Altered Book Play for Stencil Week

Video tutorial of an altered book and giveaway during Stencil Week with Carolyn Dube

Stencil videos and giveaways during Stencil Week with Carolyn Dube

It’s day 2 of Stencil Week!  You know I love bright and bold but there is a softer side too.  The more subtle part of me  popped up while I was playing in my altered  book journal.  Who would have guessed that I would use just one color…not me!


Video tutorial of an altered book and giveaway during Stencil Week with Carolyn Dube

Today’s stencil, Linked Small, used with spray ink created the background for one of my favorite face stamps by Pam Carriker.  Just because a stencil is square or rectangular doesn’t mean you have to use it that way!




You can watch An altered book tutorial with a rubber stamp and a stencil on YouTube here.

The giveaway is now closed.

Want to win the stencil I used in this project?  I am giving away one of these stencils to a randomly selected winner!  To be entered all you need to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite art supply.

Want another chance to win?  Just share it (Facebook, Google Plus, Pinterest, Twitter, etc.) and come back and leave another comment tell me where you shared it!

I’ll be announcing all the randomly selected winners from Stencil Week next Friday, Jan. 31st. right here.  Be sure to be entered before  picks the winners for your chance to win!  And yes, international folks are eligible too!

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172 Responses to Altered Book Play for Stencil Week

  1. Sarah A says:

    Hmm, that’s a tough one and I don’t think I can narrow it down to just one – stencils and spray inks are both my favourite!

  2. Laurie Hunt says:

    “A” favorite art supply? Impossible. I like all art supplies. Sometimes I like them so much that I by them twice, and on very rare occasions a third time. So I still haven’t fulfilled the letter of the law when it comes to my favorite art supply. Hmm. I’ve got it. My favorite art supply is the one I don’t have yet, but I will just as quick as I can get it in my shopping cart! Sheesh, I did not realize id be letting you in on so much about my character playing along with you this week. I’m unfaithful to my color. I’m an addictive hoarding art supply maniac. I can’t wait to see what you will ask tomorrow.

  3. Livvy says:

    Love your page! Great idea to make a space in the middle of the stencil to do the stamping! I am having fun with gelatos at the moment but probably paint would be my constant favourite. Am off to share :)

  4. Livvy says:

    Just shared on Facebook and Pinterest!

  5. Melva Bates says:

    My favourite art supply changes with how I feel on the day….. Today I feel it will be a Gelli plate day???????? Have posted to Facebook.

  6. Suzanne R. says:

    My favourite art supply would have to be a combo of my Dylusions sprays and stencils. Love all the effects you can do with these in my art journal. Thanks for the chance to win Carolyn. ;)

  7. Just the one! not so easy… I would have to say… my stencils, and on second place my paints and inks!
    Love your page! I shared it on my Pinterest Art Journal & Mix media board (
    Regards from Spain ;-)

  8. Ruth L says:

    Well favorite art supply… let’s see… I love playing around with acrylics and mediums, to create some structure and to add to it some color!

  9. Beverley says:

    Another great stencil. Fave supply has to be paper…. love all the different thicknesses, textures, colours.

  10. corrine says:

    Nice combination and so subtle but really fits your word….xox

  11. Rose H says:

    I like handmade papers. No wait my watercolors, or colored pencils, or spray inks. Too many favorites. Today is Tuesday I think it will be acrylics. Yes today is an acrylic day.

  12. Erin says:

    I loved this video Carolyn. I’m a monochromatic girl so this really spoke to me! My favourite art supply would have to be matte medium – but it’s so hard to choose – so many, many supplies and so little time to explore.

  13. Kay P says:

    Today my favorite art supply is spray inks – all kinds. But wait a few days and I will change my mind and decide I can’t do without something else. Luckily you designers are good at showing us the options out there.

  14. Wow! What a brilliant and beautiful technique! Can’t believe you created this beauty in 5 minutes!! I definitely want to give this technique a try!
    My favorite art supply…StencilGirl stencils! :)

  15. Lissa says:

    I have a different one for each day of the week! Monday dylusion sprays, Tuesday, gelli plate, Wednesday stencils, Thursday Copics, Friday Neocolor 2, Saturday twinks and silks and Sunday I get to play with them all?!

