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Playing with Sue’s Stencil for Artsy Fartsy

Carolyn Dube's Artsy Fartsy using Sue Pelletier's Stencil Girl stencil


Artsy Fartsy is back!  Maria McGuire and I took a break for a while due to scheduling and commitments but we’re playing again. Neither one of us has any less to do now (maybe even more)…She has taken on a wonderful new adventure that will be revealed soon and I am working on new workshops and articles and more soon to be revealed but Artsy Fartsy feeds our souls so we both agreed we had to make time for it.

To those new to Artsy Fartsy, it is how Maria and I art together since we live so far apart.  We pick 3 things we must use in any way in whatever kind of project we want.  The surprise is that we don’t see what each other made until the posts go live.  In honor of the fun and laughs we had with Sue Pelletier at Art Is You in Nashville this spring we picked plaster, any of Sue Pelletier’s stencils, and oil pastels.

You can also see the video directly on YouTube here.

Carolyn Dube's Artsy Fartsy using Sue Pelletier's Stencil Girl stencil


I started with plaster gauze
on the cover of my journal.  It is a very heavy cardboard cover so it survived getting such a wet medium applied to it.  Texture, texture, texture joy!





Carolyn Dube's Artsy Fartsy using Sue Pelletier's Stencil Girl stencil


I had a plan. I knew how I wanted it to look.  But…my handwriting was very unappealing to me (okay it felt really ugly)…My first thought was to pout, like a 3 year old.  Then I remembered it was just an Oops.  Which was followed by another Oops.  Then another.  But then I feel in love with it!




Carolyn Dube's Artsy Fartsy using Sue Pelletier's Stencil Girl stencil


This isn’t how I expected the title to turn out- it was even better!  That is the gift of an Oops (or 2 or 3 or 4).






Carolyn Dube's Artsy Fartsy using Sue Pelletier's Stencil Girl stencil


Have you played with plaster gauze yet?   It  creates such great texture to capture paint, Twinkling H2O’s, Posca Glitter Pens, and Stabilo pencil marks.  I think I could have played all day layering bits of color on the gauze!



I’m off to see what Maria McGuire did for her Artsy Fartsy!  If you want to check out our older Artsy Fartsy posts you can find them all by going to the categories menu on my sidebar then clicking on artsy fartsy.






Supplies Used:

Sue Pelletier Stencil Girlplaster gauze Posca Metallic




Sue’s Stencil          plaster gauze       Posca Metallic


Portfolio Oil PastelsTwinling H2O'sStabilo Pencil




Portfolio Oil Pastels   Twinkling H2O’s   Stabilo Pencil

Linking to The Summer of ColorPaint Party Friday, Art Journal Every Day,and  Pink Saturday.

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  • Maria McGuire June 13, 2013, 12:18 pm

    I’m RUNNING….I’m RUNNING……I am SO happy we started this again 🙂 LOVE, LOVE the texture, your layers and your AWESOME videos!!!!! YAY!!

  • Annette G June 13, 2013, 1:03 pm

    I love the texture the plaster gauze gives, haven’t tried it, but will now after seeing how you used it. Happy SOC, Annette x


  • froebelsternchen June 13, 2013, 1:21 pm

    AMAZING Carolyn.. I also used plaster-strips and compond some times… and will do it more..

    I enjoyed your video as always! Thank you!

  • Judy Shea June 13, 2013, 1:29 pm

    Oh now.. that texture with the plaster is amazing.. I have to pick that up again. Great piece.. off to see Maria’s.

  • Kay Wallace June 13, 2013, 1:45 pm

    Amazing that, as artists, we can just keep going and going and going. Then, all of a sudden, we know it is done! Great piece here, Carolyn. Great challenge mastered!

  • Dawn Jones June 13, 2013, 1:47 pm

    Love your journal cover! The soft colors around the edges make your loose woman pop! Thanks for the video, love watching you create!!

  • Linda K June 13, 2013, 2:00 pm

    love how you combined that yummy texture with the SOC colors! I don’t care for my handwriting which is why I love to “sloppy write”. More fun that way. I actually just did a journal page about running too 🙂 I’ll be posting it for PPF shortly.

  • Jessica Sporn June 13, 2013, 3:03 pm

    awesome, fantastic, great, fabulous and I love that you ended up with RUN!

