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The Stencil Surprised Me on Day 4 of Stencil Week!

Video tutorial on making random and repeating patterns with a stencil for Stencil Week by Carolyn Dube Stencil videos and giveaways during Stencil Week with Carolyn Dube

Welcome to day 4 of Stencil Week!  Play is so very important to me and for more than just the fun.  I learn when I play.  Learning that only happens when I let the paint take me where it will take me.




I was playing around making some tags as colorful organizers for on my Clip It Up .   Just playing around not knowing where it would go.  WOW! It took me to a whole new place all because I don’t like to clean!

But I do show you in the video an easy way of cleaning a stencil with dried paint, actually weeks of dried paint on it.  But I am going to go right back to filling that stencil in with paint because I so love the effect- might even try it on some others…



I’m also over on StencilGirl Talk today showing some very very ingenious ways to store stencils!   Click here for Stencil Storage Part 2.

In a previous post you can see how I store my stencils.  Click here for part 1 also know as The Tale of Goldilocks and her Stencil Storage. 


Click here to watch  An Unexpected Way to Use and Clean a Stencil on YouTube.

The giveaway is now closed.

Want to win a Union Small Stencil that I used in this project?  I am giving away one of these stencils to a randomly selected winner!  But that is not all!  I am also giving away 3 sets of J Hooks (40 hooks per person) to 3 other winners so 4 giveaways in all today!! To be entered all you need to do is leave a comment telling me one supply or technique that you wish you were more comfortable using.

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!

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  • Glenda Lovchik January 23, 2014, 1:02 am

    Love this stencil, like all the rest. Cleaning…hummmm sometimes I guess it’s a good idea. I still struggle with spray inks and paints used with stencils. Rarely get the outcome I was going for.

  • Glenda Lovchiku January 23, 2014, 1:03 am

    Just posted on Facebook.

  • Melva Bates January 23, 2014, 2:05 am

    Can’t get to grips with using pastels…….. Perhaps it’s the dust?

  • Raine January 23, 2014, 2:07 am

    I loved this video! Fortunately I don’t use many heavy body paints so I don’t have to wash my stencils…yet! Some of them are quite colorful, though.
    I wish I knew even more ways to use the Gelli plate.

  • Melva Bates January 23, 2014, 2:11 am

    Just posted to Facebook.

  • kathleen January 23, 2014, 3:24 am

    A little rubbing alcohol does miracles in the stencil cleaning department!

  • Anna January 23, 2014, 3:30 am

    I love the tags.. totally awesome! <3

  • Anna January 23, 2014, 3:32 am

    Pinned! I wish I was more comfortable firing up my kiln.. i haven’t tried it yet.. I don’t know if its cause I’m ascared of it.. or I am just busy gelli printing LOL 🙂

  • gill edwards January 23, 2014, 3:41 am

    i love the spray inks but i just cant use them right. they either come out in a big gush or get under the stencil and make a puddly mess. so id like to be able to create great backgrounds with those.

  • gill edwards January 23, 2014, 3:50 am

    great video which im happy to share on Google+ and Twitter

  • Rebeca López January 23, 2014, 4:22 am

    Morning! love your tags! already on my pinterest board! (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/24910604163383834/)
    I think I would have to say… mixing colours, paints, spray inks, watercolours, really any type of colour… I always end up with monochromatic pieces (if I am being save) or too dark (if I try to improvise and not think much! you make it seem easy ;-))… and with the spray inks I either spray too much or not enough…
    Happy to say… Regards from sunny (but cold) Spain 😉

  • Lissa January 23, 2014, 4:46 am

    I wish I was more comfortable with drawing over my gelli prints, I’m not confident with my drawing and I’m always afraid I will mess up the beautiful prints!

  • Jo Murray January 23, 2014, 4:54 am

    Great stencil! Image transfer has always been my most difficult technique. Perhaps I’m impatient…but more often than not I muck them up and have to have several goes to get a decent image.

  • Sophie H January 23, 2014, 5:21 am

    I wish I was more confident using acrylics, the bold colours scare me!