  16. Bev Baird says:

    Another fabulous project! Love your videos! favourite art supply right now is my gelli plate – still addicted to all the papers I can create.

  17. Sandra Sapienza says:

    Gesso is a favorite art supply. You can use it in so many ways.

  18. Sandy Gregg says:

    My favorite art supply is matte medium. It’s great for glueing and for diluting paint.

  19. morningdove says:

    i think my favorite art product – love any kind of writing thingy – my fetish would be zany pens/pencils. i just discovered liquitex acyrlic ink and love making them into a spray. enjoyed your vid and love listening to your voice.

  20. Sylvia Tabor says:

    Just love this framing technique!!! And that stencil… so Victorian!!! Shared on Google+ too. Right now it has to be stencils… They add soooo much dimension/layers/textures to any project. Plus I can make stamps from them, which I love to do, using modeling paste and meat trays. They take on a whole new dimension! Then I also love to cut them up — I know, the horror!!! Depending on the pattern, it can completely change them, especially the edge. Also, I can make my own on my Cricut using transparencies. Stencils are the most versatile crafting tool ever!!!

  21. Sylvia Tabor says:

    Shared on Pinterest, Google + and FB

  22. Mary says:

    Just give me a stencil and Dylusion spray inks, and I’ll be a happy camper!

  23. Susan T says:

    You Tube videos! To help me with all the “stuff” I’ve accumulated and not figured out how to use.

  24. Glenda Lovchik says:

    Just got some Dylusions paint and love them….almost as much as acrylic paint. Got a Gelli plate for Christmas so everything is fair game. New favs every day.

  25. Glenda Lovchik says:

    Just shared your video on Facebook.

  26. KarenL. says:

    Thanks to your videos and tutorials, I am still loving my Gelli Plate. Thanks for the chance to win a stencil. One can never have enough! Great job!

  27. April Lopez says:

    Really really enjoy your videos. My favorite art supply is paint but stencils are coming in a close second.

  28. April Lopez says:

    I shared on Facebook.

  29. cat kerr says:

    Geee…you make it all look so easy.I will be keeping fingers and toes crossed…LOVE your new stencil friend!! xox

  30. cat kerr says:

    Oops forgot to tell you what my favorite art supply is…hmmm…this is tougher than I thought…Um..I’m going to have to go with molten solder.

  31. Cynthia says:

    Oh, you make it seem so easy!! =D Love love LOVE the color and the face emerging out of the page–gorgeous!!!

  32. Thea says:

    hmm…. I think my most very favorite art supply is your videos! …..and stencils, paint, fabrics, thread, and anything that will hold paint or thread… but not necessarily in that order. ;-)

  33. Apple says:

    My favorite art supply is my watercolor pencils. They are so easy to use on the go. :)

  34. Apple says:

    I also shared it to facebook!

  35. Apple says:

    I shared this on twitter!

  36. Terri says:


  37. Tina G. says:

    My favorite supply has to be watercolors … but that’s a tough one because I also love my stencils, acrylics, gelli plate … Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  38. Dr Queen says:

    You miracle worker you! I’m inspired and heading to the studio.

  39. Annie says:

    Hard to narrow it down to one art supply. I guess embossing paste. I love the metallics but I like any used with stencils.

  40. Apple says:

    I shared this page on Pinterest!

  41. Jackie N says:

    Another Fab page and post and New Stencil!!! Love the oops part!

  42. Jackie N says:

    Shared you all over the place! heehee

  43. Janet Bracewell says:

    I love stencils! But I suppose if I were being honest, it would have to be whatever I was using at the moment!

  44. Terrific video and I love all your new stencils. My favorite art supply has to be my super skinny brush, which I use in just about every project. Sharing on FB now.

  45. Wow. You couldn’t have given me a more difficult question, lol. My favorite varies from day to day. Okay. Today my favorite art supply is Daniel Smith’s Amazonite Genuine watercolor. Love that color!

  46. Susan Johnson says:

    I am glad I am not the only one who cannot pick just one favorite supply. I am a paper and paint junkie, but time after time the one thing that appears on 90% of my work would be my white gel pen. For writing, highlighting, patterns – it is my go to supply!

