Tuesday, May 14, 2013



This layout was submitted at ARTastic Challenge Blog for their May Inspiration Photo.  Click on the link to see the challenge!  You might decide to join in on the fun.  :)

Here's the inspiration photo:
Additional criteria - The use of stencils/masks

A little about Michael Duncan
In 2010 Michael completed his Fine Arts (Sculpture) degree from The Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. Michael started stencilling in 2009 during his spare time at the VCA. Michael’s accomplishments include being a finalist for the past two consecutive years for the Australian Stencil Art Prize, completing a multiphase commission at Tramp Bar in Melbourne’s CBD, and exhibiting in A Cut Above II: International Stencil Exhibition at Espionage Gallery which featured some of the best stencil artists from all over the world. Michael is currently preparing for his first solo exhibition which will open in Melbourne on the 17th of May at Off The Kerb Gallery.

“I always like to include a quirk of humour in my stencils, I find it helps to develop a connection to the work. Form, high detail and bold imagery are probably the main things I consider aesthetically when developing my works while at the same time with the aim of provoking thought. Many of my stencils are up to 35 layers and it is really satisfying to see all the layers build up to the final image. Each artwork can take up to two months as I have to hand cut each layer. I strive to create stencils that are extremely detailed in an effort to really push the boundaries of the stencilling art form potential”.

For more information please visit his blog at http://www.michaelduncan.com.au

This is what I created, pulling all the colors from the inspiration photo to use on my page.  And because the photo was a woman wearing a skirt and sitting on a bench, I made my page very "girly."

I used a dots stencil that I recently purchased.  Love those!!
Our niece when she was 7 years old.  She's now 12 and still a cutie!!

Supplies used:
Paper: Colorbok
Prima Flowers
Clear Letter Stickers
Glitter Gems: Home Made
Stencil: Donna Downey
EK Success Border Punch
Silver Color Mist: Wilton
Sketch: Page Maps (June 2008)

Here's a look at the stenciled background along the upper portion of my page.

I used the border punch to create these layers and the flower was layered with another with a glitter gem added in the center.

The title was added to the left of the photo.

Here's a better look at the layers.  At the top I added ribbon.

Here are the two flower groupings.

Another look at the stencil using a silver color mist.

And the cool glitter gems.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Lovely page Libby - love all the little details on your page and that colour scheme rocks!

  2. Love this really feminine page Libby, using the blues & greens, & all your scallops & border punched pp. So lovely with your pretty photo & flowers.
    Thank you for joining us at ARTastic!

  3. Greate use of your stencil. Love the silver spray, it really gives a fun effect to you LO.
    Thank you for playing along using stencil/mask at ARTastic this month :)

  4. Libby what a great page, I never thought that a dot mask/stencil would be so effective but it creates a great background. Thanks for joining us again in an Artastic challenge.

  5. You have been busy. All those layers, and colours look good. Your use of stencilling looks great especially with the silver colour mist. Thanks for playing along with our challenge at ARTastic, I hope you had fun with it.

  6. Libby, what a wonderful job you did with the stenciling and all those lovely Lacey layers!! You have truly created a work of art. So glad you could join us at ARTastic. Blessings

  7. Great layout, lots of details! Thanks for playing with us on ARTastic

  8. Hi Libby. The dot stencil makes a fabulous background and I love how you've layered the punched borders. Very feminine! Cheers, Di

  9. I love your spotty stenciled background, and your layered borders look fab, as do the added flowers! Thanks for joining in this month :)