  • Fern January 23, 2014, 5:31 am

    I find getting clear/crisp images with stamps a problem. Must be my technique! BTW… Thanks for the great videos this week (and always)!

  • Rose H January 23, 2014, 6:31 am

    I love your bold colors and your philosophy “no measure, smudges oh well!,etc”. This is what I am trying to get more comfortable with. You know what? It is fun!!!! So freeing and it really does unleash creativity. Thank you !!!

  • Lisa Walker January 23, 2014, 6:48 am

    I love the stencils and all the techniques that you share. I also shared this on Facebook. I would love to be a winner! Peace

  • joy January 23, 2014, 7:39 am

    Still new to stencils, so it is very much a learning process for me. I do realize that practice makes perfect; need to find more “play” time!

  • April Lopez January 23, 2014, 8:32 am

    Wanting to learn watercolors this year. Starting slow!

  • Jennifer January 23, 2014, 8:42 am

    Not so much using supplies, but combining different media … I wish I felt more comfortable with layering.

  • QueenPam Levingston January 23, 2014, 8:49 am

    Hmmm a supply I wish I was more comfortable with is the gelli plate. I need to play more

  • Ruth Hinman January 23, 2014, 8:49 am

    I find that the one art supply that challenges me the most I do have some fair amount of control over, I just simply cannot STAND the way it sounds and feels on the paper, and that is standard pastels. I have tried so many different textures of paper with my pastels and they stay dry and almost chalk on chalkboard irritating to me to the touch. I can blend them and love their colors and the softer lines that I can achieve, and I maintain a disdain for using them that makes them the least used thing in my craft room. I use the zyron sticker maker more, and that’s just sad, really.

  • Carol M January 23, 2014, 8:59 am

    I love to play with them all. Great stencil!

  • Gill January 23, 2014, 9:14 am

    Spray inks – they always puddle for me!!

  • Cynthia January 23, 2014, 9:58 am

    Thanks for making the “sacrifice” of cleaning your stencil! I died laughing!! =D You are too funny!!

    The one technique I have the most problem with is blending paint. It all just comes out muddy or too stark/not blended. I keep trying though! 🙂

  • Susan Johnson January 23, 2014, 10:17 am

    Actually I only have a few stencils (more since I have started watching you), but they are not something I use very often. Having said that I need a design for a page I am working on so I am going to search my limited stencil stash and see if I can find the perfect background. Using the j hooks to store the stencils – brilliant!!

  • Sandra Sapienza January 23, 2014, 10:21 am

    Spray inks can be challenging. I need to get better at using the “right” amount.
    Loved the stencil storage tips! Thanks.

  • Jan J January 23, 2014, 10:28 am

    Love playing with the stencils, but still coming up with mud with paints. GRRRRR!!!

  • Ruth L January 23, 2014, 10:45 am

    I am a dirty girl too, I guess when I am in something I can’t stop to clean my stencils, yeah, that’s me… well what I am not so comfortable with is wax, I tried it, I saw some great examples in Mary Beth’s book, but my result, I would even dare to show it, I still need to practice with it. And of course like usual I shared you in all my social medias 🙂

  • Mary January 23, 2014, 10:52 am

    Love these two stencils!

  • Cathy Basinski January 23, 2014, 11:05 am

    My biggest challenge has been learning to apply paint thru a stencil and have it look fairly decent. I’m getting better from watching your videos and learning about you using the
    stipple brush. That has helped me immensely. Thank you, Cathy

  • Tasha January 23, 2014, 11:23 am

    Still new to stencils…I love buying them, but I really have a hard time with the really detailed ones…stuff always globs underneath. Just keep playing, just keep playing, just keep playing… 🙂

  • Tasha January 23, 2014, 11:24 am

    Shared on FB.

  • Karen W January 23, 2014, 11:24 am

    Bummer…you still cleaned it! I thought you stumbled on a way to transfer the paint with packing tape (similar to removing dry paint from a gelli plate). Loved the storage idea for the stencils!

  • Barbara Backer January 23, 2014, 11:24 am

    I want/need to learn more about Gesso — how and when to use it, and why. I know YOU can make this easy to understand and show me ways to PLAY with it. Thanks!