  47. Mary Ann says:

    Every day brings a favorite art supply based on what the muse in me decides. Today I have to say stecils because I am about yo start playing with some!!!

  48. Mary Ann says:

    Shared on Facebook!

  49. Cisca Henrickson says:

    Love this technique, would love to try it out. Favorite art supply, right now it is Dylusions sprays and stencils. Love your art! Great tutorials.

  50. Cathy/Mutnik says:

    Another fabulous video Carolyn! I tend to be afraid of the ink sprays for some reason. You sure make them look easy. Might just have to “brave up” and give them a try! Thanks again for the inspiration! :0)

  51. Cathy/Mutnik says:

    Oops, left off what my favorite art supply is. I pretty much love it all, but have been a lover of paper since a very young girl…..and I am talking about plain kind of paper that you can turn into your own design…..using all the other wonderful art supplies! hehe :0)

  52. Ruth Feria says:

    I definitely go through phases as to what could be my favorite art supply…right now it seems to be Intense Pencils and Blocks. Nice video and your voice is has so much fun and enthusiasm in it. Thank you for all you do to help us with our artful journey.

  53. Nicole Maki says:

    Gesso is definitely my fave. I use it for everything and whatever I put on top always works a little easier and with less frustration.

    Lovely page. Thanks for sharing.

  54. Jennifer says:

    At the moment, my favorite supply would be gesso. It’s amazing stuff!

  55. Trula says:

    My favorite art supply? I don’t think I’ll ever figure that one out ;). But maybe my homemade gelli plate or my black doodling pen right now.

  56. Sara Ament says:

    Let’s see… right now my favorite art supply is my Dylusions Sprays! I would love to play with this stencil! I have shared your post on Facebook… and I pinned it to my Pinterest Giveaways Board… . I also shared it on Google+… . Thanks for the chance to win this stencil!!!

  57. Denise S. says:

    Right now my favorite art supply would be a simple graphite pencil. I am taking a year long class and am trying to learn how to draw a womans face

  58. Kate M says:

    Really like the altered book concept and this technique is subtle and expressive.
    My favourite art supply I think it could be ‘how to’ videos and social media. The internet has opened up my mixed media world… just think of a world without knowing about gelli plates!?

  59. Marcia Nedland says:

    My latest fav is a Faber Castell Big pen in white with a bullet tip. It makes bigger, more perfect dots than the large Sharpie paint marker.

  60. I quite often say I’m not a ‘stamp person’ but I love the way you used this one. I’m just starting to use these sprays too so it’s nice to see what you can do with them apart from just going through a stencil.

    My favourite supply without a doubt is paint. Acrylic or watercolour in tubes or crayon form… though am just discovering oil pastels too and loving them so they might start trying to share that pedestal soon ;)

    Thanks for another great video Carolyn x

  61. Mary in IL says:

    favorite art supply??? Yikes, how do I pick just one? If I have to then it’ll be water soluble colored pencils.

  62. Celeste Beck says:

    Can’t wait to try this

  63. valerie-Jael says:

    My faves? Corrugated cardboard, gesso, string, lace. Valerie

  64. Kay Wallace says:

    Hi, Carolyn! Love your altered book journal! I have come to use just portions of my stencils, too! Just increases their value, doesn’t it?! Love the stamp you have used here, as I am a sucker for all things vintage! Happy to share your video on my Pinterest board!!

  65. Barbara I. says:

    Thanks for the video. Love all the ones you post. I’m with most of your readers, it’s really hard to decide my favorite art supply. If I had to pick just one, I guess it would be my Neocolor II watercolor “crayons”. Thanks for the chance to win the cool stencil you used today.

  66. At the moment it’s my gelli plate but I’m quite fickle. It might be something completely different next week.

  67. Jean says:

    It is really hard to say what the single favorite art supply is! I guess I would have to say my Gelli Plate but not much use without paints!

  68. Tasha says:

    My favorite art supply at the moment are my new Neocolors II :)

  69. Vicki says:

    You are so talented and inspiring Carolyn. As of right now my gelli plates (yes I said plates) are my favorite art supply. I sliced into my 8 by 10 and I am broken hearted. It still works but it is injured. You would have thought I cut myself when I saw that line in it. I must have layed it on something while carrying it to clean it.

