Souped Up Storage – StencilGirl Blog Hop with Seth Apter

Hi StencilGirl lovers, today we get to play with Seth Apter’s three bold new stencils and I chose the Numbers Stencil L184 for it’s great marks and numbers.

973There will be a giveaway and fabulous projects so be sure to visit all the players on the list at the bottom of this post.

I like making my own storage containers for the studio out of recycled materials.  They look great, remind me of things I love and are truly functional.  Seth’s stencil is so like his artwork, refined, graphic and with a bit of an urban grafitti feel, texture and always some rust. Here is where I took it.

I started off with a sheet of paper I had stamped all over using a variety of commercial stamps a texture one of my own and permanent inks.

Souped up Storage stamped sheetUsing dark indigo blue  and indian yellow acrylic paints on the gelli plate I overprinted this stencil several times in a random fashion on the stamped sheet.

Souped up Storage gelli printI cut this sheet apart and assembled the various storage containers.  A wood box that had been quickly painted in a green acrylic, a dog biscuit carton, and two large tomato cans.

Souped up StorageYou can see them all here filled with materials.

The box is a direct homage to Seth’s use of gears and rusted metal in his work.  I pasted the paper all around, added black metallic ink, a rusty washer, a gear and a push pin for the topper. It’s great to hold my collection of paper clips.

Souped up Storage Box Souped up Storage box close up handleWho new a pushpin painted metallic black and glued into place could look so good!  Next I wrapped the papers around the carton and added washi tape and embossing paste to give a bold graphic appeal. Perfect for tall brushes.

Souped up Storage CartonI adore the xxx too.  Reminds me of  Antoni Tapies who is one of my favorite artists and Seth’s too, we share a love of his work. You will see the XXX on this can.

Souped up Storage can #1


The embossing paste gives the x’s a gritty look. Tapies often used dirt to enhance the texture in his pieces, fitting don’t you think?  And finally, can #2 holding all of these markers and pens.

Souped up Storage can #2Humble materials become graphic storage and NOW pure inspiration in my studio.

Hop along and see what other fabulous project emerged from this creative and oh so talented team.


Seth Apter

Carolyn Dube

Kirsten Reed

Marjie Kemper

Janet Joehlin

Corrine Gilman…that’s me

Linda Cain

Mary C. Nasser

Maria McGuire

Don’t forget to visit each and every one to increase your chances of winning…happy hopping.








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147 Responses to “Souped Up Storage – StencilGirl Blog Hop with Seth Apter”

  1. froebelsternchen Susi September 13, 2013 at 2:17 am #

    wonderful things created with the stencil!

  2. Jo Murray September 13, 2013 at 2:42 am #

    That’s such a neat idea Corrine. Love it.

  3. Gill September 13, 2013 at 3:51 am #

    Great projects Corinne – I especially like the box!

  4. Karen September 13, 2013 at 6:25 am #

    well done, Corrine. Inspired to go raid the recycle bin…

  5. Jackie September 13, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    Gorgeous colors!

  6. Dawn September 13, 2013 at 7:44 am #

    Brilliant makes Corrine, gorgeous to look at and incredibly helpful in your studio. I loved seeing the process too, thank-you so much for sharing sweetie.
    Huge hugs x x x x

  7. Annette G September 13, 2013 at 8:04 am #

    terrific results from the stencils. Happy PPF, Annette x

  8. Carolyn Dube September 13, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    Now these are containers! What happy places to keep you pens and such!

  9. Lisa Graham September 13, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    Look at this! Brilliant idea Corrine. I have a soup can that has a cactus that my boy painted when he was young and I keep my palette knives in it. Now I want more cans! Thanks for the inspiration. And Seth’s stencils ARE so New York City…awesome. xo

  10. Christine September 13, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    Beautiful stencil work and I love storage containers, pretty yet practical.

  11. Suzy September 13, 2013 at 8:37 am #

    I really like that you used recycled cans and not only turned them into practical items for your studio but turned them into art with Seth’s graphic stencil pattern! They are works of art! Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. joy September 13, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    I love the way you have used Seth’s stencils to make such useful storage containers! Thanks for sharing your process.

  13. Ronni Hunter September 13, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    Love the graffiti look! Great post.

