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Step by step tutorial with a stencil and bead gel in an art journal by Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl Products stencil


Seahorses stencil at StencilGirl Products by June Pfaff Daley


The ocean. It’s my happy place and where my muse lives. So no shocker that I jumped for joy when I saw June Pfaff Daley’s latest designs. She has 4! You can check them all out over at the new stencils area at StencilGirl Products.





Step by step tutorial with a stencil and bead gel in an art journal by Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl Products stencil


On this painted background, I used bead gel to create a wonderful textured seahorse. As long as I had all the supplies out I put seahorses on several papers. Turned out that was a good choice…






Step by step tutorial with a stencil and bead gel in an art journal by Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl Products stencil


To make the seahorse stand out I used Viva Decor’s Metallic Rub.







Step by step tutorial with a stencil and bead gel in an art journal by Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl Products stencil


Stamped a seashell stamp, by 100 Proof Press, over and over. And then I got that feeling. It didn’t have the look I had planned.

But it was just an Oops. An Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly is a gift that has yet to be fully revealed.




Step by step tutorial with a stencil and bead gel in an art journal by Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl Products stencil


So I went to my go to thing, scribble journaling. I used a Posca pen because they are so opaque.







Step by step tutorial with a stencil and bead gel in an art journal by Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl Products stencil


Had to have a bit of color so I added green acrylic paint to the edges.







Step by step tutorial with a stencil and bead gel in an art journal by Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl Products stencil


Then a bit of watered down white acrylic paint. And then, the Oops showed up again. The idea that I had in my mind required the seahorse to be somewhere else, but it wasn’t moving. A mistake? Nope. Just an Oops.





Step by step tutorial with a stencil and bead gel in an art journal by Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl Products stencil


That Oops led me to go in a different direction. I wanted 2 or 3 seahorses for the new plan. I cut out one of the other seahorses I had made. Really easy to cut out too!






Step by step tutorial with a stencil and bead gel in an art journal by Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl Products stencil



Now, this looks like 3 but it is really 1 cut apart- why waste any of it! Stamped the words, “Swim in the little moments”.





Step by step tutorial with a stencil and bead gel in an art journal by Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl Products stencil


Added some green rose trim and a gem for the eyes. And it felt complete for me. All the Oops I had while making this led to me to here, a place that is better than what I had planned!





The blog hop has all sorts of giveaways…there is more than one stencil to be won! Tehre is a giveaway on the StencilGirl Talk blog that you get a chance to win by leaving a comment on each blog in the hop. Comment on more blogs get more chances to win! Of course, just one comment per blog is eligible. On top of this giveaway, there are more! Check out all the blogs to find the other giveaways!

StencilGirl Talk

June Pfaff Daley

Mary Beth Shaw

Leslie Tucker Jenison

Paula Phillips-Journal Artista

Kirsten Reed

Marjie Kemper

Mary C. Nasser

Carolyn Dube You’re here! Head over to Maria’s blog next!

Maria McGuire


Supplies Used (click on the product to see more information and purchase)

Golden Bead GelSeahorses stencil at StencilGirl Products by June Pfaff Daley





Linking up to Paint Party Friday, Anything But a Card (summer), Creative Every Day, Journal Journeys (summer) and Art Journal Every Day.

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  • froebelsternchen SusiAugust 9, 2013, 3:15 am

    what a happy summer page Carolyn.. I love the structure on it! AMAZING!

  • CorrineAugust 9, 2013, 5:28 am

    Swimming away in your happy blue sea! Bead gel rocks. xox

  • dentheAugust 9, 2013, 8:14 am

    well, your “oopses” certainly worked …. πŸ˜‰ Love the use of the bead gel.

  • ingeAugust 9, 2013, 8:28 am

    hmmmm, I adore seahorses and shells ans I’ll take a chance….I bought me gelliplate a few weeks so I can use stuff to try out ….and yes I discover dtencilgirl yet….she had great stencils….

  • Kirsten ReedAugust 9, 2013, 9:19 am

    I am sooooo going to have buy these stencils! Love the colors and what you did!

