My Stencil Sister!

 In Art Journal, Stencils

The totally delightful Tam Laporte is my new Stencil Sister at Artistcellar. She joins Jill. K. Berry, Chris Cozen and myself. Artistcellar specialise in really different stencils, and the quality is fabulous – something every mixed media artist with a jar of modelling paste in one hand and spray paint in the other will testify to!

I started this journal page at my last weekend Art Retreat at The Nest. We played with all sorts of colour and ways to fill the page and then built our images from the chaos. So. Much. Fun.

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I am WILD about the new fluoro colour set from Montana – ( Fire Red and Gleaming Pink make me lose my mind a little with their major awesomeness). So I used them with stencils.Stencil Tam Set 1



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Here is another spread with collage, painting and stencils.

Stencil Tam Set 1 6I adore the little Whimsical houses and castles… a subtle touch, but each layer adds ideas and meaning.

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Tam has a set of inspirational words to help people who are nervous of journaling,
or don’t like their own handwriting. I like the pattern they form when they are reversed. Stencil Tam Set 1 5

You can get them from my store here: or from

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Now I get to give a set of each Series!
One will get the Tam’s Whimsy set and one will get the Tam’s Inspiration set.

You just need to make sure you are signed up to my newsletter

and post your favourite inspirational quote below!

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Blog Hop details:

10/26 Artistcellar
10/27 Jill K. Berry
10/28 Dawn DeVries Sokol
10/29 Carla Sonheim
10/30 Micki Wilde
10/31 Carissa Paige
11/1 Effy Wild
11/2 Gracie Howle
11/3 Jane Davenport
11/4 Chris Cozen
11/5 Tamara Laporte


You can get them here:

and in the USA here:

Artistcellar Signature Series Stencils



Tam Laporte is a wonderful person, artist and friend. I am so proud of her achievements with creating Life Book, which is a year long online art smorgasbord! One of the very first online workshops I did was with Tam. The sense of community she has built around her is rather wonderous! I have been part of Lifebook from the beginning, and if you are not yet, you can change that for 2014!


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Scroll through for some WONDERFUL quotes!

from Lin: “I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.
Delicious Ambiguity.”
― Gilda Radner

from Judy: “Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.” Georgia O’Keeffe

‘Love me when I least deserve it, because that’s when I really need it’ swedish proverb
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde

.“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”

― Eleanor Roosevelt


I have let glamour rule the day with these two quotes:

From Stephanie:
One of my favorite inspirational quotes is from Audrey Hepburn…

”Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”

From M.Austen:

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle.
But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”
― Marilyn Monroe

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  • Jane Davenport

    awesome! draw draw draw, and maybe I will see you in one of my workshops one day!

  • Karen Goetz

    “Wherever you go, go with all of your heart”. Confucious

    I love what you did with Tam’s wonderful stencils! The colors are downright yummy! I just got my first Montana pens and I love them too:) I don’t have that pink, and now I know several things to add to my Christmas list. Stencils and pens:)

  • thecontentedcrafter

    Just one? I just finished a small painting with the words ‘Butterflies are flowers set free. Be a Butterfly’ I said it. 🙂

    Jane, I have just today downloaded your amazing ‘Whimsical Faces’ – I couldn’t stop watching it. I sketched along with you as you worked [I didn’t paint] and drew the most amazing face 🙂 Just like that Jane! In just a couple of hours you demystified all those mysteries that have plagued me for so long – my faces will never be the same again! I can’t wait to actually start practising all the techniques. Thank you so much, I just want to give you the biggest hug!! 🙂

  • Maryruth

    “I wish I could show you
    when you are lonely or in darkness
    the astonishing light of your own being.”

    Thanks for shining your astonishing light, Danger Woman!

  • Lin

    “I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.
    Delicious Ambiguity.”
    ― Gilda Radner

  • Miranda

    fabulous work Jane, really gorgeous
    I have a few favorite quotes but if I have to choose it will be “spread your wings and let the fairy in you fly”.

  • betty s

    hi Jane, thanks for the opportunity to win a set of these gorgeous stencils! Tam has done an amazing job, and I am in awe of what you did with them

    one of my fave quotes is by Goethe:
    “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”

  • Kim Mason

    I was once told the quote ‘When one door closes, another door opens’ and I have found everything that happens in life applies to this amazing quote- it just brightens the worst problem!

  • upstatelisa

    I love how you used the stencils!
    “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
    Vincent Van Gogh

  • Cindy Wagner

    I think these stencils are fabulous. I would love to receive either.

  • Tina W.

    Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. –Rumi

  • Ricki k

    Awesome stuff!!! Inspirational!!! Hope I win!!

  • Diana Caho

    I love the colors you used. These are so fun looking.

  • LittleSunday

    Very powerful job you ve made!!! So atmospherical! There is a quote that a friend told me some years ago, and I find it so wise… “Happiness is a personal thing!”. Thank you so much for the chance to win those beauties!!!

  • APG Jamie

    Art is like a hug, it holds me safe and secure, whispering to my soul that everything will be alright. – APG Jamie

  • Bette Roehsner

    I love the beautiful colors you used on your faces. Those new pens are so vibrant! My favorite inspirational quote is: “You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true.” Richard Bach

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