It brings me so much joy to have the amazing women on the StencilGirl Creative Team, and Mary Beth Shaw, using the Empowerment Edition of the Mixed Media Inspiration Deck. When I created the first version of the deck in 2012, it was really something I needed for myself. I was struggling to start and to know when a piece was done. The prompt cards helped me introduce a bit of serendipity into my practice while giving me a way to place creative constraints on myself.
Now, I use the deck pretty religiously when I am struggling to create or finding it difficult to connect to my creative inspiration. I keep a copy of the deck on my art table and even take one with me when I travel!! It's a constant companion.
There are so many different ways to use the deck that I love seeing how others interpret the prompts and how they make it fun for themselves. The most important part of using the deck is that there are no rules and when you want to, you can give yourself challenges and see what happens.
For this blog hop, I followed these guidelines...
MY PERSONAL GUIDELINES
The first thing I did was pick a number of cards to work with in order to put some constraints on myself. Doing this gives me a good start and stop point.
I did the same thing with the stencils I was going to use. I knew that I wanted to have at least two stencils in the spread, so picked these three:
Curves by Mary Beth
Simple Geo Circles by Kae Pea
Stencil Club Stencil from November 2017 by Nathalie Kalbach
Then, I pulled the cards and followed the prompts. Once I got to the final card in my pre-determined number (10 for January 10th), I gave myself permission to be DONE with the spread. If you are like me then you know that sometimes stopping can be the toughest part.
There are so many wonderful ways to follow the prompts. You can do exactly what the cards suggest or you can allow your creative whispers to guide you using the prompts as springboards.
I really love seeing all the wonderful projects by the other ladies in hop and seeing the many ways we all come up with something different even though we are using the same deck of cards. Be sure to check them all out and enter the giveaway for $25 and your very own copy of the MMID.
One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products AND a Mixed Media Inspiration Deck™ Empowerment Edition!
To be entered, just visit the blogs of the team and comment on each for your chance to win!
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Sunday, January 14th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on StencilGirl's Facebook page on Monday, January 15th.
Mary Beth Shaw
Kiala Givehand -- that's me!! Hi!
Mary C. Nasser
I'm so happy you stopped here to check out the deck, play along with us, and enter to win. In the comments below, please tell me how you use the deck (if you own one) or how you think it might help your creative practice if you were to win one. I just might have an extra in my stash to give to a second winner. (Stay tuned).
NOTE: A new shipment of the decks will arrive in the next couple of weeks. If you want to get yours in the next batch, be sure to secure yours TODAY.
I'm Kiala, a student of life first and foremost. And I'm also a published poet, book binder, fountain pen collector, Life Alchemist & Intuitive Soul Guide. I make things, paint things, and write things. I love teaching & empowering women to live with intention. Please, grab a cup of your favorite warm drink, a fountain pen, and your favorite journal. Let's connect!
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