Sunday, May 31, 2015

Studio Sunday - Margaret Applin Designs Stencil Explosion Countdown Resuming

Well, we've locked down a date for the large format stencil collections release which should be

 June 15th! 

The company licensing my designs is Stencilease who are based out of Connecticut.  The really cool thing about this company is that they cut stencils for commercial use as well so my designs have the potential to be ordered in a much larger size if requested.  It's coming up fast and I'm stenciling away madly to create product mockups which I will soon be able to share. 

June is definitely going to be a busy month for sure as my premier line of Margaret Applin Design Stencil Design Tools will launch closer towards the end of the month.  I'm really excited about these stencils, as I've mentioned already, because I'm going back to my textile roots!  I'm dying fabric, bleaching fabric, incorporating free-motion and hand stitching.  I'm making stuff I can wear using easy patterns by Burda, Butterick, Vogue and possibly a few indie patterns as well which are just the canvas for the surface pattern design using my new Stencil Design Tools.
As I think about it and madly Pin on Pinterest everything that inspires me, I look back at some of the fun stuff I've made with fabric and get excited all over again!  I feel like I'm picking up where I left off a few years ago and this go around I've got more ideas and tools to use than ever. 
Do you remember these?


Anyway, moving forward, fresh ideas and fresh materials make a world of difference and I can't wait to play!  Have a creative weekend and welcome JUNE!!!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Studio Sunday - Margaret Applin Designs Stencil Explosion Updates

It's Memorial Day Weekend already!  We are almost 6 months into the year and time keeps flying by.  I expected to have more information on my large-format stencil collections for you today but we must be running behind on that.  I'll share more as soon as I have updates.

I am TOTALLY EXCITED to launch my Margaret Applin Designs - Stencil Design Tools very, very soon!!!  I have 4 fantastic collections put together for you and one Magic Stencil.  The designs are complete and will be sent for cutting this week!  I can't wait!  Each collection is different from the next and these designs are fresh and fun each with a special format design (secret) and great coordinates to use together or separately.  I will be presenting the collections in full color to help show my vision for all the designs and hopefully build your excitement!

I'll be working on a few videos with Barbara at and I will be sharing everything I'm working on here in the studio as I go from Designer to Maker of all things fabric, paper and canvas!  In the meantime, I have been amassing tons of inspiration pins on my Pinterest boards so if you are on Pinterest, check out my Stitch, Fashion, and Interior Design boards with tons of ideas for applying designs through stenciling, embroidery, and collage.  My brain is exploding with ideas so bear with me as I produce my vision in finished products.

I've got 2 days left of this beautiful weekend to get started! 

This Memorial Day, don't forget to say a special Thanks to those service men and women who have given their lives to protect our country and even more Thanks to those who still do!  It is a scary world out there and things are changing every day both here in the U.S.A. and over seas.  These are times where we need to give extra support to all service men and women, including police officers, to keep fighting for peace and protect us against threats to our country.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Studio Sunday Post Colorado

In the midst of all I am doing on the art front, I was excited to skip away for a trip to Colorado Springs to visit friends of mine.  I have been to Colorado before when I visited Loveland twice to film my Interweave DVDs but this time I headed south east to Colorado Springs for a few days of adventure.

So while it turned 80 degrees and hot in Boston, this is what I arrived to in Denver!  More snow!!!  LOL  As promised, the closer we got to Colorado Springs, the less of the snow we saw.  The weather was not ideal but our trek up into the Rockies at 9,000 - 10,000 feet was nothing but sunshine and blue sky.

We spent the day in the Jeep going up through parts of the continental divide, Breckenridge, and Vail.  We were surrounded by snow-capped mountains, rushing brooks and raw beauty. 
We had to turn around and go back in Leadville so we could venture into the Silver Dollar Saloon which was a great call on my friend's part.  

The interior was covered with vintage photos, hanging saddles, and little pieces of history throughout and we sat at the large bar taking it all in.  I had to ask the workers if there were any ghost stories to be told about the place and they had a few good ones!  

It was an incredible place to visit and fun memories to cherish as I took pictures throughout the day up high in the mountains.  The ride wouldn't have been complete without a few tunes from John Denver to really appreciate the beauty all around us.

The older I get, the more nervous I get about being up so high.  Some of the roads right around Colorado Springs dropped off the edges and there were plenty in the mountains that didn't have rails either.  

The views were simply majestic and mesmerizing and I can't wait to get back and explore some more!  It was a fantastic break and a great trip!  My friends were so good to me and I can't think of a better place to relax and hang out than at the foot of Pike's Peak, listening to John Denver, of course!
This week is all about getting back to business and STENCILS, STENCILS, AND MORE STENCILS!!  There is so much to do and so little time and when it is all ready, you will know!!!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and stay creative!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Studio Sunday Stencil Testing Groove

I have got 10 HUGE stencils taped to my design wall right now ready for testing!  So I've got a variety of paints out and lots of paper and I'm testing away!  We are already in MAY and these large stencil collections will launch the end of this month if everything stays on schedule.  It's time to register these designs for copyright, a quick and inexpensive step to ensure they are mine in case of infringement.  I sound like I am at work tracking all the company IP, but it's already happened to me once so to take that extra step seems very reasonable.

In the midst of testing, I stole a little time to play with the lessons for the workshop, "The Doings of a Do-o-dle" with Diane Culhane on Carla Sonheim's site.  I love her style and wanted to see if I could experiment using my stencils instead of doodles.  In the end, I broke down with some doodles.

On this first piece, I used my Leaf Specimens stencil on top of some cool textures from Barb's Animal Textures: Zebra and Croc stencils.  I also added a little Chevron.  Instead of painting the entire background one color, I mixed it up a little with acrylics and then went back in with watercolor paint to get the darker areas.
On the second one, I just played around with a few test stencils I had and added a little bit of doodle.  I added gold paint using the Sharpie Paint Pens so this one looks much better when you see the gold laying on top.
So, I've been experimenting with different concepts for my personal stencil line and I had fun using some of the painted deli paper that I made when I was down in RI at Barb's for a play weekend.  I love how the pieces are all broken up, although not perfectly balanced, still fun.   
I still can't share any images from the actual stencils but I will soon so stay tuned!  You can be sure there will be a free giveaway coming when they launch!
Have a wonderful and warm weekend and keep on creating!