  • Barbara Backer January 23, 2014, 11:30 am

    I shared this video on Facebook.

  • Barbara Backer January 23, 2014, 11:30 am

    I pinned this to my “Art – Stencils” board on Pinterest.

  • Corrine January 23, 2014, 11:37 am

    I cannot believe you actually did wash a stencil….LOL xox

  • Bev Baird January 23, 2014, 11:40 am

    Another fabulous video and project! learning so much!

  • Sara Ament January 23, 2014, 12:14 pm

    Let’s see… an item that I wish I was more comfortable using… Large Canvases for Mixed Media. They scare the heck out of me… because they are so large! I have a hard time visualizing what the completed piece will look like! So in a way, I am also afraid to be FREE when creating. I have shared on Facebook… https://www.facebook.com/sara.ament1 , Pinned on Pinterest… http://www.pinterest.com/eternalprincess/giveaways/ , and Shared on Google +… https://plus.google.com/102789472928485959308/posts .

  • Vicki January 23, 2014, 12:15 pm

    I learn so much from you. Thank you so much for sharing

  • julie m January 23, 2014, 12:19 pm

    when i first looked at your new stencils, the union was my favorite. and it even looks great in green, a color i usually avoid but seem to be liking better now that i am using it a bit more.

  • Lorrie T. January 23, 2014, 12:25 pm

    I have to agree with Melva, using pastels is a challenge for me. Maybe it’s just that I don’t experiment with them more often to become a little more familiar and comfortable with them. I clean my stencils (I’ll admit it… I clean them at the end of the day) using this great little wood nail brush I got at the Body Shop. It’s gentle on the stencils and they get restored to their original glory. And I’ve already pinned: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/472244710898548123/

  • Janelle January 23, 2014, 12:26 pm

    I wish that I was more comfortable using oil pastels with or without a stencil.

  • Barbara Albrecht January 23, 2014, 12:35 pm

    Had to laugh at your not so clean, gunked up stencil…so me. If you draw my name for the J hooks…please draw again. I have absolutely NO space to hang my stencils but would do it in a heart beat if I had the space.

  • Nancy Curry January 23, 2014, 12:40 pm

    As usual, a terrific video. I could listen to you all day! But now I have to go in my studio and actually be productive.

  • SandyLane January 23, 2014, 12:50 pm

    MY problem is if I use paints I get no stencil designs,If I use inks the same thing, iam making cards so the heavy body paints make the cards hard to mail. The best result I get some image is spray inks

  • Judy Shea January 23, 2014, 12:52 pm

    Another great and INSPIRING video, Carolyn. Do you sleep?

  • Sylvia Tabor January 23, 2014, 12:56 pm

    The green tag was 3D to me cuz of the randomness of it all… totally LOVED that effect!! I wish I could to photo transfer better. I have tried soooo many times, using photo paper, magazine paper, but to no avail. Either more of the image lifts as I rub the backing off, or it just plain sticks. I’ve seen some beautiful work and wish I could do the same… envy.

  • Sylvia Tabor January 23, 2014, 1:02 pm

    Shared on FB, G+, and Pinterest. Thanks for having the buttons handy dandy for us to share your creativeness, really, REALLY appreciate that!!!

  • Jennifer January 23, 2014, 1:13 pm
  • Kate M January 23, 2014, 1:19 pm

    I would like to be more comfortable using…
    Understanding the wide variety of uses for different mediums – eg:- gel medium, matt medium, gloss gel medium, acrylic gloss gel, large grain gel this list continues!

  • Carmen (whoopidoo) January 23, 2014, 1:20 pm

    I would have to say mixing my own colours. Waaaay out of my comfort zone – I wish I could do it. Hoping I get better as my Dad bought me a really cool book for Christmas which looks like a colour workshop in book form – how did he know? I don’t know – he isn’t remotely arty! Pleasant surprise to say the least 😀

    Love those tags! My PC is running slow today and I can’t get YouTube to work but I’ll definitely bookmark and be back for that video.

