Monday, December 9, 2013

Luscious Layers of Holiday Color with TEXTures 2 stencils!

Hello all, this is Jill K. Berry, I am excited to be back here as a guest to show you
my new stencils with one of the sponsors here, Artistcellar. 

 
The stencils are abstracted poems and writing inspired by some of my favorite people,
and make great backgrounds and patterns for journals and decorative papers.

The theme this month is holiday colors.

The first project is blue and white, the unofficial colors of Hanukkah.
For this project I painted watercolor paper in lots of shades of blue acrylic.


I used white paint with the Picasso stencil over the top with a stencil brush.
The paint should be fairly dry on the brush to get crisp images.


Then I cut out this cute gift box that latches together by small slits in the paper.

You can download the pattern for this box HERE.

The second project is a Christmas Journal photo box in green and red,
the traditional colors of this holiday.
For this one I went wild with all shades of green on the paper.


Then I used the Bird stencil, which is a Maya Angelou quote
“A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” 
I used red acrylic with the stencil brush to do the entire sheet.


This paper was made into a small wrap box to hold special photos or small sheets of paper
for a Christmas journal. Give each person in your family a paper,
have them write their memories and wishes and keep them with photos.
You could start a new tradition for your family by making one of these each year.

One Christmas my daughter was kissed by a sea lion.


You can download the pattern for this box HERE. Enlarge it to fit the contents you wish to add, and weave in a ribbon on the lines indicated.

My last project was a page in my journal that I did to celebrate and learn about Kwanzaa, an African holiday celebrated throughout the world. The colors of Kwanzaa are green for the fertile land of Africa; black for the color of the people; and red for the blood that is shed in the struggle for freedom.

This year the theme is "Sewing and Harvesting Seeds of Good."


I used the Gera stencil to decorate the papers for the candles and the girl's skirt.
Gera is inspired by the talismanic characters of the African artist Gera.

Fill your holiday season with the colors that make you happy!

“Mere color, unspoiled by meaning,
and unallied with definite form,
can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways. ”

 

Leave a comment and tell us what colors you would choose for your own holiday. 

On Dec. 19th we will pick a winner here for a set of these stencils. 

Visit the rest these blogs for more chances to win!
12/10 Brian Kasstle  
12/11 Mel Kolstad 
12/12 Kim Rae Nugent 
12/13 Jodi Ohl 
12/14 Effy Wild 
12/15 Tamara Laporte 
12/16 Jane Davenport 
12/17 Chris Cozen 
12/18 Guadalupe Brizuela Cabal 
12/19 Jill K. Berry

79 comments:

  1. Any colour, all colours - not just red and green!

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  2. I love a lot of color!!! any color!!

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  3. Wow, I love your blog! Glad that I found it. I love color, but purple and gold are my favorites. My email is serra.ap.owen@comcast.net

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  4. I love how those stencils add to the background colors. I like the traditional red and green to dominate but then add every other color to them.

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  5. I'm a traditionalist and stick to mainly red, green and silver and natural colors.

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  6. leaving a comment for Debstxmusic@yahoo.com or Debbie Schindler Sager, who is not able to post!

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  7. I like all the colours. This year I seem to be drawn to red, green and gold. The past few years it was blues and silvers. I would love to win these stencils!

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  8. Ever since I started quilting many years ago, I learned to like almost all colors, but my favorite color is still purple. So any holiday of mine would have to include purple.

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  9. I am drawn to the Christmas colors this month, but then again, I am drawn to all the colors. Love your idea for the gift box. Thanks Jill for sharing, Judith, Texas

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  10. I love the silver and turquoise decorations I've seen lately.

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  11. For December I like gold with anything: red, pink, orange, navy blue, ...

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  12. I would use as many colors as possible!

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  13. I love soft blues and soft reds, to be honest. But I live in Florida, so our holidays are pretty jewel-toned. And gold, of course!

