Play with the Elephant in the Room

Video by Carolyn Dube showing this art journal page from beginning to end using StencilGirl Products Elephant stencil by Nathalie Kalbach

Nathalie Kalbach's Blog Hop

Nathalie Kalbach has outdone herself with her Elephant March stencil for StencilGirl Products!  I am in love with it for so many reasons.  All the texture in it, all the different patterns hidden in this beauty, and all the fun titles and quotes that go with an elephant!   Not to mention the memories I have of hugging  an elephant, riding an elephant as a little kid, and learning just how gentle and careful an elephant really is when eating a carrot from my hand.

You can watch Elephant Art Journal Page for Nathalie Kalbach’s Stencil Hop on YouTube here.

Video by Carolyn Dube showing this art journal page from beginning to end using StencilGirl Products Elephant stencil by Nathalie Kalbach

 

 

Random rubber stamping for a background.

 

 

 

 

 

Video by Carolyn Dube showing this art journal page from beginning to end using StencilGirl Products Elephant stencil by Nathalie Kalbach

 

The elephant didn’t fit on the journal I chose, Oops.  That wasn’t the plan.  Turns out that I am thrilled I did this because that meant the elephant is partially off the page- making it look like she is walking right into my art journal.

She’s welcome here any time!!

 

 

 

Video by Carolyn Dube showing this art journal page from beginning to end using StencilGirl Products Elephant stencil by Nathalie Kalbach

She’s such a fun elephant with all her patterns and colors she just had to walk on a very colorful ground.

That striped cardboard- it was sitting on my counter and fit perfectly.  Another reason not to clean!

There’s a video here so you can see how I made that cardboard using tape created with techniques from my Transform Your Tape workshop.

 

Video by Carolyn Dube showing this art journal page from beginning to end using StencilGirl Products Elephant stencil by Nathalie Kalbach

 

She of course, had to be holding play- she is very playful!  Those letters were made with Gelli prints  cut with Tim Holtz’s Block Talk die from Sizzix.

 

That’s PanPastels adding the soft blue at the top.

 

 

 

Video by Carolyn Dube showing this art journal page from beginning to end using StencilGirl Products Elephant stencil by Nathalie Kalbach

 

While looking at the play, the rest of it just popped into my head.

Play with the elephant in the room.

 

 

 

 

Video by Carolyn Dube showing this art journal page from beginning to end using StencilGirl Products Elephant stencil by Nathalie Kalbach

 

There just wasn’t enough color yet…so I added a bit of yellow.  I just can’t seem to leave much white space on page yet….it’s that color addiction I have…

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks Nat for inviting me to play!  Be sure to stop by and check out all the other wonderful goodness created by these talented people!  And every blog in the hop you comment on gives you another chance to win Nat’s Marching Elephant!!!  That gives you 5 chances to win!  She’s randomly choosing a winner on September 18th at midnight EST.

And there is another giveaway going on too!  Stop over here for a chance to win a spot in my latest workshop, Transform Your Tape!

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68 Responses to Play with the Elephant in the Room

  1. Pingback: Blog Hop | Nathalie Kalbach’s Elephant March Stencil | Marsha.

  2. Only you can mix play and sophistication so effortlessly. This is a gorgeous journal page. Love your crisp orange elephant against that pastel background. And your taped “ground” reminds me of Indian saris. Fantabulous!

  3. amazing Carolyn…love your colorful elephant!

  4. Barbara Poe says:

    Love the colors! It looks just like play. Wonderful!

  5. Gerd Andersson says:

    It’s so inspiring to follow your way in making your projects into beautiful art!

  6. jenni says:

    I too love the way the elephant seems to just be meandering past your journal very clever mistake!

  7. April Lopez says:

    I love the pink and orange color combo.

  8. Bev says:

    Love what you have created with this new stencil! I love elephants – used to collect them. Great video as always.

  9. Corrine says:

    Love love love love love love love—–xox

  10. Denise S says:

    You always make me smile. The color and design is perfect with this stencil. And of course, the tapes. Love it and can’t wait for the class.

  11. Isabel says:

    Love! Love! What you did with this stencil. Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. Judy Shea says:

    Great page. I’m gonna start calling you Colorful Dube instead of Carolyn Dube. You inspire with your colors… and playing, yes, playing.

  13. Thank you so much, for teaching us how to do your work, is fantastic!

  14. LOL! I love your sense of humour. Beautiful page too!

  15. Snap says:

    wonderful … i love elephants — even met one in a room — their room! love this stencil and would love to win one.

  16. Maggie M says:

    I love how you incorporated the elephant stencil in to your colorful art piece. You always make it seem so effortless:) I really like how the elephant is off center, marching into the page. Great idea!

  17. Marsha. says:

    Look at that bright orange elephant! It’s fun! Love background you created too: the dylusion yellow against the green and pan pastel banner… <3!

  18. Jeane Walker Sliney says:

    I love your process, love the elephant stencil and the colors you chose!

  19. Julie G. says:

    I was thinking the same thing as Jessica…colourful saris! Gorgeous page and stencil…love the vibrancy of it. It really captures the feeling of the East.

