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A Peek Into the World of our New Stencil Artist Jennifer Rizzo

Jennifer Rizzo Stencil Collection for ChristmasIt brings us great joy to introduce new, fun holiday stencils designed by talented artist Jennifer Rizzo exclusively for Royal Design Studio’s Holiday Stencil Collection.

A creative at heart, Jen left her local Fire Department to pursue her childhood passion. She opened up Jennifer Rizzo Design Company to sell her own handmade home décor and jewelry. Featured in over 20 publications including Country Living Magazine, Jen is about to launch her first Christmas DIY book called Creatively Christmas on October 14th.

We caught up with Jen to learn some secrets about her book, work inspiration, design style and more. Let’s take a look at what the artist has to say!

Jennifer-Rizzo-Creatively-Christmas-BookWhat is the story and inspiration behind your book “Creatively Christmas”?

Jen: I am a Christmas junkie! It’s always been my favorite holiday, and I wanted to combine everything I love about the holidays in a book.

I wanted to write and photograph an inspirational holiday decorating book that was approachable for readers with fun and creative holiday projects and packed full of inspiration. I also wanted to show people how real people decorate, so the homes I feature have some really great real-life decorating ideas.

I run an annual tour of homes on my blog where I “walk” through over 30 homes. I get so excited for it, I start planning in August. I just love the way a house looks when it’s all dressed up for the holidays, and getting ready for it with all of the projects and decor.

In fact, the thing I remember most about holiday decorating as a kid is the crafts. I can still remember a project at  a friend’s house when I was about 7 years old, anytime I open a bottle of Mod Podge (decoupage medium), it reminds me of Christmas in the 1970′s. We were painting ornaments with the decoupage medium before sprinkling clear, chunky, glitter onto yellow, orange and white flower plastic daisy ornaments. I thought it was the coolest craft EVER. I remember thinking how pretty they were on the tree with the lights. Now, whenever I open a bottle, even if it’s the height of summer, it brings me back to that one super-happy crafting event in the middle of a snowy and cold December day.

Jennifer-Rizzo-christmas-stencil-collageJennifer-Rizzo-stencils-for-christmasWhat inspired your designs for the new Holiday Stencils?

Jen: I love using more natural themed elements. I loved the idea of a deer and tree because I think you could pull them out when it starts to get cold out and leave them until late winter, past the holidays.

Jennifer Rizzo Christmas Wall DecalsWhat was the concept behind the beautiful holiday patterns for our wall decals?

Jen: My kids! I wanted to make something that would be pretty, but they could have fun decorating with. I think art and decorating can be for all ages.

Jennifer Rizzo Christmas StencilsGive us your top three tips and tricks to create quick and easy DIY Holiday décor using stencils this season.

Jen:

  • The first is don’t be afraid to stencil anything as holiday decor!!!! It’s all fair game, pillows, canvases, table cloths, lampshade, towels.
  • They [stencils] are fast and inexpensive and the best part of stencils is you can use any color to match your decor. Don’t be afraid to layer your stencils either!
  • Use a stencil to make your own custom wrapping paper. Some wrapping paper can be really expensive! But with a stencil and a roll of plain craft or even kids drawing paper you can make your own wrapping paper in custom colors.
  • Put the kids to work! Stenciling is one of those projects that you can actually use any kind of paint with. Let them make thier own wrapping paper or teacher’s gifts with some non-toxic paint or even markers. It’s a great winter day “too cold to go outside” activity!

Jennifer-Rizzo-artTell us how did your creative journey start?

Jen: It actually started when I was very little. My mom said I was always writing books and stories and then drawing pictures to go with them. I have always loved everything about the process of making something. In high school, drawing and sculpture were my favorite mediums. I was even an art and theater major in college until I took a slight detour into the fire service. 

One day while I was a firefighter/paramedic, they needed someone to paint a fire department themed book shelf for the library. It was a defining moment for me because it made me realize how much I missed painting and drawing and I picked up my pencils and paper again. After I left the fire service I started taking the creative part of myself more seriously and started doing craft shows and some custom art work. 

When my kids were little, I started a furniture painting and wall mural business.That’s where I learned to make my own stencils because at the time, you couldn’t find amazing stencils like you do now. 

In a leap of faith, I started a blog and from there it’s been an evolution learning about where my passion lies. I love making home decor and showing people through projects how they can make their own homes unique and creative. I really like walking into some one’s home and seeing something I made there. I’ve been wholesaling and retailing my custom home decor for a little over 7 years now and I’ve found I really love the designing process and seeing how something starts as an idea and moves to the completed state.

I still love pushing myself as an artist. I started taking botanical art classes a few years ago and found I loved nature themed art. It’s all a journey I am still on. 

Want more Jen Rizzo? Be sure to explore her lifestyle blog, JenniferRizzo.com, where she shares some lovely Holiday Housewalks each season along with everyday DIY, Craft and Home Décor ideas.

So, are you itching to kick off the holidays with some DIY stencil projects of your own? Our Holiday page is filled with inspiration on fun and easy DIY projects that you can enjoy with kids. All new stencils are now available under the Holiday Stencil Collection.

Let the DIY holiday fun begin!

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