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A Greek Artsy Fartsy

Video tutorial of an art journal page using Maria McGuire's Stitch a Greek Medallion stencil by Carolyn Dube

I have fond memories of Greece and am in awe of ancient Greece.  Love the old temples, the history, the mystery of it all! When I saw this stencil by Maria McGuire for StencilGirl Products I was flooded with memories of my visits.

Maria and I decided this stencil was to be our Artsy Fartsy challenge– a special edition of Artsy Fartsy in celebration of her new stencil, Stitch a Greek Medallion!  Over on her blog, BelieveDreamCreateWithMaria she is using the stencil too! Stop over there and check it out!

She’s modest about her design but I am not- I know good design when I see it and use it! In the video you will see how covered in paint this stencil is because it has been used to much in the very short time I have had it!


Watch it on YouTube: Using a stencil and rubber stamping in an art journal


Video tutorial of an art journal page using Maria McGuire's Stitch a Greek Medallion stencil by Carolyn Dube


I grabbed some rubber stamps in the Greek theme and went to town!  Not perfect stamping but it didn’t have to be- this was just the first layer.

Using my Dylusions journal.  Stamps are from Toybox and American Art Stamp.



Video tutorial of an art journal page using Maria McGuire's Stitch a Greek Medallion stencil by Carolyn Dube

Here’s the full stencil but I will tell you that you will be seeing more of this stencil on my blog in the future because it is so versatile- each pattern is magical all on it’s own and when put them all together- stencil magic!

I am a bit biased because Maria is on my dear friends and the universe works in magical ways.  The dictionary page that I stenciled on has Damon and Pythia as guide words at the top.  They are a tale from Greek mythology about 2 friends.  How perfect for an Artsy Fartsy!



Video tutorial of an art journal page using Maria McGuire's Stitch a Greek Medallion stencil by Carolyn Dube

I grabbed these frames and felt so good using them up but then I thought, UGH- I don’t like how this looks.  It was all glued down so I decided it was an Oops! Just an Oops no matter how tight the knot in my stomach was…since it was just an Oops I trusted  (took me a few minutes to get to the trust, but I got there) that would end up somewhere wonderful.



Video tutorial of an art journal page using Maria McGuire's Stitch a Greek Medallion stencil by Carolyn Dube


And it did!  This is the direction I intended to go in the beginning but better.  That Oops that felt so horrible in the middle of the process had to be there for me to get here.  And I like it here.



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Linking up to The Dictionary Challenge (letter D), Fashionable Stamping (text, book pages), Simon Says Stamp (anything goes), Creative Every Day, Art Journal Every Day, Our Creative Corner (words) and Glue It Tuesday.


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  • Maria McGure August 6, 2013, 11:14 am

    No words for you my friend….I could ask for a better friend if I tried. My colors, my words, my stencil…. I NEED those stamps! You made a project that was totally ME and could only be done by a friend who I am so very grateful for.

  • Mary C. Nasser August 6, 2013, 12:18 pm

    Great video and pages, Carolyn!!
    Looks amazing!
    Really like the achromatic palette with this Greek stencil!
    Think I need to get a dylusions sketchbook! 🙂

  • Jeanette House August 6, 2013, 12:27 pm

    I love what you did, and the monochrome theme adds to its Classicism. Gorgeous. x

  • Corrine August 6, 2013, 12:55 pm

    Love this Greek page…..black and white really highlights the intricacy of the stencil. This is a winner no doubt. So not color for you. Love that you shook it up a bit. xox

  • Cynthia August 6, 2013, 2:16 pm

    Wowzer!! LOVE the bold mono choice! What a huge, gorgeous, impact that has on the page!

  • julie m August 6, 2013, 2:18 pm

    Your black and white project is every bit as awesome as your color projects. Love it.

  • Claudette August 6, 2013, 3:46 pm

    Fantastic! Watching your process is always so inspiring!

  • Marjie Kemper August 6, 2013, 4:38 pm

    Fantastic is right! Love the pages AND the video.

  • Sue Pompetti August 6, 2013, 5:04 pm

    Bold, classic, eyecatching!!!

  • Kay Wallace August 6, 2013, 5:22 pm

    While, at first, black’n’white seemed a bit out of character for you, you pulled it off with aplomb! I actually love what you did with this great stencil from Maria! Well done!

  • Lorraine A August 7, 2013, 2:50 am

    Gorgeous design ! I love the black/white and whole ancient Rome design 🙂

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Lols x x x

  • Jessica Sporn August 7, 2013, 8:23 am

    hearing your voice makes me so happy! What a great exploration on this page — love how it turned out and how you used your OOPS!

  • Linda Kittmer August 7, 2013, 9:03 am

    Stunning spread Carolyn! I love the black and hit on this page!

  • Devin August 7, 2013, 9:47 am

    I love absolute everything that you do. You are amazing!!!! Thank you for sharing with all of us. I have gotten so many great ideas from you. I get so excited every time that I see you have a new video.

  • Kirsten Reed August 7, 2013, 11:46 am

    LOVE it! You are always making magic from your “oops”! Love the possibilities with this stencil ~ yay Maria!!

  • butterfly August 7, 2013, 5:39 pm

    Wonderful pages, full of the power of Ancient Greece. Love the repeat stamping in the background, and the stencil looks wonderful on the dictionary page. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Our Creative Corner.
    Alison x

  • Yvonne Garner August 9, 2013, 10:45 pm

    This is stunning. Love the repeat pattern and the black and white design! Thank you for sharing with us at FSC!

  • Silvia August 10, 2013, 10:45 am

    How cool, such a gorgeous creation.

  • Esther August 10, 2013, 6:38 pm

    I can so see why that stencil is so well used…Love your Greek pages, thanks so much for sharing with us at FSC..Esther xx

  • chrissiesz August 12, 2013, 2:52 am

    Fantastic ideas on this page-love the black and white.

    Chrissie x

  • Sylv August 15, 2013, 10:55 am

    A fabulous page, love the monochromatic colouring.

    Sylv xx