  • Maria McGuireAugust 9, 2013, 9:38 am

    Ohhhh…look at that yummy bead gel! The Viva over is is perfect. The beads give that water feeling. Keep swimming because those little moments are becoming BIG moments!!!

  • Ayala ArtAugust 9, 2013, 10:07 am

    Like always girl… so much fun to see your work!!

  • DevinAugust 9, 2013, 10:33 am

    Oh Carolyn. I absolutely love everything that you do. This one is absolutely amazing. Thank you for all the inspirations that you give me!!! You rock!

  • Monica LowranceAugust 9, 2013, 10:38 am

    wow I must really check out that medium you mentioned.
    I love how the sea horse turned out.

  • Elizabeth KaplanAugust 9, 2013, 10:48 am

    I have a couple of packs of very teeny hole-less beads. Had no idea how to use them. Loops. πŸ™‚

  • marilynAugust 9, 2013, 10:52 am

    Love the fun OOPS! LOL your sea horses are beautiful.

  • Denise SpillaneAugust 9, 2013, 10:57 am

    Hi my favorite teacher. I always learn so much from you. I do have to get some bead gel. I hope to win one of the stencils to bring the ocean here to hot muggy Dallas. See you on YouTube!

  • Melva BatesAugust 9, 2013, 10:58 am

    I love your work………. I would love to use one of these stencils in conjunction with my Gelli Plate.

  • Pamm Moore-HaleyAugust 9, 2013, 11:26 am

    I LOVE watching you make art, Creative Colorful Carolyn!

  • Heidi BoundAugust 9, 2013, 11:46 am

    I am in LOVE with your project! I have glass bead gel and only use it for little touches here and there. I haven’t used it through a stencil before. You have inspired me to run into my art studio and smear away on some stencils. Thanks for sharing!

  • PeggyAugust 9, 2013, 12:18 pm

    Love the oops…and the seahorses swimming in text!

  • Glenda LovchikAugust 9, 2013, 12:45 pm

    I love how you deal with the Oops. Your philosophy helps me get through my constant oops in life. Door closes, window opens, etc. Thanks for sharing. The sea horses are wonderful, too.

  • Lindi StevensonAugust 9, 2013, 12:52 pm

    Hi Carolyn! I have recently discovered and become a fan of yours. Love your Gelli print videos. Beads, water, seahorses…perfect combo. Congrats on your new “leap”! Lindi – Art in Real Life – http://www.lindistevenson.com

  • KathyAugust 9, 2013, 1:26 pm

    I enjoy your videos. Started watching them after I got a gelli plate. This makes me want to try the bead gel.

  • EnikoAugust 9, 2013, 1:27 pm

    I love how the green around the edges made the rest of the artwork pop & I appreciate the “oops” reminder!

  • GillAugust 9, 2013, 1:35 pm

    Fabulous Carolyn! and I love your oops definition!
    I have copied it into my journal as a reminder!

  • BarbAugust 9, 2013, 1:36 pm

    loved how all the Oops worked out and great piece in the end

  • TammyAugust 9, 2013, 1:37 pm

    Sea horses fascinate me. Yours are rendered in such a pretty color and design.

  • LeeAugust 9, 2013, 1:49 pm

    Love the texture on your seahorses! Now I know what to call my “OOP”es!

  • SaranneAugust 9, 2013, 1:49 pm


  • Gerd AnderssonAugust 9, 2013, 1:51 pm

    Thanks for the turorial! Love your seahorse page!

  • valerie-JaelAugust 9, 2013, 2:35 pm

    Fun and summery piece, love these colours! Valerie

  • FayeAugust 9, 2013, 2:37 pm

    Really love the seahorses, Carolyn. You are so creative to make an oops into a focal point. Beautiful.

  • TitbelsoeurAugust 9, 2013, 2:53 pm

    Hey ! thank you for commenting my blog ! I love your page, love the creative way you did it !

  • Kirsten AliciaAugust 9, 2013, 2:54 pm

    Gorgeous, I love the textures.

