Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Carolyn Dube: Art Journaling with StencilGirl® Stencils

There is such freedom in play, especially in that first layer. The papers don't have to be carefully placed. You can use whatever leftovers are on your counter. No plan is required.

Carolyn Dube here from and I'm so honored to be sharing my art journal play with you today. Below is where this page started. Random bits of gel printed papers, torn book paper, and leftover paints just smeared around.

That big purple circle was printed using a 6" round Gel Press plate then loose painting all over the page and that led to an O.O.P.S., an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly.

When that blue bit went over the middle of the circle, it was an O.O.P.S., What was the opportunity? The next layer. Mary C. Nasser's The Ancient Mariner stencil fit that spot just perfectly.
That purple was big and bold but can you see the subtle stenciling in the center of the page? That's my Iron Grate Layer Me stencil. It has two patterns that you can layer one on top of the other (you can see an example of that here) or you can use it just as two different patterns as I did today. I love that stencils give you the flexibility to use them the way you want!
I'd love to tell you that I purposely chose the small Ankhs from my Egyptian Ankh stencil for some deep meaning around the breath of life. But nope. I was just playing around and love the shape in the space.

So that's why when I thought about what words I wanted to use, play was the first thing that popped into my head. But these words aren't any of the exact quotes on my It's Time to Play stencil. I Frankensteined it by taking a couple words from different quotes and combined them together.

The last step was secret scribble journaling. I wasn't writing a secret, but when you write in black ink on a dark color, nobody knows it's there. Well, unless there's a photo of it happening.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and hope you enjoyed the play!

1 comment:

  1. Love the colors and the freedom! Turned out great even wit theOOPS!!


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