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I Did Something I Almost Never Ever Ever Do in my Art Journal

video of stenciled art journal page with lightbulbs and white space by Carolyn Dube

clock stencils by carolyn dube

I did something I almost never ever do in my art journal.  I kept things clean.  No smudges.  No smears.  Loads of white space.  Who would have guessed that is where the lightbulb would take me!

This stencil is part of April’s exclusive StencilClub stencils.  Everyone who is signed up by April 15th will have these coming to them in the mail!  You can find out all the details and sign up here.

Watch  I managed to keep my art journal smudge free today with Carolyn Dube on YouTube.

I created the stencils I wanted to play with and have had a blast using them. You can see a quick watercolor card I made with the clock stencil over at StencilGirl Talk.  There will be more fun coming with these stencils both here and over at StencilGirl Talk in the next week too so be sure to stop on back!

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  • Helen Markee April 3, 2014, 1:08 pm

    very cool

  • Jo Murray April 3, 2014, 2:35 pm

    Wow!…you’ve created an outstanding surprise for when you flip through your journal. Good thinking!

  • Kay Wallace April 3, 2014, 2:37 pm

    Super cool stencil!

  • Jackie P Neal April 3, 2014, 4:00 pm

    Yup…I had to look twice- couldn’t believe it! “)

  • gill edwards April 3, 2014, 5:10 pm

    I love your bravery in leaving all that white space but what a great page you made! You’ve proved that you dont have to fill in every inch of paper with colour or design.
    Gill x

  • Von April 3, 2014, 5:15 pm

    GO you Carolyn !!! <3 it and so proud of you for stepping outside your comfort zone. Not only is it oodles of white space … its limited colour as well which again, is something which isn't like you. Nicely done to stretch yourself!

    • Carolyn Dube April 5, 2014, 10:44 am

      I was so far from that comfort zone I needed a map to get back…lol

      • Promise January 14, 2018, 12:14 pm


  • Diane Morris April 3, 2014, 5:56 pm

    Hi Carolyn! i loved this video….as always. your adventure in white space turned out beautifully! and i love your sense of humor! happy creating!

  • jean marmo April 3, 2014, 8:26 pm

    You rocked this!

  • kathleen codyrachel April 3, 2014, 9:14 pm

    Oh I lovethe stencil club – I am looking forward to my club arrivals & love this stencil – first thing I thought when you were saying “click here” was Oh I’m going to get that stencil Yea! Ms Carolyn you are amazing – and have taught me so much so thank you !

  • Rebecca Buchanan April 3, 2014, 9:39 pm

    Wow Carolyn, for what seemed at first glance a simple idea, I learned so many things. Thanks so much. These stencils are going to be so much fun!

    • Carolyn Dube April 5, 2014, 10:43 am

      Glad you liked it! That is one of my favorite things to hear, that you learned things from the video!

  • Amante del Papel April 3, 2014, 9:46 pm

    great and lovely stencil!

  • Paula - Buenos Aires April 4, 2014, 7:49 am

    Brilliant! Lightbulb moment indeed. Sharing. 🙂

  • Jo April 4, 2014, 2:16 pm

    Carolyn this art journal page is stunning!!! I love your title… and love how you hand wrote the word “big”. Your handmade stencil for the cording was brilliant! Totally love all that white space with just a pop of bright yellow. Gorgeous! TFS and have a wonderful weekend!

  • Corrine April 4, 2014, 6:14 pm

    Big idea indeed, love that white space…xox

  • maryk April 5, 2014, 10:40 am

    wait! ………… are you sure this page is from your journal? great page, just not what i have come to expect when i look at your website, lol. it must have been really hard to restrain yourself from other colors, did you lock them up, hehehe.

    • Carolyn Dube April 5, 2014, 10:42 am

      I know, it surprised me too! Yes, they were secured in a locked vault lol!

  • lynn richards April 5, 2014, 1:30 pm

    Oh my gosh!!!! I totally got excited when I saw this! Thanks so much for sharing. I’m going over to look at the sign ups now!

  • Kathryn Keyes April 6, 2014, 8:27 pm

    Ditto what someone said earlier — while it seems like a simple idea, I learned a lot from this video. Thanks! I may try some white space too, I don’t do it very well (well, I don’t do a lot very well…I’ve only been art journaling for a few years. But having a great time exploring and learning new processes). Thanks again for all your sharing!

  • Marjie Kemper April 8, 2014, 9:17 am

    Whaaaatttttt?!?!?! White Space?!?!?!? This would be really hard for me, too. Love how you demonstrated the many neat aspects of your lightbulb stencil… totally fab video!

  • Sue April 15, 2014, 2:14 pm

    White space? Wow – you rocked it, Carolyn! All I could think of though, as you were writing out’ idea’, was all that white space could be used to list all your ideas for the new stencils….I know, shame on me for messing up the white space, lol.

  • Mary Oklahoma Thoma April 19, 2014, 9:55 pm

    Stencil Police? Really? that’s funny. You go girl, love the light bulb stencil design. The sticky note was a masterful touch. Thanks for all the great “big ideas”.