  • Carmen (whoopidoo) January 23, 2014, 1:22 pm
  • Saranne Valentine January 23, 2014, 1:23 pm

    great ideas…i think I’m getting motivated to organize!!! Woo Hoo!!!

  • Carmen (whoopidoo) January 23, 2014, 1:24 pm
  • Saranne Valentine January 23, 2014, 1:25 pm

    Shared on all but Tweeter!

  • Carmen (whoopidoo) January 23, 2014, 1:26 pm

    Shared on Pinterest 🙂 Really enjoying this week Carolyn 🙂 Just your voice and the enthusiasm it exudes makes me smile http://www.pinterest.com/pin/54113632997014774/

  • Melissa January 23, 2014, 1:58 pm

    I wish I was more comfortable or confident in my draw skills. I can do cartoons but anything realistic and I miss the mark

  • Melissa January 23, 2014, 2:00 pm

    I shared it on pinterest and on facebook

  • Babs January 23, 2014, 2:17 pm

    Another fun video, Carolyn, thank you. I’d love to know how to create a dark background with acrylics – mine always end up looking a dark mess!

  • RITA MONTGOMERY January 23, 2014, 2:42 pm

    I’m at work right now so I don’t have access to videos but I will go home and watch yours tonight. One thing I would like to try is black gesso. It looks daunting so I have stayed away. Thanks for the chance.

  • Caroline D. January 23, 2014, 2:46 pm

    Thanks for another great video and more ideas!! I bought a finger nail brush that I use to help me clean up painty gunky stencils. Thanks for all the chances in your fun giveaways!

  • Caroline D. January 23, 2014, 2:49 pm

    Shared Day 4 via your A Colorful Journey page on FB ~ https://www.facebook.com/caroline.duncan.3781

  • Caroline D. January 23, 2014, 2:50 pm

    Shared today’s video on Pinterest ~ http://www.pinterest.com/pin/253538653996327422/

  • sandeeNC January 23, 2014, 2:51 pm

    Well, I thought for a minute you were going to peel off the paint and use the skin, lol Which I think would be fabulous! However, I am a “kinda” clean as you go person, sometimes better than other times, lol I’m sharing this on FB ♥

  • Frieda Oxenham January 23, 2014, 2:56 pm

    I just wish there was an easy way to unclog spray misters. And it’s always the one I particularly wanted to use that’s the problem.

  • Tina G. January 23, 2014, 3:05 pm

    I wish I were more comfortable with my drawing skills, especially faces! I’d love to add them to my work, but they often end up looking off kilter so I need to practice them more!

  • Kirsten Alicia January 23, 2014, 3:12 pm

    And that is why I always clean my stencils after I use them. 🙂 Great video, the stencilled tags look great. I struggle with so many techniques, I suppose I’d pick sprays, I always end up with too much ink on my project.

  • Annie January 23, 2014, 3:27 pm

    What a great stencil. Thanks so much for these great videos.

  • Becky January 23, 2014, 3:30 pm

    I haven’t really figured out spray inks yet.

  • Linda Kirshstein January 23, 2014, 3:44 pm

    I just posted on face book

  • Kay Wallace January 23, 2014, 3:52 pm

    You have inspired me…to make tags using my stencils! You have inspired me…to clean…uh, not so much! A good wipe and that’s just about as good as it gets for me! I have stored away your water technique–just in case! Mwah! KayW

  • Jean Marmo January 23, 2014, 3:54 pm

    Can I just say how much I enjoy your videos! You are so real world – so normal! I have a few stencils I need to go soak!:) Thank you so much for all your inspiration!!!

  • Barbara I. January 23, 2014, 4:07 pm

    I love the storage idea for stencils and the tags you made to separate them. Although I have made some interesting prints with my gelli plate they are still all very random. I would love a tutorial on how to make prints in a more planned way so that the result would be a recognizable picture of e.g. a landscape. Hope I’m making sense. Anyway, thanks for the chance to win the stencil/J hooks. This has been a fun week so far!

  • Denise Coulter January 23, 2014, 4:51 pm

    That is hilarious! I think I need to not clean my stencils more often 😉 I wish I was more comfortable (read better at) with layering my projects.

