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Carolyn plays with VerDay paint and patina to turn paper into old rusted pattern with a stencil in a fun video

What do you need to turn paper into metal?  VerDay paint!  This stuff is fantastic for creating a patina of old metal on anything you can paint. In the video you'll see my explorations and how I turned the rusted paper into a quick card. TenSecondsStudio sent several of these sets out for the StencilGirl team [...]

Great video showing how to seal PanPastels and how to use them with stencils in an art journal!

 After a day of play with one of my new stencils from StencilGirl, the ladders were left out on my counter. It's a very good thing I didn't put them away because when I saw them on their sides, suddenly I saw fences.  So out came the PanPastels for fence play...would this be called fencing? This play transported me [...]

Gelli Printing® on Brown Bags

A Gelli Plate® and stencils make plain brown bags colorful goodie bags

The Gelli Plate® turned plain brown lunch bags into colorful goodie bags for my upcoming workshops at Stampaway. I played with some of new stencils that were just released from StencilGirl - and I'm giving a set of them away.  You can get entered to win here. I just went to town with all sorts [...]

Using Art To Heal a Hurt

Video sharing how I used art to to heal a hurt that came from feeling very vulnerable.

Being vulnerable can hurt but when I have a way to process the feelings, it hurts less.  Whether I am working in an art journal or on a canvas or on a wood panel, it doesn't matter.  What matters is that I am creating.  There is something magical for me when I get paint on my [...]

Decided to play around on a scrap of cardboard with Seth Apter’s newest stencil

Words inspire me so you bet I was excited to play with Seth Apter's new stencil, Explore. It's loaded with words and lots of texture too.  For today's play, I'm using fancy fancy things...like cardboard from a box, a cosmetic sponge, and old scrapbooking paper. This is just one of many stops in a blog hop celebrating Seth's [...]

Couldn’t get sharks off the brain so they ended up in my art journal!  Captured it all on video too! Inspired by Discovery Channel’s Shark Week

What's swimming around in my head?  Sharks thanks to Discovery Channel's recent Shark Week.  Brought back all sorts of nostalgia for me since I remember when it all began.  Yes, I'm that old. I am amazed by these creatures...but it's not like I want to swim with them in the open seas.  I am a big [...]

I started  with a Gelli print® and then built up layers of stencils and simple doodling to create a mixed media paper

Ever have a Gelli print® that leaves you feeling blah?  The kind that are fine or okay...that is such a so-so place to be. I don't like so-so.  So what do I do? I say O.O.P.S. This Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly was loaded with opportunity.  If I didn't care about it, I was free to just play with [...]

Creating Stenciled Papers

I’ve created a video showing how I used Gelli® printing as a starting point to create stenciled papers

What can you do with the papers you make Gelli® printing?  You can build on the colors and lines already there with a stencil to create your own custom artful patterned papers.  Something strange has been happening to me...I have been having fun with subtle coloring. Not sure what is happening, but when the muse [...]

A Trio of Stenciled Tags

Love adding pattern to tags with stencils!

Sometimes I just play around without a plan.  I know, you’re shocked.  That’s how all 3 of these tags came about – just random play with Pebbles Layer Me, Iron Grate Layer Me, and Connected Eyes Layer Me stencils. The muse gave me the imperfect vibe today so I went loose with the paints.  That means getting paint under the [...]

Video showing how to quickly and easily create detailed patterns with Layer Me stencils from StencilGirl Products!

I love the look of detailed and complex designs however, that usually takes more patience than I have. Until now!  I don't have more patience suddenly, I have a stencil that will quickly do the job thanks to my layering stencils. https://youtu.be/KPYB4PPazR4 Watch How to Use Layering Stencils on YouTube. These are all a part [...]