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  14. I would choose ALL the bright colors for my holiday - mixed with black and white. :)

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  15. Any color, every color, all colors! I couldn't do without any of them. As soon as I would eliminate a color -- say brown -- then I would lose the earth. Every color is that way. Lose orange and you lose robins, blue would eliminate the sky, and so forth. Thank goodness we have a colorful world.

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  16. I love any colors but deep blues and silver is something I think is very pretty !

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  17. Those are awesome stencils!

    I find myself drawn to a red and aqua combo...not that I have a decorating style...if you were to say what my holiday style is I'd say...Christmas themed stuffed critter!:)

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  18. I really like blue and white, or blue and silver for Christmas.
    I love that little box - could totally see using that to make an advent calendar!

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  19. Warm colors including gold and pink and orange!

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  20. I would use all different kinds of bright colors. Linda
    lindagreiss@gmail.com

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  21. I like blue and silver. My second choice would be white on white. I really like these stencils. They will add alot of depth to backgrounds.

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  22. I have been drawn to pink and lime green lately. Not sure why but I boughten a whole pad of Christmas paper because it had those colors a lot.

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  23. Red and white with lots of fresh greens, but inevitably all the other colors creep in as we celebrate.

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  24. I love turquoise with shades of oranges! Though I guess that's not typically holiday ....

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  25. Wow! Great stencils Jill and cool projects to boot! love your colours! thank you for the opportunity!

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  26. Little blue and yellow Swedish flags in a garland on the fresh-cut and fragrant Christmas tree.

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  27. Tough question...I find that I love just about every color these days, although I will admit that I am especially drawn to oranges and yellows and aquas. =D I remember as a kid (and my kids did/do the same thing to me now) asking everyone what their favorite color was...gosh, how can you pick a favorite?!? As much as I love to just pick up a pencil and draw, I adore color more and more nowadays...I find that my favorites are the ones that I look at and think "wow, I want to eat that color", LOL!

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    1. Your idea for making the wrap box to hold photos, etc...what a great idea! I love the thought of giving them to my family each year and writing memories in them. =D

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  28. Kraft paper brown with hunter green and burgundy - longtime favorite scheme.

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  29. I love your stencils and appreciate the step-outs for making the "boxes". Thank you!

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  30. Blue and silver! I love that combo! Those stencils look like a lot of fun to play with. :D

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  31. Green and gold for me!
    Thanks!

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  32. I like using burgundy with silver accents.

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  33. Love the stencils. My fave 'colour' at present is Kraft and natural - so easy on the eye.

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  34. Such beautiful little boxes. I love all things text so these stencils are really exciting!

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  35. Lovely stencils. Would love to win a set!
    Aloha, Kate
    buglady at sonic dot net

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  36. I love to win!!:-)
    paraeloisa@hotmail.com

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  37. I love the stencils and the art is terrific!!

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  38. Purple and chartreuse... intense holiday color!!! LOVE the stencils. XOs to you, Jill!

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  39. My favorite holiday colors are cerulean blue, chartreuse, and violet! I have a little Christmas tree that I decorate these colors every year, and it makes me the most happy!!!

    Jenn
    theprettypouter@yahoo.com

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  40. Wonderful folding photo box. Love the stenciled cover.

    My colors would be jewel tones: rich purple, teal, fuchsia. Love the depth and brightness these colors bring.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

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  41. My favorite holiday colors are the jewel tones...teal, purple, magenta and emerald green.

    Raine
    AquaLuna13@msn.com

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  42. In December I would have to say the traditional combination of red, green and white are my Holy-day favorite… Red represents the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed for all to save us from our sins. Green represent the evergreen a symbol of eternity and the everlasting life we receive through Christ's sacrifice. White represents the purity and sinless life that Jesus lived before He willing took on the sins of the world and gave His life for us all. ~ Merry Christmas!

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  43. THERE YOU ARE! Had problems getting here. Anyway.....thank you for sharing your wonderful box and pattern with us.

