, hop on over to see what everyone else created. I know I can't wait! 
I'm pretty sure you might find a GIVEAWAY over at Nat's Blog :)

BUT...she tells me if you comment here too you will have another entry into her giveaway! As a matter of fact she will give you an entry into the giveaway for each blog you comment on--how cool is that!  Nathalie gives away one of the this Crackle Stencils plus you have six OTHER chances to win it.

To be eligible to win 6 TIMES, just leave a comment on each of the listed blogs and on my blog and let us know how you like the projects and Nathalie will pick randomly one lucky winner. You have time to comment till August 13, 2013 - midnight EST.

THANKS for stopping by today -- and please join me in celebrating the lovely Nat Kalbach and her amazing stencils today! 

93 comments:

  1. Great work! The stencilpattern make a great dimensional look to the lovely flowers!

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  2. oh that is soooo beautiful- I love love love the page- the flowers want to be touched. Thank you my sweet friend for playing along with me! huge hugs!, Nat

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  3. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in using stencils for background that I forget their usefulness as foreground detail. Thanks for the lovely example.

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  4. So bright and colourful, I love how pretty this is.

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  5. Love what you did with the stencil. I would love to win one !

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  6. I do love the crackle stencil on your flowers. And I think a messy desk means a very creative mind! ;-)

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  7. It's great to make a Mess! Love the ingenious way you have used this stencil. I would never have thought of it!

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  8. It's good to make a mess! Love the way you have used the stencil-I would never have thought of it!

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  9. Gosh I love that stencil!!!!!!!! Love your colours!!! You should see my studio....now THAT"S A MESS!!! lol

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  10. It has such fine details in it that shine in your flowers! Wonderful!

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  11. Thank you for sharing this with us. I love what you did with the stencil!!!

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  12. Oh WOW! How cool is that!! I hope you don't mind if I Pin this page so I can refer to it later. Barb

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  13. Fun! These flowers are delightful and I love the touch of Golden Magenta paint also!

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  14. too cute - love the flowers - and love this new stencil from Nat!

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  15. I love that! The colours are gorgeous & the crackles look great.

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  16. wonderful happiness and whimsy in your piece. Love how you used the stencil to really make your flowers stand out. xox

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  17. i love what u did! what a great idea, tx for sharing and inspiring! aloha, angi in hana

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  18. Beautiful project and the stencil added such wonderful texture to the flowers. Awesome!!

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  19. Lovely layout. That stencil is so versatile. It's cool to see how everyone is choosing to incorporate it into their designs.

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  20. Wow, what summer beauty you crafted with the new stencil. I would love to see your mail art too! Thank you for taking the time to create and share with us curious little crafters!

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  21. What a wonderful addition the crackle is to your beautiful flowers! I love how your used stencil looks too! Great to "hop" with you :)

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  22. cool stencil, would wonderful to have it to play with!

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  23. Your flowers are gorgeous and I love how you added a layer with the stencil!

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  24. Your use of Nat's stencil on your mixed media page convinced me that this is one stencil that moves to the top of my 'need' list! Love what you have done with it!

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  25. I love your flowers. I doodle flowers too, especially when I am on the phone.. Great work!!

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  26. The flowers are gorgeous, and the stencil gives it great texture and depth. Thanks for sharing your technique... I'm off to attempt something similar.

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  27. I love what you have done with the great stencil. I would love to try it with my gelli plate.

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  28. Very cool piece of art! I'm sure it commanded a high price for the sale! Thanks for the step by step directions! Hugs!

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  29. this was a double benefit, i got to find a new person...you and i love, love what you did with the stencil. nat is amazing and i can see from going to all the blogs that this is a must have stencil that is so very versatile. hope to find you on fb. xox

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  30. Sunflower freckles... That's what the crackle stencil made on your flowers. And I adore me sum flower AND sum freckles, so when you added the two together, well, I like what I see. Indeed. And thank you for the opportunity to maybe even win my very own freckle-making, crackle stencil. I'm proud to be a member of the StencilGirl monthly mailing club group thingy... But I don't have this li'l fella in my collection.

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  31. Sunflower freckles... That's what the crackle stencil made on your flowers. And I adore me sum flower AND sum freckles, so when you added the two together, well, I like what I see. Indeed. And thank you for the opportunity to maybe even win my very own freckle-making, crackle stencil. I'm proud to be a member of the StencilGirl monthly mailing club group thingy... But I don't have this li'l fella in my collection.

