TEXTures2 Blog Hop

Spread 154 - TEXTures2 - 72

 Spread 153 – “Writing on the Wall”

November 16 to 9 December 2013

Vintage and found images, image transfer(left side), Artistcellar TEXTures2 – Miro & Picasso set, moulding paste, Tim Holtz Adirondack sprays, Nova Color Acrylic paint, Sigano white gel pen.


TEXTures2 ATC background

December 9 2013

 Artistcellar TEXTures2 – Miro & Picasso set, moulding paste, Tim Holtz Adirondack sprays, Nova Color Acrylic paint.

One of the wonderful things about our community of artists is how open and giving they are. My friend Jill K. Berry asked me to participate some months ago in a blog hop and to create some artwork using her wonderful new stencis to promote Jill’s new collaboration with Artistcellar on  “Artistcellar Signature Series Stencils by Jill K Berry” – “TEXTures 2”. The stencils are a wondeful blend of Jill’s “Calligraphy and mapmaking blend in abstracted calligraphic journeys inspired by legendary artists and quotes that serve as inspirations for Jill’s work. All designs 6″ x 6″.” The stencils can be found here or http://www.artistcellar.com/stampstencil/acSignatureSeries.html. The artwork above was created using Jill’s new stencils.

If you would like to check out the other particpating artists in the blog hop check them out here:

12/7 Artistcellar   www.artistcellar.com/wp
12/9 Sketchbook Challenge/Jill   http://sketchbookchallenge.blogspot.com/
12/10 Brian Kasstle   http://apaperbear.wordpress.com
12/11 Mel Kolstad  www.melkolstad.com
12/12 Kim Rae Nugent  http://www.kimraenugent.blogspot.com
12/13 Jodi Ohl  www.sweetrepeats.blogspot.com
12/14 Effy Wild  www.effywild.com
12/15 Tamara Laporte  www.willowing.org/blog
12/16 Jane Davenport  http://janedavenport.com/
12/18 Guadalupe Brizuela Cabal  http;//guadasartplace.blogspot.com.ar/
And now part of the good news is you have the opportunity to win a set of Jill’s new stencils here by leaving a comment on my blog saying how you would use the stencils and on or by December 19th I will select one lucky winner and I will forward your contact infomation to Jill’s contact people to and they will send you your own set of stencils!
2018-05-03T13:39:48+00:00December 10th, 2013|Art Journals|82 Comments


  1. Yuki L. December 10, 2013 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Brian — I love the layering and color combinations you used in your spread. The stenciling adds great pops of color, and it keeps me looking and finding more depth and layering. Love it.

  2. createsumzing December 10, 2013 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Ooo, the texture is cool! I checked out some of the stencils. It’s nice how clicking on the stencil image shows an example of how it was used.

    And that face on the right page? It’s like he’s mean muggin’ and wants revenge on somebody. Dang.

  3. chel1974 December 10, 2013 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    I would absolutely use them in my acrylic paintings. Your work with these stencils is AMAZING- so inspiring. That beautiful texture photo made me gasp out loud!

  4. Linda Kittmer December 10, 2013 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Wow! I love those textures!

  5. gjeneve December 10, 2013 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    I really like what you did with the stencils. More inspiration.

  6. Terry Garrett December 10, 2013 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    Brian I do like stencils- I use to worry that they were someone made by someone else so it wouldn’t be authentic of me to use them…I have used stencils in teaching Gelli printing and they incredible creative use of stencils never ceases to blow me away- your use is further proof that stencils can be used in a personal way.

  7. John December 10, 2013 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    Amazing use of texture, Brian…..:-)

  8. Kate Burroughs December 10, 2013 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Fabulous stencils, would love to win a set!
    Aloha, Kate

  9. Connie Rose December 10, 2013 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    Excellent work with Jill’s great stencils. I’d love to win a set!

  10. Arlene Holtz December 10, 2013 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Great texture and colors. The stencil set looks wonderful!

  11. Gill December 10, 2013 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Fabulous spread!
    I love using text in my journals!

  12. Orly December 10, 2013 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    Luxuriant texts and textures!

  13. claudia trevithick December 10, 2013 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    I love the stencils that I do have. I prestenciled some journal pages before I left for a John of God retreat in Brazil and every one of them prompted what I was internally working on.

