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Stencil and Foam Board paint brush holders by Carolyn Dube FBXpress_logo

My colorful box of foam board arrived from Foam Board Express and I started playing.  Not my usual art journal play but 3-D play.  A fun colorful stenciled paper wrapped brush holders came out of the fun.   This is a blog hop so that means there’s lots more to see- be sure to check out what all the artists made and be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win the prize package!


Andrew Borloz's Cityscape StencilGirl Stencil


Can you recognize some of the stencils?  It’s Andrew Borloz’s Cityscape in black.  There’s a hint of Maria McGuire’s new Butterfly and Michelle Wards Circle 6.    And all sorts of bits and pieces of other stencils brought in a touch of color.


Stencil and Foam Board paint brush holders by Carolyn Dube

There is no bottom to these.  I just wanted a colorful way to store my paint brushes and the bottom just wasn’t really needed. Plus I would have had to have used a ruler to make a bottom that worked.  And you know how I feel about having to measure…

To help them stand easily I just glued them together with hot glue.


The Prize Package for one lucky winner includes:

Foam Boards Edge Group

From Foam Board Express, five 20×30 inch foam board sheets. One black, one white and the winner picks the other three colors!  Color choices include:  green, red, yellow, dark blue, neon yellow, neon orange and neon pink.






and StencilGirl is giving away Mary Beth’s new DVD called: StencilGirl Mixed Media Sampler Journal





How can you enter to win?  By leaving a comment.  Each person is eligible to leave a comment on every blog in the hop!  That means 10 chances!  Winner will be randomly chosen and announced on StencilGirl Talk.

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  • Ruth L November 11, 2013, 3:03 am

    Foam board definitely has a great dimension, beautiful project Carolyn, thanks for sharing!

  • muriel November 11, 2013, 3:32 am

    Great giveaway! I love how you used the stencils.

  • Gill November 11, 2013, 7:12 am

    What a fabulous idea – I love it!

  • rachel Mims November 11, 2013, 7:49 am

    Love what you did! Neon foam board sounds fun!!

  • Linda Kittmer November 11, 2013, 7:56 am

    Great job Carolyn! Great minds and all that…but your’s looks so much classier!

  • Denny November 11, 2013, 8:06 am

    Cute idea!

  • Judy Shea November 11, 2013, 8:32 am

    What a perfect design for your boxes. Those colors are to die for. Love this idea.

  • Monica Lowrance November 11, 2013, 10:14 am

    oh yes love your boxes. Now I need boxes versus my spiderman cup! I love how pretty these are!

  • Corrine November 11, 2013, 10:34 am

    Perfect, colorful and so you! xox

  • Linda K November 11, 2013, 10:39 am

    fab design and I love the striking colors with the black borders! :):) – love the reasoning behind the bottomless containers.

  • Melva Bates November 11, 2013, 10:41 am

    What a great idea. I’m loving the stencils & the colours.

  • Dianne West November 11, 2013, 11:34 am

    I’m trying to get my ‘stuff’ organized and your colorful holders will work beautifully!

  • lynn richards November 11, 2013, 12:20 pm

    Love how you enjoy so many elements!!!! Wonderful give away.

  • Jo Murray November 11, 2013, 12:25 pm

    That’s such a good idea…I’m running out of places for my brushes and pens. LOVE the colours you’ve used…just gorgeous.

  • Linda on the Prairie November 11, 2013, 12:26 pm

    What a lovely and useful way to explore foam board!

  • Fern Cawley Edwards November 11, 2013, 12:52 pm

    What a fun, cool colorful project …. I know what you mean about measuring!

  • barbara macaskill November 11, 2013, 1:02 pm

    I can see that this foam board is a MUST HAVE! So many uses for it! I love making boxes and organizers and LOVE your paintbrush holders!!! Great idea! Would love to win this awesome prize package!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Heidi November 11, 2013, 1:52 pm

    What a great idea!- love the bright colors too!

  • Edie November 11, 2013, 2:08 pm

    Too rad! How did you miter the corners (especially without rulers or math? Inquiring mind and all that….


    • Carolyn November 11, 2013, 2:10 pm

      Just cut a V with an exacto knife for the folds and there is no bottom to mess with either…

  • Melanie K November 11, 2013, 2:11 pm

    what a great idea!

  • Toni Leli November 11, 2013, 2:22 pm

    What a great idea – for my paint brushes and MANY sets of markers!

  • Lura Brown November 11, 2013, 2:28 pm

    how clever you are. super duper idea. love to win. thanks for the chance. xoxo

  • Kay Wallace November 11, 2013, 2:33 pm

    Another perfect use for foam board! This is much better than toilet paper rolls inside a plastic container for my brushes! 😉

  • Boo November 11, 2013, 3:05 pm

    Looks like fun!!

  • Raine November 11, 2013, 3:28 pm

    What a great idea! Wonderful colors, too.

  • Sharon Johnson November 11, 2013, 3:55 pm

    I just love your stuff, Carolyn. You have the neatest ideas. Gotta try the brush holders and love the bright colors.

