Inner Visions

Inner Visions

Monday, February 24, 2014

Walnut Hollow collaborates with StencilGirl Products



TWO PROJECTS!   Narrow Arrow Pallet with Encaustic + Stencil

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                                Card Box turns Travel Kit 

Narrow Arrow Pallet with Encaustic + Stencil:


I've painted and distressed Walnut Hollow's Narrow Rustic Arrow Pallet with encaustic paints and  StencilGirl's "Scribbles" stencil designed by Daniella Woolf.

As soon as I saw Walnut Hollow's WOOD selections, I jumped for joy!
Wood is the perfect substrate for encaustic painting.


I'm priming the surface of the pallet with two coats of encaustic medium,
 fusing with heat between layers.


I protected each neighboring slat with tape since I'm using a different color for each.

Can you see the bottom connecting piece that I painted black?
I had fun choosing the colors and deciding on different distressed looks.


The "Scribbles" stencil created a crackle look, which I like.



The final piece could hang by itself or in a grouping with other art pieces.
It could also serve as a signpost when hung horizontally.  Just add text.



Card Box turns Travel Kit:


This little Basswood Box by Walnut Hollow may have been designed to hold two decks of cards, but I've found it to be the perfect size for my StencilGirl travel stencils, ink pads, and applicator.



The first thing I did was paint the outside of the box with a base coat; I used a yellow ochre gesso.  After a light sanding, I painted over the ochre with titan buff (not pictured).

Once the second layer of paint was dry, I applied walnut ink to the surface to give it an aged look and let it dry.

Using gel medium, I transferred an ink-jet copy of an old slide to the lid of the box.  Simply spread a thin layer of gel medium right over the paper image, place face down on your desired surface and burnish to remove bubbles.  Carefully lift off after 30-45 seconds to reveal your image.  Let dry.
My little 4x4" stencils fit perfectly in the lid!  I fastened sticky-back Velcro to the inside of the lid (as shown) and made a 'strap' to keep the stencils in place when the lid is closed.  I covered the 'strap' section of Velcro with decorative tape.

I've got my stencils, ink pad, pan pastels and foam applicator all in one place.  I discovered that my little Altoid tin watercolor palette fits in this box too!  

I used my compass rose stencil and a couple of postage stamps to finish up.
I'm ready to go!  


 -Julie Snidle


Now it's your turn to hop on over to see what Jessica Sporn has on her blog.

  • This is a progressive hop meaning that you can hop from blog to blog all in one day.

  • There will be a giveaway consisting of StencilGirl and Walnut Hollow products. All comments on the hop are eligible for the giveaway. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win. Giveaway will close on Sunday, March 2nd at 11:59PM Central Time.

  • Here is a link to the Walnut Hollow website. HERE is a link to the Walnut Hollow Blog where Chris and Sara will be posting. HERE is the link to the StencilGirl website.









71 comments:

  1. Julie--both projects are amazing! Who wouldn't want to travel with your box! Your encaustic just fabulous!!!

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  2. Loved both of them, the travel box was my favorite!

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  3. Wonderful!!! I love the look of the wax on the pallet!!! And what a wonderful travel box!!!

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  4. Julie- I love both pieces- was going to say the slats were my fav, but I think the box is too! Love the encaustics- Beautiful! thank you so much for sharing!

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  5. Your encaustic + the wood is out of this world! Love the travel box- beautiful and practical!

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  6. I love both of these pieces. I want to make a wee travel kit like that! its awesome!

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  7. Great ideas Julie. I especially love the colours and textures in the palette piece!

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  8. Love the encaustic piece!! Have wanted to try encaustic for a long time, this may be the push I need! Also love the little travel box. Awesome!!!

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  9. Great ideas! I love these blog hops as I get so much inspiration from them. Thanks.

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  10. Two fantastic projects. Love your creativity Julie.

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  11. I love what you have done with both items.Great ideas!

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  12. If that box goes missing, it wasn't me ;)
    Seriously, beautiful work!

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  13. Julie.. brilliant. I have no other words or I would take up too many lines here.

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  14. what a neat idea. really like this

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  15. Two great projects - I especially like the box!

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  16. That travel box is very special!

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  17. Love the travel box. Your stencils are wonderful!

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  18. I love the box! I have a few at home that I now know what I can do with them!

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  19. Your 'fence' is beautifully aged and that is a great idea for using a card box. Both projects so well done. Love them...and the giveaway of course.

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  20. The box has a beautiful vintage feel. You picked the perfect picture to go on it.

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  21. Love both your projects Julie, but I am thinking the box one needs to come home with me!! :)) Way to rock it!

