These are truly one of the easiest, coolest tools I’ve come across in a long time and I want to share it with you. Click below to get the entire spiel, but don’t forget to ENTER OUR TRIP TO SPAIN GIVEAWAY, TOO! You have until the 30th of July to enter.

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IF YOU HAVEN’T GUESSED ALREADY these cool little things are stencils made with a hot glue gun! I’m telling you, these are so much fun to make and use. I’m hooked.

Here you go, step by step:

1. GET OUT YOUR GLUE GUN (try different sizes) AND A TEFLON SHEET OR OTHER NON-STICK SURFACE so that you’ll be able to peel the stencil off after it’s cool. What in the heck is a Teflon Sheet? A lot of stampers use them. It does work a lot better than wax paper. You can get them from Amazon for around $6.00. Here’s a direct link: Heat Press Teflon Sheet 15×15 Sublimation Heat Transfer


By the way, on my wish list is Arlene’s Ultimate Glue Gun. It comes with a supply of interchangeable nozzles that each make a different mark. Lord knows, if I ever get one of those I’ll probably never get out of the studio.

2. MAKE YOUR STENCIL. Heat up the glue gun and place the tip lightly on the non-stick surface, drawing your design with the hot wax.  Make sure that the stencils are all done in one piece. If the glue doesn’t connect everywhere, that unconnected piece will fall off. If that should happen, or the stencil seems too flimsy, just lay it back down and apply more glue to beef it up a bit.


3.  FLATTEN IT. Quickly, before it cools totally, put a piece of waxed paper on top of your freshly squeezed stencil and burnish over it with a roller or just press down on it with a book. There! now you have a flat surface on each side with which to work.  Forgot to burnish? That’s okay, you still have one flat surface you can use. No worries.

4. NOW PAINT – LOTS OF WAYS! First off, here are two ways you would normally think to use the stencils – direct painting, or putting paint onto the stencil, laying it down and rolling or pressing it.


Direct Painting

You can also spritz watercolor, acrylic or ink over it.

Spritz It

Spritz It

And now, here’s one more cool way to use your stencils that you might like to add to your repertoire:

Begin by painting a paper towel with acrylic paint. Just get out a big brush or a sponge brush and stroke on the paint until it’s totally saturated, like this:


Then lay the paper towel gently onto your printing surface. Here I’m using watercolor paper. Lay the stencil (flat surface down) onto the wet paper towel, then use a roller on top of the stencil. Be careful to hold the stencil firm in one place and not let it slide.


Carefully lift off stencil, then lift off the paper towel and viola! Feast your eyes on that really cool print! Several soft colors, each print different. Cool, yes?

TT072115-8     TT072115-9

There you have it! These are great for journal pages (yes) or making your own collage papers (Yes!), or using in the backgrounds of your paintings or to enhance a section of a boring painting (YES!).

In any case, have fun making and using them. I’d love to see some of the ways you end up using them, if you have the inclination to share.

AND NOW, IT’S YOUR CHANCE TO ENTER OUR ‘TRIP TO SPAIN’ GIVEAWAY!  Click here to get all of the info and the entry form.

The winner will be announced the first blog post of August – August 4th.


I’m trying hard to get back into the swing of things. After 6 months, I’m teaching my first scheduled workshop this weekend in Blairsville, Ga.  I’m a bit concerned about ‘head etiquette’. What does a girl wear in the summer heat of Georgia yet keep a bald head tastefully covered so as not to shock students? Oh my. I really don’t know, but I’d better decide soon.

In the meantime, thank you so much for reading!



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