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OOPS…Be Fearless

How do I make decisions when art journaling? Is it a scientific formula based on sound principles of physics and chemistry? Nope. It’s based on the theory of O.O.P.S., Outstanding Opportunities Presenting Suddenly.

Watch Art Journal Play with Washi Tape and Stencils on YouTube.

The background began as this aqua colored, very blah page in dire need to more color. Lots more color. Leftover paints on my palette (which was a Gel Press Plate) and the determination to use some of my hoarded washi tapes got the rainbow started.

Using washi tape and stencils and an OOPS to build an art journal page tutorial by Carolyn Dube

Strips of washi tape, randomly selected filled in the bottom, leaving just the perfect space for her to be stenciled.

Using washi tape and stencils and an OOPS to build an art journal page tutorial by Carolyn Dube

O.O.P.S! I stenciled the words I wanted (with Uplifting Words) to match what was on my mind but it just wasn’t quite right, but every O.O.P.S. is an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly. No idea what the opportunity was in that moment, so I stepped away from it and went on to adding more color with Gelatos.

Using washi tape and stencils and an OOPS to build an art journal page tutorial by Carolyn Dube

A bit of white paint and a baby wipe was just what was needed. Baby wipes are the duct tape of art journaling!

Using washi tape and stencils and an OOPS to build an art journal page tutorial by Carolyn Dube

It was easy to restencil the words. But this time, I changed it up a bit using slightly different words and it captured the feelings far better than the first time.

Using washi tape and stencils and an OOPS to build an art journal page tutorial by Carolyn Dube

The final step was getting some journaling on there to capture my thoughts. And with the shade of her skin, you better believe there was scribble journaling about Wicked in there!

Here are the supplies I used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps keep the free tutorials coming!


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  • Kathy Gledsdale April 3, 2017, 3:49 pm

    Wonderful work

  • Sue April 3, 2017, 8:21 pm

    Love your video’s. You are fearless, I love it and it puts me at ease right away when watching you. You are a lovely person and thank you for showing us all kinds of lovely colourful things!!! Can’t wait for the next one.

  • Jean marmo April 3, 2017, 11:04 pm

    Simply striking.

  • Corrine April 5, 2017, 10:28 am

    Two very important qualities. Love it my friend. xox

  • Ellen Coppell April 5, 2017, 3:20 pm

    Love your process and how the aj page turned out, Carolyn. Gives me hope I can hush my inner critic!!! ???

  • Marit April 6, 2017, 3:36 am

    I love the wicked, green(ish) face, and seeing the washi tape makes me long to get mine out and DO something with it again… I might just do that today! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Sue Clarke April 6, 2017, 4:17 pm

    I love the stencils you used and washi tape is also something that I collect.

  • Annette April 7, 2017, 7:10 pm

    Another great video! Thanks, Carolyn.

  • Tonie-Carol April 8, 2017, 6:00 am

    You are a rainbow that lights up a grey day. Truly a magician of the crafting world. Simply ….. Thank you.

  • Denise April 14, 2017, 3:38 am

    You are awesome!!!!!!

  • Julie b April 14, 2017, 6:09 pm

    Love your fearless videos! yes, I am a washi tape hoarder as well so thank you for showing me a way to use it. BTW, love that you leave the Pug exposed (and yes, I have the same washi tape). Now it’s my turn to be Fearless.

  • sonja April 21, 2017, 3:20 am

    O.O.P.S! just read your great OOPS article in clothpaperscissor magareadazine and can’t agree with you more! Am also a big a fan of using what in arms reach or otherwise somewhere in the studio.a journey of color and what if and oops make for a wonderful day,life,moment! be well,sonja