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Play with the Elephant in the Room

Video by Carolyn Dube showing this art journal page from beginning to end using StencilGirl Products Elephant stencil by Nathalie Kalbach

Nathalie Kalbach's Blog Hop

Nathalie Kalbach has outdone herself with her Elephant March stencil for StencilGirl Products!  I am in love with it for so many reasons.  All the texture in it, all the different patterns hidden in this beauty, and all the fun titles and quotes that go with an elephant!   Not to mention the memories I have of hugging  an elephant, riding an elephant as a little kid, and learning just how gentle and careful an elephant really is when eating a carrot from my hand.

You can watch Elephant Art Journal Page for Nathalie Kalbach’s Stencil Hop on YouTube here.

Video by Carolyn Dube showing this art journal page from beginning to end using StencilGirl Products Elephant stencil by Nathalie Kalbach



Random rubber stamping for a background.






Video by Carolyn Dube showing this art journal page from beginning to end using StencilGirl Products Elephant stencil by Nathalie Kalbach


The elephant didn’t fit on the journal I chose, Oops.  That wasn’t the plan.  Turns out that I am thrilled I did this because that meant the elephant is partially off the page- making it look like she is walking right into my art journal.

She’s welcome here any time!!




Video by Carolyn Dube showing this art journal page from beginning to end using StencilGirl Products Elephant stencil by Nathalie Kalbach

She’s such a fun elephant with all her patterns and colors she just had to walk on a very colorful ground.

That striped cardboard- it was sitting on my counter and fit perfectly.  Another reason not to clean!

There’s a video here so you can see how I made that cardboard using tape created with techniques from my Transform Your Tape workshop.


Video by Carolyn Dube showing this art journal page from beginning to end using StencilGirl Products Elephant stencil by Nathalie Kalbach


She of course, had to be holding play- she is very playful!  Those letters were made with Gelli prints  cut with Tim Holtz’s Block Talk die from Sizzix.


That’s PanPastels adding the soft blue at the top.




Video by Carolyn Dube showing this art journal page from beginning to end using StencilGirl Products Elephant stencil by Nathalie Kalbach


While looking at the play, the rest of it just popped into my head.

Play with the elephant in the room.





Video by Carolyn Dube showing this art journal page from beginning to end using StencilGirl Products Elephant stencil by Nathalie Kalbach


There just wasn’t enough color yet…so I added a bit of yellow.  I just can’t seem to leave much white space on page yet….it’s that color addiction I have…






Thanks Nat for inviting me to play!  Be sure to stop by and check out all the other wonderful goodness created by these talented people!  And every blog in the hop you comment on gives you another chance to win Nat’s Marching Elephant!!!  That gives you 5 chances to win!  She’s randomly choosing a winner on September 18th at midnight EST.

And there is another giveaway going on too!  Stop over here for a chance to win a spot in my latest workshop, Transform Your Tape!

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  • Jessica Sporn September 12, 2013, 6:35 am

    Only you can mix play and sophistication so effortlessly. This is a gorgeous journal page. Love your crisp orange elephant against that pastel background. And your taped “ground” reminds me of Indian saris. Fantabulous!

  • froebelsternchen Susi September 12, 2013, 6:45 am

    amazing Carolyn…love your colorful elephant!

  • Barbara Poe September 12, 2013, 7:05 am

    Love the colors! It looks just like play. Wonderful!

  • Gerd Andersson September 12, 2013, 7:09 am

    It’s so inspiring to follow your way in making your projects into beautiful art!

  • jenni September 12, 2013, 7:26 am

    I too love the way the elephant seems to just be meandering past your journal very clever mistake!

  • April Lopez September 12, 2013, 7:35 am

    I love the pink and orange color combo.

  • Bev September 12, 2013, 7:49 am

    Love what you have created with this new stencil! I love elephants – used to collect them. Great video as always.

  • Corrine September 12, 2013, 8:32 am

    Love love love love love love love—–xox

  • Denise S September 12, 2013, 8:36 am

    You always make me smile. The color and design is perfect with this stencil. And of course, the tapes. Love it and can’t wait for the class.

