StencilGirl Blog Hop – Grateful – Jane LaFazio

Happy Friday everyone.  I am so grateful to share this blog hop with everyone and to share a little bit about my project which is mail art. For this project I used Jane LaFazio’s  Pods Stencil

L043-2TAnd since our theme for the hop was grateful, I really felt that making mail art to send to all my arty mail friends was a way to express my appreciation for their freely given art projects sent to me in the mail all year long.  Mail art is all about making art for it’s own sake and sharing correspondence with people around the world.  Many people are somewhat mystified as to what mail art is, so here are some references for you all to look at and see what the fun is about. The wikipedia site has a good overall explanation that will get you started.  Beyond that their is the International Union of Mail Artists, a world wide organization with individuals and groups based on topics – like recycling for instance.  This book “Good Mail Day” ,where you will learn everything you need to get started.   My friend Pamela Gerard , who got me started and who makes fantastic mail art and mail art zines.  She is  a great source of information on all kinds of mail art related information.  And last but never least, Karen Isaacson, a personal friend, collage artist and organizer par extraordinaire of a swap group I try and participate in as often as possible.  All these resources should let you dip your toe in the mail art world.

Now to the project itself.  I started with some gelli plate prints of the stencil I created with acrylic paint in Fall pod tones, sunflower yellows and light browns and also some spraying through the stencil as well in metallic pinks and oranges.

I used cereal boxes and cut them to 4×6 post card size pieces.  Cut down the gelli prints to 4×6 pieces and glued them together resulting in these post card blanks…



Using markers and stick on letters from various fonts I created some GRATEFUL sayings to embellish the post cards.

All of these beauties will be wending their way to friends all over soon.  But I didn’t stop there.  In the process of spraying I was left with a wonderful overspray page.  So I laid the stencil down one more time and sprayed it through the middle.  I used this paper as the basis for an art journal page.



I hope you enjoy the hop.  There will be marvelous projects throughout and don’t forget to visit everyone to increase your chances of winning one of Jane’s wonderful stencils.

Corrine Gilman  thanks for stopping in…that’s me


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65 Responses to “StencilGirl Blog Hop – Grateful – Jane LaFazio”

  1. Jo Murray November 8, 2013 at 1:35 am #

    Hi Corrine…love those Gelli plate prints. That stencil works so well with that technique.

  2. deb November 8, 2013 at 2:17 am #

    I was a happy recipient! Its beautiful! Thank you Corrine!!

  3. Ruth L November 8, 2013 at 3:19 am #

    Gelli plate is my favorite, I really loved what you did!

  4. Marilyn J. Rock November 8, 2013 at 5:18 am #

    What a wonderful stencil and awesome art work you did with it! Love this technique and you are brilliant my friend! xxoo

  5. Amante del Papel November 8, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    I love this stencil, and your work is fantastic, love it!

  6. Kat November 8, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    Oh I love the bright Autumn yellow color of this Corrine, it reminds me of a golden Autumn’s afternoon.

  7. Linda Kittmer November 8, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    Corrine, I couldn’t agree more about the fun of mail art. In this day of everything electronic, it’s so much fun to find a beautiful piece of personalized mail art in the box. I’m sure the recipients will be thrilled when they see these!

  8. Jennifer November 8, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    So fun! Mail art is such a great idea, especially with all the electronic mail that we now use way too often. I know my mom would love some mail art from me and my kids. I think this would be a fun project for the weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Gill November 8, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    I love your gelli prints with Jane’s fabulous stencil!

  10. Kirsten Reed November 8, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I love the fact that you up cycled cereal boxes. I do the same but have never thought to use for postcards. Love all the wonderful grateful sayings you put on them. Your friends will be lucky to receive such a lovely piece of mail!!

  11. Jane LaFazio November 8, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    your friends will be thrilled! thanks so much for participating in the blog hop!!

  12. Jane LaFazio November 8, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    Just noticed they were cereal boxes! fabulous, I love using cereal boxes too!

  13. Angela ng November 8, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    Thankyou for the inspiration. I came over via the blog hop andi’m loving it.. Seeing all the various inspirations.. Cheers..

  14. Mary C. Nasser November 8, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Beautiful warm colors and textures and layers!
    Going to look more into mail art myself!
    Thanks for the links! 🙂

  15. ann @ studiohyde November 8, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    Hi Corinne, this is such a great project to do. Love the colours of these cards.

  16. jan November 8, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    Wonderful! Postcards are a good way to go, plus cheaper to mail!

  17. socrates November 8, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    What a great idea to incorporate words. Your cards are lovely. And I’m very happy to got to find your blog, very beautiful artwork.

  18. Pamela November 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    Corrine–great post, as usual and thanks for the shout-out! Love your mail art.

  19. Nancy November 8, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    Beautiful colors on a great mail-art project.

  20. Teresa Richardson November 8, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    Beautiful postcards! Love the fall colors

  21. Sandy Karsten November 8, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    Who doesn’t love the effects you get with a gelli plate!! I never thought of postcards – with cereal boxes!

  22. Robin Parton November 8, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    What a wonderful use of gelli plates and the stencils. Lucky friends to receive these cards.