  • Jo MurrayAugust 9, 2013, 4:07 pm

    I’m rather fond of the odd OOPS myself. It sometimes makes you think outside the square…tho’ I’ve yet to see a square seahorse. You did wonders recalibrating your destination.

  • JackieAugust 9, 2013, 4:11 pm

    LOVE it…I call my “OOPS” moments “Happy Accidents”. This is a great page…thanks for sharing it with us.

  • Lynn M.August 9, 2013, 4:12 pm

    Learn something new every day….hmmm, bead gel. Thanks for the opportunity to win some great stencils.

  • Linda LevineAugust 9, 2013, 4:17 pm

    Now that’s simply lovely. Funny, today I saw bead gel at Michaels…and said, ” hmmmmm interesting, wonder what could be created with that?” Lol.

  • Linda L.August 9, 2013, 4:18 pm

    Now that’s simply lovely. Funny, today I saw bead gel at Michaels…and said, ” hmmmmm interesting, wonder what could be created with that?” Lol.

    • Linda L.August 9, 2013, 4:19 pm

      Oops, came up twice…sorry about that.

  • Lura BrownAugust 9, 2013, 4:22 pm

    oh i love stencil girl products they are just the best and so many chances to win awesome prizes. hope i will be lucky. thanks for the chance. xoxo

  • LissaAugust 9, 2013, 4:27 pm

    I love the seahorses!! They are so,cool!

  • Jean McNultyAugust 9, 2013, 4:53 pm

    Love these seahorses….such a pretty page!!!

  • ChristieAugust 9, 2013, 5:04 pm

    I really appreciate how you keep it real and admit to OOPS moments. It is so great to see how you turn them around into something wonderful. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway.

  • Kate MAugust 9, 2013, 5:05 pm

    Great page and another resource (GBG) on my ever increasing list of ‘must haves’. Thanks for sharing.

  • mary dAugust 9, 2013, 5:08 pm

    I really like your “oops” talk and the texture of the sea horses

  • GunvorAugust 9, 2013, 5:41 pm

    Awesome page! I love how you used bead medium with the stencil – really cool!

  • Teresa RichardsonAugust 9, 2013, 5:54 pm

    My daughter loved the water and the ocean. I lost her Oct 2011 and having these stencils would give me the opportunity to do some memory pages of her.

  • robinAugust 9, 2013, 5:55 pm

    I’m a beach girl forever…I would love to have this stencil

  • Nelda JohnsonAugust 9, 2013, 6:22 pm

    Love how your seahorses turned out. What a great idea to use the bead gel…I have some sitting on the shelf right now, so I am going to try out this idea soon. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • GayeAugust 9, 2013, 6:43 pm

    Your OOPS pages always remind me that art is a process. Love this little seahorse!

  • Sandy GretterAugust 9, 2013, 6:47 pm

    Oops a daisy…Loooove your seahorses and your process…have taken your classes and learned sooo much …thanks

  • Jean MarmoAugust 9, 2013, 7:15 pm

    So very cool!!

  • angela eharisAugust 9, 2013, 7:17 pm

    i love your seahorses! i don’t think u can do wrong with seahorses! tx for sharing and inspiring, aloha, angi in hana

  • MelissaAugust 9, 2013, 7:36 pm

    Glass bead gel brilliant idea

  • Pat GarvinAugust 9, 2013, 7:42 pm

    Your project looks wonderful. Love the sea horses.

  • Susan ChongAugust 9, 2013, 8:11 pm

    I love seahorses! Great project!!
    Thank you for sharing your process!
    Susan Chong

  • susan salyerAugust 9, 2013, 8:13 pm

    I love your project. beautiful work and delightful post.Thank you for sharing.
    susan s

  • BooAugust 9, 2013, 8:41 pm

    Sea horse! Love it.

