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Ancient Blueprints Become a Stencil

Using a stencil to make an archeological type blueprint with Carolyn Dube

Blueprints have always captured my imagination, especially ones from ancient archeological sites.  The Terrace homes of Ephesus.  The tombs and tunnels in the Valley of the Kings.  The many rooms in King Minos’s palace in Crete.

That was the inspiration for this stencil which is part of my latest StencilGirl release.  To celebrate, I’m giving away a stencil every day this week!


Using a stencil to make an archeological type blueprint with Carolyn Dube


I’m sharing how I make a quick blueprint look with this stencil- it can do so much more too but that video is for another day!  You can get a sneak peek (it’s the soft orange one) of what my next video using this stencil is all about here.

Watch Stenciling on Deli Paper to Make a Blueprint on YouTube.

Supplies Used

Win This Stencil!

To celebrate the launch of my stencils, I’m sharing a new video every day this week and a stencil giveaway each day!  Today you can win Blueprint of Archeological Treasures 6×6  and no matter which side of the pond  you are on you are eligible to win!   Leave a comment and you’ll be entered!

Want more chances?  Share this on Facebook. Come back and leave a comment telling me where you shared for another chance.  Share on Pinterest then come back…Share on Twitter….then come back. You get the idea!  Giveaway closes on Wednesday, November 26th  and I’ll announce the winners here on the blog on Friday, November 28th.

Be sure to check out the giveaways from earlier this week too!

Monday: Picasso’s Words

Tuesday: Kindergarten Writing

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  • Heather Thompson November 19, 2014, 1:34 am

    Neat stencil. I can see it used a bunch of different ways. Very awesome!!

  • Corrine November 19, 2014, 5:14 am

    Nice doodles that really make your stencil come alive. You are a designing maniac these days. xox

  • Glenda L November 19, 2014, 8:45 am

    When I first saw the stencil I thought it looked a lot like a pattern I had on a dress in the 70’s. Then when I saw your video it opened up a whole new view of the stencil. It’s great and could be used for all kinds of make believe towns. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Carolyn Dube November 19, 2014, 9:51 am

      Oh now that you mention that I can see a touch of my Aunt’s dresses from the 70’s too…going to have to try this with those colors!

  • sharon giles November 19, 2014, 9:32 am

    Very neat idea! Appeals to my love of archeology.

    • Carolyn Dube November 19, 2014, 9:51 am

      I am totally in love with archeology – of course, I don’t have the patience to actually be an archeologist…

  • Gunvor November 19, 2014, 9:35 am

    Another neat stencil an inspiring video! Thanks for sharing!

    • Carolyn Dube November 19, 2014, 9:51 am

      Thank you Gunvor!

  • Christine Mack November 19, 2014, 9:59 am

    Wow! Your imagination amazes me-who would have thought to make a stencil based on archeological maps. And you made such a neat stencil. Thanks for the video and all your creative endeavors.

  • Jean Marmo November 19, 2014, 10:04 am

    Another wonderful stenciL! WOuld be fun to play with!! Love the details you added.

  • Jean Marmo November 19, 2014, 10:16 am
    • Lori Feldman November 20, 2014, 3:46 am

      Repinned! Reminded me of the plastic toy maze with the silver ball, Carolyn! Love it!

  • Ruth L November 19, 2014, 11:35 am

    Yeey, deli fun, I love stencilling on deli, tissue or rice paper, when I apply them on a different surfaces I love the transparency I get. Nice tiles!

  • Donna Lange November 19, 2014, 11:55 am

    Thanks Carolyn for the new stencil release and the giveaway! I cannot create without using a stencil or two or three…..

  • Jan Johnston November 19, 2014, 1:10 pm

    oooooo, I need to go on a hunt!

  • Michele November 19, 2014, 1:15 pm

    Send one my way, please! i love it!

  • Rebecca November 19, 2014, 1:42 pm

    Every stencil is my favorite..but this one really is my favorite. Already have it in my SG bag…so if I win it will go to a friend.

  • Caroline Duncan November 19, 2014, 1:45 pm

    Love the doodling on the blueprint… changes the look and I love to have versitile stencils!

  • Caroline Duncan November 19, 2014, 1:47 pm
  • Rebecca Storm November 19, 2014, 2:30 pm

    You are so creative! Love everything you do!

  • Joan Z November 19, 2014, 2:34 pm

    Oooooh, love this idea!! Archaeology has always been a big interest of mine. Would be fun to make tombs, secret rooms, and other stuff!