  14. Jackie N December 10, 2013 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Love the textures and the use of colour especially in your 2nd piece- gorgeousness!

  15. Diana Caho December 10, 2013 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    I love the stencil use. TFS

  16. Jenn Lance December 10, 2013 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    I LOVE the texture here- I can see it jumping off the screen! Thanks for the opportunity to win a set of our own.


  17. Janis in ID December 10, 2013 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    Love the colors and textures of your piece!

    I would love to win a set of these to try out some mixed media techniques. Thanks for the chance to win a set.
    <3 J

  18. Raine December 10, 2013 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    I would use these amazing stencils with my Gelli plate, for backgrounds and for texture.

  19. Lisa December 10, 2013 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    I’d love to use Jills beautiful abstract lettering stencils in my art journal! Thanks for the opportunity.

  20. kelley December 10, 2013 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    How did you do that? Looks amazing!

  21. KarenLS December 11, 2013 at 12:09 am - Reply

    The texture is great! I’d love to win a set.

  22. Bea Savellano December 11, 2013 at 12:36 am - Reply

    Nice to find you. I plan to subscribe to your blog. I have been using parts of stencils to create small patterns on large pieces of paper to use as backgrounds.

  23. Lori December 11, 2013 at 12:49 am - Reply

    Love the richness of color and the depth of your pieces…

  24. upstatelisa December 11, 2013 at 1:55 am - Reply

    I might use the stamps to mono print on fabric!

  25. Carina December 11, 2013 at 2:55 am - Reply

    I use stencils different ways, sometimes they are background texture in a mixed media piece, other times they take a more front row seat, often in smaller pieces like postcards and ATCs.

  26. susan berkowitz December 11, 2013 at 3:31 am - Reply

    I really love these stencils. I work with words, deal in words, live with words (I’m a speech-language pathologist) and love incorporating them into my art in subtle ways. These are great!

  27. Stephanie Pedersen December 11, 2013 at 4:22 am - Reply

    These stencils are great for adding texture. I would use them in one of several ways: using some spray inks with them to leave some virtual texture, using them with molding paste to leave actual texture, or using them with pan pastels to leave some subtle textural markings! Very excited about them! =D

  28. Wendy Erman December 11, 2013 at 5:18 am - Reply

    I always forget about molding paste.! I’m going to have to dig some out of my stash and play!

  29. Cheryl December 11, 2013 at 5:31 am - Reply

    Oh my, oh my, oh my…simply an amazing piece of art. And those stencils are incredible. So, after lusting after. gelli plate for months, I finally bought one. I hate to confess, but it is still sitting in its original packaging. Sadly, my current stash of stencils isn’t inspiring me to crack open this new toy. However, THESE fabulous and really exciting stencils would probably have me doing monoprints way past my bedtime. Oh ,yes, and I’d used them here and there in my visual journal…also, with some modeling paste, tar gel…sooooooo many possibilities.

  30. Vicki December 11, 2013 at 5:49 am - Reply

    Great work here, Brian. The colors and textures are delicious!

  31. Christine December 11, 2013 at 11:48 am - Reply

    I love to use stencils with moulding paste just makes great texture
    And I use them in my journal that the place where most creating is happening

  32. mrs jones December 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    I would use the stencils to build up backgrounds for printing and painting

  33. Carol December 11, 2013 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    I just got some heavy-body acrylics for my birthday – I would love to try them with these stencils. Your pieces are so rich and juicy!

  34. Monica December 11, 2013 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    I just want to say these journal spreads are AMAZING! Brian, your work always fascinates me with its rich, dense texture and your use of color is so JUICY! The way you have incorporated the stencils into your work has really enhanced your style – seeing your work is making me anxious to unpack my art supplies and return to art making! I think I will tackle unpacking my art studio TODAY, and leave the rest of my new home for the weekend 😉 Thanks for the inspiration Brian!

  35. freebirdsings December 11, 2013 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    I love how you used the stencil to get the texture on the ATC. I would like to get some of these stencils to use as partial stenciling on pages for added interest or all over a page to blend the background colors. I hadn’t seen these stencils before Jill shared them.

