StencilGirl Blog Hop – Grateful – Jane LaFazio

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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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  19. Beautiful colors on a great mail-art project.

  20. Teresa Richardson says:

    Beautiful postcards! Love the fall colors

  21. Sandy Karsten says:

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

  22. Robin Parton says:

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

  23. 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 says:

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

  25. 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 says:

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

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

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

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

  31. Corrine.. I love yellow!

  32. Denise Spillane says:

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

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

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

  36. April Lopez says:

    How pretty

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

  38. barbara macacskill says:

    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 says:

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

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

  42. Traci Johnson says:

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

  43. Very striking page.

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

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

  46. Elaine Wirthlin says:

    What a good way to use a gelli plate!

  47. 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. Thank you for sharing your great ideas!

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

  50. Pretty and vibrant! Definitely uplifting.

  51. Roxanne Hawley says:

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

  52. Linda on the Prairie says:

    The white space makes the color more vibrant.

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

  54. outstanding uses of color! love it!

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

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

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

  59. Carmen Lucero says:

    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 says:

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

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

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

  63. Corrine, I love your colors! Thanks for hopping!

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

  65. ann deakers says:

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

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