Stencil Hop with Nat Kalbach’s Circuit Stencil

This is an updated post from a 2013 blog hop I did showcasing the Circuit stencil Nathalie Kalbach designed for StencilGirl Products.

Art journal with Dylusions Ink Sprays, stencils and stamps (Marjie Kemper)

When I first saw this on Nat's blog I knew it was a ‘must have' stencil. You can position those lines any which way to draw the eye around the page.  

Art journaling with Dylusions Ink Sprays

I kept thinking of pathways and roads when I was considering how to use the stencil, so I started by adhering an old map into my art journal. The lines of the map play nicely with Nat's cool design. I spritzed it with Dylusions Ink Spray (Vibrant Turquoise) and later used a few of Ranger's blues (Salty Ocean and Manganese Blue) as well.

Art journal wth Stampers Anonymous hand + Dylusions Inks Sprays

Love this Stampers' Anonymous stamp (the hand reaching out of the page is also by SA).  I used black paint through Nat's stencil in some places, and the Manganese Blue ink through others.  Since I added some stenciling over the stamped hand panel, it looks like it really melts into the page.

Art journal with stamps and stencils (Marjie Kemper)

After cutting up a rub-on that said “One Size Fits All,” I added sticker letters, framed with white pen accents.

Art journal - hand with remember string (Marjie Kemper)

I chose an old stamp from Stamp Camp for my third hand.  I stamped it on paper glued to grunge board, then cut it out and tied the reminder string on the finger.  For some reason, that string cracks me up!

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  1. butterfly on November 16, 2017 at 4:30 am

    I remember this one well – such an amazing stamp and wonderful energy in those stencilled lines.
    Alison x

  2. Lynn good on August 6, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Great inspirational use of this stencil. Would love to be in New York to see you but unfortunately I am a long way away in Australia!

  3. Barbara I. on August 5, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    I love the way you used the circuit stencil in your art journal. . .very inspiring. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.

  4. linda on August 5, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Just gorgeous, Marjie! That blue is superb and I love all the detail you’ve added. Your eye is just draw around the entire page – there is so much to see!

  5. Grenae on August 5, 2013 at 8:17 am

    The stencil looks so cool over the map – great choice! Love the pretty blues and especially the string on the finger. Beautiful work!

  6. wendy on August 4, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Gorgeous page – love the colors, and how you’ve used the stencil!

  7. michele s on August 3, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    gorgeous luminous art! xo

  8. linda trapp on August 3, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Love, love, love your journal page! Fabulous composition!

  9. Cuchy on August 3, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Love the different ways you used the stencil. Beautiful background and awesome colours in your page.

  10. Louise Kirby on August 2, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I love your page, your colours, your sentiment and your use of this great stencil.

  11. Cathy on August 2, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    oh, this is gorgeous. i love the saturated blues and the way that hand just POPS out

  12. Buttons on August 2, 2013 at 3:56 am

    Really love this stencil and what you’ve done with it here Marjie. Hugs, Jenny x

  13. Sarah A on August 2, 2013 at 2:37 am

    What a fabulous stencil! And I love how you used it – gorgeous journal page

  14. Chandra on August 1, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    This is awesome! I love it :) it’s so textured and creative.

  15. susan on August 1, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I love reading how everyone creates their journal pages. So lovely!

  16. Diana on August 1, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    as always.. your art work it crazy!!

  17. Linn on August 1, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Such a gorgeous page, the colors, layers and the maps behind with the circuit stencil… makes it just amaaazing!! I love your use of hands and contrasts ♥

  18. Tameko on August 1, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Fabulous journal spread. Colors, stencil, & hands are perfect!

  19. loey on August 1, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    liking the hand that looks like it’s holding up the circuits!

  20. Alison/craftytrog on August 1, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I love everything about this page Marjie! Those hands are fab! x

  21. Silvia on August 1, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Wow, that’s gorgeous.

  22. Tricia on August 1, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Love the colour, and a great background stamp!

  23. Kourtney Vallee on August 1, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Love the use of the old map as the background!

  24. Jennifer M. on August 1, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Gorgeous! I love all the stamps used! Must have!

  25. Miriam Prantner on August 1, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    What a wonderful bold page! Love that you used the stencil in the background as well as the foreground

  26. Ann Jobes on August 1, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    What an intriguing page. Your blues are electric – gorgeous!

  27. Devin on August 1, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Thank you for sharing this. I love the colors and what you did with this stencil. This is a must have stencil. I cannot wait to get one.

  28. Toni Leli on August 1, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Love that stencil for backgrounds and as a focal point!

  29. Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries on August 1, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Such interesting pages Marjie!

    kind regards from a tropical Holland, Alie :-)

  30. emilie on August 1, 2013 at 6:16 am

    I love the map ou began with and all the careful detail o he layering. Beautiful!