  36. claudia trevithick December 11, 2013 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    I seem to be comment-challenged. My last wasn’t posted. I am interested in the 3 dimensional aspect//impressions. It seems like the stencils are elevated. How is this done?

  37. Hobby December 11, 2013 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    I like to use stencils (esp. like these from Jill’s work) in my art journals and mixed media paintings as backgrounds and for detail work on various papers for collage. Good luck to everyone and thanks for the blog hop! ~Hobby

  38. suzieq23 December 13, 2013 at 3:09 am - Reply

    The texture on your art is fantastic. The Texture 2 stencils really help add some different texture to a page. Would love to win a set. Thanks.

  39. crystal schaar December 13, 2013 at 4:36 am - Reply

    I would love to try to use the stencils to create texture like this in my art journal. Wow! I love what you did. Thank you for the generous chance to win!

  40. Gini Cooper December 13, 2013 at 5:04 am - Reply

    I’d be using these to do packing tape transfers, decorate mail art envelopes, and doodling through them. Love your work.

  41. Heather Goldsmith December 13, 2013 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    I’d certainly use the stencils for backgrounds, but my latest obsession is using molding paste and stencils to create textured backgrounds. Would love to have a play with these ones. 😉

  42. Barbara December 13, 2013 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    Your work is awesome love the all the texture!!!

  43. Ruth December 13, 2013 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    I would layer all over the poor journal!!!

  44. Cisca Henrickson December 14, 2013 at 1:43 am - Reply

    I love the vibrant colors and textures in your art. I would use them in my art journal, as I am new to art journaling I would love to win a set of these awesome stencils. Thanks for the chance to win a set.

  45. denthe December 14, 2013 at 11:11 am - Reply

    WOW! Love what you did with the stencils! And would love to win these too 😉

  46. Dee Priest December 14, 2013 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    these are fantastic! recently did a course with Isabel Hall and would use them with Colourcraft coloured metallic pastes to make mouldable surfaces. hope I win!

  47. Karen Goetz December 14, 2013 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    WOW! Love your use of COLOR with those stencils! I also love your other work and am glad to have found your site thought this stencil giveaway! Thank you for inspiring:)

  48. Nathalie December 14, 2013 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Dear Brian
    When Seth Apter released his new book (The mixed-media artist) last october, you left a comment about my art that made me incredibly happy.
    I have so much work at the hospital right now, so many night shifts and my two daughter’s need so much attention that I didn’t find time to thank you yet.
    But today, I finally sat down and wrote a note to everyone of you.
    I wish I could answer to every comment that’s been left on my blog since I started it and thank everyone who ‘faved’ an art journal page on my flickr account but if I want to have time left to paint in my journal, it is simply impossible.
    That’s also the reason why I don’t have a facebook account, I don’t tweet or never wander on pinterest and all the other gorgeous photo-sharing websites.
    Anyway, I am grateful for all the kind words you’ve left. You cannot imagine what a support they are.
    Glad to be in the book with you!

  49. Karen Leigh December 14, 2013 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    I’m loving wood icing as introduced to me by Mary Beth Shaw when I took a class from her. These stencils(I have the first set) do really well with it. Also enjoy using stencils making papers with the gelli plate.

  50. Angela Cooper December 14, 2013 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    Brian your work is amazing! I love the texture you created here! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win!

  51. arlsmom Lynda December 14, 2013 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    love all that texture!!! I would love to create card background with these types of stencils. Thank you for the chance to win!

  52. tessyluvToni December 14, 2013 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    what a lovely spread!

  53. Kim December 14, 2013 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    Oh wow, I love the color and textures in your pieces. just yummy!
    Thanks for a chance to win a set of stencils!

  54. Michelle aka shellsinthebush December 15, 2013 at 1:10 am - Reply

    Very inspiring artwork. I would use these stencils as a great background for my confetti trees – using paint and with moulding paste.

  55. Debbie J December 15, 2013 at 1:55 am - Reply

    I love using stencils with sprays, and acrylic paint. But, my favorite is with pan pastels! Thanks for a chance to win.

