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Using a stencil to create sketchy women in an art journal video by Carolyn Dube

It was the end of the day and I had a ton of paint left on my palette. At this point in the day, thinking was a challenge but I couldn’t waste that paint. So I grabbed a couple of stencils and started making O.O.P.S.ies…Outstanding Opportunities Presenting Suddenly! Things got sketchy in my art journal that is!

Watch Stenciling Sketchy Women on YouTube.

Stencils Used: Sketchy Women with Class and Sketchy Women with Attitude

Since my paint brushes were already loaded with paint, I used them to stencil the women.  It is not the most precise way to stencil at all!  Careful stenciling means going in an up and down motion, didn’t do that….Careful stenciling means using as little paint as necessary…didn’t do that either!

By the end of the play, these imperfections (or O.O.P.S.ies) became a part of the

Using a stencil to create sketchy women in an art journal video by Carolyn Dube

There was a lot of paint leftover that I was bound and determined to use up so I painted the background.  This felt like serious thinking to me, of course figuring out my name felt like serious thinking…it had been a long day.  I had to fill in with color but not put the a color next to a woman stenciled in that same color.

I also realized that big wide paint brushes don’t do detail work precisely. O.O.P.S.  And that orange woman, she was placed in a rather awkward position.  O.O.P.S. Noticing the O.O.P.S. trend here?

Using a stencil to create sketchy women in an art journal video by Carolyn Dube

These are sketchy women, so I made them very sketchy by adding a layer of sketching to them.  I could have used one of a zillion kinds of pens to do this but since the paint was still damp, I chose the Stabilo pencil.  I didn’t want to ruin a pen. With all the O.O.P.S.ies I had been having, a pen would have been in serious danger.

Using a stencil to create sketchy women in an art journal video by Carolyn Dube

What profound thoughts did I scribble journal here? Whatever was rattling around in my scattered mind at the time.  At this point in the day, knowing my own name was a bonus.  Haven’t we all had days like that?

Using a stencil to create sketchy women in an art journal video by Carolyn Dube

Here are the supplies I used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps keep the free tutorials coming!

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Putting my perfectionism in it's place with the help of my inner teenager while art journaling video by Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl stencils

This was one of those days where I could feel perfectionism and critical thoughts getting louder and louder in my head.  Days like this used to squash my creativity and chase the muse away.

But they don’t any more, in part because I call upon my inner teenager to handle it. I wish I could say that I will never hear that long gone relative or perfectionist in my head ever again.

That just isn’t going to happen but what I can tell you is that I catch that voice quickly and know how to quiet it back down so that it doesn’t get in my way.  As a bonus, it is incredibly fun to let that inner teenager out to mouth off back to those voices in my head.

Watch Putting My Perfectionism in its Place on YouTube.

***If you’d like to win these stencils (actually 10 of them) check out the giveaway***

I started a page I made forever ago that I didn’t like much.  Why didn’t I like it? It was all brown.  Naturally, the long gone relative was attempting to point out all of my mistakes.

Putting my perfectionism in it's place with the help of my inner teenager while art journaling video by Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl stencils

When those voices are flaring up in my head, my go to way to deal is my inner teenager.  The words on this stencil are from my youth, and even though I would get into big trouble saying them to adults, I managed to kept saying them.

This stencil can be used as one big stencil or cut apart.  I cut the phrases apart and you’ll see why that was so handy in the next photo.

Putting my perfectionism in it's place with the help of my inner teenager while art journaling video by Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl stencils

Having the phrases cut apart made it easy to rearrange them and lay them out on the page and get just the right amount of teenage attitude in there.

Putting my perfectionism in it's place with the help of my inner teenager while art journaling video by Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl stencils

As I stenciled the words, I was saying them in my head (and maybe even one or two out loud).  Not in my nice adult voice, but my indignant teenage voice dripping with attitude.

Putting my perfectionism in it's place with the help of my inner teenager while art journaling video by Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl stencils

After doing the drips on the page, the arch of the rainbow from my Little Painted Rainbows called to me to around the UGH.  Rainbows symbolize surviving the storm and by this point in the play the storm of the voices had quieted down.

Putting my perfectionism in it's place with the help of my inner teenager while art journaling video by Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl stencils

Attitude of gratitude or gratitude for my attitude, either way, I was grateful that the thoughts in my head had shifted and I was playing.  Using the Stabilo pencil, that was what I scribble journaled about.

Putting my perfectionism in it's place with the help of my inner teenager while art journaling video by Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl stencils

The last layer was a bit rubber stamping with a Darkroom Door stamp and this art journal page has done its job.  It brought my muse back and quieted those critical thoughts in my head.

Should you ever have the kinds of thoughts that chase the muse away, I recommend calling upon your inner teenager and see what happens.

Putting my perfectionism in it's place with the help of my inner teenager while art journaling video by Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl stencils

Here are the supplies I used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps keep the free tutorials coming! 

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The stencil that solved 2 problems and now the titles will always match the background Video by Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl stencils

This stencil solved 2 problems for me.  One, how to get a word to perfectly coordinate with any background and my impatience when stenciling words when I want them precisely lined up.

***If you’d like to win this stencil (and 9 others) check out the giveaway***

Watch This stencil solved 2 problems for me on YouTube.

The play started with a paper from my gel printing stash.  This one happened to be book text used for cleaning my brayer.

After stenciling one letter, I use the painted edge to line up the next letter.  Words can go any way you want, in the traditional way or you can stack the letters, or wind them around to your heart’s content.

The stencil that solved 2 problems and now the titles will always match the background Video by Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl stencils

Love grows…trees apparently!  I added one of the trees from my Kandinksy’s Garden stencil as if it was growing out of the word.

The stencil that solved 2 problems and now the titles will always match the background Video by Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl stencils

I often get asked if am I writing read words when I scribble journal or just scribbling.  They are actual words that I am thinking as I write but spelling, punctuation and penmanship are not important to me here.  What is important is that the feelings and thoughts get processed and embedded into the page.

The stencil that solved 2 problems and now the titles will always match the background Video by Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl stencils

Here’s another piece of art journaling using the stencil, but this time it was in a straight line.  The word emerge looks like I took my time to line up the letters.  I didn’t. If you’ve seen much of my play, then you know how I am not a patient or precise person when I play.

The text also matches the background perfectly.  After all, it is the background showing through so zero searching for just the right color or pen.

The stencil that solved 2 problems and now the titles will always match the background by Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl stencils

Here are the supplies I used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps keep the free tutorials coming!


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