  14. Karenliz September 13, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    love these. i saw them on pinterest this morning and already pinned them!

  15. Nina Lise@Mrs Moen September 13, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    That is so cool, making functional artwork out of little nothings!
    Your brushes look remarkable clean!

  16. Jane September 13, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    Corrine, I love these containers. I bought the stencil and now I am totally inspired.. a weekend project perhaps! Thank you.

  17. Ruth September 13, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    Thank you so much for this awesome opportunity to check out your really fun artwork and also enter for a chance to win Seth’s really amazing stencils! I’m so glad you were in this hop so that I could find your blog! Definitely one I’ll be following from here on out. I lovelovelove your stuff!!!

  18. valerie-Jael September 13, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    You have made some fun stuff with that wonderful stencil! Valerie

  19. francine perri September 13, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    would love the chance to win Seth’s stencils they are awesome!

  20. Jessica Sporn September 13, 2013 at 9:39 am #

    fabulous post and great ideas for repurposing. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  21. Kat September 13, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    Great art! Your containers all look fabulous, so full of energy and spice!

  22. Judy Shea September 13, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    Corrine.. I love your recycle up-dos… Seth’s stencils made these containers not just like “containers”.. they are art now.

  23. Louison September 13, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    So beautoful!!!!

  24. Debbie September 13, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    These are fantastic! You’ve really inspired me.Thank you.

  25. Mary Warren September 13, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    I’ve always loved covering up old stuff with paper but your paper is exquisite! On to another look for my mess.

  26. Hope Amen September 13, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    I Love how you used the stencils and I love turning discarded into art….well done!

  27. Carole M September 13, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    Great stencil and project.

  28. ionabunny September 13, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    Fantastic paper you made and great recycling.

  29. gloria September 13, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    Great work with the stencils. You are really very good with them. Nice job on all.

  30. gloria September 13, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    Oh sorry, I think I lost the other comment. Great work on the stencils, really very nice job. Thanks

  31. becky voth September 13, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    How CLEVER are you! The way you created the storage containers fits right in with Seth’s style on the stencils! FABULOUS!

  32. Lori September 13, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    Fantastic work with the stencils! Love the colors on your project!

  33. Denise S September 13, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    This project looks great! I have been saving some cans and cigar boxes so I better get started.

  34. Marilyn J. Rock September 13, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    You are magical with this stencil! I love all the things you created with it! You’re brilliant but I knew that! xxoo

  35. jan September 13, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    Can’t have too many storage containers and yours have become art in themselves! I love that stencil, so many ways to utilize it. You did great with it, very inspiring.

  36. Linda K September 13, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    Corrine these are the most wonderful, artful projects!! How could you not be inspired with these containers in your art space. Love your tribute box to Seth’s style. His edgy new stencils are-so fabulous!I hope to win one!

  37. Kathy @ Katalina Jewelry September 13, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    Gorgeous colors and great storage project ideas!

  38. Donna September 13, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    I should do this, I have just plain cans sitting on my desk……silly me!

  39. Renee White September 13, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    Love the layering with these stencils….some of my new favorites!

  40. Julie September 13, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    Another beautiful project! My fav is your paperclip box 🙂

  41. Julie September 13, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    Another beautiful project! My fav is your paperclip box 🙂

  42. Stephanie Rodgers September 13, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    Perfect containers for an art room!

  43. Gillian Pearce September 13, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    Love the use of the stencil on the box. Nice change!

  44. Bleubeard and Elizabeth September 13, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    What a fantastic way to put those stencils to work. I love the way you recycled that box, and of course, the cans. Loved the idea of using that push pin. So clever for so little cost and so much impact.

    Have a super weekend, too, dear.

  45. Linda Kittmer September 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    I love your idea! I need to organize my studio again…de-clutter, etc. and then I’d like to do something like this! Thanks for the inspiration.

  46. Gerrie Johnnic September 13, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    Amazing transition……makes me want to get out my paints and stencils and create on the walls!

  47. Janelle R September 13, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    Holy cow! How awesome! I have been thinking about decorating my “cans” and things – thanks SO much for the inspiration ! They look terrific, and I know they must make you smile. Loving these stencils!!

