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Medieval Leaves Stencil Test Drive


It’s time for another great ride on the Stencil Test Drive!

Jessica Sporn has brought us another stencil that is full of possibilities- the Medieval leaves stencil!  Be sure to drive over and check out all the great posts for this test drive from Ronda Palazzari, Maria McGuire, Corrine Gilman of Sparkle Day Studio, and of course, Jessica Sporn!






Below is a  video of the making of the background paper and how the layers of color and pattern built up using Jessica’s wonderful stencil!


I made so many different papers with this stencil as I played and played.  Greens and purples below were such a wonderful surprise! All I was expecting was blue and this is the gift I found because I didn’t clean spray inks off of my stencil very well!

Since I used this stencil over and over with paint I would pat off the excess in a journal.  I love how this turned out!

Now back to our regularly scheduled art journal page!


In the shapes I saw a figure so out came a black pen!  She’s not my usual style but there she was so I had to draw her.







Who doesn’t need purple hair with pink highlights?






She reminded me how much fun it is to be curious, especially since I had spent the afternoon just playing and exploring with Jessica’s Medieval leaves stencil!

Be sure to drive over and check out all the great posts for this test drive from  Ronda Palazzari, Maria McGuire, Corrine Gilman of Sparkle Day Studio, and of course, Jessica Sporn!  Want more creativity?  Check out Paint Party Friday and Creative Every Day!

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  • Corrine December 20, 2012, 5:56 am

    Wahoo, this came put great. I just love this stencil, it is so versatile I jist kept going and going. Put alot of miles on it. Looks like you did too. I want purple hair too….xox

  • Jessica Sporn December 20, 2012, 6:47 am

    Wow Carolyn — so fabulous! Thank you for being part of the test drive — I think this girl might be the inner you… I can see you with purple hair!!

  • elle December 20, 2012, 8:05 am

    The deli tip is great! The girl-cute!

  • Maria McGuire December 20, 2012, 9:21 am

    I agree–you had to draw her! Be Curious is the PERFECT word for her expression! I love the background. You have a whole plaid thing going on there. I have to tell you the journal “wipe off” is intriguing to me. I see some big inspiration on those 2 pages. Watching your video–what a wonderful way to have my coffee!

  • Leah December 20, 2012, 10:12 am

    I love how the stencil adds such wonderful texture and interest to the background! Lol, my two year old was sitting next to me as I was reading this and when she saw the picture of the girl you drew she started waving and yelling, “Mommy! It’s a doll! Hi, doll!” 🙂

    • Carolyn December 20, 2012, 10:16 am

      Your daughter brought a big smile to my face!

  • Linda k December 20, 2012, 10:16 am

    Beautiful layering with color as usual Carolyn, and I adore your girl!!!

  • Cynthia December 20, 2012, 2:18 pm

    Your girl is gorgeous–just like the background! The colors are so lush and I absolutely LOVE that stencil!!

  • Ronda Palazzari December 20, 2012, 2:54 pm

    She is utterly adorable and i love that you “had to draw her.” The background is stellar. Totally awesome! Don’t you love creating with gelatin plates?

  • Judy Shea December 20, 2012, 3:18 pm

    You make me want to dance around like Snoopy on Charlie Brown. That was fun. All the colors you got on the one page. Loverly. Dolly is adorable!

  • Rita McGregor December 20, 2012, 3:28 pm

    What fun with the gelli plate! Love that new stencil. 🙂

  • Valerie-Jael December 20, 2012, 3:35 pm

    This is a fun piece, love the stencil, too! Valerie

  • Kathy Gledsdale December 20, 2012, 3:58 pm

    Very pretty!

  • Claudette December 20, 2012, 4:41 pm

    That is so adorable! Great stuff!

  • Marjie Kemper December 20, 2012, 8:01 pm

    What a great video! Love how much you packed into 2 minutes and you made fantabulous prints with the stencil. Love that one you featured above… it’s ornate!