  70. Jo Murray says:

    Favourite art Supply? Hmmmm….could it be Golden acrylics, or modelling paste…..I guess lovely paper would be my fave at the moment.

  71. Lynn says:

    I love this – it’s such a simple journal page but still so beautiful. I tweeted it.

  72. I love how the stencil design fades as it goes out… fabulous!!!!

  73. Jean Marmo says:

    I so enjoyed your video! I love working in old books! Loving the stencil and that stamp! I enjoy seeing you play with the ink- adding and removing. Makes me feel less afraid to try them on something like this!

  74. Thanks for the tips on using stencils. I have a drawer full and rarely use any of them.
    This video will help me use them more. My favorite art tool? Impossible to answer, but I guess it would have to be paper. I am a paperholic. If I see some pretty paper, I have to have it. It used to be that way with fabric, too!

  75. Brilliant page – LOVE that stencil and stamp how you used them :)

    Shared on FB –

  76. Judy Shea says:

    Simple, fun, beautiful. Another great stencil, girl.

  77. taradid says:

    Right at this moment, my most used art supply are sharpie markers, duct tape, and rainbow-colored rubber bands (I hang around with tweens a lot in my job at a public library). My favorites are still stamps, stencils, and some kind of ink/paint!

  78. Pamela says:

    My favorite art supply must be paints and paper, any kind, any combination :-). Stencils fit right in there, just adding to the fun.

  79. my favorite supply are inks, because they give us all color!

  80. Heather B. says:

    Gorgeous!!! I love it!! I love the stencil, I love the stamp, and I love the color. I was wondering what type of gesso do you use?(brand density, matte/gloss,etc.). Can’t wait to see your episode tomorrow.

    • Carolyn Dube says:

      I used Golden Gesso on this page. I buy it by the gallon (literally a gallon). No matte or gloss option on the label that I can see…but it is a very smooth gesso.

  81. Kirsten Reed says:

    gorgeous ~ as always! I am so excited about your new stencils!! I know which ones will be on my next order! By the way ~ any particular reason for the word “emerge”…is it your word for 2014 by chance? xxoo

    • Carolyn Dube says:

      It’s not my word for 2014…I can’t seem to settle on just one for 2014 so no word yet! Working on it though…

  82. Raine says:

    My favorite art supply right now is my Gelli plate…and stencils. I know that’s two but they go together like peanut butter and Gelli…jelly!

  83. jona says:

    Favorite Art Supply – Stencils and Sprays! Thanks for another great journal idea!

  84. Melissa says:

    Gosh I can only pick one???? I love so many…..I think my favorite would be rubber stamps….I love how versatile they are and how many different designs you can get. Besides they are fun to hoard. LOL

  85. Melissa says:

    I pinned it on pinterest and I shared it on facebook

  86. Your woman looks fabulous in blue! If I had to pick one favorite art supply, it would have to be paper. You can do so much with it :)

  87. Tamiko McCurry says:

    Sharing is caring.. pinterest, google, fb and twitter..

    my favorite art supply has got to be anything brightly colored.. or paper..

  88. Caroline D. says:

    Your book page is great! And I loved your statement about just because a stencil is square doesnt mean you have to use that way…lol.. so true! I love using just a portion sometimes. Hmmmm… favorite art supply… that is impossible to choose because there are so many good things and I have a good many of them. lol But to name one, I do love ink sprays. :) And to name a 2nd that is a little more unusual ….that I am loving, is joint compound. :)

  89. Melinda says:

    stencils — no wait — gelli plates — or maybe any transparent color — I think I can’t be monogamous when it comes to art supplies!

  90. Teresa Richardson says:

    My stencils and my spray inks. I need to buy more of both, but especially the spray inks. I only have 3 colors. I want the whole collection of Tim Holtz spray inks.

  91. Teresa Richardson says:

    shared on facebook

  92. Teresa Richardson says:

    shared on Pinterest

  93. Susan says:

    Favorite art supply is my Gelli Pad and of course the stencils that make the magic happen.

  94. I really liked this demonstration and the explanation about using gesso on the altered book pages. I loved altering book pages and this really helps me.