  20. julie says:

    love, love, love what you did with Nat’s stencil. Looks like he’s leading the parade! Thanks Carolyn!

  21. yvonne says:

    I love your colourful elephant – it really does look playful and fun – the ‘tape pathway’ is a great idea!

  22. Oh the color! Oh the tape! That is one happy Elephant!!! I love him!

  23. petyvic says:

    After watching your video, i started dreaming of a “pink elephant”!!!! thanks for your demo…love it! hope i am fortunate with the hop!

  24. Linda on the Prairie says:

    Perfect stamped border to accent the textures of the elephant stencil.

  25. Sandy Lane says:

    love the elephant & your coloing

  26. Jane says:

    Love all the colors

  27. I love the awesome spray from his trunk of the word “Play” and that is a fantabulous walkway you’ve given him to parade upon. This is so much fun!

  28. muriel says:

    I love that cheeky elephant passing by and the stamps you used for the background fit so perfectly.

  29. Erica Hersh says:

    I love what you did with everything! Looks fantastic! <3

  30. Erica Hersh says:

    So bright and cheery!!!

  31. Cuchy says:

    How funny and colourful. Loved to see the process.

  32. lacyquilter says:

    Awesome page and I loved watching you put it all together.

  33. Mary Ann says:

    Love the elephant. It is like batiking?

  34. Sue Clarke says:

    I so love the random papers on the bottom and you really rocked this stencil by putting the words coming out of the trunk.

  35. Sharon Johnsonr says:

    I love the bit of exotic background and your wonderful, colorful elephant. Play, indeed. She is wonderful.

  36. I like how your elephant walks right in.
    I do enjoying seeing the elephants at the zoo.
    Great videos and what a fun page.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  37. Teresa R says:

    Love your page, Carolyn. I like how you used part of the elephant stencil.

  38. Jo Murray says:

    You are right about the half elly giving the page movement. Love the whole effect.

  39. Terri Daniels says:

    Love the idea of playing with things we haven’t used in a while,”stamps” in my case! Thanks for more inspiration, Carolyn!

  40. Jan W in TX says:

    What a fun page in your journal! I love the effect of the elephant walking into the middle of it. I will have to check out your art transfer tape process. That looks like a lot of fun!

  41. Pay Owen says:

    Love your Ellie!

  42. Louise Kirby says:

    What a delicious and fun page
    I adore the elephant stencil

  43. sharon says:

    I love how you show the whole process and of course the outcome it spectacular!

  44. Jackie says:

    Carloyn- I love your use of Nat’s stencil- beautiful beautiful!!!

  45. Jackie says:

    oops Carolyn- sorry still on my first cuppa!

  46. ionabunny says:

    This is a lovely stencil. Love all the bright colours and impression of movement

  47. aimee says:

    love this page more than i can even say!! fantastic!

  48. Jean says:

    Love the elephant and your journal page! I love elephants–Roll Tide!

  49. I love how you’ve got the elephant walking on the torn cardboard.

  50. samara says:

    Carolyn: so so so beautiful!

  51. Sandy Gretter says:

    Makes me want to go play with the elephants myself.
    Kept hearing “The Elephant Walk” in my head while I watched you play.
    What FUN !

  52. Janis in ID says:

    Oh, yes….this is so happy!! Love your play-ful elephant!!!
    <3 J

  53. Pat Upton says:

    Terrific elephant! I love the spread!

  54. Lori says:

    I do love your elephant!!

  55. Gunvor says:

    I love the elephant and your colourful spread is just awesome! Thanks for the inspiration!

  56. Anna Ely says:

    I like how you have your elephant coming into the page. The stamp you used at the top is great…looks like a circus!

  57. Elsje says:

    Amazing talent! To top it off, I love elephants!

  58. marykay says:

    wow that is really a pretty journal spread. love everything about it. great colors

  59. Cat says:

    Thank you for making the video of your elephant journal page. It was wonderful to watch you work. Fabulous! Glad I found you!
    Cat

  60. Debra Lee says:

    I would love a chance at winning this wonderful stencil!

  61. Andrene says:

    Love the design and message of your page! What a great stencil.

  62. Patty Boyd says:

    LOVE your journal page! Thanks for sharing and for participating in this hop!!!

  63. Betti Zucker says:

    I adore your color! and the marching elephant coming half on to the page just brilliant ( accidents make the best designs) Thanks for sharing your technique

  64. Karen says:

    Love, love, love it. You and your work are very colorful.
    Thanks
    Karen

  65. Carmen Lucero says:

    Looking at your elephant reminded me of all those elephant jokes that were told in the late 60s, haa! Yes, I too like all the different patterna in this stencil! Thanks for showing your process!

    Carmen L

  66. Carolyn – what an amazing video and I love the background you created for the elephant. Beautiful project. Thank you so much for playing along!!!

  67. Carolyn – what an amazing video and I love the background you created for the elephant. Beautiful project and the colors are amazing!. Thank you so much for playing along!!!