Monday, April 28, 2014

Seth Apter & StencilGirl Blog Hop


Welcome to the StencilGirl & Seth Apter Blog Hop!  I will be creating this fun-sized canvas (6x6) with Seth's Timeless stencil available at StencilGirl Products.

I began by giving my canvas a color wash and I sprayed lots of water on it creating some movement in the paint which I really liked.  Not having a plan at this point, I immediately "saw" a gorilla in the organic swirls.  Can you see him??


So I decided to "bring out" the gorilla with sketching and additional paint.



Then I put Seth's Timeless stencil to work using parts of it for jungle greens, some for gorilla texture, the ground and of course some abstract bananas!


I really love how versatile this stencil is, I had no idea where I was going to go with my canvas and I was still able to use the stencil to enhance my vision!

Here are some close ups of the finished canvas:




I finished him off with a "G" from Carolyn Dube's Jumbo Vintage Typwriter Alphabet stencil. I can see him hanging in a nursery one day!


Hope you enjoyed this stop ~ be sure to comment because EVERY comment in EVERY blog on the hop is eligible for the StencilGirl Giveaway in which 2 lucky winners will receive a set of all Seth's new releases! Giveaway will close May 4th at 11:59 pm CST.

Be sure to keep hopping with the team for inspiration and more chances to win!

96 comments:

  1. What a cute gorilla, love the watercolors!

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  2. Cutest gorilla I've seen! You're right, would look great in a nursery (or a playroom, classroom, etc.).

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  3. Kirsten, he's absolutely adorable! Seth's stencils are awesome...so many great little design elements to enhance your wonderful critter!

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  4. Too stinkin CUTE!! Will have to give this idea a try for my grandsons new nursery! Thanks

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  5. Simply adorable Kirsten- and I love how you highlighted the versatility of Seth's new stencils! ")

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  6. Very cute. Some lucky child will adore it.

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  7. This little guy is adorable and I definitely can see him hanging on a nursery wall! Great work!

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  8. You totally took this stencil somewhere unexpected and superb!!!! SUPERB!!

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  9. Fun creative way to incorporate this stencil!

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  10. Your Gorilla is Just Darling!!! I love picking stencils apart!

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  11. Really wonderful canvas, loving your gorilla!

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  12. Now I want to go and make animal paintings....your gorilla is a cutie!

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  13. good job/art!
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  14. Great piece and fun use of the stencil ....
    SusieW

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  15. Sweet painting, Kirsten!
    So fun to be on this hop with you! :)

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  16. I didn't see the gorilla but did see a figure with its arms outstretched and legs spread wide. But then I see a little boy with a safari hat on our bathroom floor and no one else does. Ah, the eyes of the artist...always seeing something new!

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  17. So terrific how you took this in a completely different direction! Love it!!

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    1. Thanks MaryBeth! xxoo Missed you in Dixie!

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  18. I love you saw the gorilla.. I was thing orangutan. Is the "G" for George the Gorilla (what's wrong with me?). Love him.

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  19. These stencils are so gorgeous that I would just use a piece of dark beige watercolor paper, lay the stencil down & color with acrylic paints on a Gelli Plate. Once dry, I would then use a micron black ink pen to outline & highlight the parts of the stencil that I want to stand out (probably the words). I would then frame the pieces, probably using a black mat. Gorgeous!

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  20. Sweet! Love the versatility of the stencils

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  21. These blog hops are so fun and inspiring - takes a bit of time, but you each have such great ideas, it's hard to skip one!

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  22. How fun! Love it! Thanks for the opportunity to win these awesome stencils!

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  23. Super cute! I love it! I would love to win these stencils!

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  24. Isn't it fun when you create something you had no idea it was going to go in that direction!

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  25. He's so cute...and the stencils are well suited to choosing portions of them for backgrounds.

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  26. What a cute gorilla!! I would not have thought to use the stencil to make the jungle greenery!!

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  27. He's a cute guy! Love the color! Thanks for sharing!

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  28. I love this! So creative and don't you love these stencils that are so diverse? I know I do!

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  29. How very cute , I love how you used this stencil to enhance your design .