  • Kay Wallace December 20, 2012, 8:27 pm

    I love the stencil! I am “under-stenciled,” if that’s a word. I want more! Love that you used the stencil in the background instead of “in you face.” I am liking subtle lately!

  • Nancy Lee December 20, 2012, 8:59 pm

    Your colors are always great!
    I can “see” the ex-teacher in you!

  • aga December 21, 2012, 5:38 am

    Carolyn, these pages are very, very cute and sweet. I love those blue colours as well. Have a very Merry Christmas.

  • artmusedog and Carol December 21, 2012, 8:53 am

    wonderfully creative, colorful artwork ~ always delightful ~ Happy Holidays ^_^

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

  • Mary C. Nasser December 21, 2012, 10:13 am

    Ah-mazing again, Carlolyn!!!
    I so want to join your gelli party in 2013…but I’ve not tried gelli printing yet! 😮
    But you and your blog have inspired me to give it a go!!
    Happy PPF and Happy Holidays!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  • Mary C. Nasser December 21, 2012, 10:14 am

    Sorry I misspelled your name above… 🙁
    Holiday stress!

  • Christine December 21, 2012, 11:45 am

    lovely stencil work this week Carolyn!

  • Debbie December 21, 2012, 11:56 am

    This is a beautiful stencil and your pieces look great. I especially like the way it looks on the ledger page. I really need to get my hands on an old ledger!

  • MissyK December 21, 2012, 2:00 pm

    Purple hair and pink highlights sounds like fun!

    What a wonderfully inspiring post…. I LOVE everything!


  • molly December 21, 2012, 2:28 pm

    i really like what you’ve created with that beautiful stencil– one of my favorites is the ‘excess’ one in the ledger. that bright blue is so festive!

    happy holidays!

  • Bellalullo December 21, 2012, 5:44 pm

    Love your beautiful work! Happy PPF!

  • Rita Barton December 21, 2012, 8:02 pm

    Love the stencils! I also want purple hair…

  • froebelsternchen December 22, 2012, 4:47 am

    Oh wow GORGEOUS! Carolyn I have to say “Thank you”
    for this great post… I love it!
    It makes me happy!

    I wish you a Very Merry Christmas!

    it would be fabulous if you would enter your fabulous ANGEL post below to
    our December: Angel theme on our monthly

    xxx Susi

  • Anne December 22, 2012, 7:42 am

    Fabulous, love your work! And that is one great stencil! Happy Holidays! <3

  • denthe December 22, 2012, 8:47 am

    OMG Carolyn, I can’t believe the beautiful things you made with this wonderful stencil. That blue-green-purple page is awesome! I love seeing how you work in your video. and your girl is so cute. You’re right, when an image appears you just have to go with it ☺ Hope you’ll have a wonderful Christmas, and a great start to a new and creative year! hugs, denthe

  • carlarey December 22, 2012, 6:04 pm

    It’s great seeing all the different art created using Jessica’s stencils. You all seem to have had a ball using them.

  • Lynn Cohen December 22, 2012, 9:13 pm

    Gorgeous. Stencil art! Your little lady at the end is lovely to meet as well! HPPF!

  • Gloria J Zucaro December 22, 2012, 10:33 pm

    I am going to watch that video over and over! I just got a gelli plate and have never used it! What kind of paper are you printing onto? Did you wipe off the gelli after each paint application…well I will go look more closely! Love the finished project with the hidden leaves from “Medieval Leaves” peeking through. and the “appearing out of the blue” lady.

  • Elisa Choi December 23, 2012, 2:55 am

    Had so much fun with your artwork, Carolyn! Lovely vid and stencil fun! Your journal page is so cute and speaks true too. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • NatashaMay December 23, 2012, 6:16 am

    I always enjoy seeing what people do with the same stencil. Such fun! 🙂 Love your purple hair girl. 🙂

  • Zena (healingmoments) December 27, 2012, 8:01 pm

    Amazing! Your artwork is fabulous and your post very interesting