  31. eSeN on August 1, 2013 at 12:02 am

    I like the colours on your page and the fact that you used two different colours for the stencilling :)

  32. Ruth on July 31, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Great projects! That blue is one of my favorite colors.

  33. Kate on July 31, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Stunning pages, Girl. I love the colors and that hand! Wowzer, you out did yourself.

  34. Kay Wallace on July 31, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Marjie, just love this great blue two-page journal spread!! There is just so much to investigate and appreciate. But, you know me…humor is my thing, and “ONE SIZE does not FIT ALL” had me laughing out loud!!! Well done!

  35. Pamm Moore-Haley on July 31, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Love the colors and the juxtaposition of stencils and journaling. Great flow between the opposing pages. Awesomely

  36. Julie Gillespie on July 31, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Love what you’ve done with this stencil! This page is AMAZING! I think it is definitely one of my favourites of all you’ve done.

  37. Caroline D. on July 31, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    awesome page! love the old map underneath… great idea! The blues and teals are such pretty colors and the black just pops against them…. so beautiful.

  38. Jane on July 31, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    The imagery is wonderful.. love the blue and black, too!

  39. kathy/NorthCarolina on July 31, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Love the movement in this journal page! You are right…the lines lead my eye all the way through the page. And the hands are such a fun element, especially the one that is coming in off the right hand side of the page. You know I love the colors….the thought you put into this really inspires me. You are a wonder, Marjie Kemper!

  40. angi eharis on July 31, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    like marjie said, this is a must have now! so many things to do with this stencil! aloha, angi in hana

  41. Gayle Price on July 31, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    This is amazing. Brilliant idea to use the old map as a base, it works perfectly with this great little stencil. I love your page.

  42. Sandy on July 31, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    This stencil makes me want to go every-which-way!! :)

  43. Kirsten Alicia on July 31, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    That is very, very cool. Great use of the stencil, great colour & I LOVE the hand reaching out of the page.

  44. valerie-Jael on July 31, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Beautiful work, Valerie

  45. Yvonne on July 31, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Love your beautiful blue pages!! The stencil work is amazing. I keep finding wonderful ways to use that stencil.

  46. Margaret on July 31, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Love your page! The stencil and all that blue is gorgeous!

  47. SusanJane on July 31, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    I like the blues on your page, and how the circuit board stencil acts as a textured frame. Very creative!

  48. Janea McDonald on July 31, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Lovely journal pages, I enjoyed seeing what you did with the stencil.

  49. Shelly Schmidt on July 31, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Your colors are fabulous….and LOVE the map page as the backdrop- and this stencil is perfect- lots of dimension by using it in black and in the blue too! Goodness, your work always makes me say…WOW!!!

  50. Barb on July 31, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    love how you used the stencil-great page

  51. Stephanie Rodgers on July 31, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Very cool stencil, and very cool pages! Those hands stamps are to die for, expecially the hand bursting out of the pages! Gotta check SA and see if I can find it.

  52. Christi Conley on July 31, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Marjie, you can do NO wrong in my eyes! I love everything you make :)

  53. butterfly on July 31, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Absolutely love these pages, Marjie – wonderful colours and stamping, and showing off that stencil beautifully. It really does guide the eye around the page.
    Alison x

  54. Judy Shea on July 31, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Maps are such cool backgrounds. You never let us down with your amazing techniques or should I say “tantalizing”?

  55. Gina Sismilich on July 31, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Wonderful journal page – I love using old maps in backgrounds and the circuitry stencil works really well with it!

  56. Gerd Andersson on July 31, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Your page is wonderful! Love the blue tone and how the stencil is used!

  57. Karenliz on July 31, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Gorgeous pages! Love the stencil. It can be used in so many ways.

  58. Helen Markee on July 31, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I was just a Stencil girl page looking at Nat’s stencil. Loved your color combo!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  59. Terry on July 31, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I love that you used an old map page! We need more map stamps out there IMO! Love this artsy mix of goodness, Marjie! Hugs!

  60. Susan Samuel on July 31, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Love the use of the atlas page for your backdrop. Lines blend in seamlessly with the stencil. Great co;our work.
    Susan Samuel
    [email protected],com

  61. Lynn Douglass on July 31, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I’m just getting interested in mixed media arts, and I’m excited to be able to follow along on this blog hop! Thank you for sharing your work!

  62. Sandy on July 31, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Wow Marjie – lots to look at and think about- Love the idea about using a map.

  63. Denise Spillane on July 31, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Love this stencil. Fun for backgrounds and accents. I like the idea of using it on maps.

