Thank you for being a part of my week long play with my newest stencils at StencilGirl! I have been blown away by the reaction and support! Thank you to each and every one of you!
On to today’s play! Just because Open Buildings is a 6 x 6 stencil doesn’t mean it is only for small papers- creating a pattern that never ends ! This stencil can cover any size paper or project without any careful measuring. If you’ve seen many of my videos you probably know, I don’t measure very often. Eyeballing is so much more fun!
This finished journal page is not perfect. Nor does it have to be. This was play. A chance to be free and creative. My artsy friends get that and they get me. Being able to connect with creatives means so much to me.
Then I had a flash…an idea that felt right to my heart and my head.
I decided to start a community to provide a place for people to share their creativity, in whatever form it takes. This community is for everyone from beginners to masters. Where is this community? On Google+
Come and join me as I learn this Google+ thing. We’ll learn the technical stuff together and I’ll be posting tutorials along the way to help us all! If you click here it will take you to the Colorful Playground community. Just click on the join community button and you’re in! As you can guess, Stencil Week is keeping me quite busy so you’re getting a first look at the community. Stay tuned because I have several things up my sleeve for next week at A Colorful Playground!
Click here to watch Art journal play with paint and a stencil on YouTube.
The giveaway is now closed.
Want to win the stencil I used in this project? I am giving away one of these stencils to a randomly selected winner! To be entered all you need to do is leave a comment telling me what video you would like me to make in the near future.
Want another chance to win? Just share it (Facebook, Google Plus, Pinterest, Twitter, etc.) and come back and leave another comment telling me where you shared it!
I’ll be announcing all the randomly selected winners from Stencil Week next Friday, Jan. 31st. right here. Be sure to be entered before random.org picks the winners for your chance to win! And yes, international folks are eligible too!
Got myself some Gelatos and have been playing with them so a video on using stencils and Gelatos would be great. Really love the colour variations and tones you got with mixing the paints on the stencil! Love the white journalling too!! Off to share!
I’ll second this idea – please, please, please!
Just posted on Facebook and Pinterest 🙂
The videos I love are just when I get to sit and watch you play.. there is pure magic there.. the colours inspire me.. and your cavaleir devil may care attitude just delights me.. take a picture if you want perfection.. if you want inpiration watch someone create. Thank you for sharing with us.. I always come away with new ideas 🙂
Of course I pinned it.. i think its auto sharing to facebook too.. I don’t have many arty friends there, but I hope even the muggles will come have a look.. maybe even be inspired to bring a little magic into their lives 🙂 *grin*
I am really enjoying your new designs! This one is really unique. I love a strong geometric and this sure fits that bill! For video, I would love to see you playing with your new stencils and your gelli plate. I love the gelli plate and think you could get some cool results!
Hello there, I would like to see using gel atoms…….
Sorry, should have read gelatos?????????
Any video will do. I love watching you work and hearing your comments 🙂
Gorgeous stencil – just the sort of thing I would use a lot! And what a fabulous idea to start a Google+ community. I’m in 🙂
Morning! I am very new at this, and I love that you make it look really easy 😉 I have trouble with mixing colours! I either use always the same combo or end up with something really dark although my initial colours were very bright… I would appreciate any help on how you choose colours or what combinations are no good!
I shared on Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/24910604163376417/) that I think goes to my facebook too! Thanks again for the chance to win!
What video I’d like to see – hmmm, have no idea – I enjoy them all. Just play and see where the muse takes you. You are an inspirations
I shared on Pinterest
also shared on Facebook
I really like your new stencils. Your videos encourage me to just PLAY and not worry about everything being perfect. Thanks for that message.
I’d love to see some tesselating objects, I love birds, perhaps leaves or stars? I love your designs and your videos! Going to share this on Facebook, Twitter & pinterest.
I love how you just go with the flow in your videos. I always smile while watching you. I have to agree with Rebeca, it is so hard to know which colors will blend or look good together an not make mud. Not that mud cannot be a good oops, but mostly it isn’t.
