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An O.O.P.S. Opened the Floodgates

Stenciling the cover of an art journal with silhouettes by Carolyn Dube

My art journal cover started as play. No goal. No plan. I was just along for the ride. I thought I was just playing until an O.O.P.S. struck and then the muse opened the floodgates on me. I didn’t see it coming but it was just what I needed.

*An O.O.P.S. is an outstanding opportunity presenting suddenly.

Using a messy splattered paper that had been protecting my counter from over sprays, I stenciled the trio of ladies using my Finding Your Tribe stencil.

Stenciling the cover of an art journal with silhouettes by Carolyn Dube

Modeling Paste Play Workshop giveaway!Not cleaning my counters has its benefits. That pink and white- it’s leftover scraps of modeling paste paper created with spray inks in one of the lessons in Modeling Paste Play. All the texture of modeling paste with out having to wait for it to dry- a real plus for me since I am rather impatient!

Stenciling the cover of an art journal with silhouettes by Carolyn Dube

Yellow roses mean friendship, so I figured a yellow heart must mean friendship too. Little did I know how much friendship would be coming up later for me in my play.

Stenciling the cover of an art journal with silhouettes by Carolyn Dube

There was no where near enough color on here for me so out came the oil pastels to add a bit of green and yellow and orange. Scribbly and fun!

 

Stenciling the cover of an art journal with silhouettes by Carolyn Dube

One benefit to having a stencil and a mask set it that it can make pattern application a breeze. I put the mask of the 3 women (that comes with the stencil) on top of the stenciled ones to protect the dark blue and keep it just as it was. Then I placed the Compass stencil on top and used a Cats Eye ink pad to stencil.

Stenciling the cover of an art journal with silhouettes by Carolyn Dube

Here you can see the blue ladies are still pristine and the pattern looks like it is behind them. Almost looks as if I planned this but you know the truth- I got the idea for the pattern last not first! The play was just rolling along until the next step.

Stenciling the cover of an art journal with silhouettes by Carolyn Dube

An Oops (Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly) happened when I used a blue ink pen on the ladies. I couldn’t see anything I had written, as if I had used invisible ink.

That opened the door for me to write some very emotional journaling that just needed out but never needed to be read again. I didn’t even realize it needed out, but apparently my muse did. My journal was like a dear friend who prompted me to get it all out then listened to everything I needed to say.

Stenciling the cover of an art journal with silhouettes by Carolyn Dube

The title word just fell into my lap…well really onto the floor. Again, I didn’t clean up from previous projects. It is another scrap left over from my Modeling Paste Play workshop and it fit just what I was trying to say. I even used legible handwriting to get the other words in the title, which is quite rare for me.

Stenciling the cover of an art journal with silhouettes by Carolyn Dube Modeling Paste Play Workshop giveaway!

Thank you Muse for all the surprises and unexpected twists and turns and friendship this play brought!

If you’re curious about modeling paste and how to get colorful texture in your mixed media play- check out the Modeling Paste Play workshop– and there is even a free bonus lesson waiting for you that uses all the techniques in the first 3 mini workshops!

 

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  • Suz June 25, 2016, 3:17 pm

    Great idea using the stencil as a mask to protect those ladies!

  • Theresa Zanassi June 26, 2016, 5:46 pm

    OMGosh! I love fountain pens…the messier they are the better I like them. I may have to order these!!!

  • D.Ann C June 28, 2016, 7:32 am

    My favorite thing is the addition of the yellow hearts!!