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How to Make Your Own Coloring Page with Graphite Putty and a Stencil Tutorial with Carolyn Dube

What do I do when I feel like coloring? I make my own coloring pages with stencils. In the video, you’ll see how I use Graphite Putty to create this one by making a stencil rubbing.  What is Graphite Putty?  It’s like Play-Doh meets a pencil!

Watch How to use graphite putty to make a stencil rubbing on YouTube.

Step 1:

Put a stencil below a piece of copy paper, or other thin paper.  I used Mary C. Nasser’s Geometric Sky from StencilGirl.

Step 2:

Use a small amount of the Graphite Putty and create a flat-like shape.  Notice the precision, or lack of,  in my terminology.  This is so forgiving- you just need some to rub on the paper. Since it is putty, as you rub it on the paper, it will get flatter and wider.

How to Make Your Own Coloring Page with Graphite Putty and a Stencil Tutorial with Carolyn Dube

Step 3:

Then start coloring in the shapes using colored pencils.  Can you use something like a marker? Sure…but just be aware that the graphite putty is water soluble. That means it will smear when it gets wet.

How to Make Your Own Coloring Page with Graphite Putty and a Stencil Tutorial with Carolyn Dube

What am I going to do with this piece of colored paper full of geometric shapes?  Not sure yet, but my art journal is whispering to me so this may end up in there.

Of course I’ll share what I create!  Want to be sure you don’t miss it?  Then just keep an eye out for my newsletter in your inbox.  Not signed up yet?  No problem- join the fun here!

How to Make Your Own Coloring Page with Graphite Putty and a Stencil Tutorial with 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 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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Handcrafted Holidays On Line Workshop

I am honored to be a part of Handcrafted Holidays- a fun online workshop of 10 artists- each with a holiday project.  The projects can be adapted for not only your holiday celebrations, but other times of the year as well. After all, gifts from the heart are for all seasons!

What project did I contribute? A colorful advent calendar that has the whole rainbow in it. Of course you can adapt it to whatever colors make you happiest!   I had a chance to talk with Miriam Schulman, the host of this fun workshop, about the long standing family tradition of advent calendars and how I use them to make the holidays much easier on myself during our Artist Chat- which you can watch on her blog here.  Plus there is a free download waiting for you over there.

Miriam’s put together a video telling you all about each project in the workshop and introducing you to each artist!

Watch Handcrafted Holidays on YouTube.

• Mexican Star Piñata with Danita Art • Poinsettia Mola with Jane LaFazio • Gift Boxes with Marjie Kemper • Wrapping Embellishments with Andrea Gomoll • Inspirational Word Ornaments with Miriam Schulman • Wonder Poppets with Mystele Paint • Star Ornament with Blenda Tyvoll • Tzedakah Box with Jessica Sporn • Golden Letters with Joanne Sharpe  •  Colorful Advent Calendar with Carolyn Dube •

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Handcrafted Holidays On Line Workshop

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Gel printing with stencils tutorial sharing how to build up layers in an art journal by Carolyn Dube

Control is a creativity killer for me.  My left brain likes control, which is quite helpful in some areas of my life, but not when it comes to art and play.

Letting go of control is easier said than done but I have found ways to help myself do it. One way is by using a tool or supply, like a gel printing plate, that I can’t completely predict. That means I can’t completely control it either.  My left brain has no choice but to deal with less control.

In the video, I’m using a Gel Press printing plate and building up layers of color and pattern with a stencil directly in an art journal.  You’ll see how I handle it when the print doesn’t go quite the way I wanted.  OOPS!

Watch How a Gel Plate Helps Me Play in my Art Journal on YouTube.

Adding the quin magenta was the big O.O.P.S., an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly.  Didn’t like what the opportunity was in that moment but it was there.  Without that magenta, it never could have become the page that has become a favorite of mine!

Gel printing with stencils tutorial sharing how to build up layers in an art journal by Carolyn Dube

Just layering one stencil over and over let the colors of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics build and create scrumptious color variation.  Here’s a close up of the layers.

Gel printing with stencils tutorial sharing how to build up layers in an art journal by Carolyn Dube

Since this is play, I am under no contractual obligation to complete this page in one session. Or in one day.  I’m enjoying this background and all the bits of colors mingling together for now.  When the muse is ready, she’ll let me know what to do next.

Of course I’ll share what I do next to this page.  Want to be sure you don’t miss it?  Then just keep an eye out for my newsletter in your inbox.  Not signed up yet?  No problem- join the fun here!

Now you’ve seen my play, let’s see yours!  Share what you’re creating with us all in the Facebook group and be inspired by what others are creating! And be sure to leave a comment here to get entered in the monthly $50 gift certificate giveaway!

Gel printing with stencils tutorial sharing how to build up layers in an art journal by Carolyn Dube

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 letting go of control. You can see more of the Let’s Play series here. Be sure to get entered in the $50 Dick Blick giveaway by leaving a comment.

September's Let's Play all about HOW to let yourself play and be creative!

Want 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,October 3rd at 11 pm EST and the winner will announced on the blog the following Monday.

Congrats to Barbara, last month’s winner!

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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