  • Boni GrabuskyAugust 9, 2013, 8:56 pm

    Oh how delightful and i lov ethe scribbling idea thanks so much

  • Mary Beth IAugust 9, 2013, 8:58 pm

    have a seahorse stamp that would go perfectly with these stencils

  • Kimberly HoganAugust 9, 2013, 9:16 pm

    I showed this to my 13 yr old. She homeschools, and just did a project on seahorses. Did you know that the seahorse is the only creature where the males get pregnant and give birth? It is very interesting to watch them give birth to 100’s of sea ponies. She wants to make this now to add to her project. I told her we could wrestle for it…lol. I love your color pallet. The Glass beads are very cool, they have such a fabulous texture to them. That Inca paint is awesome. it has such a lovely shimmer to it. As usual you have produced another FAB project!! Love your stuff!!! Have a great weekend. (((HUGS)))

  • Helen MarkeeAugust 9, 2013, 10:26 pm

    love the texture of the sea horse. thanks for the inspiration

  • RaineAugust 9, 2013, 11:26 pm

    Great page! Love the seahorses!

  • Sarah JonesAugust 9, 2013, 11:45 pm

    Love the seahorses! Gonna have to try that bead gel!

  • Paula McLane JenningsAugust 10, 2013, 12:08 am

    Love that seahorse stencil and how you used the bead gel. how perfect!

  • Carmen LuceroAugust 10, 2013, 1:05 am

    Carolyn, I so enjoy your posts and your newsletter! You make me smile every time! There are no oops in art, come on! These little opportunities are new roads to follow and you made a great detour! Love that bead gel, I don’t have that in my stash, gonna have to find a way to get me some!

    Thanks for the step by step!

    Carmen L

  • gigglesAugust 10, 2013, 2:59 am

    I love how you are brave enough to show and explain your oopsies!!
    Great fun piece of work!

    Hugs Giggles

  • DawnAugust 10, 2013, 6:16 am

    I just adore your seashorses!! So sweet!

  • Nydia DominguezAugust 10, 2013, 8:09 am

    Seahorses are my favorite themed art! Love to make ATC’s with them etc! Would love, love, love to win this giveaway!!

  • Karen BuchananAugust 10, 2013, 8:48 am

    What a great page, I would not have thought to use the bead gel through a stencil, thank you!

  • stamping sueAugust 10, 2013, 9:04 am
  • Valerie GilreathAugust 10, 2013, 9:22 am

    Thank you so much for showing the entire process — oops and all — and not just the finished project. I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one who puts something in place and then thinks “uh-oh, that’s not quite what I had in mind.” But as you’ve shown, it usually works out beautifully if you just keep moving forward. Great use of the stencil.

  • Gina SismilichAugust 10, 2013, 9:31 am

    I have “oopses” all the time (what a funny looking word! LOL) I often have to go away and look again with fresh eyes. I’ve learned to be more patient in the process! Your page is so fun and summery (my very fav season and I love the beach!) It’s always fun to see the process other artist’s go through. I have to start documenting mine more carefully.

  • KatAugust 10, 2013, 9:36 am

    Carolyn this is so fresh and cool for summer, I love it, thanks for this fresh sea breeze!

  • J Elizabeth BallardAugust 10, 2013, 9:51 am

    The end result is so cool feeling! I love how you talk through your process and mention Oops. I teach and we talk about having a plan but also being open to things that happen along the way. Serendipity.

  • Mary C. NasserAugust 10, 2013, 10:16 am

    Carolyn, the glass beads are GREAT with the seahorse stencil! And with that blue…FABULOUS! Always inspiring visiting your blog and seeing your work!

  • June HAugust 10, 2013, 11:17 am

    Love your project! Ok I love ALL your projects!! The seahorse stencil is awesome!!!

  • Lorinda @ Everyday EndeavoursAugust 10, 2013, 1:09 pm

    Ah, the ocean is home for me too. Love this spread Carolyn! That stencil is fabulous. The metallic rub creates a great effect.

  • Darlene ProppAugust 10, 2013, 1:22 pm

    Great project. I love seahorses!

  • TriciaAugust 10, 2013, 1:53 pm

    Love the new stencils. This one works well with the bead gel texture. Like the colours too!

