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Darlene Olivia McElroy is a contemporary mixed media artist, author, and educator. Trained as a painter and illustrator, she has an obsession for materials, passion for dreamlike imagery, and love of new technologies. Her work mixes richly textured surfaces, the old and new, and layers of color and images. Her process of working on a painting is like a puzzle wanting to be solved, moving the pieces until they resonate and giving new meaning to the elements by their juxtaposition. The experience is similar to reading Turkish coffee grounds - a story is revealed as one looks at the surface, through painted texture, color and imagery.


Darlene has been published in countless national and international magazines, appeared on HGTV’s That’s Clever, BlogTalk Radio’s Art & Soul show and been a guest blogger for several art companies.


In addition, she has had five art technique books published by North Light Books which have been translated into numerous languages.


Born and raised in Southern California, she is descended from an old New Mexico family of artists and storytellers. She lives in Santa Fe with her husband and three dogs that are the heartbeats under her worktable.


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Heart in Hand Stencil by Darlene Olivia McElroy Heart in Hand

The Heart in Hand Stencil was designed by Darlene Olivia McElroy. This symbol represents the love of fellow man and generosity and helpfulness towards others. Use this stencil to create wonderfully textured mixed media projects, with molding paste or microbeads and paint (be sure to clean your stencil after using such products).

Darlene’s Ribbons and Relics series is inspired by her love of the mystical, symbols and ribbon shapes that tie a story together and includes My Heart Afire (S843), Thistle and Ribbons (S850), Perched Crow (S849), Heart in Hand (S842), and Hummingbird Bouquet (S852).

Product Details:

  • 6" x 6"
  • 7 mil mylar is thick enough to be durable, yet thin enough for a seamless look in your art
  • Made in the USA

Our Price: $7.00
My Heart Afire Stencil by Darlene Olivia McElroy My Heart Afire

My Heart Afire is a stencil designed by Darlene Olivia McElroy. Love and passion are the reason for living. The first known depiction of a heart as a symbol of romantic love dates to the 1250s but it exists as a contemporary symbol today. This stencil is super on a gel plate, your art journal, or for mixed media work.

Darlene’s Ribbons and Relics series is inspired by her love of the mystical, symbols and ribbon shapes that tie a story together and includes My Heart Afire (S843), Thistle and Ribbons (S850), Perched Crow (S849), Heart in Hand (S842), and Hummingbird Bouquet (S852).

Product Details:

  • 6" x 6"
  • 7 mil mylar is thick enough to be durable, yet thin enough for a seamless look in your art
  • Made in the USA

Our Price: $7.00
Perched Crow Stencil designed by Darlene Olivia McElroy Perched Crow

The Perched Crow Stencil was designed by Darlene Olivia McElroy - Growing up around crows, Darlene saw their power, intelligence, creativity, resourcefulness, and playfulness. Crows find treasures in trash, are mysterious and sacred, and have possessed magical qualities in some cultures. This stencil is perfect with paint or using it to emboss paper clay.

Darlene’s Ribbons and Relics series is inspired by her love of the mystical, symbols and ribbon shapes that tie a story together and includes My Heart Afire (S843), Thistle and Ribbons (S850), Perched Crow (S849), Heart in Hand (S842), and Hummingbird Bouquet (S852).

Product Details:

  • 6" x 6"
  • 7 mil mylar is thick enough to be durable, yet thin enough for a seamless look in your art
  • Made in the USA

Our Price: $7.00
Thistle & Ribbons Stencil designed by Darlene Olivia McElroy Thistle & Ribbons

The Thistle & Ribbons Stencil was designed by Darlene Olivia McElroy. It represents strength, durability, and determination. The ribbons around the thistle show how delicacy and strength can complement each other. This is a marvelous stencil for mixed media and art journal applications.

Darlene’s Ribbons and Relics series is inspired by her love of the mystical, symbols and ribbon shapes that tie a story together and includes My Heart Afire (S843), Thistle and Ribbons (S850), Perched Crow (S849), Heart in Hand (S842), and Hummingbird Bouquet (S852).

Product Details:

  • 6" x 6"
  • 7 mil mylar is thick enough to be durable, yet thin enough for a seamless look in your art
  • Made in the USA

Our Price: $7.00
Hummingbird Bouquet Stencil by Darlene Olivia McElroy Hummingbird Bouquet

Hummingbird Bouquet is a stencil designed by Darlene Olivia McElroy. Nothing makes a garden come alive than the arrival of the hummingbirds. I am amazed how something so tiny can migrate so far, survive the predators, and give us such pleasure. Get painterly with this stencil, use it in mixed media applications, or even deconstruct the ribbons.

Darlene’s Ribbons and Relics series is inspired by her love of the mystical, symbols and ribbon shapes that tie a story together and includes My Heart Afire (S843), Thistle and Ribbons (S850), Perched Crow (S849), Heart in Hand (S842), and Hummingbird Bouquet (S852).

Product Details:

  • 6" x 6"
  • 7 mil mylar is thick enough to be durable, yet thin enough for a seamless look in your art
  • Made in the USA

Our Price: $7.00