  48. Melissa September 13, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    Absolutely an awesome piece

  49. Terrie -Creative Explorer September 13, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    Fabulous stencil and you’ve used it perfectly. Your piece looked very urban/graffiti like and it’s so practical to use your own art to decorate your storage. I tend to leave mine plain – maybe I should rethink that…..after all I have all these gelli prints now!

  50. Leovi September 13, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    Excellent compositions! I love those colors! I think it’s a nice lesson!

  51. Kirsten Alicia September 13, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    They look amazing, I love the little box.

  52. Monica Lowrance September 13, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    I just love it!!! I need to “borrow” mom’s coffee can!

  53. rita montgomery September 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    Love the look of grafitti and grunge. your cans and boxes are amazing. Thanks for the chance to win these amazing stencils.

  54. aga September 13, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    wow you have been busy and it looks like you had lots of fun. Lovely creativity, little spark of inspiration and limitless expression. Thank you for sharing

  55. Christi Conley September 13, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    Awesome recycling! This is a very inspiring! 🙂

  56. KathyL September 13, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    Great job. Love the stencils

  57. Abigail Davidson September 13, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    The overall technique is beautiful! Love the effect of layering stencils. Happy PPF!

  58. sarah fishburn September 13, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    Love what you did with these!

  59. julie m September 13, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    What a fun idea to make master pages for decorating storage containers. Always looking for creative uses for all the gelli pages that I have.

  60. Pattyb September 13, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    WOW! LOCED your projects! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  61. Cheryl September 13, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

    Great stencil. What a great way to spruce up all the containers in my studio. Going to have to give it a try. Having this stencil would be a great start. Thanks for sharing.

  62. Kirsten Reed September 13, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    Very hip and cool! I love how you make your own supply holders. Great idea!

  63. Arnoldo L. Romero September 13, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    I love all the fun storage pieces you made with the hand painted paper you made. Seth’s stencil is really cool too. Blessings!

  64. victoria September 13, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    Super beautiful..such a gorgeous and creative post! Fabulous!

  65. Dotti September 13, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    This is my favorite of all of Seth’s stencils. Love the layering you’ve done!

  66. Erica Hersh September 13, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

    Love that you thought outside the box!!! Fantastic ideas!! <3

  67. Annette Maloney September 13, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    Thank you for the opportunity to win!


  68. Donna Joy September 13, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    very unique use of these stencils!

  69. Jessica Walthall September 13, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    Love what you did here! And I’d love a chance to win one of these awesome stencils!

  70. Mary C. Nasser September 13, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    Such fabulous containers to organize your studio even more!!
    Love them all!!

  71. Lizzy Wurmann September 13, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

    I’m loving ALL these storage boxes and cans!!!!!!!!

  72. Denni September 13, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    Wow. Not only beautiful, but tangibly useful!

  73. Renee Zarate September 13, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    Terrific ideas! So pretty and practical.

  74. Gemma maggs September 13, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    I love the colours . Amazing project and stencil

  75. Helen Campbell September 13, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    I love how you used your gorgeous papers to create containers for your studio! You’ve inspired me to do the same thing to my ho-hum storage containers. Cheers!

  76. Andrea September 13, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    Wow, you have inspired me to go make some pencil holders! These are all great!

  77. AngieB September 13, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

    I love how one beautiful sheet covered so many storage dispensers! Beautiful paper!

  78. Susan September 13, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    Love how you’ve used the stencil. I love to recycle my cans too and this is a great idea.

  79. Debbie September 13, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    Cool graffiti art! Love the fun colors too

  80. pat upton September 13, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    Storage never looked so good!
    Pupton58 at gmail dot com

  81. Mickie September 13, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    This is something I would make for myself, love the stenciling.

  82. audrey September 13, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

    I LOVE the box, Corrine. You’ve done so many steps in its creation ~ what fun!! And the end product is not only a work of art, but functional. Seth’s stencils are fabulous with so many options for their use.

  83. Janis in ID September 13, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

    This is just so fun seeing everyone’s projects!! Love your work with these stencils!!
    <3 J

  84. angi eharis September 13, 2013 at 11:39 pm #

    perfect! i am soaking some containers as i write this, now i am really inspired and i think i know how i will cover them! tx for sharing and inspiring, aloha, angi in hana

  85. Nan G September 14, 2013 at 12:50 am #

    Wonderful up cycling and fab use of the stencil.

