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The start of a new year brings the tradition of choosing a word to guide the year. But just one? That was just too tough this year, so I picked a dozen of them. Since I don’t like rules, I love getting around them on a technicality. See how I rationalized it in the video.

When doing a lot of stenciling, say like letters for words, using a foam roller makes it go extremely quickly. On a piece of paper, I can get 2 sets of the alphabet using the Alpha Jumble stencil from StencilGirl.

There are 2 reasons why I did multiples. First, I had no idea which words or how many I would be creating so I wanted to be sure I had enough.

In the end, I had way more than I needed but that just means I have them ready for the next time.

Second, foam rollers can hold a lot of paint to clean out of it so to reduce waste, once the roller is loaded with paint I do a lot.

After cutting out the letters, Art Spray was the fastest way to get color on them. I’m spraying them on a blank art journal page so that not at drop of that wonderful blue gets wasted.

Once this is dry, the letters will be used and the page left behind is now the start of a future art journal page.

While flipping through pages in my journal, I found a background that called to me. This black and white page was from who knows when but it was just what I needed today.

It was made using stencils and black Art Spray, in the supplies at the bottom of this post, I’ve got them all listed for you.

How do you clean a spray nozzle to prevent clogging? I’ve got a video showing you how I do it and not waste a drop of color.

It had quite a bit of white space on it, so out came the Aqua Inks to add a pop of the rainbow. These are a watercolor ink so they can cover an area quickly with color.

Quickly seems to be very important to me right now, it seems my impatience is flaring up.

When this page began as a way to explore what word I wanted for the upcoming year. As you can see, it wasn’t just one work, but a dozen of them!

Adventure is the “umbrella” word for the year, the others are all in support of it. Notice how I technically have one word but managed to add in eleven more. Not a big fan of rules.

Next to each word the journaling is all about how that word will support the adventures waiting in the new year.

My list of words was due in a big way to all the members of my Facebook group, Rediscovering Your Creativity Looking through a list of words is inspiring, and so much so this year that one wasn’t enough!

This group continues to be a place to ask a question, find inspiration for your play, and join others caring women on a mixed media journey. If you like encouraging groups like that on Facebook, then check us out!

Here are the supplies used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. For example, I’m an Amazon Associate & I earn from qualifying purchases. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and you get a really good feeling knowing that you are helping keep the free tutorials coming!


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What I learned making snow ducks and how to make them colorful by Carolyn Dube

Playing in the snow brings out the kid inside. Especially when you have a duck snow mold. We learned a few things along the way about how to get a good crisp duck to come out and get a bit of color on them too.

I also learned that I never get tired of saying, “Let’s get our ducks in a row”. However, the kids did get tired of hearing it.

We ordered these from Amazon and at first, the ducks we made didn’t come out well. BUT then we figured out a few things so then we were cranking them out! In the video above you’ll see the most effective way for us.

To color the ducks, we used old empty spray bottles and washable non toxic kids paint (food coloring works great too just didn’t have any of that on hand). I used about one part paint to eight parts water.

I tend to use a very watery ratio because I don’t want to clog the sprayer. We used recycled spray ink bottles. When I use up a bottle, I rinse it out and save it. You can never have enough spray bottles!

The ducks were shaped and then colored with spray but there was also another option we liked just as much. Notice all that colorful snow behind the duck above? When you scoop up that snow into the mold, it comes out already colorful.

These little things are pretty solid so once they’re colorful, you can place them anywhere you want in the snow.

When you’re all done playing, you’ll want to clear the spray nozzle. Even though it’s kids washable paint in here, it’s still paint so that means the sprayers can clog.

The fastest way to clean the nozzle is to have an empty spray bottle filled with water. Simply screw the painty nozzle (and all its parts) on the bottle of water and spray until it runs clear. Then return the nozzle to its original bottle.

When the forecast calls for white stuff, I’m going for the snow ducks! So much easier than a big snowman and maybe even more fun!

Maybe there will be a holiday special one year about Howard the Snow Duck- okay not even snow can turn that old movie Howard the Duck into a winner lol.

Here are the “kids” behind the making of these ducks. They’re all adults, but channeled the kid inside.

Thanks Emma, Naylene, and Anastasia for getting our ducks all in a row!


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Stencils are one of those supplies that can save you time, especially when you use it with a gel plate. That’s how I whipped out these Christmas cards. With all the procrastinating I’ve been doing, I needed these pronto!

Want the video of the process? It’s shares how I do these the fast and colorful way! It’s waiting for you as a token of my appreciation for taking the time to share your thoughts by answering 3 quick questions about your stenciling experiences.

Why am I asking these questions? I’ve been using stencils for years and there are a gazillion different looks you can create & supplies you can use with them. Rather than guess what would be most helpful to you, I’m simply asking you directly.

I’ll take your answers and use them to guide the videos I create for YouTube and in upcoming workshops. You help is so appreciated!

The stencil that I used for this is from StencilGirl Products.

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