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Windows and Doors Stencil Test Drive

Art journal page using Jessica Sporn's Windows and Doors stencil by Carolyn DubeJessica Sporn’s  Windows and Doors stencil spoke to me the moment I saw it. I love love love doors and windows- my kids tease me about how I get excited about the shapes of  doors and windows on vacation.  Just now I even spotted a mysterious friend in the center window (actually it is just where the paint peeled off the stencil but I am watching Ghost Hunters as I type this)…

I’m not the only one in love with this stencil.   Pop over and check out what the other artists have made with this stencil for this Stencil Test Drive!

Maria McGuire

Corrine Gillman

Judy Shea

and of course, the one who designed this great stencil, Jessica Sporn!

Art journal page using Jessica Sporn's Windows and Doors stencil by Carolyn Dube


This is one of my favorite places to clean off my brayer when I am Gelli printing, an old vintage ledger.





Art journal page using Jessica Sporn's Windows and Doors stencil by Carolyn Dube


Stenciled on just the windows and the repeating pattern felt good.  Does that ever happen to you when you create- does it ever just feel good all the way down to your toes?  I debated leaving it at this stage because I just loved looking at it.  But eventually, I persuaded myself to add a quote.





The quote was printed on an ink jet printer.  Since the ink will run if wet mediums are used, I turned to my handy PanPastels.  Once again, PanPastels delivered rich bright colors without smearing my cheap ink jet printer ink!


Art journal page using Jessica Sporn's Windows and Doors stencil by Carolyn Dube

Just a few days until A Colorful Workshop: Gelli Printing begins- I can hardly contain myself! It’s $10 off just until April 1st.  You can get all the details here.

Linking up to Paint Party Friday, Art Journal Every Day, and Creative Every Day.

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  • Maria McGuire March 28, 2013, 1:11 am

    Math 🙂 I love how you mimicked the brayer colors with the PanPastels. I also love how the stenciling just flows on top of each color. GREAT quote!

  • Rinda March 28, 2013, 3:29 am

    Love the intensity of the color here.

  • Corrine March 28, 2013, 6:29 am

    Fantastic quote and a beautiful rich use of the stencil…..I can see we will all be using this one over and over again! xox

  • Jessica Sporn March 28, 2013, 8:17 am

    Beautiful beautiful – love the colors – the hombre effect, and the repetition of the windows. Perfect quote to go with a perfect piece. Thank you!

  • Jessica Sporn March 28, 2013, 8:21 am

    PS – Samy loves your voice.

  • Jessica Sporn March 28, 2013, 8:27 am

    PPS – having just finished your video – I love the “wonky” placement of the quote against the precise placement of the windows. You are brilliant!

  • Ellen March 28, 2013, 8:38 am

    I agree with everything Jessica said!

  • Ellen March 28, 2013, 8:40 am

    Forgot to mention, that I adore your sense of humor too!

  • Judy Shea March 28, 2013, 8:54 am

    You were killing me with that measuring; especially first thing in the morning. Seriously.. what a colorful page. I learn so much from your fearless approach. Great quote, too.

  • Paulette March 28, 2013, 9:04 am

    I love this Carolyn. I need to order this stencil…and what a great idea to color the words with panpastels!

  • Marjie Kemper March 28, 2013, 11:32 am

    Measure? What is this strange word you use? Love how you used that stencil and I really enjoyed the video. Wonky is always good!

  • Misty Boston March 28, 2013, 12:08 pm

    very nice!
    I love the colors!

  • Linda K March 28, 2013, 3:16 pm

    Gotta love those vibrant colors!! fabulous projects using the stencil along with quotes Carolyn!

  • Susan Tidwell March 28, 2013, 4:26 pm

    This is a great stencil. I love how you gradated the color and continued it with the pan pastels on the words. Love this page!

  • Kathy Gledsdale March 28, 2013, 5:20 pm

    Great tips and ideas thank you. Love your videos and what a fantastic stencil!

  • Kathy Gledsdale March 28, 2013, 5:21 pm

    P.S AND the page is lovely! Sorry I forgot to say that!