  23. Dawn November 8, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    Ooh what bright, cheerful and downright happy mail-art sweetie, simply gorgeous. Really needed a cheer-up today and you have well and truly hit the spot, thank-you my lovely. Gotta add that I love that stencil too, brilliant texture tool methinks.
    Huge hugs x x x x

  24. Sue Young November 8, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    Grateful that you used my beloved Gelli Plate with these fab stencils!!!!!

  25. NancyLee November 8, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    Great colors, great project,
    what fun you are having! Like little kids getting something
    in the mail! I keep cereal boxes too… showing this to hubby!

  26. Deborah M November 8, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    Mail art!! Love this idea!! One more thing to try!

  27. Leslie November 8, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    Lovely cards! autumn is such a good time of year.

  28. sona November 8, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

    I had not heard of mail art. what a wonderful concept. I’ll explore the references you gave in your post. thanks!

  29. Barbara Burns November 8, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

    I love what you created for mail art – I had never heard of it before but what a wonderful idea! Thank you for introducing me to this!

  30. Dawn Meisch November 8, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    Ah…one more idea for combining the gelli plate and stencils!

  31. Jane November 8, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

    Corrine.. I love yellow!

  32. Denise Spillane November 8, 2013 at 11:04 pm #

    I am feeling so grateful to see this hop. Great post

  33. Karen November 9, 2013 at 7:31 am #

    gorgeous cards – who wouldn’t be grateful to receive one in their mailbox? I have grand plans for catching up on mail this weekend. perhaps the gelli plate and some stencils are in order….

  34. Kim Mailhot November 9, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    Fantabulous !!! I love that stencil. Lucky friends receiving your great and always fun art !

  35. textilerecycler November 9, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    I’m a fan & follower Corrine and making the post cards is a great idea! Thx.

  36. April Lopez November 9, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    How pretty

  37. leslie mcneil November 9, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    …and a beautiful glow it IS, miss corrine! love it! {thank you!} 🙂 xo

  38. barbara macacskill November 9, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    Such beautiful mail art!! The recipients are sure to have that glow when they receive these! I adore the lovely yellows and brown with the hints of pink and orange! They look a lot like colors of the leaves that are blowing around in my back yard! TFS!

  39. Lura Brown November 9, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    wow you can send it to me anytime. so grateful to see all the inspiration and the chance to win some really great prizes. you rock. xoxo

  40. Jean November 9, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

    Grateful for all the ideas I have seen so far on the hop! Love your Gelli plate prints and colors!

  41. Judy Shea November 9, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    Love Cereal boxes. love you colors. love your cards. Lucky receivers.

  42. Traci Johnson November 9, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    Wonderful ideas all around! Love the cereal boxes and the gelli prints. What a fun project!

  43. julie m November 9, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    Very striking page.

  44. lakelly November 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    So many ways to use the stencils! Thanks for the reminder about using cereal boxes!

  45. Randi S November 9, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    Great looking postcards! I’ve got some ideas stirring up . , . !

  46. Elaine Wirthlin November 9, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

    What a good way to use a gelli plate!

  47. Jackie M November 9, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    This is the first time I’ve heard of mail art . Ive heard of people trading ATC casrds by mail. I love this project and I plan to use up the stack of cereal boxes into mail art!!!
    I am grateful for the resting time I have been given to be able to devote towards bible studies art projects and meeting new people in my community and online!

  48. Marsha November 9, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your great ideas!

  49. stamping sue November 10, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    fun project and great way to get messy! inky fingers is a good thing.
    stamping sue

  50. Monica Lowrance November 10, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    Pretty and vibrant! Definitely uplifting.

  51. Roxanne Hawley November 10, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    Now I know what mail art is. ..very interesting. I like the way you used Jane’s stencils.

  52. Linda on the Prairie November 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    The white space makes the color more vibrant.

  53. valerie-Jael November 10, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    Wonderful colours, I am addicted to yellows and oarage and red just now. Valerie

  54. Linda B. November 10, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

    outstanding uses of color! love it!

  55. Kay Wallace November 10, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    Very classy cereal box upgrade, Corrine!! They do make a sturdy substrate, don’t they? I am a Gelli print snob, and love the ones you have created here. They work beautifully here for your harvest theme!

  56. Maria McGuire November 11, 2013 at 2:12 am #

    Who wouldn’t be excited to get a piece of mail art like that!!!!

  57. Linda Vincent November 11, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    Great project…I especially like the shot of al the papers cut and ready. Very inspiring….

  58. Denise S. November 11, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

    I love what you came up with for this stencil. I am so glad you included recycling in the mail art.

  59. Carmen Lucero November 12, 2013 at 12:01 am #

    Corrine, your postcards will be greatly appreciated by your friends. The colors you used are so appropriate to the season and to the harvest quotes!

  60. Rosanne B. Berton November 12, 2013 at 12:41 am #

    Just visited Pennsylvania and loved the gold color everywhere…just like your work. Thank you for sharing.

  61. Suzanne R November 12, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    Love the idea for creating mail art; great colours and designs. tfs be blessed, Suzanne 🙂

  62. Diana Caho November 12, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    I am grateful for learning so many techniques using these stencils. This is so much fun.

  63. Jackie N November 12, 2013 at 11:04 pm #

    Corrine, I love your colors! Thanks for hopping!

  64. Gini Cagle November 13, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    What adorable postcards! Sure to brighten someone’s day!

  65. ann deakers November 17, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    thanks for your wonderful tutorial…mail art rocks!!!

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