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Video Showing How I Use an Art Book to Inspire My Play with Encaustics and a Stencil

One of the things that I enjoy about reading an art book is that it inspires me to play.  Now, I don’t always do exactly what is in the book or do it exactly how the artist did it.  It’s a place to jump off, to start, to play.

Today, I used Mary Beth Shaw’s book, Stencil Girl.  There’s a week long blog hop going on so be sure to check it all out!

Check out the video where you see my whole process for encaustic play.  Disclaimer: I am a total novice with encaustics and am just having fun playing.

Watch Playing with Stencils and Encaustics on YouTube.

encaustic dotStep 1….Pick a page, technique or chapter.

I’ve been exploring encaustic, you can see my first attempt here.  So I was drawn to the chapter called Wax and Waning Encaustic.   There is beautiful carmel brown piece with 20 step-by-step photos in Mary Beth’s book.

encaustic dotStep 2….Pick just one little bit to try. I narrow down to just one thing, or as close to 1 thing as possible, to try.  If I try to do everything the artist did I get overwhelmed by all the pressure.

encaustic dotStep 3….Get what ever supplies are on hand to try it.  If I don’t have the exact items it is just fine with me…And it keeps me from having to read too many words or get caught up shopping instead of playing.  Whatever I have will work.  And by work, I mean let me play. It may not give me the exact same results as in the book but that was never my goal.  My goal was to start playing.

encaustic dotStep 4…Play.  Try it.  Play.  Have fun.  And allow it to be whatever it will be.  It is just play.


Supplies Used:

Stencil Girl The Book Blog Hop

One lucky winner will receive Stencil Girl The Book with exclusive bookmark stencil and (3) 6″x5″ stencils designed by Mary Beth Shaw.

Giveaway closes Sunday, September 21st @ 11:59PM Central Time.  ALL comments left on the hop are entered in giveaway (but just one comment per blog please).


I am Confessing My Sins Today

carolyn-dube-artistic-sins-2-600I am confessing my sins today.   My studio sins that is as I join in Seth Apter’s Studio Table .  The real studio table, not the cleaned up ready for company kind of studio table.  Be sure to check out all the wonderful real, in use, studio tables that are being shared!

What happens in my studio?  I leave my brushes in water all the time.  For days sometimes.  Hence my love of cheap brushes.

I have wonderful counter space to work on and it is usually piled high with supplies I’ve pulled out to use. No matter how big or small my space, this is what it looks like most days.   Apparently, I love digging things out from the bottom of the pile because that is where what I need always seems to be.  Does that happen to you too?

I'm confessing my artistic sins today!

My sink is not clean and I don’t care.  I have cleaned it before but it just gets so dirty so quickly, I have given up on the white sink.  And I am much happier for it!

I'm confessing my artistic sins today!







There’s paint and spray ink all over the floor because my studio is a splash zone.  And the walls.  None on the ceiling…yet.

I'm confessing my artistic sins today!  I'm confessing my artistic sins today!






I feel so much better now that I have come clean that I am a studio slob.  I know you all thought I kept the studio pristine and ready for a white glove inspection…

If you’re looking for the 21 Secrets giveaway, you can find it here.


21 Secrets Giveaway!

21 Secrets Fall


I am honored to be a part of such a wonderful group of creative souls in 21 Secrets Fall!  On October 1st, the ebook comes out! One wonderful ebook jam packed with color photos, instructions, and of course,  downloadable videos!


Freedom from Fear with Carolyn Dube in 21 Secrets!Included in there will be my Freedom from Fear videos!   I share ways to play without any fear or judgment while creating – including how to get past the intimidation of the blank page, how to thwart the fear that rises up after you’ve started, and how to find the freedom in the imperfections.  Be prepared for something rather silly and fun that will quiet a cranky inner critic!


You can find all the details about all 21 teachers and sign up info here.


21 Secrets Fall Art Journaling Workshop



You can win one of two 21 Secrets Fall that I’m giving away thanks to the very generous Hali Karla and Connie Hozvicka!



I’m giving one to a randomly selected newsletter subscriber.  Current subscribers don’t need to do a thing – you’re already entered!  Not a subscriber yet? No problem, sign up here.   Just be signed up before my next newsletter goes out on Sunday, Sept. 29th.


I’m giving another one away to one randomly selected person who comments on this blog post! Be sure to leave your comment by Sept. 28th at 8am EST.  Want another chance?  Share about it on Facebook, or Pinterest, or Twitter ( you get the idea) then come back and leave a comment telling where you shared for extra chances!