  • Denise Huntington November 19, 2014, 2:57 pm

    I love stencils like this! They add great texture to backgrounds and have open spaces on which to doodle. Love!

  • Kathryn November 19, 2014, 3:55 pm

    Wonderful stencil and video! Makes me want to go travel some more! 🙂

  • Lujean Martin November 19, 2014, 3:59 pm

    What a coincidence! I was just reading a book on King Tut’s tomb and it had a map just like yours of The Valley of the Kings! Fascinating to me too. 🙂

  • Cheryl November 19, 2014, 4:12 pm

    love your whimsical way of looking at art and art creation. i really love your stencil designs too. i keep you in mind every time i sit down to play…i can be a messy person and you always remind me that being messy and “playing” are just fine when creating art. thank you!

  • Candy November 19, 2014, 5:01 pm

    Very cool idea. Going now to sit down with my ipad and a cuppa and view the video. Keep up the good work.

  • Cassie @ For the Art of It November 19, 2014, 5:29 pm

    Very cool concept for a stencil! Can’t wait to see the other things you do with it!
    Thanks for the chance to win!!

  • Cassie @ For the Art of It November 19, 2014, 5:30 pm

    And I pinned it today also! TY!!

  • Susan Schultheis November 19, 2014, 6:22 pm

    Fantabulastic Carolyn. I just love when you release new stencils. They are always so unique and fun! I would love to win any of your new stencils because I love them equally.

  • Susan Schultheis November 19, 2014, 6:28 pm

    I shared and pinned in my pinterest board

  • Susan Schultheis November 19, 2014, 6:30 pm

    I shared on my FB page.
    Susan Molofsky Schultheis (whew what a mouthful!)

  • Win Dinn November 19, 2014, 6:44 pm

    What fun, and a great way to use it too!

  • Heather Goldsmith November 19, 2014, 7:34 pm

    This looks really effective, too. 😉

  • gloria November 19, 2014, 7:50 pm

    Love this – I too love ancient ruins – great idea

  • Jane November 19, 2014, 7:55 pm

    What a neat idea for this stencil. Sure would love to have it in my stash. I kept think about drawing arrows in the aisles while I was watching the video. Lots of fun ideas on how to use it.

  • Dawn November 19, 2014, 9:16 pm

    More inspiration for us all. I love how you always remind us “it’s about having fun and playing”. I just want to run to do some art!

  • Shari Czerwinski November 19, 2014, 9:23 pm

    I absolutely adore what you did with the stencil!

  • Raine November 19, 2014, 9:55 pm

    I LOVE this stencil! What fun it would be to play with. I’m also fascinated with blueprints. In fact, I have an old set that I want to incorporate into some of my artwork.

  • Melinda November 19, 2014, 10:18 pm

    words, diagrams/blueprints — these are a few of my favorite things! Life IS good.

  • Melinda November 19, 2014, 10:21 pm

    Pinned the blueprint stencil to my gelli board.

  • Denise Spillane November 19, 2014, 11:29 pm

    Another great idea. Love your imagination

  • Janet Gray November 19, 2014, 11:36 pm

    I love maps and the ancient world so this a PERFECT stencil. Loved watching the video, too. You are some kind of awesome!

  • Teresa R November 20, 2014, 12:27 am

    shared on facebook

  • Jennie Somers November 20, 2014, 12:30 am

    FB share. I love your stencils. You could write words in the “building” spaces!

  • Sallee November 20, 2014, 1:43 am

    Great stencil… So many possibilities!

  • Lissa November 20, 2014, 5:58 am

    This stencil is,awesome!

  • Tommy McDonell November 20, 2014, 7:31 am

    love this and I applied to a college for this. But then got stupid and thought about how to get a job.

    I also posted this on Google+. Where on FB would it go. It would go to more people on my FB pages.

  • Leslie November 20, 2014, 9:17 am

    Great stencil for journal backgrounds!

  • Robin B. November 20, 2014, 9:23 am

    Your techniques are always so creative and fun! Love your stencils too!

  • Becky R November 20, 2014, 9:35 am

    I love this stencil!

  • April Lopez November 20, 2014, 9:40 am

    i love this one.

  • Cheryl Gebhart November 20, 2014, 10:35 am

    What a cool stencil, and I love your deli paper! Thanks for the chance to win it.

  • Celeste Alexander November 20, 2014, 2:49 pm

    What a wonderful idea!

