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Wet Paint, a Baby Wipe and a Stencil tutorial by Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl Products

I had a plan and didn’t follow it from the very first moment.  I had intended to just cover up part of a ho-hum layer, but in a flash, the whole thing was covered in gesso.  In fact, it seemed that every time I had a plan, I didn’t follow it!

Watch Wet paint + a Stencil + a Baby Wipe on YouTube.

Once I had gesso’d the entire panel, my fingers ended up in the paint.  When finger painting, I do 2 things. I use a barrier hand cream and I make sure my paints are non toxic.

There’s an article here explaining what symbol to look for on your paints here. Know your paints, take reasonable precautions and decide for you what you are comfortable doing.

Wet Paint, a Baby Wipe and a Stencil tutorial by Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl Products

Another plan that went awry, was the plan to just put a little pattern from the Triangular Pathways stencil on the background.  It brought me such joy to smear the baby wipe over the stencil in the wet paint, that I didn’t want to stop. So I didn’t!

Wet Paint, a Baby Wipe and a Stencil tutorial by Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl Products

When I work on top of a piece from who-knows-when that was made with who-knows-what supplies sometimes colors unexpectedly bleed through.  The hint of purple at the top inspired me to ditch the planned deep turquoise for purple.

Wet Paint, a Baby Wipe and a Stencil tutorial by Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl Products

I had fallen in love with the background, so much so that the idea of covering it up was painful. But it needed something more.  So I compromised.  I decided to put something very small on it.

In a drawer, I found an O.O.P.S., an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly, from another project.  The colorized vintage photo (that was too small for that project) was the exact size I needed for this one.

My play usually involves some scribble journaling, but not this time.  Another case of the plan going out the window.  I found the words, Wisdom Is, on my Wall of Words stencil.

Wet Paint, a Baby Wipe and a Stencil tutorial by Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl Products

My love for the background guided my final decisions on this, to use a very small something on it and let the background shine.  Appropriately, this was not where I had planned to go!

Wet Paint, a Baby Wipe and a Stencil tutorial by Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl Products

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Taking an old canvas I didn't like and adding the rainbow to it!

What makes a great canvas for play? One that I don’t like anymore!  There were marks all over this, there was texture, there was pattern, there was color. But together, they just didn’t rock my world. At one time, I had liked this canvas, but not any more. This was a perfect opportunity to play!

Taking an old canvas I didn't like and adding the rainbow to it!

Pouring the paint directly on the canvas was a wee bit addictive, so before I knew it, the rainbow had appeared. These jars were filled with leftovers of interior house paint, a more manageable size than working with a big gallon size can of paint.

Taking an old canvas I didn't like and adding the rainbow to it!

The colors smeared around completely changing the look of the canvas from where it started today.

Taking an old canvas I didn't like and adding the rainbow to it!

All the textures in it began to pop out more.  The rainbow covered up most of the patterns from before, but that opened the door for a new pattern.

Taking an old canvas I didn't like and adding the rainbow to it!

Using a Gel Press plate, I printed ladders all over the canvas using my Ladder stencil/mask. The ladders represented the journey of this canvas, the climb up from layer to layer with the canvas.  That makes it sound a lot more sophisticated than the fact that it was like a rainbow game of Chutes and Ladders.

Taking an old canvas I didn't like and adding the rainbow to it!

A very long game of Chutes and Ladders from the first time I touched this canvas!   At times, I felt like it was moving forward as the layers built up, getting me closer to that magical winning square.  Then at times it felt like I had been sent back to almost the beginning of the game when a layer was blah.

Taking an old canvas I didn't like and adding the rainbow to it!

This canvas isn’t finished yet. The game isn’t over but I’ll have to wait until another day to see what inspiration the muse brings for the next layer.

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It slices, it dices…well not really, but the Gel Press plate did just about everything for this art journal page! It masked, it stamped, it added the title and of course, made the background.

Watch Stamping, stenciling and masking all on a gel plate on YouTube.

Using a gel print from my stack of papers for the background, I wanted to mask off a hill.  By simply ripping paper, I had the mask but I wanted it positioned somewhere specifically on the print.  That is when the gel plate showed how helpful it can be!

Once I had the paint for the hill on there, it was a breeze to ink up the hand carved owl stamp.

The intention was for this little owl to be standing straight up but instead he has a bit of tilt. OOPS! Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly!

So why didn’t I just paint the hill on the paper? Because it would just be a solid piece of black then.  By using the gel plate, I had little bits of the color underneath artfully peeking out.

To stencil the title for this art journal page, I didn’t want to just stencil it straight on with black paint.  I could have, but that just wouldn’t look like it belonged, so I used the plate to add the title.  I flipped the Uplifting Words stencil over, since words go on backwards to be legible on the print, and applied the paint with a cosmetic sponge.

That little owl needed just one last touch…scribble journaling in the wings and a bit of color in the eyes.  The white Pitt Pen followed by a touch of blue with a brush tipped Pitt Pen.

Remember the stamping OOPS?  Well, that turned out to be a gift because that little bit of leaning gave him so much more personality than if he’d just been standing perfectly straight.  Imperfections add character. Go be magic little one!

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