StencilGirl® Products & Ampersand Blog Hop

Hi friends! Thank you for joining me for the StencilGirl® & Ampersand Blog Hop. I’m especially excited about this blog hop because it combines two products that I use regularly.

You’re already familiar with my love of StencilGirl stencils, but I also use a variety of Ampersand panels in my creative process. I like to use them for collage making, when playing with encaustics, pan pastels, acrylics, watercolor, and alcohol inks, as I’ve done here.

If you haven’t previously used Ampersand panels, you can learn more about them HERE.

I started with 2 8×8 clayboard panels.

After first giving my panels a light spray with rubbing alcohol, i added drops of ranger alcohol inks and let it flow.

Introducing a second color of alcohol ink is where you begin to see the magic happen. I just love how they blend and pool.

Never one to be shy of color, I added a brighter pop of color and more alcohol until I was satisfied with the results.

Once the alcohol inks were dry, I used the Circle Play Stencil and white gesso to help create some contrast.

Because alcohol inks react wonderfully with rubbing alcohol, I used alcohol prep pads, much like I would baby wipes, and removed color through the Union Small Stencil to create some texture.

One on my favorite part of using these clayboard panels is that you can scratch into them, which is what I did here. Using some clay tools, I scratched into them, through the Hash Marks Stencil.

Using pan pastels, I gave my scratched hash marks some definition.

To create some drama, I used the Soulful Scribbles Dots Dash Stencil and some black acrylic.

To finish off my panels, I stamped out a sentiment and adhered it using matte medium.

Thank you for following along and sharing in my creative process.

Now what would be a Blog Hop without a GIVEAWAY, amiright?? Well we’ve got you covered!

You can enter by commenting below.

Once you’ve done that simply hop from blog to blog, checking out the many wonderful projects created by the rest of the StencilGirl Team. Be sure to comment along the way for multiple chances to win!

 

GIVEAWAY
One lucky winner will receive a $50 Gift Certificate to Ampersand
AND a $50 Gift Certificate to
StencilGirl® Studio!

Enter to win by leaving a comment below.
Then be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and comment to win.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One winner will be chosen at random from all blog comments!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Tuesday, November 20th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl® Product’s Facebook page on Wednesday, November 21.

Blog Hop Order:

Mary Beth Shaw

Mary C. Nasser

Debi Adams
Gwen Lafleur
Belen Sotelo– You Are Here
Tina Walker

 

64 Comments on StencilGirl® Products & Ampersand Blog Hop

  1. Shari Czerwinski
    November 14, 2018 at 4:36 am (4 weeks ago)

    Beautiful, bright colors! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  2. Terry O'Neill
    November 14, 2018 at 6:02 am (4 weeks ago)

    I love your work, Belen. It’s fun to see how you used the alcohol inks and the dental tool! Thank you, too, for including the link to the Ampersand products. That wasn’t included on some of the hop pages, as far as I could see.

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  3. Julie Shearer
    November 14, 2018 at 6:53 am (4 weeks ago)

    So pretty!!! I love your color choices. Very “ happy “ art !!! Love it!!

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  4. Janet M Schmitz
    November 14, 2018 at 6:57 am (4 weeks ago)

    Love the process and how many stencils you used!!!! Love these pieces!!

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  5. Sue Fontaine
    November 14, 2018 at 7:13 am (4 weeks ago)

    Love this! Such an unusual and wonderful mix of products! That stencil you used for scratching in is amazing! Great project!

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  6. Nancy Lefko
    November 14, 2018 at 7:22 am (4 weeks ago)

    Wonderful color and deign.

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  7. Nicole Heinmets
    November 14, 2018 at 7:26 am (4 weeks ago)

    Beautiful, as always!

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  8. Lynda MacLellan
    November 14, 2018 at 8:02 am (4 weeks ago)

    Such a fun combination of products and techniques! Love the colors and textures……and of course, the stencils!

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  9. Mary Holshouser
    November 14, 2018 at 8:03 am (4 weeks ago)

    Love the beautiful view out your window.
    Seeing the pretty flowers probably give
    you lots of inspiration. Your panels
    have so much movement. Fantastic.
    thanks for sharing
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  10. Susan
    November 14, 2018 at 8:31 am (4 weeks ago)

    That looks fascinating!

