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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Your comments are very much appreciated!


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

  2. Lynn good says:

    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. says:

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

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

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

  7. gorgeous luminous art! xo

  8. linda trapp says:

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

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

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

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

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

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

  14. This is awesome! I love it ๐Ÿ™‚ it’s so textured and creative.

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

  16. as always.. your art work it crazy!!

  17. 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 โ™ฅ

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

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

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

  21. Wow, that’s gorgeous.

  22. Love the colour, and a great background stamp!

  23. Kourtney Vallee says:

    Love the use of the old map as the background!

  24. Jennifer M. says:

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

  25. Miriam Prantner says:

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

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

  27. 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 says:

    Love that stencil for backgrounds and as a focal point!

  29. Such interesting pages Marjie!

    kind regards from a tropical Holland, Alie ๐Ÿ™‚

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

  31. I like the colours on your page and the fact that you used two different colours for the stencilling ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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

  34. 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 says:

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

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

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

  41. 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. This stencil makes me want to go every-which-way!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

  44. Beautiful work, Valerie

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

  46. Margaret says:

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

  47. SusanJane says:

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

  48. Janea McDonald says:

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

  49. Shelly Schmidt says:

    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. love how you used the stencil-great page

  51. 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. Marjie, you can do NO wrong in my eyes! I love everything you make ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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

  56. Gerd Andersson says:

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

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

  58. Helen Markee says:

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

  59. 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 says:

    Love the use of the atlas page for your backdrop. Lines blend in seamlessly with the stencil. Great co;our work.
    Susan Samuel

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

  63. Denise Spillane says:

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

  64. Leann Lindeman says:

    Super great! I love the possibilities with this stencil.

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

  66. 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. 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. 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 says:

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

  70. Sue Clarke says:

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

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

  73. Absolutely stunning!!!

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

  75. 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. Gorgeous work!

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

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

  79. Madeline Rains says:

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

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

  81. 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 says:

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

  83. Nixiness says:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  95. Beautiful art journal page, love it!!

  96. gorgeous- love the connection with the map -such a beautiful Art Journal Page. Thank you for hopping along with me ๐Ÿ™‚ hugs, Nat

  97. Jeannette van Dongen says:

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

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