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Backed Into a Corner in My Art Journal

Backed Into a Corner in My Art Journal video by Carolyn Dube

In the process of making a pattern with  Thanks A Lotus  I backed myself into a corner. But you’ll see that if I back myself into a corner, I can get myself back out.  The tragedy was averted (pretty easily too…) as I played with Andrea Matus DeMeng’s incredible stencil for this jumbo blog hop celebrating her designs at StencilGirl!

Watch  Backed into a corner in my art journal on YouTube.


Backed Into a Corner in My Art Journal video by Carolyn Dube


The color on this page came from cleaning my brayer while Gelli printing.  I love to use every drop of paint so my journals are loaded with pages like this.




Backed Into a Corner in My Art Journal video by Carolyn Dube



I stenciled Andrea Matus DeMeng’s Thanks a Lotus stencil randomly.

I didn’t plan how I was going to build this pattern.  In the video, you’ll see that got me into a bit of a corner, but if I can get myself into a corner I can get myself out of a corner…once you see the video you can probably spot it here very quickly…






More color. That is all I kept hearing in my head as I played.  More color. I hear that a lot but if you probably could have guessed that! 

Backed Into a Corner in My Art Journal video by Carolyn Dube


One winner will receive a set of all 6 of Andrea’s new 6×6 stencils and another winner will receive a set of all 6 of Andrea’s new 9×12 stencils! Wow! The giveaway will close on Sunday, April 6th at 11:59PM Central Time so get busy and leave a comment to enter!  Want more chances to win?  Every blog in the hop you leave a comment on will be entered to win so that is 15 chances!


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  • Laurie Hunt March 31, 2014, 1:43 am

    Hi Carolyn! I just love this lotus stencil and love what you did with it!

  • gill edwards March 31, 2014, 2:32 am

    well i have a new art journal, i have new paint, now all i need is some new stencils too and i will be all set. Thanks for the chance to win these.
    Gill x

  • Teresa R March 31, 2014, 4:31 am

    another wonderful page you created

  • Deborah Powell March 31, 2014, 4:47 am

    I love the way you got yourself out of a corner there and your honesty for publishing this – how many of us get into that corner and then have to find our way out again?!

    Thanks for sharing your design and methodology.

  • Ruth L March 31, 2014, 4:49 am

    Amazing spread like usually Carolyn, very very wild…. 🙂 and of course colorful! Truly in love with your art. xoxo

  • Pam D March 31, 2014, 5:00 am

    Excellent outcome ! Such beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • Lissa March 31, 2014, 5:19 am

    This is truly amazing

  • Ros March 31, 2014, 6:11 am

    love your art and this is lovely and the colours you used with the stencil

  • Gunvor March 31, 2014, 6:36 am

    I just love the lotus stencil and how you used it! Your work is so inspiring and the colours alwas makes me happy!

  • Mary Beth Shaw March 31, 2014, 8:27 am

    What a cool pattern, silly me, I didn’t even this of using this for a pattern (duh). I love the way it turned out!!!

  • Suztats March 31, 2014, 8:30 am

    I really love that shot of yellow! Cool.

  • Emie March 31, 2014, 8:34 am

    LOVE that stencil so much!!!! I love everything lotus inspired!!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Janet March 31, 2014, 8:51 am

    Ohh I love this! xo

  • elle March 31, 2014, 9:00 am

    Thanks a Lotus!!! very cute

  • Yabut March 31, 2014, 9:01 am

    Just discovered your blog, and enjoyed the video. Love that stencil and already thinking up ways to use it.

  • Karen Buchanan March 31, 2014, 9:03 am

    Great use of this stencil, love the page. Thanks for sharing your process.

  • Linda Kittmer March 31, 2014, 9:07 am

    Another awesome page! Love your problem solving…it worked out fabulously!

  • Mary C. Nasser March 31, 2014, 9:13 am

    Delightful, Carolyn!
    Love how you rotated the stencil and used it almost like a tessellation!
    I laughed during your video because I actually did put my arm in my wet painting more than once this week! lol!

  • Nickalli March 31, 2014, 10:53 am

    Beautiful! It’s always such fun watching your process!

  • Daisylou March 31, 2014, 11:05 am

    Thanks Carolyn for your videos!!
    I’m a newbie and finding so much help and inspiration from this blog hop!

  • Susie F March 31, 2014, 11:19 am

    Great page as usual!

