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The Stenciled Journal Workshop


Have you ever been drawn to the art or style of an artist and then when you meet them in person it all makes sense…because they are their art?  That is what it was like for me meeting Tangie Baxter in person at her Artspiration Studio in Mesa, Arizona.   This studio is like a living art journal that is inviting, creative, and comfortable-  a dreamy place to teach my workshop, The Stenciled Journal.




Here we are all working… I was a slave driver at one point but they all handled that 30 minute time limit like pros!








Marva used the deli wrap just as I do.  This is what deli paper is for in my world…








Then something very very unexpected happened at lunch.  Liz used deli wrap for a sandwich…she had a messy lettuce wrap sandwich for lunch so she actually used the deli wrap as deli wrap to hold her sandwich. Crazy crazy idea!







Charlotte got those fingers into the paint as we explored colors, getting ready to work with wet paints and a stencil.








Cindy created such a vibrant color palette!








Once the stencils came out, the hands really got colorful. Sandi’s got the proof!







Karen took the leap and used her fluorescent paints.  Those bright colors add a wonderful pop to designs!









Diane built her layers and worked at lightning speed!









The dry climate of Arizona had things drying faster than I imagined, but never fear, we worked quickly! Jan used that “third hand” to hold her paintbrushes.











Andi’s had such wonderful color on her gloves after her stencil fun.  Those gloves  ended up as a part of her journal!







Sylvia played in the most wonderful desert colors and after sightseeing in Phoenix, I must confess, I am looking forward to seeing how the desert influences my art journal.









Laurie explored the most scrumptious pastels in her stenciling…next time you see me use a pastel color, Laurie, it is all your influence!







Once our layers of color were down, it was time to build the journals, the rebel way.  No measuring and no careful precision for stress free binding.

The glee on Liz’a face when she had her journal bound summed it all up!




Thank you to each and every woman in the workshop for making this such  a day of play!




For my East Coast friends I will be teaching in October at Art Is You, and there will be plenty of stencil fun paper making happening in that class too!  You can check out all the details here.


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  • Jo Murray April 17, 2014, 2:33 pm

    Looks like a great bunch of girls…and lots of fun.

  • Maria McGuire April 17, 2014, 3:29 pm

    What great photos! You can just see the excitement ooooozzzzzing out of everyone!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!

  • Judy Shea April 17, 2014, 3:31 pm

    What a lot of fun!! The smiles prove it.

  • Kay Wallace April 17, 2014, 7:14 pm

    What fun. I love all those wonderful smiles!

  • Liz April 18, 2014, 12:18 am

    Love the pictures! As much fun as they look, it was even more fun in person. Thank you so much, Carolyn! Come back again soon!

  • Jackie P Neal April 18, 2014, 6:25 am

    Looks like fun was had by all!!
    Happy Easter!

  • Kirsten Reed April 18, 2014, 8:50 pm

    Those ladies were very lucky to have a whole weekend with you at the helm! I am sure it was filled with creativity and laughter! 🙂 🙂 Love it!

  • debby April 19, 2014, 6:19 pm

    Still laughing over that “strange” use of deli paper!! hahahah. Who would have thought?
    Wish I was there.

  • Marjie Kemper April 22, 2014, 3:23 pm

    Looks like a fabulous class! I bet everyone had a wonderful time – their happy faces sure attest to that!