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Circle Stencil Creates A Big Problem

I love getting new toys in the mail- especially stencils and especially circles- they make my heart sing right now!  This one is by Julie Balzer.  I just wanted to play- no purpose, no pressure- just play. But playing can lead to problems- and I ended up with a huge problem thanks to this stencil.

Started with a background I made long ago.

Next I stamped the coordinating circle stamp by Impression Obsession all over the page with blue ink.

Grabbed some of my current favorite colors and started stenciling acrylic paint into the circles.  I was sloppy.  I was messy.  I was having fun, until…

The problem you say?  I love how the stencil itself looks and I want to use the stencil in a journal page as an element.   But if I do that, then I don’t have the stencil anymore to use as a stencil.  Oh, the struggle.  Oh, the rough road I travel.  Oh, feel my pain!

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  • Maria May 30, 2012, 11:07 am

    Take a picture!!! Glue it in!!!!
    Okay, now you did it–I have to go order the new stencils. I have put them in and taken them out of the online cart 3 times already not being able to justify getting them. you just justified me, LOL! 🙂

  • Carolyn May 30, 2012, 11:26 am

    Genius! I was so wrapped up in my struggle I never thought of that! So glad you helped out of my crisis!

  • Cynthia May 30, 2012, 11:54 am

    Ha ha ha!! I was just going to say…buy another stencil!! 😉 But I love Maria’s suggestion MUCH better!!!! =D Gorgeous page too–love the colors and the energy the circles create!

  • Ana May 30, 2012, 2:07 pm

    Oh I love this! I don’t own any stencils, which is unbelievable I know . I should get me some 😉

  • Rachel (Ravenous Rae) May 30, 2012, 2:51 pm

    Carolyn, you could always cut out circles from a thick piece of scrapbook paper (card stock – I like to use the glittery pages!) and then it looks similar to a stencil, can be used as a stencil and is easy to glue in to the journal – plus you get all those small pieces that you cut out to use on another page!

  • AJ May 30, 2012, 4:09 pm

    The colours on your page look really vibrant and summery, I’m so glad Maria gave you a solution, I was stumped as to how you could get over the problem.
    Big love

  • Pauline Leger May 30, 2012, 7:26 pm

    oh this is soooooo much fun!! Who doesn’t love circles?! This multi-colored circle stencil design is fantastic. I love the colors you chose. So alive… Oh yes, i feel your pain, sista! 🙂 xoxo

  • Rita McGregor May 31, 2012, 12:33 am

    LOLOL! You are just a hoot! 🙂

  • julie May 31, 2012, 12:54 am

    You rock!

  • muriel May 31, 2012, 1:17 am

    I understand your dilemma. Your stencil looks so great now! Such things sometimes happen to me and they amount to a mini-crisis. I’m glad Maria gave you a solution. This stencil first did not appeal to me but seeing what you have done with it I think I will buy it too.

  • Nordljus May 31, 2012, 5:41 am

    Love your wonderfully colourful circles!

  • Harriet May 31, 2012, 9:01 am

    love it , love it……… might have to get another stencil or two……

  • Lenna Young Andrews May 31, 2012, 9:08 am

    oh, I think I get it – you like how the actual stencil looks now after you have sponged paint on it and you would like to physically add it to your art journal?? hmmm . . . well, if you really can’t resist you could buy another circle stencil for stenciling and put the lovely striped painty one in your journal!! ; ^ D

  • Rinda May 31, 2012, 2:13 pm

    LOL! When I saw the first picture, I thought “that’s really cool!”

  • Bev May 31, 2012, 10:42 pm

    Love the colours – both of the original background and of the circles.

  • Kristin Van Valkenburgh June 1, 2012, 7:15 pm

    Ha ha! Love it, xoxo

  • Sandra L. June 2, 2012, 1:23 am

    Hi there! I guess you’ll have to get some more stencils. Oh dear…!

    I just read your article about the artist’s tape (OK, so I’m a little late). I had a question: Which ink did you find worked best on the tape? I don’t even own a roll of it and I don’t have India inks so I wanted to ask about options before I buy more craft supplies (tee hee). I do have alcohol inks and one bottle of Liquitex Acrylic Ink. I also have two bottles of the little Tsukineko All-Purpose Inks. I wonder if that would work?

    I’ve been looking for uses for my all too large collection of rubber stamps! Can’t wait to try this!


  • Mary in IL June 3, 2012, 9:29 pm

    how about spritzing your stencil lightly with water to “reactivate” the paint and then turn it over and “stamp” your journal page with the stencil. Does this make sense?