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Creating a Pattern that Never Ends for Stencil Week

Video tutorial using Open Buildings Stencil in an art journal by Carolyn Dube


Stencil videos and giveaways during Stencil Week with Carolyn Dube

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!



Open Buildings Stencil by Carolyn Dube for StencilGirl Products


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!



Video tutorial using Open Buildings Stencil in an art journal by Carolyn Dube

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!

How to join the Google+ community, 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!

Supplies Used:

Open Buildings Stencil

Sharpie Markers extra fine white

Amsterdam Paints

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  • Livvy January 22, 2014, 12:20 am

    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!

    • Thea January 23, 2014, 3:39 pm

      I’ll second this idea – please, please, please!

  • Livvy January 22, 2014, 12:25 am

    Just posted on Facebook and Pinterest 🙂

  • Anna January 22, 2014, 1:08 am

    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 🙂

  • Anna January 22, 2014, 1:10 am

    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*

  • Laurie Hunt January 22, 2014, 1:32 am

    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!

  • Melva Bates January 22, 2014, 3:25 am

    Hello there, I would like to see using gel atoms…….

  • Melva Bates January 22, 2014, 3:27 am

    Sorry, should have read gelatos?????????

  • Ria January 22, 2014, 3:41 am

    Any video will do. I love watching you work and hearing your comments 🙂

  • Tracy January 22, 2014, 3:41 am

    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 🙂

  • Rebeca López January 22, 2014, 4:35 am

    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!

  • Sallee Haerr January 22, 2014, 5:46 am

    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

  • Sallee Haerr January 22, 2014, 5:47 am

    I shared on Pinterest

  • Sallee Haerr January 22, 2014, 5:48 am

    also shared on Facebook

  • Kay P January 22, 2014, 6:12 am

    I really like your new stencils. Your videos encourage me to just PLAY and not worry about everything being perfect. Thanks for that message.

  • Emma joyner January 22, 2014, 7:20 am

    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.

  • Susan Johnson January 22, 2014, 8:59 am

    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.

  • Corrine January 22, 2014, 9:23 am

    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

  • Annie January 22, 2014, 9:34 am

    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.

  • Glenda Lovchik January 22, 2014, 9:42 am

    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.

  • Glenda Lovchik January 22, 2014, 9:43 am

    Sharing your video on Facebook. My friends seem to love them also.

  • Suzanne Wiegand January 22, 2014, 9:47 am

    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!

  • Jo (fiddlesnips) January 22, 2014, 9:54 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE. What more can I say?!

    Shared on FB https://www.facebook.com/jo.urbani

  • Jo (fiddlesnips) January 22, 2014, 9:55 am
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  • Trula January 22, 2014, 10:22 am

    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.

  • Sara Ament January 22, 2014, 10:35 am

    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!!!

  • Bernice January 22, 2014, 10:36 am

    Great tutorial

  • Bernice January 22, 2014, 10:37 am

    Shared on Facebook too

  • April Lopez January 22, 2014, 10:37 am

    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.

  • Michelle Rodgers January 22, 2014, 10:43 am

    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!

  • Judy Shea January 22, 2014, 10:45 am

    What a nice way to start my day, Carolyn. Love these open buildings.
    Perfect imperfections is what I always say.

  • Sandra Strait January 22, 2014, 10:47 am

    I’d love to see more videos on using various gel mediums.

  • Sandra Strait January 22, 2014, 10:49 am
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  • Liz January 22, 2014, 11:14 am

    This is my favorite of your new stencils. Wow! Thank you for the continued support of imperfection as a way of discovery. Love it.

  • Tasha January 22, 2014, 11:23 am

    I would love to see a video on bright colors popping on a black background. 🙂

  • Tasha January 22, 2014, 11:24 am

    I also shared on FB.

  • Sandra Sapienza January 22, 2014, 11:33 am

    I would like to see something about how you store and organize your stencils. You must have a huge collection!

  • Robin B. January 22, 2014, 11:47 am

    would love to see you make a video using Twinkling H2o’s with stencils.

  • Carol M January 22, 2014, 11:51 am

    I enjoy all your videos. Love to see one with silks paint.

  • Hope Amen January 22, 2014, 11:52 am

    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!

