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Stampaway Weekend of Fun ReCap

What a fun weekend of play at Stampaway! Was it the people? Was it the play?  Was it the shopping?  YES to all 3!  Such fun to meet online friends in person for the first time, to catch up with old friends and make new ones, to play with the rainbow, and of course, do a bit of shopping.

It is such a treat to see John and Mary Beth Shaw, the fearless leaders of StencilGirl, in person! Plus Glenda Miles, a wonderful creative soul who was nabbed for the photo and Nancy Curry, another stencil designer I don’t get to see very often.  Should have taken a photo with her…but in all the excitement forgot…OOPS!

The Friday night preview party always has a theme, and pajama party was this year.  Such fun to see Sally Lynn MacDonald demoing the Gel Press plate, my favorite, with those fun curlers at the Marcos Paper booth!

What trouble did we all get into during the workshops?  Well…a rainbow of “trouble”!  I feel so blessed that every class had such fun women in it…who were ready to dive in and play!  Here are some pics from Stamping with the Gel Press Plate:

Stamping with the Gel Plate workshop with Carolyn Dube

Stamping with the Gel Plate workshop with Carolyn Dube

Stamping with the Gel Plate workshop with Carolyn Dube

Stamping with the Gel Plate workshop with Carolyn Dube

Stamping with the Gel Plate workshop with Carolyn Dube

Stamping with the Gel Plate workshop with Carolyn Dube

Stamping with the Gel Plate workshop with Carolyn Dube

Stamping with the Gel Plate workshop with Carolyn Dube

Jumping into Gel Printing with Stencils combined StencilGirl stencils and Gel Press plates to make the most scrumptious prints.  It was hard to contain everyone’s excitement!

Jumping into Gel Printing with Stencils workshop with Carolyn Dube

Jumping into Gel Printing with Stencils workshop with Carolyn Dube

Jumping into Gel Printing with Stencils workshop with Carolyn Dube

Jumping into Gel Printing with Stencils workshop with Carolyn Dube

Jumping into Gel Printing with Stencils workshop with Carolyn Dube

Jumping into Gel Printing with Stencils workshop with Carolyn Dube

Jumping into Gel Printing with Stencils workshop with Carolyn Dube

Jumping into Gel Printing with Stencils workshop with Carolyn Dube

Jumping into Gel Printing with Stencils workshop with Carolyn Dube

Sneaky Art Journaling was all about tricking the logical left brain to quiet down so the right brain could dive in and play…and play they did…these ladies get bonus points because they signed up for an 8:30am class…that is dedication in my book!

Sneaky Art Journaling Workshop with Carolyn Dube

Sneaky Art Journaling Workshop with Carolyn Dube

Sneaky Art Journaling Workshop with Carolyn Dube

You bet I loved it when I saw the drinking cup with paint on it…anything and everything can be a creative tool!

Sneaky Art Journaling Workshop with Carolyn Dube

Sneaky Art Journaling Workshop with Carolyn Dube

A great big thank you to Christi McBride, my over qualified assistant who kept things running smoothly this weekend! (That’s her in the back standing in the white t-shirt.)

Sneaky Art Journaling Workshop with Carolyn Dube

Stamping with PanPastels was all about the fast and easy way to get complex and amazing looks with the dreamy colors of PanPastels.  You know me, I like things that look complex but aren’t!

Stamping with PanPastels workshop with Carolyn Dube

Stamping with PanPastels workshop with Carolyn Dube

Stamping with PanPastels workshop with Carolyn Dube

Stamping with PanPastels workshop with Carolyn Dube

Stamping with PanPastels workshop with Carolyn Dube

I am honored that each and every one of these ladies has let me be a part of their colorful creative journeys!  Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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New Workshop Giveaway!

Gel Printing FUNdamentals workshop with Carolyn Dube giveaway!

Where have I been and what have I been working on? A new workshop, Gel Printing FUNdamentals!  I am giving away 3 spots in the new  workshop!  3 winners and 3 ways to enter! It isn’t quite ready to go live, I’ve still a t to dot and i to cross here and there but I am just so excited that I can’t wait to share!

Watch Gel Printing FUNdamentals Workshop Giveaway! on YouTube

So how can you win this before it is even open for registration?  3 ways to enter!

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post.
  2. Pin anything from this post on Pinterest.
  3. Share this video on Facebook

How will you know if you you’ve won?  I’ll be announcing it here on the blog and in my newsletter on August 16th, 2017.

Speaking of the newsletter…I will tell you a little secret…everyone who is signed up for it will be getting a discount code for the workshop when registration opens.  If you want that discount, be sure to get signed up.

On Wednesday, August 16th, 3 winners will be chosen by Random.org so get entered before 11:59pm EST on Tuesday the 15th! (I’ve tried having my dogs do it but they lick the keyboard way too much.)

Who is eligible to win?  Anyone, anywhere!

Here’s a sneak peek Gel Printing FUNdamentals: A 3 week workshop, with a new video every Monday – Friday. These 10-20 minute lessons let you see the entire process and then start playing.  All downloadable so you can watch it when it fits your schedule!  Here are just a few of the prints we’ll be making with the techniques that include using household items, homemade texture tools, stencils, and of course, the rainbow!  More details coming soon!

Gel Printing FUNdamentals workshop with Carolyn Dube

Gel Printing FUNdamentals workshop with Carolyn Dube

Gel Printing FUNdamentals workshop with Carolyn Dube

Be sure to get entered to win…and get signed up for the newsletter if you’d like the discount code to the workshop when registration opens!

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Caution, OOPS in Progress

Why did I not use my usual bright rainbow colors that I had on my palette? It was because of an O.O.P.S., an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly, that happened as I created a full page of pattern in my art journal with just one small stencil.

Watch How I use a small stencil to fill an entire art journal page on YouTube.

The fineliner video mentioned in play is here.

The bright orange paint became a rusty deeper orange thanks to a dirty stencil.  O.O.P.S.!  This completely shifted the color vibe.

Notice how the paint ran under the stencil in places and gave it a loose mixed media vibe?  That’s because I did 2 things, I used plenty of paint and I stenciled in a side to side motion. If you prefer a crisper look when stenciling, then use a small amount of paint and pounce in a very up and down motion and the paint won’t run under the stencil.

Size doesn’t matter with stencils.  A smaller stencil can fill any size art journal page (or any other surface for that matter). I rotated the Open Buildings stencil as I moved it from one area to the next and didn’t use equal parts as I filled in the page.

The open spaces were ideal for adding pattern and writing. Using a fineliner, I added 1’s and 0’s.  New to fineliners and how they work?  I have a video explaining more about them.

The Caution washi tape caught my eye and I thought it was a wonderfully silly to add caution to this page since there had been zero caution exercised while making it.

Writing on paint takes its toll on pens, even if the paint is dry. However, when I use a cheap office store pen, I don’t worry too much. One catch with cheap ball point pens is the ink will often run if it gets wet so I tend to use it near the end of a page.

An OOPS started this page and I wanted to get that word on here.  Using a rolling alphabet stamp I added the word OOPS anywhere it could fit.

Thanks to the OOPS, I love where the play went, even if it wasn’t where I expected it to go. This wasn’t my first OOPS and it won’t be my last!  You can see You can see more of my OOPSies here.

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