Sunday, October 4, 2015

Studio Sunday Rescheduled Holiday Ornaments Video and Free Giveaway!

I've been working away on the holiday ornament designs but didn't have enough time to shoot the video yesterday underestimating the preparation time so I will be working to get that done and posted very soon.  Of course, the FREE GIVEAWAY is connected to the Holiday Ornaments theme so I don't have the finished example to show you today.  I know.....big letdown!!!

Let me explain how the FREE GIVEAWAY will work.  After I provide my video on How to Create Holiday Ornament Designs using the Medallion Master Templates, I will select one winner who I will personally work with to create one digital repeating pattern design from their own personal artwork (using artwork created with or without the Medallion Master Templates) that they will own.  This file can be uploaded to Spoonflower to order your very own wrapping paper, fabric or other.  (The images provided are examples of some holiday repeat designs that I had created previously.)

The only restriction is that the designs should be in a holiday theme.  There will be no restriction on color combinations.  You could create some medallion ornaments and other hand drawn or painted elements that you could combine with the other designs.  The winner will need to send me really good quality jpg images that I can work with to create a pleasing layout and will work directly with me to approve the layout and make any changes.

Examples will be provided when the video is posted this week and more details.

Have a fantastic weekend and keep on creating!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Studio Sunday and Holiday Ornaments Preview and Upcoming Free Giveaway!

After my week in corporate America, I desperately needed to get refreshed and inspired this weekend.  I don't have any videos to share today but I am working on one for next week on creating holiday ornament designs using the Medallion Master Template stencils.  Wait until you see what I do with these!!!!


I was also able to put my design hat on to start working on NEW Medallion Master Template stencils.  I definitely want to create some smaller scale designs and I've got some other ideas up my sleeve so we will see how that goes. 
Wouldn't it be great to wrap your gifts this year using your own holiday wrapping paper made with your own designs?  More details will follow next weekend on the Free Giveaway!
Have a wonderful weekend and keep on creating!!!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Studio Sunday and Mixed Media Medallions

Welcome to Sunday once again!  The days are really going by quick and I can't believe we are more than halfway through September!  Cooler temps are rolling in this week and I can't wait!  I'm ready for fall and pumpkins and lots of leaves on the ground even though I know it will mean that the trees will be bare not too long after.  I want time to stop so I can be stuck in my favorite season.

I have a great video for you today!  I'm mixing it up this time around by layering deli paper, stenciling and stamping on top of a medallion I created using my Medallion Master Template stencils.  This is a great technique for those who aren't as excited about doodling or tangling but who love texture and layering!  Get ready to add more to your designs!

This version was made using warm colors and gold metallic paint and the purple one below was created using cool tones, silver metallic paint.  The secret to this process is creating on-the-fly foam stamps unique to each design you make as they are defined by the shapes and spaces that emerge as you build out your medallion design.
Check out the Mixed Media Medallion video below:
Torn deli paper previously painted with acrylic paint adds to the texture on the inner petals.  Stamping and stenciling allows you to build more texture on top of each specific shape you create a stamp from!

Below, you can see the 3 stamps I created from this single design.  Watch the video to see how I applied them!

Last week Barbara at had shared with me a photo of an incredible medallion created using the Medallion Master Template stencils by Virginia England.  With Virginia's permission, I am sharing these incredible designs that she created on cardboard shipping boxes.  Virginia's passion is card making and let me tell you, she is incredible at it!  I have included a photo of a card she made that is filled with color, texture and dimensional layers! 

Thanks again, Virginia, for inspiring me with your designs!!!


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Studio Sunday and Free Giveaway Winners!!

Welcome to Sunday!  And Congratulations to the Free Giveaway Winners Beth and Quiltnut!  Please contact me so I can get your shipping addresses and get these right out to you!  You can reach me at Margaret Applin by email.  Check out the video as I select the winners!

I thought it would be a good idea to show you how you can expand on the center shapes in Medallion Master Templates 5 and 6.  I selected a few to show you how I build them out in the video below.  You can use these as free-standing design elements on your page or you can use them as a starting point to further develop a larger medallion design from.  Regardless how you choose to use them, I know you will enjoy this!

Check out the video HERE!
Have a fantastic weekend and keep on creating!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


My newest release of
Margaret Applin Designs
Stencil Design Tools is here!!!
Medallion Master Templates
Find them HERE on

Check out the videos by myself and Barbara at
 And then watch my video here as I build out the medallion pictured above.
As promised, I have decided to give away 2 full sets of the Medallion Master Template stencils.  Each set includes all 7 marking stencils that you can use to create unlimited configurations of medallion designs in a variety of sizes!  To be entered into the FREE GIVEAWAY, leave one comment on this post and I will pick the 2 lucky winners on Sunday, September 13th! 
These stencil design tools would make a fantastic gift for any child ages 8 and up who loves to draw, paint, doodle, etc.  Check out the videos for instructions and design ideas!  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!