  • Isabel September 12, 2013, 8:40 am

    Love! Love! What you did with this stencil. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Judy Shea September 12, 2013, 9:11 am

    Great page. I’m gonna start calling you Colorful Dube instead of Carolyn Dube. You inspire with your colors… and playing, yes, playing.

  • Amante del Papel September 12, 2013, 9:22 am

    Thank you so much, for teaching us how to do your work, is fantastic!

  • Linda Kittmer September 12, 2013, 9:23 am

    LOL! I love your sense of humour. Beautiful page too!

  • Snap September 12, 2013, 9:27 am

    wonderful … i love elephants — even met one in a room — their room! love this stencil and would love to win one.

  • Maggie M September 12, 2013, 9:42 am

    I love how you incorporated the elephant stencil in to your colorful art piece. You always make it seem so effortless:) I really like how the elephant is off center, marching into the page. Great idea!

  • Marsha. September 12, 2013, 9:45 am

    Look at that bright orange elephant! It’s fun! Love background you created too: the dylusion yellow against the green and pan pastel banner… <3!

  • Jeane Walker Sliney September 12, 2013, 9:45 am

    I love your process, love the elephant stencil and the colors you chose!

  • Julie G. September 12, 2013, 10:18 am

    I was thinking the same thing as Jessica…colourful saris! Gorgeous page and stencil…love the vibrancy of it. It really captures the feeling of the East.

  • julie September 12, 2013, 10:54 am

    love, love, love what you did with Nat’s stencil. Looks like he’s leading the parade! Thanks Carolyn!

  • yvonne September 12, 2013, 11:18 am

    I love your colourful elephant – it really does look playful and fun – the ‘tape pathway’ is a great idea!

  • Maria McGuire September 12, 2013, 11:19 am

    Oh the color! Oh the tape! That is one happy Elephant!!! I love him!

  • petyvic September 12, 2013, 11:52 am

    After watching your video, i started dreaming of a “pink elephant”!!!! thanks for your demo…love it! hope i am fortunate with the hop!

  • Linda on the Prairie September 12, 2013, 12:33 pm

    Perfect stamped border to accent the textures of the elephant stencil.

  • Sandy Lane September 12, 2013, 12:53 pm

    love the elephant & your coloing

  • Jane September 12, 2013, 2:14 pm

    Love all the colors

  • Marjie Kemper September 12, 2013, 2:21 pm

    I love the awesome spray from his trunk of the word “Play” and that is a fantabulous walkway you’ve given him to parade upon. This is so much fun!

  • muriel September 12, 2013, 2:46 pm

    I love that cheeky elephant passing by and the stamps you used for the background fit so perfectly.

  • Erica Hersh September 12, 2013, 3:04 pm

    I love what you did with everything! Looks fantastic! <3

  • Erica Hersh September 12, 2013, 3:05 pm

    So bright and cheery!!!

  • Cuchy September 12, 2013, 3:35 pm

    How funny and colourful. Loved to see the process.

  • lacyquilter September 12, 2013, 3:43 pm

    Awesome page and I loved watching you put it all together.

  • Mary Ann September 12, 2013, 3:43 pm

    Love the elephant. It is like batiking?

  • Sue Clarke September 12, 2013, 4:00 pm

    I so love the random papers on the bottom and you really rocked this stencil by putting the words coming out of the trunk.

  • Sharon Johnsonr September 12, 2013, 4:14 pm

    I love the bit of exotic background and your wonderful, colorful elephant. Play, indeed. She is wonderful.

  • Monica Lowrance September 12, 2013, 4:24 pm

    I like how your elephant walks right in.
    I do enjoying seeing the elephants at the zoo.
    Great videos and what a fun page.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Teresa R September 12, 2013, 7:29 pm

    Love your page, Carolyn. I like how you used part of the elephant stencil.

  • Jo Murray September 12, 2013, 7:42 pm

    You are right about the half elly giving the page movement. Love the whole effect.

