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Spin Twirl Leap! New Stencils and Masks!

Video tutorial sharing how to use masks and stencils to make a colorful art journal page by Carolyn DubeWhat inspires me to make a stencil? It can be anything. In fact, I never know what will spark the muse until it happens. What sparked my latest designs at StencilGirl Products? Dancers!

Learning to Dance stencil by Carolyn Dube for StencilGirl Products

After watching a classical ballet performance, I was struck by all the effort, the hard work, and the commitment that goes in to being a dancer- ballet or any other kind for that matter. It got me thinking about how that applies to life too. You have to commit to making your life the life you want. It takes effort, it takes work, but it is also full of fun and joy and incredible moments.

TThe Dance of This Life stencil and 6 masks by Carolyn Dube for StencilGirl Productshe Dance of this Life stencil comes with the 6 masks of the dancers. There are some real perks to having masks of those figures and in the video I share how they helped me “cheat” when building this art journal page!

Watch How to use masks and stencils in an art journal page on YouTube.

One of the dancers I watched stumbled. She missed a step but she picked herself right up and embraced the rest of her dance with her head held high. I had more respect for her because of her stumble, not less. She showed what she was made of when she had the courage to get up and keep going after a very public Oops. That’s life. It isn’t perfect but it is always worth the effort.

The Dance of This Life stencil and mask by Carolyn Dube for StencilGirl Products

A great big thank you to the entire StencilGirl Products team for making these stencils a reality! It is an honor and a joy to work with a family run business!

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!


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  • Marilyn February 18, 2016, 8:49 pm

    Loved the video and you page. Great stencils.

  • Arianna Barbara February 19, 2016, 10:16 am

    Oh wow! Love it!

  • Jean Marmo February 19, 2016, 3:37 pm

    LOVE that it comes with the masks!

    • Rose McGuinn February 20, 2016, 1:11 pm

      That idea was a bit new to me. This looked both sensible and fun to me.

  • Rose McGuinn February 20, 2016, 1:10 pm

    I like the effects you’ve achieved with those blocks of color, Carolyn. They blend into each other without losing distinction. Very well played.
    Your dancers are sure to scamper and cavort across many, many pages, I’m sure.
    I am still considering which stencil(s) will start my stencil collection. So many choices!

  • ionabunny February 21, 2016, 8:46 am

    Love this. Great you get the stencil and the masks. Hugz

  • Corrine February 21, 2016, 10:16 am

    What fun. Twirl away. xox

  • Kara Beth February 25, 2016, 1:29 pm

    As I said on instagram, I love this. I really would not consider this stencil, until you posted this, now I am seriously considering it! I even saw a quote about dancing and it made me think of the stencil! Hmm

  • Allyson K February 28, 2016, 6:00 pm

    I had to buy this new dancing stencil and mask! I love the dancers. Doesn’t dance inspire life. From Ellen, to my little niece when she hears any kind of music, dance makes one feel better and this new stencil did that for me. I love what the bright colors did for it and can’t wait for mine to come in the mail so I can play!