Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Stencil Test Drive!

Starry Night Stencil

I was so excited when Jessica Sporn asked me to participate in 
the Stencil Test Drive! She has created a new line of stencils 
(available at Stencil Girl Products). When she asked which stencils
we would like to "test drive", I was drawn to the stars and swirls
of the Starry Night stencil.

Before deciding on what to create for my test drive,
I had to play a bit with the stencil...

I love the stars with the swirls inside!

I sprayed the stencil with paint and then blotted the paint-y side
on a piece of paper and the images showed up with
a delicate outline. Kind of cool, and I colored them in with marker.

In the end, I decided on sort of getting two birds with one stone,
and did something for Fall Fearless and Fly as well,
a challenge I've been wanting to participate in, but haven't had the time.

The Headline prompt was Future Imperfect and the color prompt was yellow.
There was a quote by Friedrich Nietsche, but I decided to use 
one I like by Salvadore Dali.

I just had to use the stars with the swirls inside!

Part of the prompt were these words: What is different about your life now than what you once expected it to be?  How is the way it turned out perfect or imperfect?  If your future turns out differently than you imagined in the first prompt, could it still be perfect?

Part of what I would not have imagined years ago was that 
I would be living away from my family for close to 20 years now.
So I included some family photos. Not being near my family
certainly makes my life imperfect. But as Salvadore Dali said, 
“Have no fear of perfection ~ you'll never reach it.”
Kind of makes you feel better about things not being perfect.

There are 3 other artists who selected Starry Night for their test drive,
Drive on over and see what they've created!
And visit Jessica's blog as well for her wonderful art
and to see all of the Stencil Test Drives as they happen!

Thank you, Jessica, for allowing me to be part of the Stencil Test Drive.
I'm looking forward to the next one!


  1. I love it! Fantastic journal page! :) And I love your quote. :)

  2. Beautiful! Love how you highlighted the stars with marker. Your journal page is beautiful and I can feel the wistfulness about being away from your family. So heartfelt. Thank you for the test drive AND for joining Fall Fearless!

  3. Beautiful page! I enjoyed the quote too, so true.

  4. Beautiful page and use of the stencil, the sprayed page is so soft and inviting. xox

  5. Maggie.. just beautiful.. Red and yellow are two colors I never put together, but now that I've seen how wonderful they look, I will be brave and give it a try. Love driving with you.

  6. I positively LOVE your red and yellow page for FF& F and the stencil drive-pure yumminess!!

  7. I love how you used this stencil! I love how you guided my eye all around your composition! So many details to take in!

  8. Beautiful artwork, really stunning. I love how you used those stencils :)

  9. What a dreamy picture Maggie. I was really drawn to your poppies. I have become quite obsessed with painting them at the moment and even had one of my pieces printed as a cover for my diary this year! Great quote on there too!

  10. Found you through Fall Fearless and Fly. I love this piece!

  11. I enjoy anything that includes swirls. Drawing/doodling/painting swirls is a bit of an obsession/passion of mine. Great to have the opportunity to play with these stencils.

    Your 'Future Imperfect' painting is vibrant and really beautiful!

    Kat Xx

  12. Gorgeous colors and I love the family photos you included.


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