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  11. Penny Gunderson
    November 14, 2018 at 9:22 am (4 weeks ago)

    I never thought of scratching into clayboard before.

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  12. Iris
    November 14, 2018 at 9:36 am (4 weeks ago)

    Awesome, beautiful, colorful pieces. You used unique combination of product and made it work nicely. Great composition too.

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  13. Debi Vought
    November 14, 2018 at 9:41 am (4 weeks ago)

    So very colorful and cheerful! What a fun project. Thank you for sharing, Belen!

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  14. steph
    November 14, 2018 at 9:44 am (4 weeks ago)

    This is a beautiful piece of art. Love it.

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  15. Susan Schultheis
    November 14, 2018 at 10:15 am (4 weeks ago)

    I just love your colors and use of product. Your panels are nicely layered. Thank you. I love SG stencils too!

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  16. marian riley
    November 14, 2018 at 11:05 am (4 weeks ago)

    You’ve inspired me to try clayboard.

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  17. Andea Harris
    November 14, 2018 at 11:55 am (4 weeks ago)

    Lovely!

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  18. Sandy Mier
    November 14, 2018 at 11:56 am (4 weeks ago)

    Brilliant!

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  19. Eileen Donovan
    November 14, 2018 at 12:14 pm (4 weeks ago)

    I love that you can use alcohol inks on them.

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  20. Bea
    November 14, 2018 at 1:03 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Love the bright beautiful colors and the flow…

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  21. Ozge Basagac
    November 14, 2018 at 1:26 pm (4 weeks ago)

    I really like how you add texture to your boards. Lovely:)

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  22. Peg R
    November 14, 2018 at 2:04 pm (4 weeks ago)

    So beautiful. Nothing quite like Alcohol ink.

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  23. Ginnie
    November 14, 2018 at 2:09 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Don’t you just love alcohol inks!

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  24. Courtrena P Gillespie
    November 14, 2018 at 2:24 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Great colors.

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  25. Anita tillman
    November 14, 2018 at 3:11 pm (4 weeks ago)

    I love this! I keep meaning to get my alcohol inks out for a play and this is just the perfect inspiration to do it!

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  26. Jean Marmo
    November 14, 2018 at 3:40 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Loving the alcohol inks! Such gorgeous colors and layers!

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  27. Dee Spillane
    November 14, 2018 at 3:43 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Beautiful. I do love the combo of products used. Well done!

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  28. Tina Walker
    November 14, 2018 at 3:44 pm (4 weeks ago)

    These are so beautiful! Love your techniques!

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  29. Karen Schachair
    November 14, 2018 at 4:11 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Oh my goodness I seriously am going to have to try those Ampersand panels.
    With the alcohol and scratching 💜 it!!!

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  30. Jessica Larios
    November 14, 2018 at 4:16 pm (4 weeks ago)

    I love this gesso effect! Makes The Who project pop! Thank you for taking the time to do this hop so us crafters can win some goodies!

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  31. Robbie Payne
    November 14, 2018 at 4:29 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Let yourself fly and Artful Journey are fabulous!!! The colors just make me happy!!!! Lovely art work…and you make it look so easy!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

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  32. Mary C. Nasser
    November 14, 2018 at 4:30 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Both these pieces are incredibly gorgeous, Belen!
    I’m such a fan of your color palette!
    And what a great idea to use alcohol wipes to subtract through the stencils…and the scratched hatch marks with the black Panpastel! Yum!
    So happy you are part of this blog hop!

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  33. Leigh Card
    November 14, 2018 at 4:53 pm (4 weeks ago)

    I love this so much! The colors and I have never heard of a clay board. Love the colors and how you used the stencils!

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  34. Nancy Curry
    November 14, 2018 at 5:22 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Great idea with the alcohol wipes.

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  35. Cathy Costellr
    November 14, 2018 at 5:26 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Love the bright colors and alcohol inks. Love how they work on the panels.

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  36. Michelle Logan
    November 14, 2018 at 5:28 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Thanks for the inspiration….beautiful use of colour! I am off to play with my alcohol inks!

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  37. Beth Broadway
    November 14, 2018 at 6:46 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Fantastic, do the alcohol inks soak into the clayboard

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  38. Catherine Lenoci
    November 14, 2018 at 6:53 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Beautiful project! Thanks for the tip about using the alcohol pads!