  • Nancy Curry March 31, 2014, 11:35 am

    A great corner to be backed into. Never count, Carolyn out!

  • Anna Ely March 31, 2014, 11:56 am

    I love how your page turned out! Looking forward to checking out your You-Tube video later when I have a bit more time.

  • Judy Millard March 31, 2014, 12:31 pm

    Hey, Carolyn! Love this journal page. Will be adding the lotus stencil to my collection!

  • Nancy Sapp March 31, 2014, 12:53 pm

    I liked the Thanks a Lotus stencil before I saw your video. AFTER watching your video, I saw all the possibilities of using it. LOVE your carefree, happy voice on your videos. You have such novel ideas. AND you make me smile.
    Grandma Nancy

  • Judy Shea March 31, 2014, 12:54 pm

    Ooooo… ahhhh… I feel it. Nice colors and touches.

  • Mo' Cummings March 31, 2014, 1:04 pm

    Love your work Carolyn Dube! So glad Andrea’s Stencils are added to the great line of StencilGirl!!!!!

  • stampsalot March 31, 2014, 1:40 pm

    You worked yourself out of that corner quite nicely and very successfully. Nice to see how you “went with the flow. Thanks for sharing.

  • Corrine March 31, 2014, 1:46 pm

    You, a corner, never. Love the page. xox

  • Gini Williams Cagle March 31, 2014, 1:57 pm

    Your bright colors look great with this stencil!

  • Jessica Sporn March 31, 2014, 1:58 pm

    Nobody puts Carlyn in a corner… beautiful colors and patterning.

  • Jessica Sporn March 31, 2014, 1:58 pm


  • Andrea Matus deMeng March 31, 2014, 2:16 pm

    Carolyn, I love the way you reversed the lotus and created the connected pattern – awesome! Thanks for making the stencil look so good!

  • Lorrie Jonas March 31, 2014, 2:32 pm

    Hey there fellow artist, I thought I would give your hop a try since I use a lot of stencils…
    Love all your bright colors… Looks great!

  • Jo Murray March 31, 2014, 2:32 pm

    Love that stencil AND what you’ve done with it. Just gorgeous.

  • Raine March 31, 2014, 2:52 pm

    Great stencil! Awesome page! I posted the video over on my FB page.

  • Linda Storey March 31, 2014, 2:53 pm

    I LoVe the Lotus stencil & the colors you used. So pretty. Thanks for sharing your talent on this Hop.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Isabelle March 31, 2014, 3:08 pm

    Oh Caroline, I would LOVE to have this stencil – love your choice of colors!!!
    Thank you so much!

  • Rebecca Buchanan March 31, 2014, 3:14 pm

    How serendipitous!!! You never fail to inspire me. What awesome additions Andrea has created for all of us.

  • hastypearl March 31, 2014, 3:26 pm

    Carolyn, Every blog I go to, has done an amazing job of looking NOTHING like the others. This stencil set has 99 lives! Thanks for sharing! Laura

  • RITA MONTGOMERY March 31, 2014, 3:26 pm

    Great page and wonderful use of leftover paint. Thanks for chance to win.

  • Kay Wallace March 31, 2014, 3:27 pm

    Saw it first on Facebook! 😉 Still another creative use of a great stencil, Carolyn! When…where…will it end! With such creative artists at the helm, I know they are no boundaries…ever!!

  • Alice A. March 31, 2014, 3:54 pm

    Carolyn, great use of color and I also have so many waste papers from cleaning my brayer from Gelli prints. Great inspiration and I love the new stencils. Thanks for participating in the giveaway.

  • Laura from VA March 31, 2014, 3:54 pm

    helloooo! Another great video-and love to hear you remind yourself not to wait for the paint to dry-right on!
    Happy Spring-blog hop on!

  • Jane March 31, 2014, 4:09 pm

    Beautiful colors! Love the flowers.

  • Peggy March 31, 2014, 4:33 pm

    Outstanding! And I always appreciate your openness and honesty. I’d love to own that stencil.

  • Renee Zarate March 31, 2014, 4:40 pm

    Lovely colors!

  • Mandy Fariello March 31, 2014, 4:51 pm

    Wonderful page and wonderful stencils! I’m off to check out Andrea’s stencils now… 🙂

  • ~Jo~ March 31, 2014, 5:08 pm

    Carolyn I totally love all the colors that you used with this stencil and how beautiful your art journal page looks when complete!!!