Sunday, September 6, 2015

Studio Sunday Medallion Master New Stencils and Free Giveaway September 9th

I'm getting a very late start this afternoon!  So much to do and so little time.  I'm reading videos for this week's release of my new Medallion Master Template stencils and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they will be a big hit!  I have had a ton of fun creating medallions and of course scouring Pinterest for ideas on filling the designs, which has been a challenge for me. 

So don't forget to check out my blog here for the release on Wednesday, September 9th along with a FREE GIVEAWAY!!!

I've seen signs of fall!  Little red tipped leaves on my commute down Rt. 128/95 in the mornings and that means that soon the highway will be flanked by beautiful autumn colors and hopefully cooler temperatures.  I can't complain this weekend as so far it has been beautiful and cooler especially at night.  Thinking about fall always makes me think of "Back to School" which I no longer have to participate in LOL but the whole clothes shopping bug hits me.  Fall clothes are always a favorite of mine as I've always been a girl of autumn, loving the crisp air and foliage.  Now, if I could only find the time to whip up a few shirts for underneath my suit jackets, I'd be a happy camper!

I've got some great knits that I want to get sewn as long sleeve tops for under my black and grey jackets which makes it really easy to not spend time thinking about what to wear at 6:30 in the morning.  Joann Fabrics is currently having a 40% off sale on their knits so check them out!
I'm getting ready to do some stenciling and collage onto heavy duty manila file folders from Staples as I saw some great ones that Barbara at had made.  I've layered gesso and then some Tim Holtz Distress Paints randomly over the dry gesso and I'm just determining which designs and how much I want to use on them.  There might even be some medallions in the mix!

One of my favorite colors is Hickory Smoke which is a grey taupe and looks kind of like mushroom.  I love it as a neutral and want to mix that up with white and black on something.  I paired this with Stormy Sky, Dusty Concord and Crushed Olive.

Abandoned Coral is also one of my favorite colors from that line and you can see how it pops in between the mix of Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade and Crushed Olive.

So many choices!!!!  I'm definitely taking advantage of this long weekend to get things done.  We are moving into a busy time at work and I'll be mentally exhausted when I get home from work so I have to maximize my weekends!!
Don't forget to check back on Wednesday and I hope you have a wonderful long and creative weekend!


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Studio Sunday and Medallion Master Templates Launch Date

My big news today is the launch date for my new Stencil Design Tools - Medallion Master Template stencils!  These stencils will be available for sale on on

September 9, 2015
I spent yesterday in Rhode Island with Barbara from as we created medallion designs in her watercolor paper accordion journals that she sells on  This is a great format for using these stencils to create continuous pages of colorful designs to paint, doodle, and more!  The watercolor paper is my favorite paper to create on because of all the different kinds of ways you can layer color on it.

There is going to be a lot of preparation on my part so I can easily communicate all of the ways to begin and build and layer these stencils and I want to make sure the potential of these tools is revealed to all who will use them.  Bear with me over the next couple of weeks as I get materials together to inform and instruct by video and PDF.

To subscribe to the newsletter, create an account here and you will automatically be added.  Definitely sign up so you can be notified of the launch and order your favorite stencils and view Barbara's video as well as mine.  Of course I will post everything here as well!

I'm actually happy that Labor Day is upon us as I feel like I can get back to a normal and better routine.  Now if only we could shake those 90 degree temps!!!  I always get excited and refreshed when fall rolls around so I'm looking forward to that!
Have a very creative weekend and stay tuned for more!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Studio Sunday and Stencil Design Tools Medallion Master Templates Update

Happy Sunday!  Well, there is no sun in the sky today here along the East Coast but that's not going to stop the celebrations!  I will be heading off shortly to head north to Maine to celebrate my Mom and Dad's 50th wedding anniversary!  The commitment and love and support that they have given each other over the past 50 years is an amazing accomplishment.  All couples face challenges and tests of their love and commitment and theirs is a generation of solid values and a real sense of "family" that we need more of today.

Do you want to make medallions?  Well, I have the stencils for you!  They are here and I'm readying videos to instruct how to use them and build out the designs and I'm totally excited about it!
The stencils are ready and the estimated launch date on is the second week in September.   Yesterday, I finished this version where I had used my Joggles stencils and Tim Holtz Distress Paints to create a layered background, designed my medallions on top of that, painted in the background using Liquitex paint and used another Joggles stencil to apply over the top with lots of dots made using the Sharpie Waterbased Paint Pens.  All of my outlining is done using these paint pens.

All of the medallions are first drafted in pencil which allows me to go back and add a design layer or place additional elements on top of previously drafted lines and erase any lines I don't need for the final design.

I am not a big doodler but I am definitely having a blast pushing for more detailed fill designs and adding free-hand design lines to these medallions.  When I say "unlimited configurations" that is exactly what these stencils can help you create!

These stencils would make a great gift for any child (ages 8 and up) who loves to draw or doodle.  The shapes created using the stencils are large enough for Crayons, markers, colored pencils and for painting making them very versatile and enjoyable for many age groups.

More details to follow next week and I can't wait to take these to fabric!!!!  The possibilities are endless!
Have a wonderful weekend and keep on creating!!!