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Feelings & Emotions Stencil Collection

Art is personal and what you create is full of emotions.  All emotions, not just the happy ones. The Feelings and Emotions collection at StencilGirl Products was inspired by the rollercoaster ride this year has been and my need to be able to get a wide range of emotions honored in my play.

Embedding the words in the early layers of your play allows you to express and respect your feelings privately.  Since these are stencils, that means you have incredible flexibility on how you use them.

Not only can they be subtle layers, they can be bold too. You can use stencils in the way that fits your creative process.

Stencils can be used in a positive or negative way. This is about the only time negativity makes me happy!

Adding a word to your play can start the storytelling process. Stenciling a word onto a vintage photo, it begins to reveal the story. Once suspicious was stenciled, her tale began to reveal itself. What is she suspicious about? What did he do? Is that a magic wand in her hand (and I realize it’s just the photo angle and shadow but I can’t get magic wand out of my head).

What about finding the story and meaning in something that isn’t a photo? Keep reading!

On the stencils, there is space between the words so it’s easier to stencil just the one you want. There’s another perk to having that space between the words.

One of the benefits to the space between each row of words, besides making it easier to stencil just one word, is room for journaling. Below, I’ve reverse stenciled and then scribble journaled my thoughts between each row .

Inspired by illuminated letters, the Feelings and Emotions alphabet includes a large and small alphabet.  Having two coordinating alphabets in one stencil gives you lots of flexibility!  

Create a modern take on illuminated letters by starting a word with a large letter then stenciling the rest of the word with the smaller alphabet. That’s what I did for these mixed media tags below.

Can these help you when you have an ugly background? Absolutely! The layer under the black was ho hum. A layer of reverse stenciling transformed it in one single layer from something I didn’t really like to something I loved.

Words can add meaning or a design element (or both like it did here)!

So why didn’t I make one stencil with the happy words and one stencil with the others? Because they don’t happen in isolation in life so I didn’t want them to be isolated in the stencil either.

In the video at the top of this post, I explain the O.O.P.S. that happened with these stencils. An O.O.P.S. is an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly and something like this has never happened on one of my stencils before.

This canvas represents all that goes into loving someone. When I tell my family or friends that I love them, it’s more complex than just one word. There are so many other feelings wrapped up in that word. Especially this year. I have been the full swing of emotions with my family and friends, and they have been with me too. Those emotions that over time have built one upon the next to create that powerful feeling, love.

This is just the beginning of what you can create with the Feelings and Emotions stencil collection! I can’t wait to see what you make!

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  • julia November 13, 2020, 8:41 am

    I love your new word collection and would love to see how you do the reverse stenciling .

  • Julie November 13, 2020, 9:37 am

    WOWser – love everything you did with these stencils (love the B&W photos). How fun and yes yes yes to instructions for negative/positive and little book. Off to spend some of my moohla 🙂

  • Leslie Ibler November 13, 2020, 9:50 am

    Another must have, off to order Carolyn Dube stencil collection! Yes, make the additional videos, please. Congratulations!

  • Glenda Moore November 13, 2020, 10:10 am

    I love your word stencils!

  • Glenda Moore November 13, 2020, 10:12 am

    Yes to the videos, please.

  • Rae Ann AnnOhlinger November 13, 2020, 10:37 am

    That picture is definitely “weird”. Love this video.

    • Carolyn Dube November 13, 2020, 2:52 pm

      I love that different words bring out such different stories from the pictures- weird brought up some very silly stories in my head lol!

  • Maggie Hanus November 13, 2020, 10:39 am

    LOVE your new word stencils. Definitely grabbing these. Oh and, that guy is obviously paralyzed! Poor thing.

    • Carolyn Dube November 13, 2020, 2:51 pm

      So glad you like the new stencils Maggie- and yup, that poor guy!

  • Sharyl Peterson November 13, 2020, 11:50 am

    Would love for you to give us a video on how to do the “reverse” (negative) stenciling with the words. I really like the couple of examples you showed here. Can’t wait to get the new stencils and play with them myself! As always, most appreciatively, Sharyl

    • Carolyn Dube November 13, 2020, 2:50 pm

      I’ve added another one for the reverse stenciling Sharyl! Looking forward to seeing what you create!

  • Sharyl Peterson November 13, 2020, 11:54 am

    I just checked out the stencils on the StencilGirl site, and have a question. In your demo, the stencil you’re using has “judgmental” at the top, and down near the bottom, the word “sparkly.” I don’t see that stencil in the three that SG has for sale. And both those words really speak to me. If that is the “oops” stencil, I’d still be willing to purchase it — I can work with “war” if necessary 🙂
    Thanks, Sharyl

  • Linda Dunnihoo November 13, 2020, 12:23 pm

    love love love these. I ordered what I could LOL… and I even love the oops, because that WAR word is sure one you could use for emotional stuff. I love how you labeled pictures too. I have tons of pictures from my parents that I have no idea who they are, and have been reluctant to just toss them, but WOW MIND BLOWN I could sure use them in journaling. THANK YOU. And yes, would love to see reverse stenciling.

    • Carolyn Dube November 13, 2020, 2:48 pm

      I never would have put war on there without the OOPS but it has come in far more handy than I ever could have dreamed- the OOPS does it again! So glad you’ve now got a way to make use of those old photos Linda- can’t wait to see what you make with them!

  • loey November 13, 2020, 12:30 pm

    My word vote is: paralyzed! That poor guy in the photo has no where to go!
    Now, I’m off to order much “needed” stencils, thanks for inspiring.

    • Carolyn Dube November 13, 2020, 2:46 pm

      Right- is totally stuck there! Looking forward to seeing your play Loey!

  • Suzanne L Eastman November 13, 2020, 3:22 pm

    Great video. You’re a pro.

  • Joy Faigen November 13, 2020, 4:04 pm

    I think these stencils are going to be flying off the shelves!!! Just awesome 💜
    My question is about the last image with all the ballerinas…. are those girls you painted, paper dolls available to buy, ??? I’d b interested in knowing more. Thank you and blessings,
    Joy

  • Donna November 13, 2020, 4:31 pm

    Oh, definitely more videos with these please, please. Such wonderful emotional words and now, going through health issues, they’re even stronger and more meaningful. Each trip to the cancer center is brighter and more laughter filled than people would otherwise expect but I think each of us there runs through the gamut of emotions. I’m thinking a good project would be some Carolynly (new word, means bright and cheerful) colored cards with some of the positive, fun, uplifting words for staff to pass out when someone needs a pick-me-up. Sounds like a good time to place an order…..

    • Susan A November 14, 2020, 3:53 am

      Donna, what a great idea! you will have so much joy in creating these cards. your bright and cheerful new word is spot on … Carolyn always makes me smile.

      Carolyn, you never know what wonderfulness you inspire!!!

      • Donna November 15, 2020, 2:34 pm

        Thanks, Susan! I take my chrome book with me for the long infusion days and Carolyn’s opening music never fails to make me chuckle!

  • Susan A November 14, 2020, 3:51 am

    i LOVE these stencils, Carolyn!!! i am looking forward to the negative technique and book videos, too.

  • Joan November 15, 2020, 10:29 pm

    The gentleman with the three ladies is pressured or imprisoned!