  95. sue schultheis says:

    Love your stamp/stencil piece today. . .inspiring. My fave art product has to be stencils. I have so many I could prob open a store….especially on the gelli plate. Thanks.

  96. sue schultheis says:

    I just left a msg on your FB page. Thanks.

  97. Wow, I love this in an altered book. Not sure what my favorite art supply is. Maybe something I find while dumpster diving.

  98. Deborah F says:

    My fave (this week…) is my white Molotow marker. I love it to add highlighting and accents to my journal pages and to any lettering. It just helps the designs to pop.

  99. Cat Graves says:

    If I base my answer on historical usage, then my favorite art supply is Golden Heavy Body Acrylic paint, specifically the Quinacridone colors. I still remember my joy when I purchased most of them in an art store in Woodstock, New York! It was a wonderful vacation traveling around visiting all my NY friends!

  100. Saranne says:

    Right now my intense blocks I just got in the mail!

  101. Saranne says:

    Shared with all 4!

  102. Jan Jensen says:

    My favorite are product is stencils. Love your videos Carolyn. Regards

  103. Cat Graves says:

    I shared on Facebook and Tweeted about your giveaway. Thank you so much!

  104. Jan Jensen says:

    Shared on 4 sites Carolyn!

  105. Bev says:

    Love my Gelli Plate!!

  106. Heidi says:

    One art supply…hhhmmmmm… well maybe my ATG or my tonic cutter or the hot press watercolor paper I just got or maybe my inktense pencils. I can’t decide. Thanks for the video – will have to try this.

  107. Pam Parker says:

    Another very clever tutorial for us. Love.

  108. Tiffany Smith says:

    Lately my favorite art supply has been Dylusions ink sprays! Can’t get enough!

  109. Cheryl says:

    My favorite art supply? That’s easy…stencils!!!

  110. Barbara Backer says:

    My favorite art supply is anything that can be used in mixed media. I especially enjoy using everyday items I find in my house or the Dollar Store; I use these to add texture to my creations.

  111. Liz says:

    Oh my gosh, there’s no rainbow! Love the monochromatic look on this one. My favorite art supply is any kind of acrylic paint, and I am most enamored with my Lumiere’s. Just don’t make me pick only 1 color!

  112. Cheryl says:

    What a great project. I have a box full of books I got from our local library discard sale. I usually tear them up, use the covers or just use them to clean my brayer. Next one will be an art journal! I shared your link on my pinterest page. Thanks for the great tutorial. It was a fun one.

  113. Barbara Backer says:

    I pinned this on Pinterest on my board “Art, Art, Art”.

  114. Right now I am loving my Portfolio water soluble oil pastels. They are so creamy and blendable. You can add water or not. Sometimes I start with them and other times I use them over acrylic paint.


  115. Barbara Backer says:

    I posted this on Facebook with a suggestion that people look for you on Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.

  116. Anna says:

    this might be harder than picking the favourite colour.. probably my dauber paints (distress paints/inks and Adirondack ones).. err and my prisma colour.. and my inktense pencils..and all my lovely acrylic paint, and the china graph pencils I bought when I did that just makes everything more delicious.. Don’t make me pick.. all the others will be sad..

  117. Anna says:

    Of course I shared on pinterest.. and I am about to go share the workshop too.. that exploded my creativity.. however now everything in my room looks like a carebear threw up.. but.. I LOVE IT!!

  118. My favorite art supply is my Gelli plate. I use mono printed deli paper and card stock in collage and I love the variety of papers I can make with the Gelli, stencils, masks, and paint.

  119. That is a fantastic page. I love that image & the shading you created is so effective – it was a “wow” moment for me as I watched. :)
    My favourite art supplies at the moment are stencils & PaperArtsy’s Grunge Paste, can’t stop using them. Thanks for the chance to win.

  120. Sallee Haerr says:

    Favorite art supply – oy- do I have to pick? Water-soluble crayons!

  121. Sallee Haerr says:

    Pinned on Pinterest

  122. Sallee Haerr says:

    I pinned this on Pinterest

  123. Sallee Haerr says:

    Added it to Facebook

  124. Jennifer says:

    I think my. fave is a set of colorful markers … you can write, make marks, add color. If I don’t have anything else, I’m happy with a set of markers.

