Tutorial ~ StencilGirl Blog Hop Featuring Seth Apter

Welcome to the new StencilGirl Blog Hop! We’re very excited to have the stencil designer, Seth Apter, as well as our very talented Special Guest Designer, Linda Cain, participating on the hop today. I was given Seth’s Numbers Stencil and as you can see, it’s seen quite a few inks and paints while in my hands:



I started out by coating my pages with gesso and adding gesso’d Xs to each page.  Next I masked my heart with post-its and used spray paints to color the base yellox (oxide) and blue.  Spray paints are new to me and I’m enjoying getting to know how they work.  After the paint dried, I added gel medium through the numbers portion of the stencil.  In this photo it’s still white/wet before drying clear:


One of my favorite parts of the stencil looks like snakeskin.  Check out the random texture it added to my heart:


I am also loving the numbers portion.  After the gel medium dried, I colored the numbers using Dylusions Ink Sprays in a water brush.  Love the raised effect and how the stamping beneath the numbers shows through.


In addition to stamping, I used Michelle Ward’s Circle 9 Stencil, which has all these great ‘burst’ types of circles like the two shown below.  I first spray painted them yellow, and then moved the stencil slightly and went over them with jet black Archival Ink.


I’ve also used Nat Kalbach’s Crackle stencil, several colors of Ranger Archival Inks, Color Wash, Distress Markers, Gelatos and a black Posca paint pen.  When I was all finished, I put my stencil back over the Gesso’d blue Xs, masked off the surrounding areas, and spray painted them yellow.


I had a lot of fun playing with Seth’s Numbers Stencil and am looking forward to seeing what all the other Blog Hop participants have made.  As always, StencilGirl has a giveaway on their blog and you can increase your chances to win by commenting on each of the particpants’ blogs.  Here are the links:

Marjie Kemper (you are here)

Janet Joehlin (go here next)

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You’ll find info on my upcoming classes in CT, NH, and MA here:   Teaching Schedule.

Last but certainly not least, thanks very much for your support and virtual hugs on my 9/11 post about my mom.  I really appreciate your support and your comments do mean a great deal to me.


Linking to Art Journal Every Day, Lisa Somerville’s Bloggers’ Challenge, and Creative Every Day.

Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Oh, I would LOVE to take that class! Any chance you’ll be heading out to Seattle any time soon?

    • Marjie Kemper says:

      Thanks, Julie. No west coast plans yet but I am always open to being contacted by stores seeking instructors.

  2. So cool, these are fabulous pages, great use of all the stencils.

  3. Hi, will follow your creative blog. Happy to fond you thru the blog hop. Seth’s stencils are awesome and I can already see how many ways they can be used. I especially like how you got the snake skin texture results.

  4. Amy Davis King says:

    Love the layering effect you achieved with the gel medium on the numbers part of the stencil!

  5. it looks as if you already picked a winner for the stencil incase you haven’t I would like to be entered as well.

  6. I love your work! Thanks for the hop. 🙂

  7. So many ways to manipulate a GREAT stencil. You are wonderful inspiration! Thanks!

  8. Great use of Seth’s stencil -thanks for playing along:)

  9. Love the stencils and your project. AWESOME!

  10. Loved the detail you show!! Thank you!

  11. Char Coburn says:

    I am thrilled to find your website, blogs, etc. I’ve been puttering with mixed media projects for some time and to have access to demonstrations of techniques to achieve the look I want is extraordinary! Thank you for providing the inspiration!

  12. Amy in Texas says:

    Love this project!

  13. very cool pic. thanks for sharing

  14. Helen Markee says:

    Very nice. Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. It is amazing to see how many different ways this stencil is being used…Oh what fun!

  16. Hi Marjie! Thanks for sharing the process for creating your art piece using Seth’s number stencil and for sharing all the other products you used. I love all your ideas. I hope to win one of Seth’s stencils. I can see that they are very versatile.

  17. Everyone’s projects look so different. I really need one of those stencils, or maybe all of them,

  18. Love these stencils and the very talented things you all are doing with them. Hope to get my hands on some soon! Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. This stencil is fabulous! I love love love your texture and the heart is wonderful! Cool use of the spray paints…would love to know more!

  20. Love your what you created with the stencil especially the use of the heart…beautiful and inspiring! A beautiful dedication to your Mom.

  21. Awesome. Love the piece you created from Seth’s stencil. Way cool.

  22. I really liked how you combined the various stencils and your use of layering and texture, thanks for the inspiration!