  • Marguerite Harty January 23, 2014, 4:57 pm

    Love the tags, also thanks for sharing.. and I to am not patient I to just want to get the paint on.

  • Jane Ellen January 23, 2014, 5:06 pm

    Every time someone on my favorite blogs discovers another product I get it and then it sits. Just found all the equipment for embossing metal from Ten Second Studio. I love the stuff but just can’t figure out how to incorporate it with my journal/paint/stencil stuff I’m doing. Any suggestions?

    Love the way your storing your stencils. I’m a neat freak so keep a small dish tub with water in it when I stencil with paint and just throw them in when I’m done. Works for me.

  • Melinda January 23, 2014, 5:29 pm

    Love the union stencil! And I want some J hooks. Pens make me freeze up — I worry more about messing up with them than anything else.

  • Heather B. January 23, 2014, 6:02 pm

    I’m so glad to hear you say you don’t clean as you go and that you let your stencil soak for hours— It makes me feel less pressure with regards to cleaning the stencils I have. It seems to take more time than the projects so this helps a lot. I love all the storage ideas. I think that would work better than how I have them in a binder. Gonna have to think about how to incorporate the ideas into my space. This was a great help.

  • Heather B. January 23, 2014, 6:04 pm

    I just fb and pinned too.

  • Susan Schultheis January 23, 2014, 6:09 pm

    Love all your new stencils! Would love to win one. I wish I was more comfortable using my melting pot. I have watched a million tutorials, etc. but for some reason I avoid it like the plague. I even took an encaustic class in person with Dina Wakely and was very unsure of the result. I think if I used it more rather than avoid it I might become more comfortable and be able to make lots of embellies and do encaustic pieces. OK I convinced myself??

  • Susan January 23, 2014, 6:16 pm

    Great video. My solution for cleaning stencils is to sit in the edge of the tub, press the stencil against the edge where it’s flat and use a sponge or soft brush to get most of the paint off. One supply I find more challenging to use are distress stains. I would love to use them with stencils but they are so liquid I have mixed results.

  • Janet Kirk January 23, 2014, 6:27 pm

    I find it difficult to use stencils and spray ink as the ink seems to seep through the stencil too much.

  • Jackie N January 23, 2014, 6:35 pm

    I love your stencils and think you are pretty awesome too!
    One tip I use when cleaning my stencils is just a quick drop of Murphy’s Oil soap in the water helps release all the paint. I also use it when cleaning my brushes

  • Cathy/Mutnik January 23, 2014, 7:15 pm

    Spray inks intimidate me!!! Can’t get the spray just right. Either too much or not enough or just plain big globs. HELP!!! ……love your cleaning the stencil video. Who knew you could just soak them in water and the paint would just peel off. Thanks again for some wonder information! :0)

  • Livvy January 23, 2014, 7:19 pm

    I need to get more comfortable making canvases as a medium to work on – I love the freedom of art journaling but to do a canvas is a little more intimidating for me!

    As an embracer of the imperfect I love the way the tag turned out from the ‘gunked’ up stencil – looks awesome!

  • Amante del Papel January 23, 2014, 7:54 pm

    is a fantastic stencil, thanks for this amazing opportunity to win!

  • Livvy January 23, 2014, 8:06 pm

    posted on Facebook and Pinterest:)

  • Alice January 23, 2014, 8:41 pm

    I am enjoying your video’s, watching you play has opened my creativity! Thanks so much!

  • Melanie January 23, 2014, 8:56 pm

    I love all of your videos. Thanks for a give away!!!

  • Kate Robertson January 23, 2014, 8:58 pm

    Great video, I wish I knew how to use distress stains a little better.

  • Sallee Haerr January 23, 2014, 9:13 pm

    Great video – the one technique I wish I was more comfortable using is working with my own handwriting! Some people have great hand-writing – mine is loopy and goofy. Need to stop judging it and just accept.