  • Robin B. January 22, 2014, 11:54 am

    Shared on Pinterest!

  • Caroline D. January 22, 2014, 11:59 am

    Shared via your A Colorful Journey FB page ~ https://www.facebook.com/caroline.duncan.3781

  • Caroline D. January 22, 2014, 12:10 pm
  • Caroline D. January 22, 2014, 12:11 pm

    Loved the video and your page you created!! You make it ALL look so easy!!! Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm and talent with us!

  • Ruth Feria January 22, 2014, 12:27 pm

    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.

  • Ruth L January 22, 2014, 1:35 pm

    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…

  • Lissa January 22, 2014, 1:53 pm

    Any video you make I will play again, again and again! Love them and you! Shared on FB

  • Jo Murray January 22, 2014, 2:07 pm

    This is a FABULOUS stencil Love the blank areas that you can write in. I could really use this one.

  • Denise Coulter January 22, 2014, 2:45 pm

    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!

  • Dawn Jones January 22, 2014, 2:46 pm

    Another awesome stencil Carolyn!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Dawn Jones January 22, 2014, 2:46 pm

    Shared on Pinterest this time!!

  • Frieda Oxenham January 22, 2014, 2:48 pm

    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.

  • Kirsten Alicia January 22, 2014, 2:51 pm

    That looks great, the white doodling is very effective.

  • Kathy Gledsdale January 22, 2014, 2:54 pm

    A huge big tick from me. I love the colour the design and the stencil! Just perfect!

  • Boo January 22, 2014, 2:57 pm

    Love, love love this one!!

  • Boo January 22, 2014, 2:57 pm

    I shared on facebook

  • Kate M January 22, 2014, 2:58 pm

    Another well designed stencil… all good.
    A video.. Always in need of further ideas to use all the decorated papers we make!

  • gill edwards January 22, 2014, 3:07 pm

    terrific stencil and so much space to add journaling or stamping too

  • Jean Marmo January 22, 2014, 3:14 pm

    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.

  • Jean Marmo January 22, 2014, 3:15 pm

    Shared on FB!

  • Jean Marmo January 22, 2014, 3:16 pm
  • Deborah F January 22, 2014, 3:35 pm

    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.

  • Michelle M January 22, 2014, 3:55 pm

    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 =)

  • Eva January 22, 2014, 3:55 pm

    I really like that stencil! So random! So GREAT!!!

  • Jackie N January 22, 2014, 4:25 pm

    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!

  • Amante del Papel January 22, 2014, 4:30 pm

    I would like to see using gelatos

  • Gill January 22, 2014, 4:40 pm

    Fabulous stencil!!
    I love seeing your use of stencils!

  • DottiC January 22, 2014, 5:06 pm

    I’d like to see more video layering stencils+gelli Plate+use your words!

  • Janelle January 22, 2014, 5:47 pm

    I would love to see you use stencils on Yupo paper. I just started playing around with Yupo and could use some more ideas.

  • Cathy/Mutnik January 22, 2014, 6:43 pm

    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)

  • christine jones January 22, 2014, 6:45 pm

    just love love love it. thanks for sharing

  • Barbara I. January 22, 2014, 7:10 pm

    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!

  • Melinda January 22, 2014, 8:40 pm

    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!!)

  • Barbara Albrecht January 22, 2014, 8:48 pm

    I see lots of possiblities for the Open Building stencil…thanks for the video…always fun to watch you create.

  • Susan Schultheis January 22, 2014, 9:27 pm

    Love this stencil Carolyn. I would love to play with it asap, so maybe I will get a chance real soon? Thanks.

  • Michele parish January 22, 2014, 9:47 pm

    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

  • Mary C. Nasser January 22, 2014, 9:48 pm

    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! 🙂

  • Heather B. January 22, 2014, 10:15 pm

    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.

    • Carolyn Dube January 23, 2014, 11:47 am

      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.

  • Heather B. January 22, 2014, 10:18 pm

    Posted to Facebook and to pinterest as well. Thanks for sharing all your thoughts on being impatient, frugal, and making happy accidents.

  • Theresa P. January 22, 2014, 10:19 pm

    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 🙂

    Theresa P.

