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Using Scribble Sticks  by Dina Wakley in a stenciled and stamped art journal page tutorial by Carolyn Dube

Precision is not my middle name. Happily, not a drop of precision was needed to create this art journal page of rainbow women as I played with Dina Wakley’s Scribble Sticks, some stamps, and a stencil. And yes, there was an OOPS (an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly). Actually there was more than one.

Watch Scribble Sticks, Stamps, and Stencils with the Women of the Rainbow on YouTube.

Random stamping of the 3 women with Dina Wakley’s stamp filled the page.  The ink is permanent, which is important to me because there is going to be water involved and I don’t want the images to run.

Using Scribble Sticks  by Dina Wakley in a stenciled and stamped art journal page tutorial by Carolyn Dube

Adding the color was imprecise and loose with the Scribble Sticks.  You can see more about what Scribble Sticks are in this video.  There is absolutely no need to stay inside any of the lines!

Using Scribble Sticks  by Dina Wakley in a stenciled and stamped art journal page tutorial by Carolyn DubeOnce the color is hit with the water, it reacts and behaves like a watercolor.  Easy to move the color around without worries of precision.

Using Scribble Sticks  by Dina Wakley in a stenciled and stamped art journal page tutorial by Carolyn Dube

All that white space between these women was an opportunity to journal.  I scribble journaled whatever was on my mind and I was surprised to see what I began to think about.   What did I write about? All the different parts of me through the years.  It was like a walk down memory lane of how I became the person I am today.  Many moons ago I had blue hair in the 80’s, and now I would so love to have this entire rainbow happening in my hair.
Using Scribble Sticks  by Dina Wakley in a stenciled and stamped art journal page tutorial by Carolyn Dube

OOPS! There wasn’t much room left to put a big title, so I decided to make a zillion little titles.  One for each woman. Using my Wall of Words stencil, I picked out the words that spoke to me for each of them.  There are so many words on this one stencil, I easily found what I was looking for plus each one has a different word.

But alas, the paint used to stencil the words was just too dark.  O.O.P.S!  A failure? Nope.  Just an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly.
Using Scribble Sticks  by Dina Wakley in a stenciled and stamped art journal page tutorial by Carolyn Dube

White Scribble Stick to the rescue!  By just doing a sloppy scribble over the words, suddenly they were softened and blending into the page.  Crisis averted.  Okay…it never was a crisis but I am glad the words are blending in more.  While I was doing that, I added bits of black here and there on the stamped images too.Using Scribble Sticks  by Dina Wakley in a stenciled and stamped art journal page tutorial by Carolyn Dube

The rainbow, a walk down memory lane, and play time.  What more could I ask for?

Using Scribble Sticks  by Dina Wakley in a stenciled and stamped art journal page tutorial by Carolyn Dube

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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Starting an art journal page with a free Spark of Art-spiration tutorial by Carolyn Dube

What do I do when I want to play but a blank page doesn’t inspire me?  I grab a Spark of Art-spiration and see where it takes me.  This Spark brought a purple bunny into the studio for another cardboard page in a Permission to Play journal.

Watch Starting an Art Journal Page with a Spark of Art-spiration on YouTube.

What is a Spark of Art-spiration and how do you get one?  They’re free and are sent out with my weekly newsletters.  If you missed this one when it went out, never fear! You can get it sent to you by going here.
Yes, I want the free download!

This purple bunny, that popped out of the Spark at me didn’t quite have long enough pink ears on the Spark but that wasn’t a problem.  I just kept cutting into the white to create the ears.  Did the same for a tail but all that hard work just didn’t fit on the page.  Okay, it wasn’t really hard work.

Starting an art journal page with a free Spark of Art-spiration tutorial by Carolyn Dube

Purple bunny rabbits are very happy bunny rabbits…so that is why I did the bright green background.  Why the pink in the flowers? Because your ears should always match the flowers.

Starting an art journal page with a free Spark of Art-spiration tutorial by Carolyn Dube

The Bunny has to have all sorts of adventures, all those eggs, all those baskets, all in one night!  So travel seemed like just the right word for this page using my Are We There Yet stencil.

Starting an art journal page with a free Spark of Art-spiration tutorial by Carolyn Dube

The background was the right color, but it was just too plain.  It needed just a little touch of pattern. A bit of shimmering iridescent green with Pebeo and Arched Fountains stencil to the rescue.  Starting an art journal page with a free Spark of Art-spiration tutorial by Carolyn Dube

Scribble sticks provided an easy and forgiving border since they react with water.  New to Scribble Sticks?  You can see more of what they do in an earlier video here.  Starting an art journal page with a free Spark of Art-spiration tutorial by Carolyn Dube

What will I do with this cardboard page? I’m going to hop to it and bind it in a Permission to Play journal. (My apologies for the pun..just couldn’t resist!)

If you’re new to the Permission to Play journals you can find out how to make one in my free workshop here.

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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This is what happens when I have a big piece of IKEA cardboard, Liquitex spray paint, and StencilGirl stencils video by Carolyn Dube

The joy of going to IKEA for me is the packaging, giant pieces of cardboard.   It becomes a ridiculously long surface to art on and because it is so big, I need a way to do it quickly.  After all, patience is not one of my virtues yet.  Out come the spray paints!

Watch Spray painting with a stencil and creating an overspray mask on YouTube.

No rhyme or reason to this as the colors and patterns were haphazardly placed all around using StencilGirl stencils and spray paints.  Instant gratification!

When I use stencils with spray paints, I prefer the water based spray paints, like the ones by Liquitex, not only because they are low odor but make clean up a breeze.  Of course, make sure you are in a well ventilated area and wear the necessary safety gear.

This is what happens when I have a big piece of IKEA cardboard, Liquitex spray paint, and StencilGirl stencils video by Carolyn Dube

All that color and pattern was about to become the background thanks to using my Scribble Scratch stencil as a mask with black spray paint.  In the video, I’m sharing how to easily make the over spray guard around it so that the paint only goes over the stenciled area and not spill over the edges.

Plus, at the end of the video, you see what happens when the can runs out of spray paint, OOPS and why I didn’t get as crisp of a pattern for that last one.

This is what happens when I have a big piece of IKEA cardboard, Liquitex spray paint, and StencilGirl stencils video by Carolyn Dube

With all the spray paint I was using, there had to be a way to clean the stencil off as I went.  Otherwise, it would have been dripping with paint.  Just plopping the stencil, wet side down, on the scrap cardboard let me remove the excess color and create a secondary print.  That monochromatic cardboard unexpectedly stole my heart.

Does that ever happen to you when the clean up page becomes as wonderful as the piece you were making?

This is what happens when I have a big piece of IKEA cardboard, Liquitex spray paint, and StencilGirl stencils video by Carolyn Dube
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 you are helping me keep this blog and my videos ad free! Thank you- I don’t like ads any more than you do!


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