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I'm art journaling with stencils and sharing it step by step as I find the door to another world or you could say letting my imagination run wild

My imagination ran away with the idea of another world while I was art journaling.  Perhaps all those sci-fi shows I love like Stargate, Star Trek, and Dr. Who have had a bit of an impact on this page.

I'm art journaling with stencils and sharing it step by step as I find the door to another world or you could say letting my imagination run wild

But in true sci-fi fashion, I didn’t start out thinking I would find another language or a door to another world!

It started by randomly stenciling Encouraging Scribbles in a metallic paint.  The metallic paint didn’t show up the way I hoped…Oops.  Indeed, an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly to add the white to make the circles pop.

I'm art journaling with stencils and sharing it step by step as I find the door to another world or you could say letting my imagination run wild

Earth Song Symbols were randomly stenciled, but somehow, none on the top circle.  Not planned, but quite useful.

About this point, my imagination was in high gear with  sci-fi themes such as portals in time, worm holes, cultures on other worlds, etc.

I misaligned my Encouraging Scribbles stencil back on top of previous stenciling.  Now I have the whirlpool or swirling feeling of my portal.
I'm art journaling with stencils and sharing it step by step as I find the door to another world or you could say letting my imagination run wild

 

I wanted touches of book text, but not distracting paper to glue down.  I wanted the words to blend with the background.  Wall of Words stencil to the rescue!  I just added hints of words here and there. I'm art journaling with stencils and sharing it step by step as I find the door to another world or you could say letting my imagination run wild

Imagination going full throttle, it was time for the messages on the ancient symbols.  I used a fountain pen to do the writing. Why a fountain pen? I am finding they get ruined less often on paint for me.  And these are the cutest little pens ever!

I'm art journaling with stencils and sharing it step by step as I find the door to another world or you could say letting my imagination run wild

All was going well, until this OOPS! And it was a biggie!  I thought a touch of yellow would pop…and it actually just went ugly.  But there is an opportunity in this…

I'm art journaling with stencils and sharing it step by step as I find the door to another world or you could say letting my imagination run wild

I had to work with that yellow, so I started adding more colors to the page by putting it over the stenciled symbols.  And since I did not like the blotch of yellow, I felt free to do just about anything that popped into my head…or landed in my hand.

The swirling circle of words and color now had me thinking of a worm hole.  That magical almost instant way to travel between galaxies but mine needed a door.  I found just the door I wanted from Tumble Fish Studios at Mischief Circus, in the kit Happy Place.  Printed it out on my inkjet printer on Craft Attitude and with a bit of glue stick, I have an image transfer.

Thanks for joining me for this little art journal trip to another world!  Now if there was only a time portal…or worm hole…or transporter!

I'm art journaling with stencils and sharing it step by step as I find the door to another world or you could say letting my imagination run wild

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 you are helping me keep this blog and my videos ad free! Thank you- I don’t like ads any more than you do!


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Making patterns in an art journal inspired by everyday objects video tutorial by Carolyn Dube

“Ordinary” things, like a kiwi, can lead to colorful play.  That average kiwi was the start of this colorful pattern which clearly is not a hyper realistic pattern that I’ve made.  It’s more like gum ball kiwis for this week’s Let’s Play video.

What is Let’s Play?  It’s all about rediscovering the ability to play. Each month I share a specific strategy that helped me recapture the freedom and fun of play.   This month’s theme is being inspired by the everyday.   You can see more of the Let’s Play series here.

Making patterns in an art journal inspired by everyday objects video tutorial by Carolyn Dube

When I play, there tends to be an Oops or two.  Can you see the O.O.P.S. (outstanding opportunity presenting suddenly) here? That Oops made it very easy to decide what to do near the end of the video.

Watch Pattern Making Inspired by the Everyday on YouTube.

Could I have stopped here? Absolutely.  I can stop anywhere I want when I am playing. After all, it is just play. But 2 things kept me painting.  First, the orange Oops. Second, my desire to cover up any white space with color.

