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7 Practical Reasons I Use Stencils on a Gel Plate thumbnail

https://youtu.be/4jOlhoipFV4 There are 7 practical reasons why I gel print with stencils. These are in no particular order, except my #1 reason. It might be a bit controversial as a practical reason, but it is the most important thing I get from gel printing. 7. Speed! Using a gel plate is the fastest way have [...]

Spray Painting an Old Bike thumbnail

When my favorite bike began to fall apart, I decided to add a touch of color and pattern to it.  Actually, I rainbowized it. Now the spray painted and stenciled bike sits outside my studio year round. I’m rainbowizing an old bike with a touch of color and a few stencils…stencils from @stencilgirl_products . . . #artplay [...]

The Good, The Bad, the Ugly…and the Hoarder thumbnail

There was a collision of the good, the bad, and the ugly in today’s play as I dealt with one of my hoarding tendencies.  This canvas began long ago, and it just sat.  That is until today, when I realized the opportunity in the O.O.P.S. was to use up a hoarded treasure…one that other people might [...]

Carolyn’s muse is showing her who is boss by making her show some restraint as she uses Craft Attitude and stencils on a Gelli print®!

I was smitten with a piece of my clean up paper while Gelli Printing®.  It was just where I cleaned off my brayer but I couldn’t stop looking at it.  I had to make an art journal page with it.  It was the perfect place for me to do lots and lots to it!  Lots [...]

There’s No Spell Check In Art…Oops thumbnail

There’s no spell check in art.  Once you paint a word there aren’t any squiggly red lines alerting you to a misspelling.  Or a quick delete button to fix it. So what did I do when I had a typo? Nothing.  It’s just an Oops.  Well, I did laugh at myself…I have always been a [...]

On Top of World Playing with Rubber Stamps and Stencils thumbnail

I feel on top of the world when I play…so I captured that feeling with rubber stamps from Viva Las Vegas Stamps and StencilGirl stencils! Today is day 5 of the hop and it is loaded with inspiration!  There are 2 great prizes so be sure to check the end of this post for details [...]

My Muse Gave My Inner Critic a Kick in the Pants thumbnail

My inner critic and my muse had a huge fight.  I am happy to say that my muse gave my inner critic a swift kick in the rear end!  And I got to play in my art journal!   The muse started out just inspiring me to use up leftover paints with a new stencil.  My muse is very [...]

There’s a New Color in my Rainbow thumbnail

I can’t believe I am going to say this.  I had seen the writing on the wall during my trip to teach in Arizona and also when I hung out with Kirsten Reed in Memphis at Art Is You.  I had an inkling that this change was coming but I was still resisting it, until [...]

The stencil talked to me. It had a very important message that I needed to be reminded of at just the right time. Too much leftover paint on the palette led me to some very fast and somewhat sloppy stenciling with the  Use Your Words stencil. Notice all the paint that ran under it.  I adore that because [...]

As a former elementary school teacher, snow days will always hold a special place in my heart.  Snow days meant unexpected artful days in the studio.   We didn’t get the snow today that the weatherman promised, okay, predicted…But I decided to take a snow day for play anyway with icicles on a canvas! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8-aPtyGE78 You [...]