  • Boo March 28, 2013, 6:09 pm

    Carolyn, Love your orange and pink page. Also love the wonky words!!

  • Kay Wallace March 28, 2013, 7:05 pm

    Corrine recently convinced me to throw away my ruler and obsession to measure! Oh, my! Where did I put it? Seriously, I love these windows and that quote is spot on! Excited to learn that the background is Gelli “waste!” Awesome, Carolyn!

  • Valerie-Jael March 29, 2013, 5:59 am

    Nice work, Jessica’s stencil is great! Valerie

  • Susan March 29, 2013, 7:26 am

    Great idea, fantastic color. Thanks and Happy PPF

  • sandra sherman March 29, 2013, 8:36 am

    Wonderful image. I live the stencil and the colours you used. thanks for sharing

  • Sue Roddis March 29, 2013, 11:50 am

    This is lovely….I love the fact you can see the old ledger entry through the paint, I love the colours, I love the stencilling and I really love the way the quote has been added:)

  • Theresa March 29, 2013, 11:51 am

    SwooN!!!! I do love a good stencil – bright colors and great blog post Carolyn! thanks for sharing!

  • Marji March 29, 2013, 11:54 am

    Nicely done, Carolyn. The colors are wonderful and I love that old ledger. Windows and doors hold such mystery – looking inside, the face they present to others. I think the stencil holds so much creativity as to what stories it can tell through your beautiful interpretation.

  • Arnoldo L. Romero March 29, 2013, 12:19 pm

    I love it! This was a very simple but effective way to use Jessica’s stencil in your design. Paschal Blessings!

  • Lucy March 29, 2013, 12:24 pm

    Lovely windows and doors stencil.

  • Trish H March 29, 2013, 12:33 pm

    Love this!!!!!!!!!

  • Annette G March 29, 2013, 12:39 pm

    Loving how you’ve used the fab stencil……………ooooh and I love the ghostie……….
    Happy PPF and Happy Easter, Annette x


  • Faye March 29, 2013, 2:48 pm

    Carolyn, your print with the doors is so gorgeous. Love all the really hot colors.

  • Dianne March 29, 2013, 3:35 pm

    beautiful pages!…love the stencils and your quote…happy PPF!

  • Janette March 29, 2013, 5:04 pm

    Hello Carolyn, I’ve just been catching up on your recent posts, gosh you’ve been a busy girl! I totally love this page and I love hearing your voice.
    Hope all is good with you
    Big love
    AJ 🙂

  • Debbie March 29, 2013, 5:15 pm

    These stencils are great. I really love what you’ve done with them here. Your words are fantastic!! Gel plates rule! I’ve got to get back to mine after my flower crazy season ends… Happy Easter!

  • annie! March 29, 2013, 9:03 pm

    Great stencils and YOU make them look totally fabulous!

  • Anne March 30, 2013, 5:31 am

    Awesome stencil, beautiful piece! Great quote, too! <3

  • elle March 30, 2013, 8:39 am

    LUV this stencil. Wish I could find me a ledger! 🙂

  • Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours March 31, 2013, 11:42 am

    I am madly in love with that stencil! And really love what you did with it. Such luscious colours!! xx

  • Gina Sismilich March 31, 2013, 7:54 pm

    That is such a fabulous stencil – love the colors you used and I saw your ghost in the window and thought it was “on purpose”. I am using my PanPastels more and more – they come in very handy when you want fabulous color without a wet medium. HPPF

  • giggles April 1, 2013, 1:38 am

    Very nice I love your ombre affect!! The red, pink, orange is fab!! Great quote too!!

    Hugs Giggles

  • Melisa April 2, 2013, 9:54 am

    Cool stencils! I see the ghost! I used to love to watch Ghost Hunters because they were so funny. Arguing with each other and getting excited over dust motes. Some of the locations had interesting history.

  • JKW April 2, 2013, 9:58 am

    The color effect with the windows reminds me of a sunrise or sunset. Use of colors provides the shading. Good work. Blessings, Janet PPF