Great new stencil……you are one talented lady and I love how the pattern is endless in it’s uses and can hold so much within it. xox
I would love to see more and more on stencils. I just “love” using stencils. This week is so much fun. Thank you so much.
Your stencils are wonderful and so versatile. I love Gelli plate ideas, so using your stencils with them sounds great to me also. Thanks for sharing your talents.
Sharing your video on Facebook. My friends seem to love them also.
I was just looking at the Open Buildings stencil on the StencilGirl website – I love it! I love your videos too – they remind me of the way that I create – freely and without a whole bunch of rules and limitations. I would love to see you do a video with Gelatos – love them so much but I would really like to see what you do with them! Thanks!
LOVE LOVE LOVE. What more can I say?!
Shared on FB https://www.facebook.com/jo.urbani
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New videos? Gosh, I really have no idea! Maybe some more gelli plate videos or spray ink videos. I love them all, and would watch any video you create! Thanks so much.
I would love a video on how to use different texture pastes on a Mixed Media Canvas or Paper! I have shared on Facebook… https://www.facebook.com/sara.ament1 , Pinterest… http://www.pinterest.com/pin/76631631133646759/ , & Google+… https://plus.google.com/102789472928485959308/posts ! You are awesome can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve next!!!
Shared on Facebook too
Wow, new videos! I love all your videos. Anything you teach will be awesome. I own just about every product out there so whatever it is I’m sure I will find a use for it.
Yet another fabulous demonstration. That stencil is a MUST HAVE for me! I’m new to art journaling, and I can see how that stencil would work perfectly for some pages I have in mind! Thanks for sharing your talent!
What a nice way to start my day, Carolyn. Love these open buildings.
Perfect imperfections is what I always say.
I’d love to see more videos on using various gel mediums.
I tweeted: https://twitter.com/molossus1/status/426018714270834688
I shared: https://www.facebook.com/sandra.strait/posts/655439037835651?stream_ref=10
I pinned: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/61220876158927988/
This is my favorite of your new stencils. Wow! Thank you for the continued support of imperfection as a way of discovery. Love it.
I would love to see a video on bright colors popping on a black background. 🙂
I also shared on FB.
I would like to see something about how you store and organize your stencils. You must have a huge collection!
would love to see you make a video using Twinkling H2o’s with stencils.
I enjoy all your videos. Love to see one with silks paint.
Hello Carolyn…. I am loving your new stencils! I enjoy all your videos. Would love to see you using your new stencils with the gelli plate. Thanks so much for the giveaway!
Shared on Pinterest!
Shared via your A Colorful Journey FB page ~ https://www.facebook.com/caroline.duncan.3781
Pinned your great video ~ http://www.pinterest.com/pin/253538653996319824/
Loved the video and your page you created!! You make it ALL look so easy!!! Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm and talent with us!
anything you do is fabulous, your voice always full of enthusiasm! Do you ever work with soft pastels or pan pastels? How to incorporate them into mixed media projects? thanks for your awesome videos.
Fab stencil Carolyn and a lovely spread! Thanks for the google community, it was a great idea. Talking about a next video I use pastels, but never used pan pastels, would like to see why are they so special, could you just share this little secret pls… and of course I shared you in all my social medias…
Any video you make I will play again, again and again! Love them and you! Shared on FB
This is a FABULOUS stencil Love the blank areas that you can write in. I could really use this one.
I don’t know enough about art and journaling to give any suggestions on posts. I love seeing all your ideas and creativity. Thanks for the inspiration!
Another awesome stencil Carolyn!! Thanks for the chance to win!
Shared on Pinterest this time!!
All your videos are great and I love having your cheerful presence in my studio. It makes ne smile. As for subjects how about your favourite journals to use.
That looks great, the white doodling is very effective.
A huge big tick from me. I love the colour the design and the stencil! Just perfect!
Love, love love this one!!
I shared on facebook
Another well designed stencil… all good.
