Stencil Demo! Scarab Beetles

Happy New Year! Let’s hope for a wonderful new year full of lots of art play, exploration and creativity!

I got interested in making a stencil of scarab beetles when making inkblot beetle cabinets of curiosity. I made the beetle inkblots with black ink on Rives BFK:

And then colored into them with colored pencils.

Then I could cut them out and mount them in a case, in their “family tree:”

So it was natural to make a page of fantasy beetles to stencil with and color into!

Here’s the Scarab Beetles videos, made by my husband Daniel Levy, who filmed my playing around in my journal with various stencils to make a Scarab Beetle page–and made sense of my ramblings!

To  buy this stencil, or any of the other ten stencils I designed, head over to StencilGirl: http://www.stencilgirlproducts.com/stencils-margaret-peot-s/2039.htm

And to buy my book, Stencil Craft, go to https://www.amazon.com/Stencil-Craft-Techniques-Fashion-Home/dp/1440340110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1515451055&sr=1-1&keywords=stencil+craft

Monet’s Water Lilies Inspire a Stencil Design

Happy Holidays! Hope you all have some time to sneak away from family and holiday obligations to putter a little in the studio…

This stencil from StencilGirl Products was inspired by Monet’s Waterlilies–that wonderful one in the Museum of Modern Art that I never get tired of looking at. Thanks again to my husband Daniel Levy for his wonderful video editing skills! All ten of my stencil designs, including an Impressionist Textures set of four stencils, are available at http://www.stencilgirlproducts.com/stencils-margaret-peot-s/2039.htm

Looping Leafy Vines STENCIL VIDEO!

Looping Leafy Vines! This new stencil from me and Stencil Girl Products is available at. This stencil is available, along with a wealth of other interesting stencils from myself and other artists from http://www.stencilgirlproducts.com/stencils-margaret-peot-s/2039.htm. In this demo, learn how to add interest to your sketchbook journal with one vine stencil–to make a border, to use as a jumping off place for writing and collage, or as a window into elaborating and drawing into stencil marks. You can isolate one vine of this stencil to make a border for a photo album or scrapbook, or use the whole thing to make a looping, leafy design.

Have fun!

VIDEO STENCIL DEMO: Bunnies, Birds and Blooms (Part 2 of 2)

StencilGirl Products is having a Cyber Monday Sale the lasts for three days, because that’s the kind of stand-up folks they are over there. Details below!

My husband, Daniel Levy, made seven videos for me, highlighting the ten stencils I designed for StencilGirl Products. This video features three stencils that work together (or apart!), L561 Birds and Bunnies, L562 Scattered Flowers Background, and L558 Scattered Bunnies, Blooms and Birds Background at http://www.stencilgirlproducts.com/stencils-margaret-peot-s/2039.htm

My stencils are on sale!

Cyber Monday
Save 25% off all* stencils
Use code: cyber25
Monday, November 27, 2017
from midnight until 11:59 p.m. CST (Central Standard Time) USA

PLUS 10% discount when you buy 6 stencils of the same size!

NEW THIS YEAR! Choose 1 FREE large stencil for every $100 spent (after discounts are applied). You MUST specify your choice(s) by L### code in the comments section of the cart when you check out or it will be StencilGirl’s choice. Sorry, no exceptions.

BONUS! Spend $500+ (after discounts are applied) and StencilGirl will send you an original work of art by Mary Beth Shaw.

SHOP: http://www.stencilgirlproducts.com/stencilgirl-products-s/1846.htm

Tuesday & Wednesday
Save 20% off all* stencils
Use code: cyber20
Tuesday, November 28, 2017, & Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Sale ends at 11:59 p.m. CST (Central Standard Time) USA
10% off 6 stencils of the same size discount, FREE stencil(s), and Bonus still apply.

*Stencils only. Does not apply to DVDs, books, tools, wholesale orders, StencilClub, or gift certificates. The StencilClub exclusive monthly member discount does not apply.