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  22. Oh I've been wanting to try encaustic so badly and had not even thought of using something like Walnut Hollow items as substrates. Thank you for the tip! Both of these turned out so cute!

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  23. Oh my goodness, loving both of your projects! I would love to see a video of you creating the fence. Hint. Hint. Lol. I'm a visual girl :) Your Box is gorgeous and you're a genius transforming into your travel case. Everything is well protected too, as opposed to a soft bag/case. TFS!

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  24. Great box. I want to do more to brighten up my unfinished basement room where I craft. I even have some larger wooden boxes that I was trying to figure out how to embellish.

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  25. Okay I really want to make a travel box. (I took notes!) I also love anything encaustic and the way you used it here was really cool. Thanks for sharing these awesome ideas.

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  26. When you say encaustic paint do you mean encaustic wax?

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    1. Yes, Tommy. Encaustic paint is pigmented encaustic wax. Besswax + damar resin (a hardener) + pigment.

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  27. Love the pallet and the box is beautiful.

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  28. Wow! Amazing projects Julie. The encaustic arrow pallet is my favorite. It Loks like it should be hanging in a Museum of Modern Art. Theresa x

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  29. This is so pretty! Such a cool arrow.

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  30. This is really cool! I love how you used the Scribbles stencil to simulate crackle!
    ....Raine

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  31. I love the travel box! Great idea! I'd sure like to win this giveaway:)

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  32. Another winner, I love the slats interesting I could see using them as a sign posts of I want to play with those now :) Thanks for the giveaway and awesome ideas :)

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  33. Love both projects, Julie, with all the wonderful colors and textures and layers!

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  34. Fun projects. The box would be very useful as well as decorative. The slats are a great base for all kinds of things, photo collage, jewelry, or just stand alone. Thanks for sharing them.

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  35. What great treasures you created! I love the mix of so many sweet materials.
    Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  36. Love the travel box! Really love the arrow pallet both the colors and stenciling. So nice!!!

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  37. Love the project and the hop! thank You for sharing

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  38. So glad to find Walnut Hollow! I am an avid follower of Stencil Girl so I am so glad you decided to play together. Your projects are fantastic. I love the first one using the encaustic technique - reminds me of a piece of fence. The box is fun too. Never thought of transferring an image to a box. Great idea. I will be visiting often. Thank You.

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  39. Both projects are cool but there's something about the bright colours of those slats that really speak to me.

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  40. Love the pallet. It has a weathered look, the colors are so pretty, and the stenciling really adds to the effect. I'd love to have that to hang on my front door. good idea to use the box for items you need when you are traveling. thanks for two great projects.

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  41. Julie, I love the basswood box and your design.... but the pickets are my favorite! I can see those in my backyard hanging on the side of my garage....in all color combos....

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  42. Love, love, love the box especially! Thanks, Julie!

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  43. Both are gorgeous projects and look like they were fun to make! Thanks for sharing!

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  44. super great projects. lots of inspiration and awesome products by both walnut hollow and stencil girls. thanks for the chance to win. xoox

    lurabrown@gmail.com

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  45. This was quite an ambitious project but a lovely result and practical, too. Great idea.

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  46. The rustic look you achieved on the palette project is amazing!

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  47. Oh goodness. What beauty you have created!
    The wall piece is something to enjoy for years to come!

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  48. I truly love what you did to the narrow arrow pallet - I love the palette, the texture - I haven't tried encaustics yet, but I know it's in my future, and I just may start with your project here. And your travel box - I love that too! Your creativity is inspiring!!!

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  49. Love the inspiration you have given to me. Love the colors and the designs! Amazing work

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  50. I learned a new word encaustic-- but I must say I still don't know what it means. The projects look fun. I especially like the box.

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  51. Hi. Encaustic means wax. They have been used for centuries but some of us are just getting into them. You tube has a lot of examples but mostly using an iron, as opposed to using a heating plate. You can use a griddle, but make sure you have a temperature gauge on top. If you want more information, you can email me (artist28374@gmail.com) for book suggestions or video. I just don't want to take over someone's blog.

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  52. Beautiful box! I love how you decorated it!

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  53. Fantastic projects! Love the image on the box lid! Sue C x

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  54. This hop is blowing my mind with all the creativity! It's a new realm to explore... I just love learning new art techniques! thanks bunches!
    Hugs,
    Beth P

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  55. These are fabulous thanks for sharing your process...it's been fun visiting the stencil blogs!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  56. Such a creative idea! Thank you for sharing!

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  57. What a beautiful box! Thanks so much sharing the inspiration!

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  58. Love the arrows - so many directions you could go with these! lol Love the box as well. Thanks for sharing and a chance to win.
    Janelle R

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  59. Lovely and useful! Thanks for the great ideas.

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