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Using a Stencil to Create Your Own Coloring Page

Using a stencil to make your own coloring pages

Using a stencil to make your own coloring pages I was Gelli printing® with the Doodle it Dream Landscape stencil and had the idea to use it as a coloring page.  All those wonderful lines in black paint just screamed opportunity to play to me.  You can see how how to make a reverse print with the Gelli Plate® in a video here.

But…there was an Oops…I tried doodling in this reverse print, and well, that just wasn’t making me happy.  I drew a couple of lines but just wasn’t feeling it. I wanted paint. Luckily, I have a little paint just laying around…

But the colors I started with just looked horrible. Oops again.


Using a stencil to make your own coloring pages

This is just play.  I’m just coloring.  I did think it was horrendously ugly after the first 2 colors and that was a fantastic opportunity for me to grab some of my less used colors. Less used is a really nice way of saying they are basically neglected tubes of paint. I never would have put these colors together if I had any kind of plan.  And once again, an Oops takes me to a better place than I could have planned.

Using a stencil to make your own coloring pages

But after a few of the less favorite colors, my usual rainbow colors called to me.  Thanks Maria McGuire for designing a stencil with all these fun shapes to fill with paint.

Using a stencil to make your own coloring pages

When I was all finished, I loved how all the colors played together.  The less loved tubes of paint played really well with my favorites.  Thanks muse, for reminding me to grab some other colors too!  Maybe I will use that red more….well that just sounds crazy when I say it out loud!

Using a stencil to make your own coloring pages
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  • Jan Myhre December 11, 2015, 1:02 pm

    Dear Carolyn, the clock is ticking and it will soon be January and I can embark on my Permission to Play project. I’ve talked a friend into joining me. If that doesn’t work out, it’s OK. I’ve learned to play by myself and that can be tough for an extrovert. I’m finding I rather like it, though, because I usually end up teaching instead of doing. Gonna put that bugaboo to bed December 31st. Playing one day a week at first to see how it goes time wise. If it goes well, I’ll add more days in the week. Thanks for the videos, your time and your inspiration. I’ll keep in touch. ~Jan

  • Stacy December 11, 2015, 1:57 pm

    Turned out beautiful! Love the happy colors.

  • Kay Wallace December 11, 2015, 5:13 pm

    Genius! Pure genius!!

  • Louise December 11, 2015, 6:52 pm

    Gosh, Carolyn, I didn’t even think the first two colors were bad. But I can see how you improved it greatly with your color magic! All your beautiful color selections DID play well together!

  • Jean Marmo December 11, 2015, 7:04 pm

    So very clever!!

  • Maria McGuire December 12, 2015, 1:20 am

    Love, Love and did I say LOVE!!!!!!

  • SusanJane December 13, 2015, 1:35 am

    Very 70’s psychedelic! Just did Google Images to try to remember names and albums — and they used this color pallet! What a hoot!

  • Corrine December 13, 2015, 7:53 am

    Great idea to make a whole gift of pages for the kids or grandkids as a Christmas present, the littles and the adults. Which one are we??? xox

  • Raine December 13, 2015, 2:28 pm

    What a great idea, Carolyn! And I think I might have a few of those stencil things in my house somewhere… *giggle*

  • Mary Oklahoma Thoma December 13, 2015, 6:09 pm

    I like this. You are so flexible you are like an artistic contortionist. You make hay while the sun shines and when it doesn’t you pull out the paint and decorate the barn. You make me smile.

  • diana garcia December 16, 2015, 1:03 pm

    YEs JuSt PlAy :-)!

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