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  44. Wow! Another amazing set of stencils. I love what you did with the stencils. I would choose pink and silver. Maybe some white!

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  45. Amazing stencils, thanks for the links to the boxes. My colors would be purple, teal and silver. cooper(at)swva(dot)net

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  46. For me, living here in Australia, this season is summer, so summertime colours of water and the beach, blues and yellows, what work for me. ;-) hgoldsmith@gmail.com

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  47. Green with red, I am a traditionalist. Great ideas, thanks!!

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  48. cool boxes with the stencils paper!! Ruth
    glassart58203@yahoo.com

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  49. I'm a traditionalist too. Red, Green, Silver and Gold. I always decorate with some blue and white, beautiful colors of the winter sky.
    I love the stencils! fiberheart@yahoo.com

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  50. love the tutorial and grateful for a chance to win these stencils!!

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  51. I love the traditional colors, but a little lighter, so more of a neon green and a littler red almost pink...thank you for the chance to win!

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  52. Oh I love all the wonderful colors you used, and thanks for the links to the box patterns. I will be using them this Christmas! Thanks also for a chance to win a set of the stencils!

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  53. Such different ideas. Thanks for the chance to win a set of these stencils.
    deb @ wildbees . me

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  54. I dont know which project i liked most...maybe the kwanzaa? Would love to try these stencils. Ejfield27@gmail.com

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  55. This year, I chose bright kelly green, with hot pink! It's sure is bright and lively! Thanks for a chance to win a stencil set. Love those!
    djanelle(at)austin(dot)rr(dot)com

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  56. Hahah.. my default colors are lime green & purple! For me, that works for any holiday :) textilerecycler(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  57. I love aqua and purple. Your ideas and projects are GREAT!! Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win the stencil set.

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  58. I love all of your projects celebrating all the holidays of the season. I would love to win a set of your stencils. I am new to journaling and they would make a great addition to my supplies.

    pambi7(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  59. LOVE LOVE LOVE these stencils! And love your use of them! Especially the white paint on top of the blues.So creative! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  60. Green and white with a dash of gold!

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  61. Silver and gold for the holidays!

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  62. Love the little boxes you created with your stencilled paper. Need to try them with fabric

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  63. I would have various shades of blues and greens for my holiday colors... Love your stuff!!

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  64. Hi Jill! I would love to create a New Year piece to reflect the new starts in my life. Colors would have to be BRIGHT and a bit WILD. Thinking fuchsia and turquoise and splashes of yellow. I hope I win! :-)

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  65. Absolutely gorgeous colours...what a great way to use these fab stencils. I can see greens with just a dash of pink...yummo.

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  66. With a summer Christmas there has to be blue and yellow but the colours of red and green are still traditional. I love the patterns for collage!

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  67. Love anything to do with folded paper. These are neat little projects. Linda Tanaka, yikesallgone@yahoo.com I don't have any of those IDs so don't know how to comment except by writing all this here.

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  68. Blue or purple and gold - but I love just about any color paired with gold.

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  69. I love stencils and would love to own these! Thanks so much for the chance to win.
    Dianne dadams1959@aol.com

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  70. Wow I love your stencils...I too like the traditional colors of red green and white
    Lkaqyeheart@gmail.com

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  71. traditional red and green with a touch of gold and maybe silver ;)

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  72. For my own holiday, aquamarine, turquoise, ultramarine, mango and papaya, a dash of raspberry juice mixed into real cram, and bright spring green...joy in color!

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  73. Just love these stencils. What unique designs ......
    SusieW

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  74. Purple & white - royal colors!!
    Marcie Aspras
    maspras@hotmail.com

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  75. hoping I'm not too late to enter

    My holiday would be to Rejoice the Feminine colors of Fuchsia, Purple, Lime Green and perhaps some splots of marigold

    ArtistPoet dot Girl @gmail dot com

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