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Art journal page using Sue Pelletier and Maria McGuire's stencils and paint with Carolyn Dube

There are amazing things and people all around me. I don’t always notice them but they are there. When I take a moment to give them a chance their amazing-ness is revealed.  My muse reminded me today to slow down, take a breath, and let the world be amazing.

Art journal page using Sue Pelletier's stencil and paint with Carolyn Dube

The art journal page I started with was filled by using up leftover paints, blotting off of stencils, and I painted a few die cut letters orange for another project.

Nothing spectacular but a very practical way to build up layers.

I thought it was just ordinary but when I gave it chance it showed me how amazing it was.



Art journal page using Sue Pelletier's stencil and paint with Carolyn Dube


This Loose Woman by Sue Pelletier for StencilGirl Products called to me…here she is stenciled and colored in and full of the most wonderful attitude!  She was definitely owning her amazing-ness.  Shouldn’t we all!





Art journal page using Sue Pelletier's stencil and paint with Carolyn Dube



As amazing as she is at this stage, she wasn’t finished yet.  She needed something around the edges.






Art journal page using Sue Pelletier and Maria McGuire's stencils and paint with Carolyn Dube


So I reached for my Stitch at Greek Medallion stencil by Maria McGuire for StencilGirl Products. 

This is an amazing stencil because it is so versatile.  There are so many different patterns and ways to use those patterns in this one stencil.






Some of the leaves at the top.




One part of the center medallion repeated and my circle stencil has given me a line! And it looked a bit like hearts and I like the idea of her being supported by all those hearts!        



Art journal page using Sue Pelletier and Maria McGuire's stencils and paint with Carolyn Dube



A few dots from the circle made a great line!  If you look back at the photo of the stencil you can probably find the exact spots I used on the stencil (since they are in red and dark purple).



Here she is with all the finishes touches reminding me to let the world be amazing!

Art journal page using Sue Pelletier and Maria McGuire's stencils and paint with Carolyn Dube

Have an amazing day! An amazing week!  An amazing any and everything!

Thanks for visiting my blog.  Preparing a blog post takes quite a bit of time and energy.  If you enjoyed this post, I’d appreciate your support!  How? By sharing this post however you are comfortable.  Your support makes my muse happy and a happy muse keeps me coming back to the studio again and again!

Linking up with Make It Monday, Mandarin Orange Monday, Inspire Me Monday, Create Daily, Creative Every Day, and Inspire.

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  • Corrine August 18, 2013, 6:36 pm

    Nice Carolyn. I was playing with the same stencil, so obviously great minds or not. LOL….love the energy you have created here. xox

  • Maria McGuire August 18, 2013, 6:52 pm

    I love how you used the two stencils together! She is AMAZING!!!! and so are you 🙂

  • Rinda August 18, 2013, 7:52 pm

    Thanks for the reminder that amazing comes in all shapes and sizes.

  • Glenda Hoagland August 18, 2013, 9:23 pm

    Love, love, love.

  • Rachel B August 19, 2013, 5:20 am

    All your hard work has produced a painting full of energy and fun!

  • Hannah August 19, 2013, 6:50 am

    Your starting art work is interesting and bright, the added drawings look great added on

  • Claudette August 19, 2013, 8:32 am

    Outstanding work! Love the details

  • Wendy August 19, 2013, 10:42 am

    Fab journal page, love the sentiment, textures and colours, all of it actually!! Spotted this on MIM xxx

  • Tammy August 19, 2013, 12:15 pm

    Gorgeous journal page, I love the bright colors and that fabulous image! Popped over from MIM!
    Tammy x

  • Faye August 19, 2013, 2:07 pm

    I love your bright loose woman, Carolyn. She looks like a free spirit.

  • Alison/craftytrog August 19, 2013, 2:32 pm

    Wonderful & inspiring! x

  • Denise Spillane August 19, 2013, 2:42 pm

    Hi, love, love, love this. I have been thinking how do I want to use my stencil and this kick started me. Yeah. I will also send the blog post to my amazing good friend.

  • Chandra August 19, 2013, 2:48 pm

    Yes Amazing this page is amazing! I like how you took the different parts of the stencil and used them as a boarder.

  • Nan G August 19, 2013, 4:18 pm

    Yes, amazing! She is and so are you!

  • Cynthia August 19, 2013, 10:08 pm

    So cool! I do love her attitude!! =D

  • Yvonne August 19, 2013, 10:40 pm

    Love your bright carefree loose woman! What a uplifting, cheerful way to end my day. Thank you for the great tutorial also.

  • Suzanne August 19, 2013, 10:56 pm

    Dear Carolyn,
    Thank you for your contagious energy and talent in teaching steps and practicalities for creating art with words – LOVE your style!
    Peace & Joy,
    Suzanne Fernald

  • Shirley-Anne August 20, 2013, 10:40 am

    Interesting page .Love the stencil work and the main image along with the awesome colour splash . Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday .

  • Linda K August 20, 2013, 2:16 pm

    amazing art, amazing colors, amazing artist!

  • Kay Wallace August 20, 2013, 7:09 pm

    This page has special significance for me, Carolyn. First, I just love that “Loose Woman” stencil!!! And I love using just parts of stencils to create something entirely different. But, what you have made me realize today is something very special. I was visiting my sister over the weekend, and lamented to her that, although I had been published often in online journals, I had never made it to the “hold-in-your-hand” paper journal/magazine. When I arrived home, I found in my mail that I had received a free copy of the “Just Steampunk” art journal. I wasn’t sure why, but proceeded to page my way through it–until I found a page featuring a layout I had submitted several months ago and had forgotten all about. So, yes, I cried, then called my sister to share my news. I wanted to shout it from the rooftops, but modesty prevented me from doing that. When I saw your page today, it told me that being proud–or even amazing–is definitely okay! Thank you for allowing me to celebrate my amazing-ness! Mwah!

    • Carolyn Dube August 20, 2013, 8:02 pm

      Shout it from the rooftops Kay! WOO HOOO You’re published! It is a big deal to be published and you are amazing!!

  • Judy Shea August 20, 2013, 10:22 pm

    “Amazing” seems to be a word I use a lot around here and this is no different. Love this “amazing” loose woman and your use of the stencils. What fun. Have a fantastic time this week.

  • Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours August 21, 2013, 12:42 am

    I love all of the amazingness happening here! You’re one amazing lady yourself Carolyn!! xx

  • loz August 21, 2013, 8:02 am

    Gorgeous artwork Carolyn. I saw this on MIM..Loz

  • Kathy Gledsdale August 21, 2013, 10:26 am

    Amazing work of colour and form, altogether gorgeous!

  • Lori August 22, 2013, 8:07 pm

    Your painting is is so positive and happy and uplifting – a celebration of woman maybe, and of happiness – and of course colour,,,especially orange:) Thanks for sharing her in Mandarin Orange Monday:)

  • Marjie Kemper August 22, 2013, 10:37 pm

    Oh my gosh…. LOVE how you wrote on her arms!!

  • Vicki Romaine August 25, 2013, 1:07 am

    This is fantastic. When I see each piece you make, I am in awe. I would love to see a video of your working on the Loose woman herself…..I am dying to get one of the three stencils of her.

  • Katyoparty September 3, 2013, 11:01 pm

    I am catching up on email so I am seeing this post for the first time. I just used this stencil for the first time today and I simply love her! Your version of her is so vibrantly gorgeous it made me very happy!