  23. Fun use of stencils. Would love to win one of Seth Apter’s stencils. So cool. You used them well.

  24. Tamiko McCurry says:

    I love how you showed so much focus on particular parts of the stencil and how you applied them to your piece. Also how you use post it notes to mask off areas that you did not want to be used. Thank you for reminding us that although this is ONE stencil.. how it can be broken down for so many uses.. I lov eyour work.. I was actually already following you on youtube! Thank you! Love everything you were able to accomplish by sectioning off the pieces as you did!

  25. Love the bold colours and all the textures you achieved with the stencil.

  26. hehehe….. I love your ‘messy’ Steth stencil!!!! Your could frame it and hang it on a wall!!!! Love all the texture on your piece….. great tip using the post it’s… 🙂

  27. WOW, Love your colors. I’m going to check out your teaching schedule right now.

  28. I can’t believe how different colors make the same stencil look all together different!

  29. What a beautiful page! I love how the colors and textures pop! thanks for sharing…. hopping along…

  30. wow what awesome beautiful colors on your piece. love it very much. wow super

  31. Absolutely fabulous! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  32. seth is amazing i just love him and his creations. i sure hope i can win this one, i am a beginner but i think even i could do something amazing with this. xoxo

  33. found my way here via the blog hop – and glad i did! love this piece, so much texture and dimension. beautiful!

  34. LOVE the colors… beautifully done!

  35. Loving the colors and the texture!

  36. This work is brilliant along with the colours and of course the stencil.

  37. Love the design of this Marjie and the depth you have created with the colours and stencils.
    Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  38. Fantastic! Love the colors.

  39. What a wonderful creation Marjie. You used the stencil so creatively and I love, love, love the color palette. Thanks so very much for being a big part of this blog hop!!

  40. what a spread!

  41. Love your journal pages. Especially love the numbers done with gel medium. I never thought of that and it looks so cool!

  42. So beautiful in thought and creativity.

  43. Rebecca I-f says:

    came by your blog via my mixed media group on FB & then the blog hop…
    ~ thanks for sharing your art, I am enjoying it ~ inspired, R 😉

  44. Lana Hirsch says:

    Can you tell me again how you did the gel and the numbers. They look outstanding! (Just a little pun). You created so much depth. I need to follow along with you more often. Thanks for opening that window.

    • Marjie Kemper says:

      Hi, Lana. I used gel medium for the numbers and once it dried I painted them with a waterbrush filled with one of the blue Dylusions Ink Sprays.

  45. Love seeing how Seth’s stencil was used here…

  46. That really is a fabulous stencil Marjie, so versatile. Love, love, love your vibrant, warm colours too! Hugs, Anne x

  47. What gorgeous, vibrant colours! Love the waterbrush on raised texture idea

  48. Yummy Yummy Yummy! What fun colors and incredible textures. Thanks for the nifty tutorial.

  49. I love the vibrant colors you used and how you got the added dimension with other products applied through the stencil.

  50. such vibrant colours, beautiful 🙂

  51. Ah, your background is just my type! I’m in love with the colours you used too.

  52. Such amazing colors and depth. Great job!

  53. Great textures and layers Marjie! Just want to reach out and touch it!

  54. Love this bold journal page! Wonderful textures achieved with the stencil.

  55. i loove what u did, i really want this numbers stencil, it is amazing what each of u talented artist come up with! tx for sharing, aloha, angi in hana

  56. wonderful pages!

  57. Janis in ID says:

    Ohhh….LOVE your use of color. So wonderful with the stencils!!
    <3 J

  58. SO colorful and textural. Love your use of Seth’s stencil and your use of color.

  59. This is gorgeous and yes I love Seth’s work!

  60. Love the heart! Great textures and colors!
    Pupton58 at gmail dot com

  61. I was drawn to your colors right away! Thanks!

  62. Gorgeous art pages!!!! Beautiful color! I am in awe!

  63. I love all the textures and colors you have on your pages. The stencil adds fun details! Thanks for sharing!

  64. Gemma maggs says:

    Stunning, the colours are beautiful, and the stencils are fab xx

  65. I love what you did with the stencil, really striking colors! Great combo.

  66. Great page! I love what you did with the stencils 🙂

  67. Ok, this project ROCKS!!!!!!!!!

  68. love seeing each unique use of these stencils!

  69. This is such a fun project, and I just love all the layers you’ve got going on!

  70. Great complimentary colors! Love the dimension! <3

  71. I love your work Marjorie and have had fun hopping around with you. Thanks

  72. Annette Maloney says:

    Thank you for the opportunity!


  73. I love the colors in your page spread. Blessings!

  74. I like these pages. Great design. So many things tucked here and there and all brought together to bring viewing pleasure.

