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Art Journaling with Inktense Pencils and a Stencil

Video tutorial using Inktense pencils and a stencil designed by Mary Beth Shaw for StencilGirl Flower Tiles by Mary Beth Shaw for StencilGirl Products


The craziest thing happened when the mail arrived with Mary Beth Shaw’s newest stencil, Flower Tiles!  I was inspired to play.  That’s not the crazy part.  I was inspired to play with Inktense pencils.  Nope.  That’s not crazy either.  The crazy part?  That I created something very subtle compared to my usual play.


What am I using for my art journal? An old hardback book.  What’s the blue?  Paint from when I clean off my brayer while Gelli printing.  When I started my play today I just flipped around for a color that called to me and ended up on this page.

You can watch Using Inktense Pencils with a Stencil on YouTube here.

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Supplies I Used

Sharing with my friends at  Creative Every Day, Simon Says Stamp,  Make It Monday,  Paint Party Friday,  and Art Journal Every Day.


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  • Corrine January 8, 2014, 10:56 am

    How pretty is this. That girl sure does design fantastic things. Love what you did with the inktense…..xox

  • Cynthia January 8, 2014, 11:33 am

    You crack me up!! =D I love your subtle page–so different from your usual rainbow fun, but really gorgeous. Love LOVE that stencil!

  • MaryBeth Shaw January 8, 2014, 1:03 pm

    Love the subtle color! It suits you 🙂
    And Inktense, oh how I love them too.
    Well done.

  • Kathy Gledsdale January 8, 2014, 4:09 pm

    So pretty, love your enthusiasm, so different from us sombre Brits.

  • Boo January 8, 2014, 7:57 pm

    Oooh, I’m so impressed you went subtle. I have a hard time with subtle too. I love the bright white on the blue and the hints of color. Good show!!

  • Tracy January 8, 2014, 8:00 pm

    Beautifully subtle colours that remind me of glazed tiles. I’d love a floor like this! Good work 🙂

  • Amante del Papel January 9, 2014, 12:34 pm

    wow is an amazing project!

  • Jean Marmo January 9, 2014, 3:07 pm

    Love this!

  • Judy Shea January 9, 2014, 8:54 pm

    I needed this today.. stencils, a bit of color and your voice. I love this simple yet detailed page.

  • Carmen Lucero January 9, 2014, 11:41 pm

    Thanks for sharing that page, Carolyn. I just went to the library today and bought a leather covered book for $1.50. Now I need to know how to alter it. Any good tutorials?

    Let me know,

    Carmen L
    cal8007 at aol dot com

  • SL Scheibe January 10, 2014, 8:57 am

    Looks fantastic! Love those tiles! Very cool looking result 🙂

  • Daire January 10, 2014, 9:03 am

    Oh my goodness… I’m experiencing some extreme stencil envy!!

  • Linda K January 10, 2014, 9:10 am

    fabulous stencil-and though your colors are a bit more subdued your vibrant energy shines on this page!

  • Debbie January 10, 2014, 10:10 am

    What a gorgeous stencil I love what you’ve done with it here. I can only come to your blog if I’m not too busy, because I know I will watch your tutorial and then have to fight the urge to drop everything and play! Thanks for sharing so many cool ideas!

  • valerie-Jael January 10, 2014, 10:44 am

    Very pretty, those pencils are great, love them, too! Valerie

  • Tammie Dickerson January 10, 2014, 11:28 am

    How beautiful! I have some of these pencils – and I have hardly touched them. Thanks for giving me some wonderful ideas for them 🙂

  • sue January 10, 2014, 11:59 am

    very nice!! happy PPF

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  • Annette G January 10, 2014, 12:56 pm

    smashing results Carolyn.
    Happy PPF, Annette x


  • Giggles January 10, 2014, 6:38 pm

    One of my favourites Carolyn!! Beautiful!!

    Hugs Giggles

  • Mona Pendleton January 10, 2014, 10:12 pm

    So very pretty! What a fabulous stenciled background! Thanks for joining along with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  • Lisa January 11, 2014, 4:46 am

    This is so pretty! Saw you on Make It Monday!

  • Maria January 11, 2014, 8:01 am

    Really wonderful! Love your video!

  • NatashaMay January 11, 2014, 8:14 am

    Wow! Crazy awesome stencil! 🙂

  • Kristin Van Valkenburgh January 11, 2014, 9:14 pm

    Ha! I JUST watched this one! I love your vids and think the idea of adding the word “inspire” is a great touch. That’s what YOU do! xoxo

  • Anne January 14, 2014, 5:58 am

    Beautiful stencil and texture! Love the colors! <3

  • Nicole/Beadwright January 14, 2014, 7:50 pm

    The blue is awesome! I too love what you are doing. Well done.

  • Miriam Schulman ( SchulmanArt) January 15, 2014, 2:55 pm

    I’m thrilled that I found your blog through Julie Fei-Fan Balzer! I am loving the shapes you used on your journal! Very unique! I blog too: http://www.schulmanart.blogspot.com if you want to check it out!

  • JKW January 16, 2014, 9:25 pm

    I love the way you use stencils. I have found (after winning one and your blog) that they can be used in so many different ways. Blessings, Janet PPF

  • Wanda Hentges January 16, 2014, 10:15 pm

    This is beautiful, Carolyn!!! You do subtle just as well as vibrant!!!

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  • Denise Spillane January 19, 2014, 9:08 pm

    Love this. Beautiful, subtle maybe but still vibrant

  • Marjie Kemper January 23, 2014, 11:13 am

    Love me some Inktense color! I gasped when you said ‘subtle’ but you did it so well 🙂

  • Denise Spillane January 30, 2014, 5:33 pm

    Beautiful, I have the stencil so I am going to try it. I do love blue and white but the inktense added the perfect punch!