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Video tutorial using the Use Your Words stencil on blotter paper by Carolyn Dube


Use Your Words Stencil by Carolyn Dube


I adore using words in my art and art journaling so it is no surprise I designed Use Your Words for StencilGirl Products.

This is not one stencil but really many stencils that can be used alone or together. I use this as one big stencil in my play but I also use just parts of it.  Today’s video shows you how I use just one or 2 words.



You can watch Playing with only part of the Use Your Words stencil on YouTube here.


Video tutorial using the Use Your Words stencil on blotter paper by Carolyn Dube



I keep a big piece of paper on my counter to catch the messes.  After a while, I begin to really like the blotter paper as it fills up with spills, splatters, and other colorful messes.





Video tutorial using the Use Your Words stencil on blotter paper by Carolyn Dube


Here’s what it looks like with 2 of the words from Use Your Words and acrylic paint.  I used a bit of white Stabilo pencil to lighten up the dark purple parts of the letters.

Painting this one word at a time allows me to put the words in any order I want or combine any words I want.




Video tutorial using the Use Your Words stencil on blotter paper by Carolyn Dube


Not quite as messy a section of the blotter paper, but still plenty of color and mess happening here!







Video tutorial using the Use Your Words stencil on blotter paper by Carolyn Dube


Here it is with the black pen sketching around it.  It is a Signo micro pen of some kind from the office store.

I love the way the bits of color peek through the letters in freedom!




So what you do you think I should do with these?  Art journal page? Altered Postcards? ATC’s? or something else?

Sharing with Inspire Me Monday, Creative Every Day, Make It Monday, and Mandarin Orange Monday.

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  • Corrine October 27, 2013, 3:52 pm

    Lovely, marvelous, messy, glorious, wordy page…..xox

  • patsy October 27, 2013, 5:05 pm

    Terrific! I keep a messy paper for my excesses too! Patsy from HeARTworks

  • Marjie Kemper October 27, 2013, 5:37 pm

    Love seeing you play with paint and those gorgeous word stencils you’ve created!

  • TheaM October 27, 2013, 6:48 pm

    thanks for making this video – your spirit of play is inspiring me to ignore my housework… thank you, thank you, thank you….

    • Carolyn October 27, 2013, 6:52 pm

      So glad I could save another from housework! I totally ignored mine to make and post the video

  • Mary C. Nasser October 27, 2013, 6:56 pm

    Another great video, Carolyn!
    I love this new stencil of yours!!

  • Judy Shea October 27, 2013, 6:58 pm

    You are “pop” star with all your words popping off the page. I love saving my “blotter” paper and messy goodness. What to make? Cover a journal, make copies of it first, cut out portions and make cool note cards, stencil on top with black or white. Whatever you do, it’s gonna be wowie powie.

  • susan reiser October 27, 2013, 7:55 pm

    Another wonderful, joyful jump into creativity. Your videos make me want to run to my messy studio/desk and get out those paints. Perfect!!!!!!

    • Carolyn October 27, 2013, 8:18 pm

      That makes me an art enabler! Woo Hoo! Enjoy some colorful fun!

  • Glenda Hoagland October 27, 2013, 9:05 pm

    Carolyn, I love this video. In fact, I love all of your videos and watch often. Your personality is perfect and the work you do is very inspiring. Thanks so much for sharing so freely with us.

  • Elizabeth Kaplan October 27, 2013, 9:17 pm

    What Glenda said. 🙂

  • Kay Wallace October 28, 2013, 9:14 am

    Since I am a long standing “word nerd” and “grammar queen,” your word stamp so appeals to be, Carolyn. Love how you use this in a variety of ways. Just added “CAROLYN DUBE VIDEOS” to my Pinterest Board! Will try to add them all over time! 😉

  • HansHB October 28, 2013, 10:38 am

    A great MOM post!

  • marie gamber October 28, 2013, 11:04 am

    Just beautiful!
    Spotted your wonderful blog on MIM
    Marie XX

  • Laura October 28, 2013, 1:00 pm

    Muchas gracias por compartir este video. Me voy a practicarlo. Lo sencillo es muy útil. Saludos

  • Leslie October 28, 2013, 1:27 pm

    Oh I love it!! Words make me happy and ink and paint:)

  • Ruth L October 28, 2013, 2:41 pm

    Thanks for sharing Carolyn, as I am cleaning some ‘mess’ up in my art journals, I would go for that.

  • Loz October 28, 2013, 2:43 pm

    Fabulous art and colors Carolyn. I saw this on MIM.Loz

  • Claudette October 28, 2013, 3:21 pm

    Ouryay ideosvay areay osay onderfulway

  • Jean Marmo October 28, 2013, 3:55 pm

    How cool!!! I love the colors and how you don’t waste paint:)!~

  • Carol Samsel October 28, 2013, 5:37 pm

    I love using my messy pages too and I am definitely going to have to get some of those stencils.

  • Lori October 28, 2013, 7:10 pm

    Colourful, uplifting, happy and inspiring. And great to read about your processes too. Thanks for sharing on MoM#65:)

  • Sandy How October 29, 2013, 9:10 am

    Wonderful! I love how your art begins with a blotter and gradually becomes a fab piece of art! Thanks for sharing with us at Make It Monday.

  • Michie October 29, 2013, 10:58 am

    great post,thanks for sharing

    hope you can visit my Inspire me Monday

  • barbara macaskill October 29, 2013, 12:08 pm

    LOVE this! TFS!

  • MaryKaye Wells October 29, 2013, 9:14 pm

    I LOVE THIS!!!!!!

  • yolanda d October 30, 2013, 7:03 pm

    Love this stencil and technique.

  • terri stegmiller November 1, 2013, 11:46 am

    I’m loving this word stencil. I have it on my wish list.

  • Billie A November 3, 2013, 2:16 am

    Great idea making use of the left over clean off pieces. Mine get so muddy but I guess I can go over it with lighter colors and make it work. Love your stencil you used. I have one of your stencils. I see others I want.

  • Rose November 15, 2013, 5:49 pm

    I love your stencils and how you INSIST that you just want to play!