Monday, February 24, 2014

Walnut Hollow StencilGirl Blog Hop


Welcome to the hop!  I am sure you are going to see such an amazing variety of projects thanks to variety of fabulous products available through Walnut Hollow Craft & Art Supplies.  My project was created on this fun Walnut Hollow Natural Bark Edge panel.  I really gravitated to the natural edges on this piece and immediately thought of creating something to depict nature.


I took a bit of time to sketch out what I wanted to create before I began.  I don't always start with a plan  but I felt a little more pressure since I only had one panel and I didn't want to mess it up!


After I sketched, I primed the wood panel with both white and gray gesso.  I did this to give different depth in the background which I knew would be the sky.  After all, the sky is never the same shade all around, right?


After it was primed, I stamped randomly for texture.


I then took Jamie Fingal's Zen Landscape stencil from StencilGirl Products and using shades of blue, white, gray and green, I began stenciling layers which would form the sky.



My color palette. I mixed these together for different shades of each.


Here is a picture in the process.


I then took some packing material from a box I had received and tore it to create a tree branch.  I adhered it to the panel with gel medium and allowed it to dry.




I decide I would use some frayed burlap from my stash as the birds' nest.



I then cut some fabric in the shape of birds and leaves and also adhered them to the panel with gel medium.




A close up of the background.


I cut three foam cosmetic sponges in the shape of eggs and painted them blue.  You could also use air dry clay which might be easier, but I didn't have any on hand so I improvised.




After I was finished, I stamped on the phrase "the family is one of nature's masterpieces".

I hope you enjoyed and will continue to follow me on Bloglovin' or come visit me on Facebook!

Be sure to keep on "hopping" and getting more great ideas for projects using Walnut Hollow products and StencilGirl stencils! Remember there will be giveaways and EVERY comment on any and all blogs in the hop is an entry for the giveaway.  So make sure to leave a comment and increase your chances of winning! Giveaway will close Sunday, March 2 at 11:59 a.m. CST.

Here is the Hop Order ~ enjoy!


Kirsten Reed  you are HERE

Carolyn Dube go HERE next

79 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful--loving that nest!!

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  2. Looks amazing, love all the different textures that you used!

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  3. Wonderful!!!!!!!!!! My husband, just Saturday, had got a package and came to me after opening it carrying this packing material that he just knew I would want... LOL I love what you did with some!!!!

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  4. Kirsten- what a delightful piece! Love love love it! Great idea with the branch and nest! Love the stencil, colours- well everything about it! Thanks for sharing! ")

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  5. Texture love here! And the way you created the sky/background with the stencil is beyond fabulous!

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  6. Colors and textures are delightful!

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  7. Love the patterns on the birds and love the colors. Great project!

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  8. Beautiful. I would definitely hang this in my home!

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  9. Kirsten, I love what you've done! The stamped/stencil background not only looks like sky, but gives the illusion of the forest in the background too!

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  10. Love it! The packing material branch is fab! Love the background.

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  11. What a great idea using stencils and other items all together! Lovely. I love these blog hops as I get so much inspiration from them. Thanks.

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  12. such a beautiful and creative project. Thanks Kirsten!

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  13. Geezoman, Kirsten.. that is beautiful. The burlap nest and your background to the birds.. nice. What is gray gesso?.. Did you mix it?

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    1. You can buy gesso in different colors: clear, gray, black and white. :)

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  14. I swear I wanna crawl into your head and see how your ideas develop. You are so darn creative :)

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  15. I love this piece! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  16. So spring and bright and cheerful. Love it a lot

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  17. OMG Kirsten, this is awesome! I've never thought of cutting fabric pieces (like your birds) for my mixed media projects, but I will from now on. Great art! Faithful Follower :)

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  18. Gorgeous Mixed Media piece!! Love all the texture. Thanks, Kristen!

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  19. I love the photo progression from what? to fantastic!!

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  20. I like your use of burlap and fabric on the piece. It's beautiful.

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  21. That's inspired Kirsten! Love the nest idea...and fabulous giveaway.

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  22. Awesome job...you really mixed up your media!

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  23. That is so beautiful! I recognize the packing material you used for the tree branch. I have a lot of that in my stash that I thought I could use for SOMETHING some day. Love your idea!