  56. textilerecycler December 15, 2013 at 2:45 am - Reply

    I love using stencils with fabric so I would use the stencils in some art quilts.

  57. Jane December 15, 2013 at 3:51 am - Reply

    Well, I think I would do my background in shades of purples and aquas and use the stencils with white pearl or similar paint and maybe use some molding paste for dimensions and then I will have to leave it to my imagination as to what else I would put on it. I am all excited and love the opportunity to win the stencil set. Thanks for your creative inspiration.

  58. Lyneen December 15, 2013 at 4:28 am - Reply

    Love the layers and texture on your pages… WRITING on the WALL is a great stencil! I would use them on my altered art!

  59. Heidi Medhurst December 15, 2013 at 4:31 am - Reply

    These stencils would be great for backgrounds! Have a happy day – Heidi

  60. Suzanne December 15, 2013 at 6:24 am - Reply

    My favorite way to use stencils is with modeling paste. I love the texture it gives my mixed media projects.

  61. Pam Weiler December 15, 2013 at 8:52 am - Reply

    I love your use of moulding paste. It adds so much texture. As I am new to journaling and mixed media I would love to have a set of these stencils.

  62. Christine Newman-Aumiller December 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    How wouldn’t I use these stencils is a better question! First off in journaling, of course, and then the sky is the limit.

  63. Debra Renwick December 15, 2013 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    Luv Luv stencils would luv to win a set thanks for a chance!

  64. Tahnea December 15, 2013 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    My go to way for using stencils is with spray inks, but I’ve recently discovered using modeling paste through them! Delicious!

  65. Jeni Cosner December 15, 2013 at 11:55 pm - Reply

    Very cool!

  66. Sarah December 16, 2013 at 3:19 am - Reply

    I would use them to make some cool Christmas cards!

  67. Christine December 16, 2013 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    love how they create texture…the stencils would be so much fun to play with!

  68. debi m December 16, 2013 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    Your work is SOOOO cool, can’t wait to go through your blog, so much interest. thanks for the chance to win

  69. kkkkk December 17, 2013 at 2:31 am - Reply

    I loving the texture! These stencils are amazing.

  70. JanetB December 17, 2013 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    I love using modeling paste, and recently I’ve used Pan Pastels with stencils. Thank you for the chance!

  71. grabill December 18, 2013 at 2:45 am - Reply

    I love the dimension to created with the stencils! I’d love to try a set with my kids to make some New Year’s decorations.

  72. vicki miller December 18, 2013 at 4:41 am - Reply

    I love the texture you created with the molding paste and colour

  73. Robyn Wood December 18, 2013 at 6:39 am - Reply

    Love your use of colour and texture with these stencils. That red is gorgeous!

  74. Jo Murray December 18, 2013 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    I could eat that paper it is just so luscious.

  75. Seth December 18, 2013 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    Incredible texture. Thanks for showing the close-up detail!

  76. gjeneve December 18, 2013 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    love the textures

  77. SusieW December 19, 2013 at 1:29 am - Reply

    Love the designs …. I’d use them with color, color and more color to create backgrounds. Would love to win a set!!

  78. Selah December 19, 2013 at 3:13 am - Reply

    True Confession: I’m a texture freak! I haven’t used stencils with texture because I wasn’t thinking out of the box enough!!! You have just inspired the heck out of me! Thanks so much and nice to meet you Brian!

  79. Kate Robertson December 19, 2013 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Wonderful color and textures. As to how I would use the stencils. Oh I would play with them in one of my journals. I’ve felt a little stifled in it lately.I’d pull out the inks and paints and layer to my hearts content. Play essential.


  80. Anette December 19, 2013 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    I would use these stencils for some yummy journal pages

  81. APG Jamie December 20, 2013 at 2:40 am - Reply

    I dig your spin on the stencils ^5

    I would use the stencils in may ways – journal spreads, gelli plate prints, journal covers , cards and anyway I could

    good luck y’all

    ArtistPoet dot Girl @gmail dot com

  82. Maria Medeiros December 20, 2013 at 4:22 am - Reply

    Absolutely lovely! love the textures and colors! oh and I love the snow on your blog! 🙂

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