  • Terri Daniels September 12, 2013, 8:13 pm

    Love the idea of playing with things we haven’t used in a while,”stamps” in my case! Thanks for more inspiration, Carolyn!

  • Jan W in TX September 12, 2013, 9:08 pm

    What a fun page in your journal! I love the effect of the elephant walking into the middle of it. I will have to check out your art transfer tape process. That looks like a lot of fun!

  • Pay Owen September 12, 2013, 9:43 pm

    Love your Ellie!

  • Louise Kirby September 12, 2013, 10:16 pm

    What a delicious and fun page
    I adore the elephant stencil

  • sharon September 12, 2013, 10:48 pm

    I love how you show the whole process and of course the outcome it spectacular!

  • Jackie September 13, 2013, 7:41 am

    Carloyn- I love your use of Nat’s stencil- beautiful beautiful!!!

  • Jackie September 13, 2013, 7:41 am

    oops Carolyn- sorry still on my first cuppa!

  • ionabunny September 13, 2013, 12:05 pm

    This is a lovely stencil. Love all the bright colours and impression of movement

  • aimee September 13, 2013, 12:15 pm

    love this page more than i can even say!! fantastic!

  • Jean September 13, 2013, 12:44 pm

    Love the elephant and your journal page! I love elephants–Roll Tide!

  • Gillian Pearce September 13, 2013, 1:52 pm

    I love how you’ve got the elephant walking on the torn cardboard.

  • samara September 13, 2013, 2:23 pm

    Carolyn: so so so beautiful!

  • Sandy Gretter September 13, 2013, 7:47 pm

    Makes me want to go play with the elephants myself.
    Kept hearing “The Elephant Walk” in my head while I watched you play.
    What FUN !

  • Janis in ID September 13, 2013, 9:42 pm

    Oh, yes….this is so happy!! Love your play-ful elephant!!!
    <3 J

  • Pat Upton September 13, 2013, 10:01 pm

    Terrific elephant! I love the spread!

  • Lori September 13, 2013, 11:46 pm

    I do love your elephant!!

  • Gunvor September 14, 2013, 2:34 am

    I love the elephant and your colourful spread is just awesome! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Anna Ely September 14, 2013, 1:53 pm

    I like how you have your elephant coming into the page. The stamp you used at the top is great…looks like a circus!

  • Elsje September 14, 2013, 4:53 pm

    Amazing talent! To top it off, I love elephants!

  • marykay September 14, 2013, 4:59 pm

    wow that is really a pretty journal spread. love everything about it. great colors

  • Cat September 14, 2013, 5:04 pm

    Thank you for making the video of your elephant journal page. It was wonderful to watch you work. Fabulous! Glad I found you!

  • Debra Lee September 14, 2013, 9:56 pm

    I would love a chance at winning this wonderful stencil!

  • Andrene September 15, 2013, 1:06 pm

    Love the design and message of your page! What a great stencil.

  • Patty Boyd September 16, 2013, 4:28 am

    LOVE your journal page! Thanks for sharing and for participating in this hop!!!

  • Betti Zucker September 16, 2013, 8:38 am

    I adore your color! and the marching elephant coming half on to the page just brilliant ( accidents make the best designs) Thanks for sharing your technique

  • Karen September 16, 2013, 5:51 pm

    Love, love, love it. You and your work are very colorful.

  • Carmen Lucero September 18, 2013, 1:19 am

    Looking at your elephant reminded me of all those elephant jokes that were told in the late 60s, haa! Yes, I too like all the different patterna in this stencil! Thanks for showing your process!

    Carmen L

  • Nathalie Kalbach September 18, 2013, 9:25 am

    Carolyn – what an amazing video and I love the background you created for the elephant. Beautiful project. Thank you so much for playing along!!!

    • Nathalie Kalbach September 18, 2013, 9:27 am

      OK- the first time it looked as if it didn’t want through – so you get a double comment 😉

  • Nathalie Kalbach September 18, 2013, 9:26 am

    Carolyn – what an amazing video and I love the background you created for the elephant. Beautiful project and the colors are amazing!. Thank you so much for playing along!!!