  86. Maria McGuire September 14, 2013 at 1:14 am #

    This is what I call recycling to the greatest sense of the word! FANTASTIC!

  87. muriel September 14, 2013 at 2:31 am #

    I’m amazed at what all the artists on this blog hop do with these stencils. Really a must-have for me, thye offer so many possibilities. Your many layers are great.

  88. Heather B September 14, 2013 at 4:18 am #

    I love all the vibrant projects that are being created with this stencil. It seems so versatile.

  89. Giggles September 14, 2013 at 4:41 am #

    Corrine these are amazing…I love functional art too!! Beautiful pattern and color, not to mention great storage….always a plus!!

    Hugs Giggles

  90. Tina Hicks September 14, 2013 at 5:14 am #

    You turned the mundane into true works of art. Soup cans and empty boxes never looked so good! Having Seth’s stencils helped pull them all together. Thank you for the tutorial.

  91. Sarah A September 14, 2013 at 6:14 am #

    Brilliant, just brilliant! My favourite is the tall pencil pot – love the combinations of papers

  92. Lynda September 14, 2013 at 7:47 am #

    Makes me want to organize my desk with ideas using these stencils…

  93. Jenny Lee September 14, 2013 at 7:55 am #

    These are wonderful Corrine! I think you should sell them in your etsy shop! I just found out I will be hopping with Jane Lafazio later this year. I chosen my stencil girl stencil … can’t wait to play around with it. Have a great day!

  94. Rebecca I-f September 14, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    came by your blog via my mixed media group on FB & then the blog hop…
    ~ thanks for sharing your art, I am enjoying it ~ inspired, R 😉

  95. Kay Wallace September 14, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    Very artsy upcycling, Corrine…and no one is better! Love the vibrant colors, that stencil, and the fact that your project won’t just sit on a shelf without function. Love that you use your project and enjoy the! Mwah!

  96. APG Jamie September 14, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    Very cool colors (lol) Thanks, I’m about to do a project with cans and now I not only think I can, but know I can

    again LOL

  97. Seth September 14, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    I love how you blended in the stencil designs into the background. And it was so cool to see the many and varied uses for the beautiful art you created. And referencing Tapies….perfect! Thanks so very much for being a part of the bloghop Corrine.

  98. Susan September 14, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    What great inspiration!

  99. Melva Bates September 14, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    Love the way you have incorporated the way Seth works his magic with various found pieces. The stencil is awesome.

  100. Anna Ely September 14, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    What a beautiful coordinated set for any desk! Love recycling old containers into something new and useful! This is terrific!

  101. Lura Brown September 14, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    i dont know how anyone can pick just one of the stencils but you sure did do amazing things with the one you did pick. really loved it all. xoxo

  102. Lizzie September 14, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    Love how you have used this stencil- great idea!

  103. Gunvor September 14, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    Too cool! I will nick this idea and make myself some storage for my office. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  104. marykay September 14, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    how awesome of you using recycled bits and bobs. love it alot. I use then in my craft room as well. love all the colors your used. great job

  105. Marilynn September 14, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    I LOVE this… I was just trying to figure out some storage for my art supplies! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  106. Anne O'Connor September 14, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    I love all the creative ways you have used Seth’s stencil! Thanks for hosting a giveaway.

  107. Marilynn September 14, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    oops… might have done yours out of order…so I’m back and still loving it!

  108. s September 14, 2013 at 6:30 pm #


  109. NM Creatrix September 14, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

    love it

  110. cindy September 14, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    Gelli plates and altered containers…. 2 of my favorite things!!

  111. Bronny September 14, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    WOW WOW WOW………. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am a BIG fan of recycling containers too!!!
    Love what you did!
    You have inspired me!

  112. Tamiko McCurry September 15, 2013 at 12:24 am #

    now this looks like fun unlimited! with a purpose! always looking for things for storage and now you have created art.. and made is functional! I LOVE IT!! OK NOW I NEED TO WIN THE STENCILS!!! lol

  113. lynn cohen September 15, 2013 at 1:35 am #

    Love what you’ve done using Seth Apter’s Stencils. Would be fun to win one. Good luck to everyone trying to do the same. Enjoying this blog hop!