  • Kathryn March 31, 2014, 5:33 pm

    Wonderful! I’m really happy to have found your blog. Lots of great inspiration. I love the ledger book as a journal!

  • Marguerite Harty March 31, 2014, 5:50 pm

    As always love your inspiration, now just to get off and go play in my studio. (But first must finish the Blog Hop to get more inspired) THANKS

  • Barbara Cobb March 31, 2014, 6:25 pm

    Thanks a lotus, what a hoot! Love your jazzy comments!

  • Teresa Godines #6857 March 31, 2014, 7:05 pm

    Beautiful page. I love your color choices. TFS

  • Sheri March 31, 2014, 7:19 pm

    very cool page love the colors

  • jean marmo March 31, 2014, 7:21 pm

    Where can i get one of those very rare tools? Love how you did this! Such fun! Amazing quote!!

  • cindyzs March 31, 2014, 7:35 pm

    wow, what a nice journal page and love the stamp…….havent dont journaling before, but now inspired…thanks

  • Pam March 31, 2014, 7:41 pm

    I can’t tell you how much I enjoy your videos. Just the right length for my attention span, and your attitude of embracing things however they come is fantastic.
    Thanks for taking the time to put the videos together for us!

  • christine March 31, 2014, 8:27 pm

    love the pattern

  • Melinda March 31, 2014, 8:57 pm

    can’t wait to see what stencils I have that I can “tile” like you did with the lotus!

  • Caroline D. March 31, 2014, 9:58 pm

    Your page is absolutely gorgeous!! The pattern you made with the lotus is wonderful and so clever. That vintage ledger is to die for… if you ever want to get rid of it, I’ll be glad to give it a good home. LOL Sorry I couldnt be at the weekend at Random Arts to meet you this past weekend (only a little over 3hrs from me), but I just couldnt make the dates work with other things going on. Maybe next time!

  • Susan Schultheis March 31, 2014, 10:14 pm

    Carolyn, we can always count on you to make an incredible, colorful, art piece. I love how you used Andrea’s stencil and appreciate sharing your video with us so we can follow your inspiration. I would love to play with Andrea’s stencils too!

  • Chandra March 31, 2014, 10:44 pm

    I love how this came together! This stencil is so beautiful :). I enjoy watching your videos. I enjoyed how you added your color, you have a great eye! Have a fun evening! Hopping along…

  • Denise Spillane March 31, 2014, 11:10 pm

    I love how you made this your own, always look forward to your posts. The new stencils are really cool.

  • Marsha March 31, 2014, 11:47 pm

    It’s the perfect Carolyn journal page.

  • Denise March 31, 2014, 11:53 pm

    Hi, I am following the Stencil Girl blog hop and I love what you did with Andrea’s Lotus stencil! I am relatively new to art journaling so I have signed up for your blog and Youtube channel and everything I can!

  • Suzanne April 1, 2014, 12:26 am

    I always love it when an artist shows us how we’re all human and then how we can “back ourselves out of a corner”. Thanks!!!

  • marilyn sandau April 1, 2014, 4:22 am

    I love the new stencils by Andrea Matus….would love to add them to my collection of stencils!

  • Sue April 1, 2014, 5:23 am

    Oh Carolyn – the wonderfulness of you being caught in a corner! If you’d just kindly video tape each such occasion we’d be the luckiest followers! Seriously, your videos are all the best! I love that you used this stencil to create pattern rather than a lotus picture…so creative, as you are at every turn. Thanks once again for a great tutorial!

  • Kathy Gledsdale April 1, 2014, 7:07 am

    That is so pretty and a fantastic stencil too! Always so entertaining and helpful watching your videos, thank you x

  • textilerecycler April 1, 2014, 7:48 am

    Carolyn, you always crack me up! Another winning journal page…love watching you work 🙂

  • Cathy Basinski April 1, 2014, 7:58 am

    I love your work, would love to take one of personal stencil classes someday. In the meantime I enjoy your videos. 🙂

  • Jackie N April 1, 2014, 8:52 am

    Carolyn, is there any stencil that you can’t rock?!! Gorgeous my friend!

  • terrie: creative explorer April 1, 2014, 12:30 pm

    What a great pattern – and what a great, exciting giveaway! Who wouldn’t love such a cool stencil?!

