Book Review/Giveaway: Stencil Girl

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Today I am reviewing Stencil Girl – mixed-media techniques for making and using stencils by Mary Beth Shaw, a new publication from North Light books. But not only am I reviewing this book, you have a chance to win my copy! Yeah! Information on the giveaway is at the end of the post.

The author of this book, Mary Beth Shaw, is owner of StencilGirl products. If you’ve not heard of them and love stencils, check out her shop.

Stencil Girl by Mary Beth Shaw

Here is information from the publisher:

Stencil Girl by Mary Beth Shaw is the ultimate resource for those looking to explore the versatility of stencil art. Included in this expansive book are a myriad of stencil ideas and projects submitted by expert contributors intended to help guide your creativity. Step-by-step instructions clarify each project and give you the opportunity to discover how paint, wax, stitching, frosting, and more can be used with stencils and applied to mixed-media projects to dazzling effect. In addition to incorporating stencils into your projects, you’ll learn ways of making stencils, and which materials you can use to do so.

Set your eyes on projects created using wood burning, encaustic, metalwork, and more, and try your hand at the same stencil applications. Be surprised by the variety of uses for stencils and mediums they can be applied to, and prepare to be inspired by what’s inside this comprehensive book.

In Stencil Girl You’ll Find:

  • 18 included projects and many bonus projects with links to online instruction
  • 3 projects sections dedicated to different ways of utilizing stencils, including home décor, edible treats, gifts, and more
  • Inspiring gallery pieces from 20 contributing artists

I love stencils. I thought I knew how to use them. Was I ever wrong! This book shows readers so many ways to use stencils. What about using stencils with felt? Never thought about that!

Stencils with felt

Or what about using them when working with wood and a wood-burning tool?

stencils with wood burning tools

Those are just a couple of ways Mary Beth uses stencils. The book includes step-by-step tutorials and is chock-full of information on both using and making stencils. There are also lots of ideas and inspiration from other artists’ work. And if your looking for gift ideas, you will find some here.

The bottom line is, if you love stencils and want to find interesting and different uses for your stencils and ways of making them, this is the book for you.

Stencil Girl contains 127 pages, retails for $24.99 US and is available through you favorite bookstore, online, or through North Light Books.

Now for the giveaway. You can win this book just by commenting on this blog post. Commenting via email, on Google+, or Facebook will NOT enter you in this contest. You must comment to this blog post on the Bloombakecreate blog to be entered in the giveaway. The deadline for this giveaway is Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 8 a.m. CST. Due to postage costs, if you are not a US resident and would be willing to pay the cost of postage over US cost, please feel free to join in on this giveaway. Good Luck!

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher for review purposes. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own. I was under no obligation to offer a positive review and received no monetary compensation. The giveaway prize being offered is the review copy I received.