  114. kirstin September 15, 2013 at 5:52 am #

    Wow = Such a creative use of your beautiful art work = I would love to have these in my studio!! Kirstin x

  115. Anne 0904 September 15, 2013 at 7:19 am #

    Great way of using your art-work! Thanks for sharing.

  116. Anne September 15, 2013 at 7:20 am #

    Fabulous pieces and you are an awesome photographer, too! 🙂

  117. Candice September 15, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    Cool! They look vintage.

  118. Sheila September 15, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    Awesome. Love the storage containers you created.

  119. Deb Drucker September 15, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    I love the use of the stencils….wonderful pieces and a great way to recycle, reuse and revive! 🙂

  120. Elizabeth Kapkan September 15, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    Beautiful way to recycle. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

  121. Elizabeth Kapkan September 15, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    I love the use of light blue and white in the background. I am moving the hop Thanks for sharing your great design.

  122. Karen L. September 15, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    I always love seeing the art and the ideas of ways to use the art. Thank you for sharing! (and the giveaway! – Pick me!)

  123. Nancy Lee September 15, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    Oh. how cute! Too cute! Love you idea!

  124. Lyn September 15, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    Love those containers sooooo much. Great project and great blog hop.

  125. Barbara I. September 15, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    Genius! Thanks for sharing how you used Seth’s stencil to create part of the design for your storage containers. Great stuff!

  126. Nadine September 15, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    Great job with the stencil and Thanks for the great ideas for using gelli prints

  127. Helen Markee September 15, 2013 at 3:45 pm #


  128. Amy in Texas September 15, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    Great assortment of projects with that stencil. Thanks for the inspiration.

  129. p quilty September 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    your box and marker holder turned out really great thanks to your talent and Seths stencils.

  130. Leann Lindeman September 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    Awesome creation! I sure would love to play with these stencils!

  131. Char Coburn September 15, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    Spending the afternoon on this hop has been magical for me. I’ve been playing with mixed media projects for some time and to have found all of you who are sharing the techniques and processes that will help me achieve the look I desire is incredible I love that you used the stencil to create a look for another object. I love altering books so all of your tutorials are invaluable. To have Seth’s stencils to add to my collection would be amazing. I will be back here!

  132. Mary Ann September 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    Great use of these fab stencils!

  133. Candice Schwark September 15, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    So creative and colorful!! Thanks for the ideas!

  134. Tanya Phenis September 15, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    So very cool! Can’t wait to have these stencils too 🙂

  135. Maggie M September 15, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    Now you’re talking my kind of storage ideas!! Great use of Seth’s stencil, thanks for the great ideas!

  136. Gaye September 15, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    Very inspiring up-cyling! This stencil is made for layering! Great idea….

  137. Jane Simons September 15, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    These stencils are amazing, never seen any like these. Thanks!

  138. Linda on the Prairie September 15, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

    Best use of soup cans since Andy Warhol!

  139. Lee Thompson September 15, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

    Love the grungy look of your storage containers. Thanks for the hop! 🙂

  140. B. Totten September 15, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    It’s hard to chose just one!

  141. sharon peart September 15, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    Corinne thanks for sharing what you did and how you did it.. love all this type of creativity.. Gives me so many ideas..

  142. Ronda September 15, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    I love the box this stencil really adds a pop of life to everything. thank you for sharing. Smilz

  143. Carina September 15, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

    Cool stuff made with a cool stencil…would like to try myself.

  144. sharon September 16, 2013 at 12:04 am #

    You are the flippin BOMB Corrine! I just can’t keep up with you, these are amazing, wonderful, great!! Love how you recycle, and how you use the stencil on top of patterns already…I keep saying I gotta do that! You inspire me so!

  145. Amy Davis King September 16, 2013 at 12:33 am #

    Great inspiration for use of Seth’s stencils and making our creative space more artistic – Thanks!

  146. Chris September 18, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

    OMG! Fabulous work with these!

  147. Marjie Kemper September 18, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    Corrine! These are TOTALLY AWESOME and 100% unique… I love them!

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