  • Sallee Haerr January 23, 2014, 9:14 pm

    Pinned to Pinterest

  • Sallee Haerr January 23, 2014, 9:14 pm

    Shared on FB

  • Lynda January 23, 2014, 9:21 pm

    Finding them is such a hassle for me. I really like the J-hooks and think I will be reorganizing mine soon. Love your videos

  • Liz January 23, 2014, 9:23 pm

    I didn’t realize that acrylic would bubble up like that if you soaked it long enough. Great tip! Thank you!

  • Teresa R January 23, 2014, 10:05 pm

    I have difficulty with layering for college. I don’t want to hide the pieces of paper I am gluing on the page, so once they are attached to the page, my view of the finished page disappears

  • Wanda Hentges January 23, 2014, 10:32 pm

    I love techniques and not too many scare me…. what I’m not good at is just letting go and going… that’s what I need to work on. Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  • Denise Spillane January 23, 2014, 10:55 pm

    Another great one Carolyn. I don’t clean either, too busy using!

  • taradid January 23, 2014, 11:29 pm

    Love those serendipitous surprises! I would love to learn how to do transfers with acrylic mediums or paints – I am not sure where to start with them.

  • Terri Daniels January 24, 2014, 12:58 am

    Wow, you actually cleaned a stencil! That’s a first! LOL My problem is getting started with a project. I watch all kinds of videos, think about what I want to do, then feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.

  • Danie May January 24, 2014, 2:24 am

    Yet another great stencil design, the Union one will definitely be added to my wish list…..waiting till the end of the week, to see all in action so I can decide on which ones to buy. Thanks for the cleaning and storage tips too. Probably vellum is my item I am not comfortable with using the most, and image transfers which I have only started playing with. Will be sharing your post today on facebook, pinterest and google plus. 🙂

  • Karin Boulanger January 24, 2014, 2:39 am

    I would really like to use paint brushes with more knowledge. I end up using my finger or some paper towel or something. All my brush work looks the same to me (so far!) 😀

  • Tommy McDonell January 24, 2014, 6:31 am

    I ordered things for organizing and I never clean my stencils.

    What is the paint brush you use? And could you direct me to a video where you actually paint the way you say you are supposed to? Mind you, I like how my things look and I use a sponge. I can’t always feel my fingers or hands and it is easier this way.

    I love your videos and share things you post.

  • Apple January 24, 2014, 10:26 am

    I tweeted it again today!

  • Robin B. January 24, 2014, 10:45 am

    Pan Pastels!

  • marylouh January 24, 2014, 11:20 am

    Having come from Day 5 – it’s amazing how colors can change the look of a project.
    Having not worked with stencils before (I have some but haven’t gotten them out to work with) I would have to say that is something I’ll be uncomfortable with until I get my feet wet. thanks for all of the ideas.

  • Robin B. January 24, 2014, 11:55 am

    Shared on Pinterest! Great video!

  • Dr Queen January 24, 2014, 12:24 pm

    The end of your video ‘surprised’ me. I thought you were going in a different direction. So ” what if” …when the paint started to loosen from your soaked stencil you laid it paint side down on a dry, colored background and brayered. Would the paint have come off in a pattern? Create an interesting positive/negative thing. I’d try it myself but I just don’t have any stencils with that much build-up. Not that I’m a clean freak, I just don’t stencil near as much as you. Linda

  • Ruth Feria January 24, 2014, 2:39 pm

    I would like to become more efficient at using the Gelli Plate….it seems to elude me as to how to get something good going on it.

  • Michelle Rodgers January 24, 2014, 4:06 pm

    I don’t use my chalks/pastels. Don’t know what to do with them, and don’t like the fact that there is so much “dust” that needs to be sealed. BTW…LOVING your videos this week!

  • Trula January 24, 2014, 8:14 pm

    I wish I was more comfortable with a) water colors, and b) drawing/sketching with pens!

  • Lynn Wayne January 24, 2014, 9:39 pm

    Carolyn, it’s Friday evening and I went back and posted all 5 of the stencil week videos on my Facebook page. I love your work and really learn a lot watching your videos – that’s why I subscribe to your channel. And I really want to win one of the stencils this week. The last thing I won was a stuffed dog at the school fake when I was in 7th grade (1962). I think I am due! Thank you for sharing your work.