  • Vicky November 20, 2014, 2:56 pm

    totally different stencil from the previous 2. Which black pen did you use?

    • Carolyn Dube November 20, 2014, 5:01 pm

      The pen is the fude pen Vicky – really great pen!

  • Colleen Melody November 20, 2014, 6:25 pm

    Another great stencil, can see lots of possibilities!

  • Judy Mac November 20, 2014, 7:16 pm

    Wow – another very imaginative stencil! Lot’s of possibilities with this one.

  • Shelly November 20, 2014, 11:50 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  • Kristy Tyra November 21, 2014, 8:52 am

    Stencils are the best!

  • Beverley November 21, 2014, 9:42 am

    Oooooh wow, I lurve this stencil, and how you used. May be my fave of the week…. may be, I said!

  • Cindy Kotora November 21, 2014, 11:12 am

    This stencil has so many possibilities!

  • Julie November 21, 2014, 11:24 am

    Wow – what an awesome way to use this stencil. Would never have thought of that. What would the shape be for statues ?? Love statues lol !!!

  • Marjie Kemper November 21, 2014, 3:35 pm

    I want to walk those lines, like a maze!

  • Wendy November 21, 2014, 4:39 pm

    I’m a big fan of grid stencils. There is so much you can do with them. Love your idea of the archeological blueprint – so clever!

  • Dawn Barnes November 21, 2014, 4:47 pm

    Carolyn you are such a hoot! Love your stencils, your imagination, creativity. You make me smile.

  • Tanya McAlexander November 21, 2014, 10:27 pm

    Wow what an amazing stencil. I love the map idea… totally looks great. awesome feel. and I love the blueprint you made. Its so cool.

  • Gill November 22, 2014, 7:13 am

    Thanks for a great video – deli paper is hard to find here in the UK and I’m always interested to see ways to use it!

  • Marcia Ford November 22, 2014, 7:59 am

    Really great ideas in all your videos. Thanks for your generosity in sharing them with us!

  • Sylvia Tabor November 22, 2014, 9:33 am

    My my my… educational info, along with great tutorials, beautiful stencils and magnificent art work. .. you rock, Miss Carolyn! !! BTW, the paper pallet on the right is a wonderful blend of colors! Please tell me you kept it for re-purposing…

  • Diana Ryman November 22, 2014, 10:27 am

    Very cool stencil! Thanks for your creativity and willingness to share!

  • Connie McKenney November 22, 2014, 10:42 am

    Very cool stencil!

  • Victoria S November 22, 2014, 11:46 am

    I love this stencil!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Jo November 22, 2014, 12:09 pm

    Awesome….this gets the creative side of my brain wanting to create. Thank you!

  • linda badgley November 22, 2014, 7:28 pm

    Thank you for all the inspiration

  • Sue Chesley November 23, 2014, 1:00 am

    I love this stencil too, Carolyn…anything archeological is good by me! I would put this in a journal I think – ooooh, I think I NEED this stencil!
    Thank you –

  • Gail B. November 23, 2014, 1:52 am

    So glad this is in the small size. Stencils are so useful for so many things.

  • Don Kennedy November 23, 2014, 7:43 am

    I love this stencil it can do all kinds of things in my mind.

  • Claire November 23, 2014, 11:52 am

    Love this stencil …. Fabulous

  • Gloria J Zucaro November 23, 2014, 3:23 pm

    So cool, I love it. Mail it to me quick!

  • Deborah F November 23, 2014, 9:13 pm

    So versatile. I like this one. Reminds me of mazes and ancient ruins at archeological digs.

  • jane kimball November 24, 2014, 2:28 pm

    Ilove the smaller stencils so I can turn them around and use lots of times on one page. fun

  • Susie Wolfe November 24, 2014, 6:19 pm

    Soooo clever! AND so versatile … would love to win.

  • Dynamics November 25, 2014, 2:47 am

    Fun stencil.

  • Jean Chaney November 25, 2014, 10:40 am

    What a fun stencil. I can imagine tangling away on it 🙂

  • angela November 25, 2014, 1:43 pm

    this looks like a micro chip I like it, you can use many different ways, now I see a map if you make it out haha to cool:)
    shared on FB

  • wendy November 25, 2014, 7:03 pm

    Love the clean graphic look of this stencil! Thanks for the chance to win one!

  • Sandy Carmichael November 26, 2014, 1:22 pm

    Thanks for the great video. Love your spontaneity, Carolyn!