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  39. Patty Donahue
    November 14, 2018 at 7:48 pm (4 weeks ago)

    love the colors! The texture look using those wipes is genious!

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  40. Susy Ramirez
    November 15, 2018 at 1:04 am (4 weeks ago)

    Beautiful! Love the bright colors. I never thought about using alcohol ink on the boards. I have too try it. Thanks!

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  41. Tanya Green
    November 15, 2018 at 3:13 am (4 weeks ago)

    love this Belen, I have never used ampersand boards, they look cool, but likely not available in New Zealand 🙁 Love the alcohol inks and the pan pastels and those stencils. they all look great together. and as usual your love of bright colours is fabulous <3

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  42. Kathy Stutzman
    November 15, 2018 at 5:24 am (4 weeks ago)

    So many creative tips and ideas! Have to try clayboard!

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  43. Sharon Johnson
    November 15, 2018 at 7:17 am (4 weeks ago)

    Wow what an amazing project thanks for sharing your awesome creation with us ♡♡♡

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  44. Laurie
    November 15, 2018 at 10:08 am (3 weeks ago)

    I love the way you used the alcohol inks! Great colors, too!

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  45. Caroline Duncan
    November 15, 2018 at 11:08 am (3 weeks ago)

    Gorgeous pages! Thanks for sharing the techniques!

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  46. Carol Ponsford
    November 15, 2018 at 11:16 am (3 weeks ago)

    These are beautiful! Love the colors. Thanks for sharing!

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  47. JBarnes
    November 15, 2018 at 11:19 am (3 weeks ago)

    I don’t use alcohol inks nearly enough. Thanks for the great ideas. jespaleum1 (AT) aol (dot com)

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  48. Kim Collister
    November 15, 2018 at 12:43 pm (3 weeks ago)

    I am so glad to be hopping here today. This is right in my wheelhouse. Learning new techniques is so exciting to me. A play day with alcohol inks and Stencils are definitely in my future! Thank you for sharing!

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  49. Jan
    November 15, 2018 at 3:23 pm (3 weeks ago)

    The colors! I happen to have some dental tools and some Ampersand Claybord. Perhaps I will experiment while following the tutorial. Thanks for sharing your art.

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  50. Kelly Warren
    November 15, 2018 at 4:31 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Wow, these are truly amazing. I love all the bright colors. Now I want to play with alcohol inks!!!

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  51. julie
    November 15, 2018 at 5:05 pm (3 weeks ago)

    thank you for including your step by step tutorial! Beautiful panels.

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  52. Cheryl
    November 15, 2018 at 8:03 pm (3 weeks ago)

    I love it! Great colors and so much texture and mark making. Such a fun piece!
    redrider55(at)gmail(dot)com

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  53. Beatrice Serrano
    November 15, 2018 at 10:41 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Awesome job. Love it

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  54. Lisa Dobry
    November 16, 2018 at 5:30 am (3 weeks ago)

    Beautiful and whimsy pieces! Funny, Circle Play was on my list long time ago somehow I lost track of it and never ordered it. Im going to put it on my next order!!!

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  55. Jen
    November 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Beautiful bright work!! Love the colors and mark making with stencils… I have to try clay board now 🙂

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  56. Piia
    November 16, 2018 at 10:34 pm (3 weeks ago)

    This is a happy piece! I love to use colours as well. Lovely work!

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  57. Eva
    November 17, 2018 at 3:23 am (3 weeks ago)

    Vibrant and happy! Beautiful projects!

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  58. Sylvia Lokhoff
    November 17, 2018 at 4:22 am (3 weeks ago)

    I think this is one of the coolest bloghops from stencilgirl! I love the way your are playing with so many different products. I never thought that it was possible to use alcohol inks, paint and pastels together. Thank you for this tutorial and your project is stunning!

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  59. Alix
    November 17, 2018 at 3:53 pm (3 weeks ago)

    I love the colors and how you used the hash marks stencil. You have just the right balance of complexity here.

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  60. Ci
    November 17, 2018 at 8:03 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Very nice,
    Gives me an itch to create, but unfortunately it’s time for bed!

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  61. Marianna Larew
    November 18, 2018 at 3:51 am (3 weeks ago)

    Love your colors and how you scratched into the board!

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  62. Geri Johnson
    November 18, 2018 at 6:31 am (3 weeks ago)

    Love your panels! So bright, colorful & fun!

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