A video.. Always in need of further ideas to use all the decorated papers we make!
terrific stencil and so much space to add journaling or stamping too
I love that stencil and how you don’t like to waste paint!! It so fun to see you embracing the imperfections! I really need to just let it go when i journal.
Shared on FB!
So inspirational, watching your videos. Ready to go get my hands dirty… I would love to see one about using masks with the stencils, to highlight/use only a section of a stencil.
everyone has left tons of wonderful ideas already. I think something with clock faces would be fun to see.
Keep up the great videos, I love watching each one. Now off to find the google+ group =)
I really like that stencil! So random! So GREAT!!!
Carolyn- again! Another great stencil and a cool page – using leftovers! I’m all about that too! I’m with you o using up that white-space!
I would like to see using gelatos
I love seeing your use of stencils!
I’d like to see more video layering stencils+gelli Plate+use your words!
I would love to see you use stencils on Yupo paper. I just started playing around with Yupo and could use some more ideas.
I agree with everyone here, LOVE your videos. You have a very fun inviting way to you and it just takes away the nervousness of trying something new and making an OOPS! …..and not worrying about it. hehe Love this one and how you used a smaller stencil on a large page and just going with it, all the while mixing colors and making it fabulous. Thanks for ALL your videos, I am inspired by each and every one of them. Keep up the good work! :0)
just love love love it. thanks for sharing
Another fun video to watch as usual. As far as what I’d like to see if future videos one on different kinds of lettering would be welcomed. Thanks, Carol and thanks for the chance to win one of your stencils. They’re all so awesome!
Love, love the buildings stencil — can’t resist patterns of squares and rectangles!
Often the videos I like the best are the ones I would have thought I wasn’t especially interested in — go figure. (But Gelatos and stencils would be a good combo!!)
I see lots of possiblities for the Open Building stencil…thanks for the video…always fun to watch you create.
Love this stencil Carolyn. I would love to play with it asap, so maybe I will get a chance real soon? Thanks.
I love all of your videos. You have such a way about you that the videos are enjoyable and easy to watch. I love learning from you. Please make as many videos as possible. I look forward to going to your website everyday to see what is new. Thank you for the offer of winning a stencil! Michele from Florida
Love your colors and composition!
Can’t wait to play with this stencils!! 🙂
Your videos always pleasantly surprise me. I’d love to see another oops transformed! 🙂
Love the video- I’d like some guidance on being a newbie to gelli plate and stencils. In my first go around my designs got a bit muddled. Most of my stencils are 6×6- and although I like a lot of patterns individually- they don’t seem to work together and get muddled. I’ve been practicing on the smaller gelli plate but I also have the 8×11. Maybe compositions would change on a larger starter surface. Any ideas? I also found that-I think its the third print- the one off the back of the first stencil print doesn’t usually give me much of anything- it just stays stuck to the stencil or not much transfer. I’m just going to play through it but any advice is helpful.
The best thing to do is play and experiment. I’ve got Gelli Printing videos for the Colorful Gelli Printing Party that might help. You can find the tab at the very top of the blog for it. Also, everyone uses the Gelli Plate differently- it is like a paintbrush to me so explore try crazy stuff and see what calls to you.
Posted to Facebook and to pinterest as well. Thanks for sharing all your thoughts on being impatient, frugal, and making happy accidents.
Loved how this turned, this stencil really calls to me thanks for the chance to win, would be tickled to add this to my collection 🙂
Your videos are always so watchable and relate able and reasonable length! Would love to see more Gelli prints with stencils. Thanks
I just found your blog through the Stencil Girl website (also new to me), so I don’t have any video suggestions yet. I have just started working my way through what you have already made and I think that is going to keep me busy for a while!
Any video showing “out of the box” uses for regular media — like today’s post showing “other” ways to use your stencil. I don’t know that I would have thought to fill the whole page with the small stencil, or to turn the stencil different ways. And the post on your new Google+ page of the same stencil with different media. I like ALL of your variations on ways to use materials. BTW–of course I’ve joined the new community.
