"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Saturday, August 3, 2013

"Done Is Better Than Perfect" - Creating with a Chipboard Stencil

Hello everyone!  It's so good to be back creating and doing something that I love after a few months of absence.  I have been caring for my mom during her convalescence, and we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.  During some down time, I created this canvas inspired by two things: the Blue Fern Studios Quatrefoil Panel, and a quote from Pinterest.   Are you one of those that starts something and then find it's not perfect in your eyes so you put off finishing it?  I'm guilty of that, and when I read this quote it resonated with me to do something with it to remind me that there is pleasure and growth in the process and finishing something is just as rewarding.

The delicious background was created using the Quatrefoil panel chipboard as a stencil and lots of application of molding paste, mists, ink and stamping.  The word "Done" was created with the chipboard bits inside of the chipboard and stamped, inked and added some Diamond Dust to tone down the harsh black letters.   Unfortunately, the pictures don't truly capture the rich saturated colors of those glorious mists.


Quatrefoil Panel used as a Stencil
I loved how the chipboard stencil background technique came out, and I will be making more creations with this same technique in the near future.  Hope you stop by when I complete the second piece that I've been working on and I'll share a tutorial with you.  Until then, do something you love and finish it! :)


  1. I think this is completely stunning... the colours are just wonderful, and the varying ways you have layered in the quatrefoil give the eye so much dimension and texture to enjoy. Gorgeous!
    Glad to hear your mother is doing better - lovely to see you back.
    Alison x

  2. I totally agree with Butterfly, this is amazing!! The colours drew me in straight away and the depth and layers look just fabulous, so much to look at and to admire!

    Good to hear your mum is doing better and lovely to see your creations again!

  3. totally in awe of this , cant stop looking at it .... drooling x

  4. This is just perfect ..... and i live that quote too........

  5. Joyce, you are such an amazing inspiration in your creations .... am so pleased you are back creating and your Mum is doing better ...

  6. This is beautiful Joyce!!! I think I repinned this on Pinterest! Thanks so much for the lovely comment you left on my blog! Made my day!! ;-). So glad to hear your mum is doing better too!

  7. Aaaahhh! just LOVE how the mists are pooling twirling swirling and creating this awesomely beautiful effect! Chiming in with the other ladies, you are an incredible inspiration!! mwah mwah mwah!!