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Looking Through Cathedral Windows

These stencils take me back to my time visiting churches throughout Europe- and let me escape into my art journal!  I love that modern scientists have no idea how much of the colored glass used in the old churches was made.  Such mystery!


There’s no mystery in how I put this journal page together.  I had extra black paint left on my palette so I grabbed a couple of nearby stencils from ArtistCellar.






Added creamy dreamy  Pan Pastels.








Painted some vintage ledger paper.








Painted scrap paper yellow.








Journaled whatever I was thinking/feeling- nothing deep or meaningful- just whatever was bouncing around in my head…





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  • Marjie Kemper December 13, 2012, 10:39 pm

    Those stencils are calling to me! Might even be screaming, really… so many gorgeous patterns. Fabaroonie!

  • Ginny December 14, 2012, 6:06 am

    I love stained glass windows and yours are very beautiful. What a great idea for a journal page.

  • Carin December 14, 2012, 6:40 am

    Love stained glass windows and love looking through old churches here in the UK and the rest of Europe. Fun page too! As always, totally love your bold use of colour!

  • Jessica Sporn December 14, 2012, 8:00 am

    Beautiful page – hard to imagine the steps were so simple because the result is so intricate and lush. Just gorgeous my friend.

  • iHanna December 14, 2012, 8:11 am

    Yummy pages Carolyn, love how the colors pop on black!

  • Mary Walker December 14, 2012, 8:24 am

    Less thought today could produce something bigger tomorrow thanks for sharing with SMWYG!

  • Kat December 14, 2012, 8:36 am

    I love your stencil patterns, oh so lovely! Great to just have fun like this!

  • NatashaMay December 14, 2012, 8:46 am

    Wonderful! I love black paint against bright color. 🙂 And those stencils look fab!

  • Christine December 14, 2012, 8:51 am

    beautiful stencil work Carolyn! It does bring Europe to mind.

  • Leah December 14, 2012, 9:17 am

    What fabulous stencils. . . and I love the way you made use of them for this page!

  • Lucy Chen December 14, 2012, 9:20 am

    these do look Cathedral Windows patterns! beautiful! ive always loved them!

  • artmusedog and Carol December 14, 2012, 11:16 am

    Creative use of stencils ~ lovely colors and composition ~ Delightful!

    (A Creative Harbor) aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^

  • Corrine December 14, 2012, 11:33 am

    I love stained glass and these windows, well Chartre just comes to mind and all those gothic buildings….that’s where I would like to spend my Christmas wending my way through ancient streets…..thanks for the vision. xox

  • Mari December 14, 2012, 11:37 am

    They look like the windows of the great cathedrals. Saludos

  • aga December 14, 2012, 1:53 pm

    Dear Carolyn. It is Very nice composed. beautiful and healing colors. Everything seems to describe some movement and flow. It is very creative.

  • Cynthia December 14, 2012, 2:18 pm

    So cool, as always, Carolyn!! I love the “dreamy” colors! And those stencils are just perfect together and perfect on your page!

  • Linda K December 14, 2012, 2:32 pm

    I love how you strted with the black and these wonderful stencils! The old European cathedrals are truly magnificent that’s for sure. Happy PPF, and thanks for stoppinhg by my blog too.

  • Diana Evans December 14, 2012, 2:41 pm

    oh I love these pieces as inspired by Cathedral windows…I could stare through those all day long!!! wonderful work!!!

  • Mary C. Nasser December 14, 2012, 3:08 pm

    Your work takes me back to the time I visited Cathedrals in Europe, too!
    I would love to meet you in person one day and make art! 🙂
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  • Annette G December 14, 2012, 3:38 pm

    Terrific stencil work and loving the stained glass effect. Happy PPF, Annette x

  • Claudette December 14, 2012, 3:46 pm

    So colorful! So wonderful! So YOU!

  • Valerie-Jael December 14, 2012, 4:30 pm

    Love those stencils and the pages you have made. I love looking at the Church windows, and as we have loads of old ones here, there is always plenty to see! Valerie

  • Kay Wallace December 14, 2012, 4:45 pm

    Great project, Carolyn! I have been fearful of using black, so you just might have inspired me to go ahead and do it! Very clever use of those stencils to create something astonishing!

  • Rita McGregor December 14, 2012, 5:30 pm

    Those stencils really do remind me of stained glass windows–which are soooo beautiful!! This is a delicious page! 🙂

  • kristin December 14, 2012, 6:02 pm

    Great piece! Love the colors and designs. As always, I love seeing your process…so fun! Happy PPF! and Show Me What You Got!

  • Cris, Oregon Artist December 14, 2012, 6:09 pm

    Fun stencils. Pretty patterns to place around with and what a way to release stress. 🙂

  • Susan Tidwell December 14, 2012, 9:42 pm

    Love this page. The colors really pop with the black. Neat stencils!

  • Zafaran December 14, 2012, 10:10 pm

    That’s a lovely colorful page you created! Pretty!

  • denthe December 15, 2012, 12:27 am

    Ohh, so much colourful goodness! Love those stencils, seeing all this stencilwork makes me think I should add this to my wishlist… 🙂

  • Anne December 15, 2012, 1:59 am

    Fantastic stencil work, love the colored glass feeling, great eye candy! <3

  • sharon December 15, 2012, 1:00 pm

    Love this the colours pop out at you, and it also takes me back to my travels in Europe too.

  • Gina Sismilich December 15, 2012, 1:16 pm

    Stencils are so much fun and help to make wonderful backgrounds and foregrounds (is that even a word?) Anyway – lovely page and Happy PPF.

  • Anita Houston December 15, 2012, 6:58 pm

    Love seeing your process on this! So clever and so beautifully colored! Adore!!!

  • Judy Shea December 15, 2012, 10:27 pm

    Oh my, oh my, wow and just beautiful. I love the black and white when you started and it just got better. Sometimes, less is more.

  • Kirstin McCulloch December 16, 2012, 12:44 am

    Wow – what a beautiful journal page. I love your stencils! x

  • Elisa Choi December 16, 2012, 3:10 am

    What creative works Carolyn! Love the stencils and colors!

  • Ritu Dua December 16, 2012, 7:08 am

    Your stenciled art always beckons me …love it !!

  • dana December 16, 2012, 8:30 am

    looks fun and relaxing! great colors
    cheers, dana

  • Erika N December 16, 2012, 9:40 am

    Very pretty. I must get these stencils.

  • sandra sherman December 16, 2012, 10:08 am

    Great stencil, i love the colours you have used to crate a wonderful journal page

  • Melisa December 17, 2012, 6:10 pm

    Love me some stained glass windows! I can see you are going to have lots of fun with these stencils!

  • MissyK December 18, 2012, 9:57 am

    What a wonderful page….. I love those stencils and the colours you used are perfect.


  • Lynn Cohen December 19, 2012, 1:17 am

    So so so so beautiful!!!

  • JKW December 20, 2012, 11:03 pm

    Since I’ve never been to Europe, I enjoy seeing what it must look like. Blessings, Janet PPF