VIDEO STENCIL DEMO: Bunnies, Birds and Blooms, Part 1 of 2

Today, all day starts StencilGirl’s Cyber Monday sale, happening Nov 27th through 29th! (Details below)

My ten stencils are a part of this sale, as well as the entire StencilGirl catalog (just the stencils!). This is a stencil demo (Part 1 of two parts) of a trio of stencils I designed: Bunnies, Birds and Blooms:

http://www.stencilgirlproducts.com/stencils-margaret-peot-s/2039.htm

The stencils used in this video are L561 Birds and Bunnies, L562 Scattered Flowers Background, L558 Scattered Bunnies, Blooms and Birds Background.

Special thanks to video master Daniel Levy!!

Cyber Monday
Save 25% off all* stencils
Use code: cyber25
Monday, November 27, 2017
from midnight until 11:59 p.m. CST (Central Standard Time) USA

PLUS 10% discount when you buy 6 stencils of the same size!

NEW THIS YEAR! Choose 1 FREE large stencil for every $100 spent (after discounts are applied). You MUST specify your choice(s) by L### code in the comments section of the cart when you check out or it will be StencilGirl’s choice. Sorry, no exceptions.
BONUS! Spend $500+ (after discounts are applied) and StencilGirl will send you an original work of art by Mary Beth Shaw.

SHOP: http://www.stencilgirlproducts.com/stencilgirl-products-s/1846.htm

Tuesday & Wednesday
Save 20% off all* stencils
Use code: cyber20
Tuesday, November 28, 2017, & Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Sale ends at 11:59 p.m. CST (Central Standard Time) USA
10% off 6 stencils of the same size discount, FREE stencil(s), and Bonus still apply.

*Stencils only. Does not apply to DVDs, books, tools, wholesale orders, StencilClub, or gift certificates. The StencilClub exclusive monthly member discount does not apply.

 

 

NEW at Hudson Coop: CARDS FOR ALL OCCASIONS

CARDS FOR ALL OCCASIONS, a new class at Hudson Co-Op!
Take home 12+ cards and envelopes designed and hand printed by YOU! Tuesday, November 14 from 6-8, $35

PLUS, we will be doing a drawing for a PRIZE whilst you are working away on your cards!

To register, go to https://hudsoncoop.com/classes-events/

American Artists Respond to WW1: at the New York Historical Society

A couple of weeks ago, I got to see the most fantastic show at the NY Historical Society on the advice of my friend Robbie Manning. The whole show was one knockout painting after the next, actually, but the painting I went to see was this one, “Gassed” by John Singer Sargent, painted in 1919. I didn’t take a picture of the whole thing as it is unexpectedly HUGE. The men are almost life sized–or so it seemed and felt.

To see it in real life, you see all these details that are not apparent when you see the tiny reproductions in books. For one thing, beyond the legs of the gassed men being led blindfolded to the tent where they will recover from their wounds, you can see men playing soccer–tiny flecks of red and LIFE in among the wounded and dying:

And in this detail, this beautifully painted hands, and that shadow under the lip–wonderful painting:

This is a bit more of the painting, moving to the right. More beautifully painted hands. And those ropes on the right that I always wondered about looking at it in reproduction are the stabilizing lines that hold up the medical tent:

Here’s some more of the tent ropes, but seeing the second group of men big made me see the mastery of Sargent–the brushstrokes that create those faces, that sense of golden light and dust:

But somehow even more affecting to me was seeing these tiny planes absolutely engraved on the sky like scars:This is one incredible painting, if you ever get a chance to see it. It lives in the Imperial War Museum in the UK, but I think is toured about with some frequency.

Other Sargent pieces in the show were these watercolors:

This is my favorite–those red blankets are almost as good as Vermeer’s Woman in a Red Hat:

And finally, this shocking thing:

This is a WW1 US recruitment poster. My Dad’s family are Americans of German descent, and my Dad always said that he was called a Kraut and a Nazi when he was a schoolboy, and that there were terrible propaganda posters around from WW1 and then WW2 with these kinds of images demonizing Germans. He said there was one from WW2 in particular that haunted him of a German soldier stepping on a baby. He was proud of being an American, but at that time, really felt  intense prejudice against his family.

It was an interesting show–not all propaganda, some informative, by artists embedded with the troops with sketchbooks, and some, like this final piece by Burchfield, showing a dead landscape, with one wilting flower–maybe a painting of Hope?