Making patterns in an art journal inspired by everyday objects video tutorial by Carolyn Dube

What will I be doing next with this page?  I was feeling the urge to doodle on it but I had to wait for it dry completely.  That gave me the time to turn this into a Spark of Art-spiration download for you.  If you’d like this free download to play with as well as more Sparks delivered with in my newsletter, just click the button!

Yes, I want the free download!

This month's Let's Play theme is all about being inspired by the everydayWant to see more Let’s Play videos? You can find all the weekly posts here.

Sharing your play:   I, and a whole bunch of others, would love to see what you’re creating!  We’re sharing it in the Facebook group called A Colorful Place to Play. Why Facebook?  I’ve listened to your feedback about how and where you’d like to share your play instead of the link parties.

Monthly giveaways:  Leave comment on any (and all for more chances) of the weekly Let’s Play blog posts to be entered and one winner each month will be chosen by random.org.  Want more chances to win a $50 gift certificate to DickBlick.com?  Pin any of the images from the page or share about it on Facebook- then come back and leave a comment telling me what you did and you can have more chances to win! Giveaway closes the Sunday, July 31st at 11 pm EST and the winner will announced on the blog the following Monday.

Congrats to Margaret Price, last month’s winner!

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Video tutorial sharing how to get your stenciling inside a glass ornament

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Ever try to stencil something round and smooth like a glass ornament?  It can be tough to stencil on the outside, so I found an easier way – put the pattern on the inside!

Why Christmas now?  I’m playing in the Christmas in July blog hop with StencilGirl Products and Imagine Crafts with a $100 giveaway too!  Find all the details and links to all the holiday inspiration at the end of this post.

I started with clear glass ornaments available at any major craft store but that ornament wasn’t going to stay clear. I wanted some color.  irRESISTible is a wonderful texture spray but today I am not using it that way.   I am pouring some LadyBug red irRESISTible right into the ornament.

As a side note…based on my experiments, the darker colors work best because what starts out as a very deep red becomes the most wonderful translucent red by the time it has fully drained and dried.

Video tutorial sharing how to get your stenciling inside a glass ornament

In the video you’ll see how I put these together, including how to actually get the right size of circle to fit in the glass ornament without measuring.

Watch How to Get Your Stenciling Inside a Glass Ornament on YouTube.

Stazon inks are easy to use with stencils and as a bonus they work on any smooth surface too.  I used MB Makes Marks Marker, Ornamental Compass Screen, and Damask Waves with a cosmetic sponge and the black Stazon reinker.

In order to get the stenciled images inside the ornament, you need something flexible and sturdy like Durlar Wet Media.  This is way easier to show than tell type of process, so check out the video where you can see exactly how to get the stenciling to be upright in the ornament.

Video tutorial sharing how to get your stenciling inside a glass ornament

Thanks for stopping by for some play! Lots holiday inspiration awaits you so be sure to check out all the blogs in the hop!

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$100 GIVEAWAY!

  We’ll be picking one lucky winner
to receive $100 in Gift Certificates – a $50 Gift Certificate for StencilGirl Products and
 a $50 Gift Certificate for Imagine Crafts!

Visit each blog showcased July 9, 16, & 23 and leave your comments. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN! One comment per blog please.
 You will have until Saturday, July 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments. The winner will be notified by email and announced on StencilGirl’s Facebook page on Sunday, July 31st.

Today’s Blog Hop Order

StencilGirl Talk
Gwen Lafleur
Carolyn Dube-you are here
Carol Baxter
MarkMelnick
Jowilna Nolte
Terre Fry

Day 2 Blog Hop Order

StencilGirl Talk
Janet Joehlin
Cindy Gilstrap
Anna Friesen
Alison Heikkila
Martha Lucia Gomez
Roni Johnson


Day 1 Blog Hop Order

StencilGirl Talk
Mary C. Nasser
Kristie Taylor
Karen Gaunt
Neva Cole
Nadine Carlier
Monica Edwards

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