  • edie January 24, 2014, 10:48 pm

    I wish I was better with Pan Pastels. I keep rubbing the foam off the tools….

  • Julie Kovac January 25, 2014, 3:35 am

    I haven’t gotten comfortable with making my own stamps. I’ve watched videos and read tutorials on it but just haven’t tried yet.

  • Laura Strack January 25, 2014, 11:35 am

    Your stencil cleaning habit/method is smart and a huge time saver! I am not comfortable with shading. I know it is more of a technique rather than a tool but I would love to use my stencils as a shading tool. Got any ideas?! Stencil week has been a blast! Thank you for all the wonderful new stencils and inspiration.

  • Carolyn C January 25, 2014, 12:44 pm

    I don’t use the gelli plate much and I wish I felt more comfortable with that.

  • Beverley January 25, 2014, 12:46 pm

    I love the multi colours the stencils get with layers of paint, artworks themselves. Another great stencil

  • Sandy January 25, 2014, 4:29 pm

    Spray inks! I feel they have a lot of potential that I haven’t quite tapped:) Thanks so much for sharing your tips and techniques, Carolyn.

  • Sarah A January 25, 2014, 4:58 pm

    Gesso…it just doesn’t do it for me!
    I never clean my stencils properly and love the random effects and added colours that that produces 🙂

  • Jan January 25, 2014, 6:31 pm

    First time seeing one of your videos. Always enjoy watching and learning. I would like to learn/do more collage. I’m toooooo controlled… yes, I even clean my stencils. 😮 Liking on FB.

  • Deborah M January 26, 2014, 2:32 pm

    Love that “Union” stencil! I’m really, really new to mixed media…need to learn everything!

  • Gini Cooper January 26, 2014, 9:47 pm

    Thanks for a week of great vids. I’d love to win that stencil; glad to see it in action. I’d like to get more comfortable with image transfers. I tend not to do them because they intimidate me.

  • Gini Cooper January 26, 2014, 9:51 pm

    I’ve shared on FB.

  • Dianne Thompson January 27, 2014, 2:48 am

    I have learned to be more relaxed (thank goodness) while being creative but still don’t like messing with the creamy style pastels. I end up with an horrendous mess all over me, smudged all over the journal page and end up ripping it out in frustration. (doesn’t sound very relaxed does it LOL). As much as I love the stencils, I am keeping my fingers crossed for some j-hooks as they are impossible to find here in Australia.

  • butterfliecrafter January 27, 2014, 5:54 am

    As always, fun fab video. The technique I tend to struggle the most with is layering. I start and like what I have and am affraid of ruiing it, some people have a problem stpping ones started, I wish I had that problem.

  • Marissa January 28, 2014, 11:20 pm

    I love color washes but I always get a dry throat when I use it. Never fails. Ick!

  • Marissa January 28, 2014, 11:23 pm

    Shared on my facebook page.

  • Marjie Kemper January 29, 2014, 5:52 pm

    Enjoyed watching this – and what nifty dividers for your stencil storage!

  • Rebecca Buchanan January 29, 2014, 9:58 pm

    I, too, love your videos. Thank you for your generous sharing. Like Sara said, large canvases scare me. Also, as others have said, spray inks–I want to love them, need to do more experimenting with them.

  • Bronwen January 30, 2014, 5:34 pm

    I really like that stencil. I am new to your youtube videos but have really enjoyed what I have watched so far, thank you! I am a little scared of collage backgrounds… and also covering layers too much cos sometimes I love the layer! lol 🙂

  • Bronwen January 30, 2014, 5:42 pm

    Shared on facebook 🙂

  • jan m September 11, 2017, 11:59 pm

    I’m a newbie, so I need info on just about everything. But I’ll try to be specific – I’d love info on spraying on stencils–have some Lindy’s Stamp Gang & Ranger Ink sprays but haven’t tried on stencils because it seems like it will just seep underneath! Ok – going to poke around on your blog some more now – go glad I found you!