  • Susan January 22, 2014, 10:26 pm

    Your videos are always so watchable and relate able and reasonable length! Would love to see more Gelli prints with stencils. Thanks

  • taradid January 22, 2014, 10:59 pm

    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!

  • Barbara Backer January 22, 2014, 11:16 pm

    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.

  • Wanda Hentges January 22, 2014, 11:18 pm

    That’s fun!!! I really enjoy your videos but don’t have an idea of something specific I’d like to see.

  • Barbara Backer January 22, 2014, 11:23 pm

    I shared this on Facebook.

  • Barbara Backer January 22, 2014, 11:23 pm

    I posted this on Pinterest.

  • Raine January 23, 2014, 1:47 am

    I’m always interested in more Gelli print videos! I love to see what you do with them.

  • Julie Kovac January 23, 2014, 3:35 am

    Love your videos. They’re so care free. Maybe a new video on stencil along with collage?

  • Sophie H January 23, 2014, 5:24 am

    I’d love to see how you print gelli plate patterns!

  • Ellie Knol January 23, 2014, 7:35 am

    Gelatos, I would like to see you play with it. Lovely new stencils!

  • Linda on the Prairie January 23, 2014, 7:50 am

    I have to join the Gelatos crowd. Great job, Carolyn!

  • Apple January 23, 2014, 8:34 am

    I would love to see and art journal flip! 🙂

  • Apple January 23, 2014, 8:35 am

    I have pinned it to pinterest.

  • Apple January 23, 2014, 8:35 am

    I have shared it to facebook.

  • Apple January 23, 2014, 8:36 am

    I tweeted about it!

  • Lisa Cousineau January 23, 2014, 10:40 am

    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…

  • Karen W January 23, 2014, 11:01 am

    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!

  • Tamiko McCurry January 23, 2014, 11:54 am

    shared.. would ove to see you create some things with finished gelli prints besides journal pages.. 🙂

  • julie m January 23, 2014, 12:27 pm

    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.

  • Lorrie T. January 23, 2014, 12:56 pm

    LOVE this stencil. Would love to see a video using pastels. I’ve pinned: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/472244710898548500/

  • Jennifer January 23, 2014, 1:16 pm

    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!

  • Jennifer January 23, 2014, 1:17 pm
  • Melissa January 23, 2014, 2:15 pm

    I would like to see a video on the best technique when stenciling on a ball shaped substrate or a curved surface.

  • Melissa January 23, 2014, 2:16 pm

    I shared on facebook and pinterest

  • Sherri Scott January 23, 2014, 9:06 pm

    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!

  • Denise Spillane January 23, 2014, 10:43 pm

    Great stencil design. My list is getting longer between you and Jessica!

  • Kate Robertson January 24, 2014, 1:15 am

    Oh do a video on using alcohol inks in new ways.

  • Karin Boulanger January 24, 2014, 2:16 am

    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!

  • Apple January 24, 2014, 10:29 am

    I tweeted about it again!

  • Apple January 24, 2014, 10:31 am

    I shared this to facebook again today! 🙂

  • marylouh January 24, 2014, 11:10 am

    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).

  • marylouh January 24, 2014, 11:12 am

    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.

  • Michele Smith Parish January 24, 2014, 6:20 pm

    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.

  • Heather B. January 24, 2014, 9:33 pm

    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.

  • edie January 24, 2014, 10:37 pm

    I would love to see you and Maria Macguire do a Stencil Skype Off! The Contessas of Color Splash and Spray hour!

  • Laura Strack January 25, 2014, 11:27 am

    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!!

  • Beverley January 25, 2014, 12:31 pm

    love that stencil, such a grest effect.

  • Sandy January 25, 2014, 4:35 pm

    This stencil looks like great fun–what design possibilities! Have you worked with stencils and encaustics? I’m intrigued by this combo!

  • butterfliecrafter January 27, 2014, 6:02 am

    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.

  • Marjie Kemper January 29, 2014, 6:19 pm

    I’m so with ya on not wasting any paint, and boy do I love your design here. Gorgeous!

  • Bronwen January 30, 2014, 6:02 pm

    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 🙂

  • Kathy Moldrem October 21, 2017, 8:27 pm

    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.