  75. Love your art piece using Seth’s stencil! Thanks for sharing!!!

  76. Great piece and a very different take on the use of this stencil. That’s what I love about them…they are so versatile.

  77. I love that bold and beautiful heart! Great pages and layers. Enjoy the weekend, hugs!

  78. Lovely colors!

  79. Great job with those stencils!

  80. As always the art here on your blog is amazing!! Thanks!!

  81. Love that! Such a fantastic page; great textures & the yellow looks fab.

  82. wow! There’s a lot going on here and I LOVE IT. fab job. thanks for the inspiration.

  83. This stencil makes the most awesome backgrounds

  84. I love this! So many uses and possibilities with this stencil! I would love to try one if I’m lucky enough to win it! Wish I could say it gets easier, but… I lost mine in 2001, and Dad in 2003. Seems like yesterday. Thanks so much for sharing this and the step by step. I’m already a follower and a subscriber of your You tube. Enjoy them all. Janelle R

  85. Hi Marjie. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the first piece of art. The colors are so powerful to me! The sign with the heart. wowzer. it so speaks loudly!!!!

  86. Gerrie Johnnic says:

    Love your deep, yet bright colors! Amazing texture and use of the stencil. How cute is that little dangle heart!

  87. I love those layers and this stencil.

  88. Wonderful, Marjie!!! I so love your style!!!!

  89. As always, love your pages Marjie!

  90. I really like how you’ve used the different parts of the stencil independently.

  91. Renee White says:

    Love the use of Seth’s stencil….and the color combo is gorgeous.

  92. Brilliant, Marjie!
    I love your colors and layers!
    And it is always a treat seeing your process!!

  93. Marjie I love the colors you used! This is a great piece. I also like the raised areas. Great job and thanks for sharing!

  94. Really nice! Love the transparent effect of the stenciled gel medium numbers!

  95. Love these rich colors and the depth you have achieved here Marji-yum!! What a fab set of new stencils by Seth. Hope to win one!

  96. Fantastic spread! Love the colors, and that heart is a cool focal point!

  97. Love your pages, the colors ate great and all that texture! Beautiful.

  98. Fabulous – I love your project!
    What a great stencil!

  99. This is great! You are all so talented & I love how you step out processes!

  100. Lynn Stevens says:

    Gorgeous page, Love those bright colors . Oh and you have one of my very favorite artists featured. Linda is uber talented. off to take a peek
    Hugs Lynn

  101. Excellent stenciling, excellent!!! And of course, I love the blue tones, lol. Can’t wait to see more!


  102. You made the most colerful uses of so many different parts of the stencil! Love it.

  103. Gorgeous vibrant page! My favourite part is how you did the raised numbers! Love it!

  104. Great stencil. Love what you did with it.

  105. So much depth and interest in the page. ‘Love how you used the stencil.

  106. Love the colours. Great pages.

  107. I love how you used Seth’s stencils and I love the colors and techniques. Great project!

  108. Beautiful!!!

  109. I love this stencil.. and all the projects.

  110. Marjie — this is absolutely fabulous!!! I love the colors and the idea of using gel medium with a stencil is such an amazing idea. The translucent texture is visual candy!!! Pinned! Gorgeous work my friend! — Mary Elizabeth

  111. what a cornucopia of techniques and stencil mixing. Love the ochre and blue too. I hope people follow their heart to your classes — they will learn so much from an amazing teacher!

  112. Love Seth’s stencils, sure hope I win

  113. Really love your piece! Seth’s stencil is perfect for layering possibilities!

  114. thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity to win Seth’s stencils and for the tips on how to use only portions of the stencil at a time… what a fun way to see how versatile and fun these stencils are!

  115. Great use of stencils! You really made them your own. Love the colors too.

  116. Gorgeous pages! I already own his stencils but I love that there is so much on them that the stencil has endless possibilities.

  117. You have incorporated so many beautiful stencil elements in this gorgeous project! I love all of the layers and I love the bright colors! Seth’s stencils are fabulous.

  118. I love what you have done with the technique / stencil! Very nice!

  119. Soooooooo gorgeous! I love love love the colors and loveeeeeeeeeee the heart!!!!!

  120. Love your color choices for Seth’s stencil! beauty!!

  121. You did it again Marjie- another amazing piece! Love how you built up your layers!

  122. Nice. I like you you achieved that snakeskin look. I does remind me of that. xox

  123. Gerd Andersson says:

    Love your heart page! It’s wonderful! Thanks for the tutorial!

  124. LOVE the colours, and the stencil is great. I’d love to win one.

  125. just amazing Marje! I really love it!

    xxx Susi