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  30. Unique idea - very creative xxxx

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  31. Love seeing how everyone used the stencils!

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  32. gosh what a fun idea to let the spray guide you and then use the stencil to add things! THanks!!!

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  33. What a great way to use parts of stencils. Thanks for sharing your cool canvas!

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  34. Love how things take a life of it's own when you start putting things together! This is such a fun project!

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  35. How cute! Love the monkey and Seth's new stencils. Would love to win a set.

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  36. These new stencils are so cool! I'd love to have them! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  37. Great project and love the way you used the stencil to create the pattern. Love the stencils! tfs, Blessings, Suzanne :)

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  38. Creative and Fun project! Great giveaway. Thanks for offering.

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  39. What a fun painting! I love it!

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  40. Very playful! The stencil seems to fit just right.

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  41. Love the project. It's fun and colorful. It's great when you can see something in the basics and then bring it out. The gorilla was waiting for you to give him life - he loves his blue fur.

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  42. Very cute Kirsten....but, I don't see the bananas?? I think it's cool that you found ways to use Seth's stencils in your painting:)

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    1. hahaha! they are very abstract bananas....little yellow strips in the corner? :) thanks for stopping by!

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  43. Great stencil designs from Seth again! Cute project :)

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  44. So cute! Now that just showed how you can use Seth's stencils in a whole new light!

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  45. Awww, what a cutie! What a fresh approach to using these stencil designs:)

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  46. cutest gorilla ever!! love stencil girl blogs the best of all and along with seth apter that cute, talented guy it is beyond amazing. wishing soooooo hard, hoping soooooo hard and thanking you for the chance. xox

    lurabrown@gmail.com

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  47. Such a clever use of this stencil!!!

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  48. I am loving your gorilla, I can hardly believe you used the stencil - now I'm getting a better idea of how to use them. Now I really want them. - molly z.

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  49. Cute gorilla! That's the kind of animals I created out of my scribbles.

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  50. This is so cute, really shows how versatile Seth's stencils really are. Love it.

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  51. I love the gorilla...I have been seeing things in my watercolor-ish pieces too. Soo fun!

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  52. Great job! I love to see when just parts of a stencil are used.

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  53. Kirsten love how you used Seth's stencil made it your own. Thank you for your blog.

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  54. Super duper cute canvas girlie! I would have never thought of jungle leaves and bananas!!! Imagination and creativity at it's best. Thank you for all you do and congratulations to our Seth for his newest release!

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  55. So interesting the way you used this crazy cool stencil!

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  56. Love this unique project! Have a super day:)

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  57. That is a happy gorilla! Love Seth's latest set of stencils - will use them together - opportunities are endless. Thanks for the opportunity to win these.

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  58. Lovely work - the gorilla is so cute.

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  59. At first, I couldn't see the stencil in your gorilla piece, but it's fun to see just how versatile it can be!

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  60. Aw, I love your gorilla and how you used Seth's stencils in your art! Thanks for sharing and for a chance to win a set of stencils.

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  61. What a fun and creative project! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  62. Great art, love the gorilla and how you used the stencil. Turned out fantastic. It is amazing how a stencil works into the art and becomes part of it. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  63. Kirsten, that would be so cute hanging in a kindergarten room... Love the new stencil by Seth, very versatile.

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  64. Really sweet Kirsten and reminds me of technique taught by Carla Sonnheim--makes me want to try that again. The way you combined the stencils with it was great. Love it.

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    1. Yes... I love how Carla makes such organic animals! :)

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  65. Very nice! These stencils are obviously so versatile.

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  66. Nice! Want to use these stencils as you have done.

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  67. great colors... I like them!

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  68. So cute! Love the stencils!!

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  69. Great gorilla! Love the organic flow of this.

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  70. Love the artwork and the stencils.

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  71. I love the way you've used Seth's stencil to add texture to your fun canvas!

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  72. That is very cute for a baby room. You should make one in pink for a baby girl :-)

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  73. Very cool! Love how you showed how versatile the stencil was. And I loved your idea to create from you saw. Thank you for sharing.

    Katie B.

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  74. It's a lucky nursery that gets G for Gorilla that's for sure :-)

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