  64. Leann Lindeman on July 31, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Super great! I love the possibilities with this stencil.

  65. Kathi R on July 31, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Your page is fabulous. I love how you used the stencil and also love that hand stamp! The sentiment is perfect too!

  66. Stacy Buller on July 31, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Such a gorgeous journal spread. I love the blues…and think that you’re exactly right about the circuit lines drawing your eyes around the page…so many goodies and layers to check out. Love your title and adore how you split up the rub on to insert the rest of the title. Great work.

  67. Stephanie on July 31, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Marjie, this is fabulous. Love your page, especially the Background! It’s a honor for me to be a part in this hop with such great Artists!

  68. Petrin on July 31, 2013 at 11:05 am

    After seeing your work, my juices started flowing…so many ways to use a stencil that invites to create, and continue creating many times!..

  69. Barb Adams on July 31, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I really like the way you used this stencil. It fits in nicely on your layout.

  70. Sue Clarke on July 31, 2013 at 10:45 am

    OMG…I L-O-V-E this creation! After seeing this I now feel that I need this stencil. I liked it before but did not think that I would use it much. You rocked it for sure.

  71. Mary C. Nasser on July 31, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Love, love, love this, Marjie!
    I see a subway map when I look at this stencil, too!
    Love what you did!

  72. susan salyer on July 31, 2013 at 9:33 am

    wow ! this is awesome. I love all of it !

  73. Dorothy McCarthy on July 31, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Absolutely stunning!!!

  74. giogio on July 31, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Amazing pages!! The stencil and the stamps match so well!

  75. Corrine on July 31, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Nice page, love the map and the way the lines are like pathways and the hand and the other hand and the color, well I could just go on and on. xox

  76. Dorothy McCarthy on July 31, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Gorgeous work!

  77. Tanya P. on July 31, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Quite Fabulous! I love everything you’ve done with this!!

  78. Carolyn Dube on July 31, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I love the bold lines of the circuit stencil- really draws my eye all around your wonderful layers!

  79. Madeline Rains on July 31, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Beautiful. Great idea to use the map and I love the grunge board hand.

  80. Gill on July 31, 2013 at 9:07 am

    I love the circuit stencil – and the hands are just perfect!!

  81. Andrene on July 31, 2013 at 9:02 am

    This is just gorgeous. And blue is my favorite color! There is so much going on in this page but it flows perfectly. Very creative – love it!!

  82. Laura Strack on July 31, 2013 at 8:42 am

    My eye was all over your page! So much beauty to look at and love the turquoise blue and black. Very cool.

  83. Nixiness on July 31, 2013 at 8:23 am

    I love this layout, the colour is my favourite and you have used Nat’s stencil on something I would never have thought of. Very versatile indeed.

    Keep up the amazing art!

  84. kristin on July 31, 2013 at 8:14 am

    love your page!! love the use of the map- so very cool!

  85. Brenda Brown on July 31, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Lots of details to keep the interest and I love the blues and the border at the top.
    Take care.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  86. Michelle V. Alkerton on July 31, 2013 at 8:03 am

    I really like the colours you chose and the black contrast. I hope I win this stencil.
    Stay inspired!

  87. Julie Tucker-Wolek on July 31, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Wowwwwwwwwww! This is amazing! LOVING the colors and love love love the hands!!!!

  88. Helen on July 31, 2013 at 7:54 am

    I absolutly love your pages and how did you use the stencil!

  89. Jean A Marmo on July 31, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Love the color!! And how you used the stencil!

  90. Bronny on July 31, 2013 at 6:43 am

    Love what you did with circuit stencil… and love that colour blue!!

  91. Helmi on July 31, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Love your work,thanks for sharing and for the chance to win this awesome stencil

  92. Sandra Mouwen on July 31, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Gorgeous pages! Love the map in the background and the stunning color you made it. The stencil is super! Hugs, Sandra

  93. Astrid on July 31, 2013 at 5:01 am

    Love what you did with Nat’s stencil Marjie, great blue colour and I totally adore that hand stamp on the left side, so cool. Great spread all round!!

  94. clare on July 31, 2013 at 4:49 am

    really love the pages you have created using the new stencil. x

  95. Birgit Koopsen on July 31, 2013 at 4:48 am

    Beautiful art journal page, love it!!

  96. Nathalie Kalbach on July 31, 2013 at 4:39 am

    gorgeous- love the connection with the map -such a beautiful Art Journal Page. Thank you for hopping along with me :) hugs, Nat

  97. Jeannette van Dongen on July 31, 2013 at 4:36 am

    Absolutely love your work. I would love to win THE stencil ….

  98. grace on July 31, 2013 at 4:18 am

    this looks fabulous. I love the different ways you used one stencil on a page. tfs!