  125. Shari Bryant says:

    omg, i couldnt possibly list a favorite. i love working with acrylic paint, thats what i do the most of. i have started experimenting a bit with glazes also and would love to get better with underpainting with glazes. thanks so much for the chances to win!

  126. Michelle Rodgers says:

    I think my favorite art supply is my Tombow markers. They are so versatile, and I used them every day! Hmmmm…..can I use those with your stencils???

  127. Robin B. says:

    My favorite? Hard to pick just one but if pushed I’d say my Dylusion Sprays.

  128. Robin B. says:

    Shared on Pinterest!

  129. Boo says:

    Love you the way you used the stencil to frame the stamped image.
    I also like how you painted with the dylusions and water.

  130. Boo says:

    I shared on facebook too!!

  131. Eva says:

    My favorite art supply….I think the Woodys (Water soluble pencils for children) are absolutely FAB. So much colour, great fun!

  132. DottiC says:

    GESSO is my all time fave go to supply. And, I love how you have used it combination with the stencil, spray ink, and stamp!

  133. Babs says:

    I love stencils cos they add dimension and great outlines that I couldn’t do myself – anything for a quick cheats way I say :)
    thanks for another simple to do video – love it

  134. Denise Spillane says:

    Another beauty, Carolyn. I love the beautiful color. Looks so pretty.

  135. Barbara Albrecht says:

    I’ve been using Dylusions spray inks since they were introduced and never thought of using them this way…thank you for teaching me another way to use my loved sprays! I really like how you used just the one color…so unlike you…LOL!!! Super stencil, too!!

  136. Love seeing you manipulate the stamped image with just water, definitely going to have that ago. My favorite tool has to be the gelliplate, so versatile, forgiving, fun, addictive…of course then I also like acrylic paints, stencils, found objects… to use with the plate :-)

  137. Sophie H says:

    I love love love my sakura pigma micron 05 pens. Archival ink so they’re going nowhere!

  138. Apple says:

    I tweeted about this stencil. :)

  139. Karen W says:

    I love this! She really looks like she is emerging from your page! Love that stencil! Thanks for sharing and offering a chance to win!

  140. Fabulous! Love the sprays on your gesso’d pages and it’s fun to see you working in an altered book, too.

  141. Lorrie T. says:

    Oh, she is just GORGEOUS! Love that you used only one color, too. My favorite art supply? Just one?!? Hmmm… ok, it would have to be stencils. Pinned:

  142. Karin Boulanger says:

    Favourite supply?! You don’t ask much, do you? Hahaha! Right now I am in love with stencils, but if push came to shove, I’d have to go with pens. I love all kinds of pens, and own so many different ones. Stabilo Signo are very nice, and will write over almost anything!

  143. gill edwards says:

    my favourite art supply is my pens that i use for doodling. My black faber castell PITT pen and white Signo uni-ball. I can lose many hours just doodling away with those.

  144. marylouh says:

    I’ve been a stamper all along so I guess the stamp pad is my “go-to” item. I’m getting into coloring with copics and enjoy that. My shading isn’t the best but I’m happy with it. I’ve used the spray inks and enjoy those but don’t have much call for that because I’m a card maker. I want to branch out into more mixed media – using stencils, etc, – and I’m sure I’ll be getting into the sprays and liquid inks more.

  145. edie says:

    My favorite art supply is anything with pigment in it. Especially bright neon pigments.


  146. Laura Strack says:

    Loving all the beautiful new stencil ideas! My favorite art supply must be gesso and sprays, but now that I am a member of the Stencil Girl Club, playing with stencils has been so rewarding and fun.

  147. Carolyn C says:

    Today it is dylusions sprays.
    I will be trying this technique!

  148. Kellie S. says:

    My favorite art supply? That’s like asking which kid is my favorite! Big, big no! no! Lol! Right now, stencils! And I love all my children the same! Thanks!

  149. Sandy says:

    One favorite art supply? Stencils, of course!!

  150. pinned it on my visual inspiration board

  151. Bronwen says:

    I am really enjoying the stencil week series, so thanks for posting! LOVE this stamp and technique!! My fave product is acrylic paint, you can just do so much with it.

  152. Bronwen says:

    Shared to facebook