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A Baby Wipe, A Stencil, and the OOPS

Adding a layer to my art journal with a dancing stencil and I made a huge OOPS but a baby wipe fixed it all!

Sometimes a few minutes is all you have to play and that’s all I need to make an OOPS, an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly.  Being an adult can take up most of the day, but I have to have a bit of play for my sanity.  Just a few minutes of play with the art supplies keeps me happy during the busy holiday season.

The art journal page I’m working on was started in this video, and all I  had time for was one layer with a stencil mask and not surprisingly, I managed to have an OOPS.  So grateful for having ample baby wipes on hand!

Watch A Baby Wipe, A Stencil, and the OOPS in my art journal on YouTube.

So now I have all this white space and I have the big decision of leaving it white or adding color.  This could be a big decision, but really, next time I work on this page, I just need to pick one and do it. After all, an OOPS is the worst thing that could happen.

Adding a layer to my art journal with a dancing stencil and I made a huge OOPS but a baby wipe fixed it all!

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!

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!


Specific ways to rediscover play by Carolyn Dube

Want to see more Let’s Play videos? You can find all the weekly posts here.

What is Let’s Play? It’s all about rediscovering the ability to play and each month I share a specific strategy that helped me recapture the freedom and fun of play. 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 below.

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, December 28th at 11 pm EST and the winner will announced on the blog.

Congrats to Jodi, last month’s winner!

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  • Jean Marmo December 20, 2016, 3:07 pm

    Love this!!! Great use of that fun background!

    • Gillian Soskin December 21, 2016, 6:16 am

      Carolyn, I love your sense of play! The use of the mask/stencil is fabulous. I must remember to use baby wipes more often. Thanks for the video.

  • Theresa Sim December 21, 2016, 12:01 pm

    I’m leaving comments everywhere on this page. Just Fabulous.

  • Jakki December 21, 2016, 1:33 pm

    I love the way the spatula drags out the paint at the edges, I don’t think you could get the same effect with a brush. I’m also grateful you used the mask, I never think about them, so don’t use them enough. Nice reminder, thanks??

  • Rexenne Reeves December 21, 2016, 2:25 pm

    I love the page and think it’s perfect the way it is!

  • Cristina DiBello December 21, 2016, 5:30 pm

    I love your vids! I learn more than just art, I use an OOPS strategy in life as well! Thank you for your positive smile!

  • Diana in Texas December 21, 2016, 5:40 pm

    This is one of my favorite techniques, even when it’s not an OOPS.

  • Lindy December 21, 2016, 6:37 pm

    I really enjoy your OOPS play! Thanks so much!

  • Barbara Poe December 21, 2016, 7:03 pm

    I love how spectacular your oops are. Wish I could say the same.

  • Coty December 21, 2016, 7:33 pm

    I love all your work!

  • Annette December 22, 2016, 5:24 am


  • Jo hanson December 22, 2016, 10:13 pm

    love te babywipe idea! Is your background modpodged?

  • Elizabeth Kaplan December 23, 2016, 8:00 pm

    I love how that background looks like plaid!! Amazing colors too ?

    If we don’t chat again before the new year, happy everything to you and yours. ?

  • Sandee Setliff December 26, 2016, 5:04 pm

    I love this page and the white space, especially the way the brush strokes move away from the dancer, gives even the white space movement! As always, even your “OOPS” ROCK!

  • Kachy TV September 5, 2018, 4:01 am

    Amazing work! I want to try this! Thanks for sharing your artwork. 🙂