  • Dorothy FreemanAugust 10, 2013, 3:09 pm

    Very nice! It so nice to see how an oops comes out so nicely.

  • Pam D.August 10, 2013, 3:21 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous !!!!!!!!!!! I love seahorses and love working with the bead gel !! Great ideas – thanks for sharing !!

  • SnapAugust 10, 2013, 4:01 pm

    a great way to celebrate the summer with this new stencil. love the colors and the opps!

  • Linda on the PrairieAugust 10, 2013, 5:00 pm

    I think you just convinced me that I need some bead gel. Lovely!

  • Susan SamuelAugust 10, 2013, 5:05 pm

    Great use of the bead gel. Very inspirational.

  • Helen CampbellAugust 10, 2013, 6:05 pm

    I love that seahorse stencil! I would not have thought to use bead gel, it makes a wonderful texture! You took advantage of your Outstanding Opportunity and created a gorgeous page.

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  • TamekoAugust 10, 2013, 9:03 pm

    Delightful journal page. Love the texture and details!

  • KathyAugust 10, 2013, 9:47 pm

    Never used bead gell before – looks like fun. Enjoyed seeing the progression of your work, Oops and all.

  • JaneAugust 10, 2013, 10:35 pm

    I love the seahorses… an beautiful oops!

  • Geary HerendeenAugust 10, 2013, 11:35 pm

    I love your bead gel and the sea horses! Also like the oops meaning too, as I make any oops in my life! I hope to win a stencil and hank you for the chance! I adore your art work.

  • AnneAugust 11, 2013, 8:30 am

    Love this, especially since the sea is kind of my element, too! πŸ™‚

  • Leann LindemanAugust 11, 2013, 10:33 am

    Love, love it!!! Stencils are the bomb. πŸ™‚

  • RondaAugust 11, 2013, 12:49 pm

    I love seeing your creations. as well as your videos. ty for taking the time to show and create. your awesome. have a fantastic day – smilz.

  • Kristin Van ValkenburghAugust 11, 2013, 2:43 pm

    Just wonderful! LOVING the addition of the bead gel – and I love how you always show us your WIP’s! xoxo

  • Nancy LeeAugust 11, 2013, 4:22 pm

    Oops means go with the flow… flow of water…ocean!
    Nice colors!

  • Liz ThayneAugust 11, 2013, 5:29 pm

    Love how you have used bead gel to get texture on the seahorses- it is one of my favourite mediums!

  • ChandraAugust 11, 2013, 6:32 pm

    Oh wow I love the colors in this very bright! The green adds a nice touch and the texture is fun on the seahorse πŸ™‚ I liked the process and the oops turned out wonderful too.

  • Kay WallaceAugust 11, 2013, 7:38 pm

    Love your happy seahorses, Carolyn! I have not yet used bead gel, but that might just have to happen! Color palette is full of cool summer water, and just right for this project! Happy hopping!

  • Sandy KarstenAugust 11, 2013, 11:08 pm

    Bead gels – gee – a supply I don’t have. Should I go look for it and buy it??? Oh why not -what’s 1 more supply. Thanks for the technique!

  • Grenae ThompsonAugust 12, 2013, 11:11 am

    Love the seahorse stencil and your finished piece! Good color choices.

  • MariaAugust 12, 2013, 11:15 am

    Hi Carolyn! I always enjoy your projects. The colors you use and the wonderful techinques. This piece is beautiful. I love the seahorse. Another sentil on my wish list to get for sure. Have a great day. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • SilviaAugust 13, 2013, 3:57 pm

    Just hopping over from Journal Journey’s. Your page looks wonderful, love the textured seahorses.

  • Crafty DawnAugust 14, 2013, 4:36 am

    I also love Stencils you can play LOTS with them. Thank you for joining Journal Journey’s Dxx

  • Marjie KemperAugust 14, 2013, 7:57 pm

    What an awesome combo of the stencil + the stamping! Love this page.

  • JKWAugust 15, 2013, 9:34 pm

    I always love it when I hear about a new product (to me). I love how the seahorse looks. Blessings, Janet PPF