That’s fun!!! I really enjoy your videos but don’t have an idea of something specific I’d like to see.
I shared this on Facebook.
I posted this on Pinterest.
I’m always interested in more Gelli print videos! I love to see what you do with them.
Love your videos. They’re so care free. Maybe a new video on stencil along with collage?
I’d love to see how you print gelli plate patterns!
Gelatos, I would like to see you play with it. Lovely new stencils!
I have to join the Gelatos crowd. Great job, Carolyn!
I would love to see and art journal flip! 🙂
I have pinned it to pinterest.
I have shared it to facebook.
I tweeted about it!
I really enjoy watching your videos. They are well filmed and straight to the point, not too long and rambling 🙂 Well done. Oh yeah, and your new stencil designs are awesome too! Would love to see gelatos + stencils…
You make it look so easy to be creative! Plus, you always make me giggle with some of your truthful commentary! Thanks for sharing and a chance to win!
shared.. would ove to see you create some things with finished gelli prints besides journal pages.. 🙂
cool project! when i first bought stencils i always got the large ones thinking i would be making large page projects. now i find i like the small stencils and smaller pages better, especially since i have limited storage space. now i know how to use them on larger pages too. just need more time to get to play. so much stuff up in the playground already. i am going to have to stay up all night to catch up reading it all.
LOVE this stencil. Would love to see a video using pastels. I’ve pinned: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/472244710898548500/
I just love watching you create art from start to finish and hearing your thought process as you go. You’re so fun to watch!
I would like to see a video on the best technique when stenciling on a ball shaped substrate or a curved surface.
I shared on facebook and pinterest
Carolyn, you are just to wonderful, I love your use of color, there is so much to be learned from you basically, how easy it is, just let your self go!
Great stencil design. My list is getting longer between you and Jessica!
Oh do a video on using alcohol inks in new ways.
I was thinking of alcohol inks, too! What do we do with those things, and why did I buy them when I don’t know what they are? LOL!
I tweeted about it again!
I shared this to facebook again today! 🙂
As a beginner to stenciling I could use a beginner’s video. I’m sure you have them already. I just need to sit down and watch them. thanks for sharing your ideas. I’ll be getting into this soon (I hope).
I pinned this to my “non-card making” board on Pinterest. I’ll be able to come back and find the posts that I need whenever I get ready to stencil. thanks.
Shared and shared again! I love love love your last tutorial re: watercolor. I can not wait to play! Thanks for the offer of winning a stencil.
I thought of a new video, topic/question—- how did you make the change to go from elementary school teacher to a mixed media artist full time? How does one become a stencil designer (or other craft material designer)? Do you manufacture your own products or source it out? The StencilGirl website — looks like a great group of people— did you all contribute to each other’s journey to make, promote, etc . your designs? I have a love for doing creative endeavors and I’m curious how to make the connections to expand it from my hobby to something more significant.
I would love to see you and Maria Macguire do a Stencil Skype Off! The Contessas of Color Splash and Spray hour!
Carolyn, I love your videos and stencils! In the future, like so many others here, would love to see more Gelatos and stencil videos. But also would love to see you using more of your stencils on fabric. I love using fabric in my projects and would love to get some tips from the master stenciler! Loving all your new stencils!!
love that stencil, such a grest effect.
This stencil looks like great fun–what design possibilities! Have you worked with stencils and encaustics? I’m intrigued by this combo!
I don’t own gelatos yet, but am considering buying some, so a video on them would be nice. But any video is great, because it’s always so much fun watching and inspiring to go to my studio and play some myself.
I’m so with ya on not wasting any paint, and boy do I love your design here. Gorgeous!
I recently bought dylusions sprays and would like a video about ideas to make the most of them! But really, anything you want to share with us is great 🙂
Thanks, Carolyn. I enjoyed watching & learning to have fun while creating.
I’ve since now subscribed to your Youtube channel & your blog. I look forward
to following & learning from you while having fun.