  • Nydia Dominguez April 1, 2014, 2:52 pm

    Awesome journal page! Love your techniques! Hope I win the stencils! ~Nydia

  • angi eharis April 1, 2014, 4:39 pm

    love this lotus stencil, love this blue u used, but most of all i love your artwork!! aloha, angi in hana

  • Susie Wolfe April 1, 2014, 4:49 pm

    Love your videos ….. and ….. would love to win the stencils!

  • Janene McAnally April 1, 2014, 6:35 pm

    I always enjoy watching your video…just LOVE all your tips and tricks!! 🙂

  • Kimberly Carmichael April 1, 2014, 7:22 pm

    This is my favorite stencil of Andrea’s. I like how you repeated the pattern. You are such an inspiration!

  • Maria McGuire April 2, 2014, 12:42 am

    Love the idea of using this stencil for a repeating background. Perfect placement of the quote!

  • jean marmo April 2, 2014, 7:44 am

    Such a wonderful stencil!

  • bibiana Martinez-ziegler April 2, 2014, 10:07 am

    great page love that lotus stencil too, hard to pick one

  • Kirsten Reed April 2, 2014, 10:21 am

    Love the colors, quote and the whole composition of this page! You never cease to amaze…and btw I LOVE that ledger book!

  • Barbara Cobb April 2, 2014, 12:46 pm

    Carolyn, Love the gelli print pages and the addition of stencils and stamps. Love the lotus stencil ,wish I could find a ledger, it’s so cool!

  • Gill April 3, 2014, 1:25 pm

    I love what you’ve done Carolyn – love the colours too!

  • Shanti Day April 3, 2014, 2:02 pm

    I’ve been watching your videos and reading you’re blog for a while now but haven’t commented yet. Love this stencil. I also had a great gelliplate session today because of some of the tips from your videos!


  • Amy* April 3, 2014, 2:49 pm

    Carolyn your page is so colorful and fun… Just like you!


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  • Carmen Whitehead April 3, 2014, 4:48 pm

    Love that Lotus stencil! Your page looks wonderful!

  • Bronwen April 3, 2014, 6:33 pm

    Lovely, lovely, lovely! Love the way you used a section of the stencil and the colours!

  • Tasha F April 3, 2014, 8:10 pm

    I loved how you made the pattern fit together 🙂

  • Pat Healey April 3, 2014, 9:54 pm

    Love your colorful pages – they always make me smile!!

  • Rachel Rodenborg April 3, 2014, 10:41 pm

    I love this stencil and how you created a interlocking pattern with it! Where can I buy it?

    • Carolyn Dube April 4, 2014, 8:48 am

      It is over at StencilGirlProducts.com under Andrea DeMeng’s stencils.

  • Robin B. April 4, 2014, 10:44 am

    More stencils and more color….what more does a girl need?

  • Clair Marie April 4, 2014, 11:08 am

    Love your use of my favorite colors! And I love the stencil! Great page!

  • Marjie Kemper April 5, 2014, 6:08 pm

    Love this background you’ve created and seeing the how-to. You sure got yourself out of that corner nicely. And oh my…. the title of that stencil is hilarious!

  • Michelle Mooney April 5, 2014, 7:06 pm

    Rocked it!! Love this page and the stencil, and I admire your bravery in using the gorgeous ledger as a journal.

  • Kathryn Keyes April 6, 2014, 7:08 pm

    Really loved the solution to your corner — you are right, I wouldn’t have noticed if you hadn’t said something about it. Also liked how you boldly continue to paint while other paint isn’t dry — SO daring :-). Where do you find used ledgers like this to paint? Thanks for the great video!

    • Carolyn Dube April 6, 2014, 7:46 pm

      I found that ledger at the Art Trunk in Stamford CT’s Art Is You. I have been on the lookout since then but haven’t found one. I would love to have more of them!

  • Crystal Schaar April 6, 2014, 9:59 pm

    I am loving the colors you used. I need theses stencils! Thanks for sharing how you used them. Simply awesome.

  • terrie: creative explorer April 9, 2014, 12:30 pm

    Carolyn….. I had a comment from my blogging buddy Jo who congratulated me on winning the small stencils but I can’t find where winners have been announced….I lost the last couple days of emails so if anyone emailed me, I didn’t get it. I don’t want to miss out if I did, in fact, win. I wasn’t sure who else to email since yours is the blog I read most regularly – I did check the Stencil Girl site and didn’t see anything and none of the blogs seems to have announced a winner date, so – sorry to bother you but hope you can help.