  • NancyLee November 11, 2013, 4:04 pm

    Great job! Think of all the matching pieces
    you can make now!

  • ruthie knox November 11, 2013, 4:57 pm

    what a great idea- fabulous colors!

  • Denise Spillane November 11, 2013, 5:03 pm

    I would have picked the same colors to work with! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Linda Kelly November 11, 2013, 5:52 pm

    I love the use of the cityscape stencil!

  • suzanne sicuranza November 11, 2013, 6:53 pm

    Fabulous idea!! I might have to construct my own too!

  • Mary C. Nasser November 11, 2013, 7:09 pm

    Oh, Carolyn!
    You have outdone yourself!
    What a great idea…love the colors and stencil combo!!
    Love it!

  • Cecilia Swatton November 11, 2013, 7:10 pm

    I love the ways that both you and Mary Beth Shaw used the Foam Board! Both are innovative and creative; thanks!

  • Deborah M November 11, 2013, 7:38 pm

    Great idea! And…of course, there’s no need for a bottom! There must be tons of other typical stuff we can do without…

  • Cat Graves November 11, 2013, 8:16 pm

    I’ve never used foam board…your brush holder looks awesome and I could sure use one of those. Your creativity never ceases to amaze!

  • Wanda Hentges November 11, 2013, 9:13 pm

    VERY Cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jessica Sporn November 11, 2013, 9:31 pm

    Really fun and colorful!

  • Sharon Lynn Williams November 11, 2013, 9:36 pm

    Love the brush holder idea, but with my luck I would pick up the container and would then have brushes flying all over the place!

  • Billie A November 11, 2013, 9:59 pm

    Love this idea of the storage and great colors and design you added. Wonderful giveaway.. fingers crossed.

  • Maria McGuire November 11, 2013, 10:34 pm

    Absolutely LOVE the striking color with the stenciled prints with the black. AWESOME idea!

  • Rita Montgomery November 11, 2013, 10:48 pm

    Great colors and a fun holder.

  • Sandy November 11, 2013, 11:51 pm

    What a smart idea and a good way to combine foam board and stencils!

  • Cindy Kotora November 12, 2013, 1:37 am

    I love the pencil/paintbrush holder. Very inspiring!

  • Carmen Lucero November 12, 2013, 1:47 am

    What a colorful way to store your brushes! Looks very study and the stencils you used are perfect for this!

  • Isabelle November 12, 2013, 5:58 am

    This is so beautiful!

  • Maggie M November 12, 2013, 7:07 am

    Whoda thought? What a great idea for foam board! Love how the holders came out; thanks for sharing:)

  • Nydia Dominguez November 12, 2013, 7:12 am

    Great job Carolyn! I love them!

  • Jean Marmo November 12, 2013, 7:36 am

    Aren’t you so creative!

  • Kathy Gledsdale November 12, 2013, 9:30 am

    How very pretty this is, so much nicer than the dirty jam jars I use to keep my brushes in. A brilliant use of a lovely stencil, you have such a great imagination. Thank you for sharing the idea. x

  • Sandy Karsten November 12, 2013, 10:26 am

    Foam board was probably made for kids – but us BIG kids can play too!! Great project!

  • Suzanne R. November 12, 2013, 1:42 pm

    I love this idea Carolyn. I wondered how in the world you got that micro cityscape on there then I saw the stencil. Had no idea they made them that small… awesome. tfs

    btw you can trace the bottom of your holders now they are glued together onto your foam board, cut it out and hot glue the base onto your holder – no ruler needed except for cutting out if you want. ;D be blessed, Suzanne

  • Glenda Lovchik November 12, 2013, 3:17 pm

    Those colors are fabulous. How did you miter the corners? I’ve never worked with foam board before. My brushes are all crammed together in a spaghetti sauce can right now. It would be nice to have them separated by size and type.

  • Sandy M November 12, 2013, 9:34 pm

    Thanks for the idea. I never realized foam board had so many possibilities.

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  • Carolyn November 13, 2013, 1:16 am

    What a fun idea! I love these stencils!

  • Jackie N November 13, 2013, 10:47 am

    Carolyn- you always have such awesome ideas! thanks for sharing- and as always -love your colors!

  • Gini Cagle November 13, 2013, 11:43 am

    What a fun and useful project – great idea!

  • LynneP November 14, 2013, 9:25 am

    great idea…I didn’t even know that foam board came in different colors.

  • Darlene Propp November 14, 2013, 9:41 am

    I never would have thought to use foam board as a brush holder. I usually use cans or large plastic glasses. Great idea!

  • Cindy Peterson November 14, 2013, 8:10 pm

    That foamboard brush holder is the cat’s meow!

  • Amante del Papel November 14, 2013, 9:03 pm

    I love that stencil, and your project, I want it!

  • Kelly July 5, 2019, 2:27 pm

    Fun diy project, I made mine with bottoms and added rocks to prevent my brushes from falling over. The only thing is that its hard to use when working with wet brushes.

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