  • Corrine June 13, 2013, 3:43 pm

    Fantastic!, yes plaster is fun to work with…..Love this…. xox

  • Kathy Gledsdale June 13, 2013, 3:44 pm

    Oh I love this, texture is sooo me and I have this lovely stencil too and not used it yet, as I was thinking about what to do! So thank you so much for sharing your special talent and for making me more relaxed about my Ooops’s! x

  • Boo June 13, 2013, 4:07 pm

    What a fun page. I love how you kept going with the ooops.

  • Dawn Gold June 13, 2013, 5:07 pm

    Loved watching the video from Nashville with Rice about you and Maria and loving that I can see what you are doing for your challenges here…this is very cool, and oops moments normally are the best in art

  • Shahrul Niza June 14, 2013, 4:27 am

    WOWWW, Carolyn!!. I LOVE all the oops here :). And, I’m really intrigued with the gauze plaster, such a beauty texture!. Amazing colors get trapped in the texture, yum!!

  • Sharon Fritchman June 14, 2013, 5:46 am

    I absolutely ADORE your art journal page, SO MUCH! I am loving the style and texture! And thank you very much for showing us how you created it with your inspiring video!!!!

  • monique June 14, 2013, 6:23 am

    I love what you ended up with after several oopses =) And your running lady in her bathing suit made me smile. She’s great.

  • Valerie-Jael June 14, 2013, 8:37 am

    Wow – looks like you had big fun! Valerie

  • Theresa Plas June 14, 2013, 8:43 am

    Hi Carolyn! Loved seeing the process! You have a great voice:) Very cool layers – haven’t used the plaster gauze either. Great how you linked all your products too! Wondered what camera and software you use to make your vids?
    Gotta check out Maria’s now! Let me know if you’re looking for another playmate for your “Artsy Fartsy” challenges.

    • Carolyn June 14, 2013, 3:27 pm

      So glad you liked it! I use a Canon Vixia camera and iMovie to edit the videos.

  • Alison/craftytrog June 14, 2013, 8:48 am

    Fantastic!!! I was wondering what to do with that plaster gauze I bought last year! Lol!

  • Arnoldo L. Romero June 14, 2013, 8:53 am

    I love the graffiti like feel of this page, Carolyn. I’ve used plaster gauze with my students to make replicas of their faces for masks, as well as for other projects. Blessings!

  • Mary C. Nasser June 14, 2013, 8:57 am

    So cool how you and Maria art together even though you live so far apart!!
    What an inspiring idea…and inspiring art! 🙂
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  • mandy snow June 14, 2013, 9:00 am

    So fun….x

  • Marjie Kemper June 14, 2013, 9:47 am

    What a neat texture to add to your journal…. love how it grabs the mediums and colors. Really enjoyed the video, thanks for sharing!

  • Faye June 14, 2013, 10:39 am

    Plaster gauze is something new to me. I love the texture you got with it.

  • Kim June 14, 2013, 10:39 am

    LOVE all the texture, what a fantastic idea. HPPF!

  • Natasha June 15, 2013, 12:08 am

    That texture, and the colours…FABULOUS. I love how it came out. I think the “oops” moments, often take a work to another level. This is amazing, and I loved seeing the process you went through as well.

  • Anne June 15, 2013, 3:54 am

    Looks great, lovely texture! 🙂

  • Alex June 15, 2013, 4:23 am

    I love this page. It looks wonderful. And I thank you for showing me, that “oopses” are no reason to tear a page out of an art journal but to go on creating on it!

  • Deepa Gopal Sunil June 15, 2013, 7:20 am

    Loved the page and the video 🙂

  • denthe June 15, 2013, 9:51 am

    Love the effect of the plaster. And the running / dancing figure ….

  • Fiona June 15, 2013, 3:57 pm

    Lovely texture

  • aimee June 15, 2013, 11:54 pm

    she looks like she’s running right into summer! how beautiful!

  • Jo (fiddlesnips) June 16, 2013, 5:14 pm

    I have not played with plaster gauze yet – but I really think I need to! Loving your oops moments again, haha. Super cover for your journal, perfect for SOC 🙂

  • Kristin Van Valkenburgh June 16, 2013, 9:13 pm

    Hi Carolyn!
    I Love watching your videos – and to hear your voice this time was really cool! LOVE that texture, those shimmering paints and your stencil is fab. Thanks for sharing and joining the SOC, xoxo

  • JKW June 20, 2013, 3:40 pm

    I’ve actually never heard of it. I like the look of it. Blessings, Janet PPF