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  32. Sunflower freckles... That's what the crackle stencil made on your flowers. And I adore me sum flower AND sum freckles, so when you added the two together, well, I like what I see. Indeed. And thank you for the opportunity to maybe even win my very own freckle-making, crackle stencil. I'm proud to be a member of the StencilGirl monthly mailing club group thingy... But I don't have this li'l fella in my collection.

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  33. Sunflower freckles... That's what the crackle stencil made on your flowers. And I adore me sum flower AND sum freckles, so when you added the two together, well, I like what I see. Indeed. And thank you for the opportunity to maybe even win my very own freckle-making, crackle stencil. I'm proud to be a member of the StencilGirl monthly mailing club group thingy... But I don't have this li'l fella in my collection.

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  34. Sunflower freckles... That's what the crackle stencil made on your flowers. And I adore me sum flower AND sum freckles, so when you added the two together, well, I like what I see. Indeed. And thank you for the opportunity to maybe even win my very own freckle-making, crackle stencil. I'm proud to be a member of the StencilGirl monthly mailing club group thingy... But I don't have this li'l fella in my collection.

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  35. Your flowers are So happpy,happy. Love the colors,too!

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  36. I love the crakles in the flowers!! A good idea!!!

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  37. I love your whimsical style and use of the crackle stencil!

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  38. your flowers are cuter than a bug's ear! i love 'em! so pretty.

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  39. that's sooooooooooo pretty! I would love to win this stencil! Sanna

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  40. Soooooooooooooooo pretty would love to win this stencil! Sanna

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  41. I love your flowers!! the colors are gorgeous!!

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  42. Me ha encantado tu resultado, esa combinación de colores es espectacular, espero tener suerte, besitos

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  43. You do beautiful work, I love the stencil.

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  44. I can see that this will be a very adaptable stencil! Tks for the flowers.

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  45. What amazing flowers!! Cool idea. Love it. :-)

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  46. Great idea to layer the flowers with the stencil. I plan to try this project myself. Thanks!

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  47. Catherine, I just love all the texture. That stencil works great!

    Carmen L

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  48. Wow, love your flowers and the way you used the stencil and colors. Thanks for sharing your art with us and for the inspiration!

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  49. Love the colors you used!! and the stencil is awesome!

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  50. Just beautiful! It's wonderful to see your work again. I hadn't been here in a while. I love what you did with the flowers.

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  51. Love this piece. Colors are amazing. Thanks so much for sharing and for the give-away!

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  52. Love your project and the way you used the stencil-thanks for the inspiration!

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  53. The stencil gives your flowers a great texture. Wonderful. And your studio...I wish mine looked so good.

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  54. Gorgeous page love your color palette!

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  55. Love how colourful are all your projects.
    Those flowers are just beautiful.

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  56. I love blog hops, cuz they lead you to undiscovered awesomeness. I love your choice of color palette, and I love your use of paint with the stencil. (that is a technique I am practicing, i usually get bleed-under) You definitely have a new follower!!!! :D

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  57. I want this stencil...this texture made your flowers perfect!

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  58. Another great use of this stencil!

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  59. Another great use of this stencil!

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  60. What a happy project! I love your colors and the use of the stencil. Thanks for sharing!

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  61. I love your whimsical flowers. I've taken a couple of your online classes, and love your style. What a great use of this stencil!
    Cindy Kotora

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  62. loved the use of the stencil with your flowers

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  63. Your colours sing! That stencil makes great texture...how versatile.

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  64. I love your adorable flowers :) What a sweet, happy piece :)

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  65. Love the flowers and such fun colors in your project!

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  66. I love your stencil ideas! They rock! I’d love to win one, as well! ;)

    ~Erica

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  67. Lovely project. I liked the way you used the stencil.

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  68. It's an awesome stencil, isn't it? And your use of the stencil to add texture to your beautiful flowers was inspired! I hope to win but if I don't I'll buy it because I just have to add it to my growing collection of stencils.

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  69. Beautiful! I love the possibilities with this stencil. chefl@swbell.net

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  70. I also enjoy doodle flowers and love the crackle centers. I'm new to mixed media and this stencil is on my must have list!

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  71. I llove making flowers but never thought of using a stencil for the seed pod. Perfect!! Thanks for the idea!!

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  72. You make me want to grab some acrylic paint and go to town. Great painting the crackle looks awesome in the middle of the flowers (what the heck is that part of the flower called?)

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  73. Hi Cat. Love your flowers and the use of the stencil here. That 'mess' you made looks like my whole room at times!

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  74. I missed the giveaway but wanted to say I love what you did with the crackle stencil. You have inspired me to look at my stencils in a new way. Thanks for sharing!

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