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  24. Wow...I could never think like this and just love love love how this came out. The birds really do look as if they are in a jungle peaking through leaves. Really great blog post!!

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  25. I've fallen in love with this. Love the use of fabric for the birds--well actually love the variety of all the elements in this piece. Oops, I see I've used the word 'love' three times! Sorry not to be more creative myself, but you've taken care of that--it really is beautiful.

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  26. Absolutely fabulous wood panel Kirsten! I love how you added dimension with the Burlap. I can't wait to get hold of some natural bark edge panels & have a play myself. Theresa x

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  27. What a great project. I've used wood as a canvas before but not in such a creative way. Fantastic.

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  28. I can see myself doing parts of yours with a series of paintings I am doing. I would try the board. And I will join you if I remember.

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  29. what a beautiful project. Love the use of stencils for the background.

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  30. What an amazing piece! You are SO creative! Packing material for a tree, burlap for a nest, cosmetic sponges for eggs. A masterpiece of its own!

    Raine

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  31. I love what you used for the texture! Just wonderful!

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  32. What an beautiful project definitely one of my favorites of all of them! Thank you for the giveaway and the awesome ideas :)

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  33. I love the nest built from the burlap!

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  34. Lovely, Kirsten!
    Just love the way the stencil you chose coordinates with the burlap next texture! Genius!

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  35. Sweet piece and a great use of these cool tools!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  36. Love your project and I am enjoying the hop!!! Thank YOU

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  37. Love your art piece. Love the colors and the stencils you used. Every blog on this hop has the most amazing works of art. Thanks for the inspiration and giveaway.

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  38. What a wonderful project and it's fabulous in 3D!

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  39. packing material and burlap two of my fave textures

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  40. Fabulous. It has a tribal feel and is gorgeous.

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  41. This is the most beautiful panel! Note to self: must remember to save packaging materials and burlap fibers. lol

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  42. Kirsten - Walnut Hollow loves what you created on our Natural Bark Edged Panel! Incredible.

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  43. This is so gorgeous.... stunning!! The wood panel is fantastic and adds a lot to the project that a canvas would not.

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  44. well done kirsten.....loved your project. love walnut hollow products, got to use them at charity wings art center.....but i would love my own. and stencil girls....they are my very favorite stencil company. thanks for all the inspiration and the awesome giveaway. xoxo

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  45. Beautiful project! I knew that crinkly packing paper would be good for something-Tree branch! tclyndaniels@gmail.com

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  46. I love your project, Kirsten! I think I need to work on wood sometime - I'm loving everyone's results!

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  47. Really nice mixed media piece. Nice colors.

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  48. Very impressive project. Especially liked seeing more than one way to use the same stencil on one project. Thank you.

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  49. Beautiful work. But I guess you don't call it work
    because it looks like you had too fun with this project!

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  50. Love the background and texture, it is beautiful!

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  51. I"m finding myself saying WOW a lot on this hop. Amazing how your creation magically just popped into view-from the electric elements to a cohesive and wonderful piece. Beautiful.

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  52. Wow! beautiful! I love the stencil background - very cool!

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  53. I am almost speechless, I said almost... well, I couldn't comment if it was totally speechless, giggle! I love this piece and hmmm, it would look awesome in my home which happens to be, no not a tree, but a 100+ year old converted barn! :D Thanks for sharing your amazing talent... that tree branch is simply genius!
    Hugs,
    Beth P

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  54. Gorgeous Kirsten! The background is fantastic and the birds look amazing ! Sue C x

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  55. This is truly a masterpiece and a huge inspiration! Wow I love it! The colors and sentiment are so beautiful!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful process!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  56. This is so beautiful, so creative...I love it!

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  57. Each subsequent photo in your process made me ohh and ahh. What a fabulous mixed media creation!

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  58. this is great! love the texture, the continued use of like textures and the colors. Great project!

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  59. Wow - I wasn't sure what direction you were going in, and I love it! What an awesome direction it took! Love that stencil and the texture of the nest and the branch! Thanks so much for sharing and for a chance to win!
    Janelle R

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  60. Beautiful project and the sentiment is perfect. The choice of stencils and creative use of materials to evoke nature is inspiring.

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  61. I really love how this turned out...it is beautiful!

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