Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Techniques on Tuesdaywith Maria McGuire

Jessica here, with another Techniques on Tuesday post.  We've had some great techniques featured here.  Do you have a technique you'd like to share?  If so, please let me know in the comments.

This month, our technique is brought to us by Maria McGuire.   Maria is the leader of the Stencil Girl creative team.  She maintains the Stencil Girl Talk blog, as well as her own fabulous blog, Believe, Dream and Create with Maria.

MARIA:  I want to show you a technique I like to use to make background papers to be used as collage elements. I learned this technique at a local gallery while taking a collage class.


Colorful Magazine Pages from National Geographic--no other will do.
Nevr Dull available in the automotive section of most big box stores
Found Objects/Stencils


Pick colorful magazine pages. Pour some of the Golden Gloss Polymer into a paper plate. Use found objects to "stamp" the polymer onto the magazine page. Let dry completely.

Open the Nevr Dull can and rip off a piece. Make sure and do this in a well ventilated area. Rub the Nevr Dull over the magazine page and until the desired amount of ink comes off. As you will see, the areas coated with the polymer  stay colored and give you a cool effect.
So that was the way I learned the technique. But how about if you use a stencil? 

I put a StencilGirl stencil designed by Mary Beth Shaw over the magazine page. I then poured a line of polymer right on my craft mat above the edge of the stencil and used a card to scrap the polymer over the stencil. Lifted away and let dry.
Now you have a new way to use your stencils and beautiful papers to use in collage.

Thanks to Artists in Blogland for having me visit today!

Thank YOU Maria McGuire for this awesome technique.  Now it's your turn to try it!


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Mary Beth! Got a little help from your awesome stencil :)

  2. I have a can of NeverDull- and now I am excited to use it! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Sweet tute. Haven't used never dull for a while, now I have to get some....xox

  4. This is beautiful! Very inspiring -- makes me want to just jump in and try it myself...

  5. Great tutorial! This looks like fun!

  6. Always amazed at the new products and ideas out there! Thanks for sharing! Lindi

  7. I really love how this came out. And the process behind it is so unique.

  8. Wow!!.. This definitely looks like fun! I'll be picking up my Never-Dull very soon! TFS! ~tina

  9. Great technique! Nevr dull is great!

  10. Love this technique! Thanks for sharing it :)