Monthly Archives: January 2014

New Class by Carolyn Dube “The Stenciled Journal”

The Stenciled Journal

Saturday, April 12th 10:00AM to 5PM (with a 1 hour lunch break).

The Stenciled Journal @Artspiration Studio by Carolyn Dube
Stencils are a tremendous creative tool that are versatile and playful at the same time!  I’ll be sharing the “rules” about stenciling and then how I break them during this workshop!
The journey of your journal will begin as a stack of various papers including my 100+ year old ledger paper and favorite dictionary papers.  As we build the patterns and colors on the pages you’ll learn my top 10 techniques for stenciling.  In addition to the techniques, I will share with you my tips and tricks for keeping colors from getting muddy, how to get very different looks from one stencil, how to make a stencil look your own, how to use every drop of paint on a stencil, and how to handle an oops or two.

These papers will be sewn into a journal, the quick and easy way.  No measuring.  No complex stitching.  A quick and simple way to bind your papers into a journal.

Then it is time to use stencils as focal images.  I’ll share with you the hows, the whens, and the whys as we add the big images to the pages in our journals.
Supplies I’ll be bringing :
  • all the papers you need
  • a huge stash of stencils for our play
  • the canvas for the journal cover
  • binding supplies
  • full color handouts
You need to bring:
  • Gel medium (The Studio will have personal use size available for a nominal fee if you don’t have any)
  • Gesso (The Studio will have personal use size available for a nominal fee if you don’t have any)
  • 4 stenciling brushes
  • 2 foam brushes
  • Water spray bottle
  • Craft grade heat gun or blow dryer (optional)

Artspiration Studio will provide:

  • Paint (feel free to bring 5-6 colors of your own if you have a color palette in mind)
  • Water Jars
  • Scissors
  • Baby wipes
  • Some heat guns
  • Some water spray bottles

To sign up for this class please check out via Paypal

The Stenciled Journal @Artspiration Studio by Carolyn Dube

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The Stenciled Journal @Artspiration Studio by Carolyn Dube

Carolyn Dube Teaching at Artspiration Studio April 12

 Carolyn Dube, a little kid trapped in a grown up body…

She has an addiction that doctors have said is incurable. An addiction to color and art supplies.  Symptoms include blue and green spray ink stain on the cuticles, splatters of paint on every article of clothing no matter how hard she tries to avoid it, the compulsive need to cover up all white space with art supplies, uncontrollable excitement when new products are released, and a fever for things that sparkle.

Carolyn spent 10 years trapped in the body of an elementary school teacher before realizing her true place in the universe was as a mixed media artist. It is no surprise that she has a talent for tutorials and step-by-step blog posts.  She shares  practical real world “I can do this” type of tutorials designed to thwart those pesky inner critics.

 She’s written articles for Somerset Studio, GreenCraft, and Studios as well as an Art Lesson for Interweave.  You can find her stencil designs at StencilGirl Products.  Join her latest adventures on her blog at

The Stenciled Journal @Artspiration Studio by Carolyn Dube

Open Studio January 18th

Open Studio this Saturday, January 18th from 10 AM to 5 PM! If you come down to take a tour, I’ll give you a free little mini-art journaling lesson and talk to you about what it is. If you want to play it’s only $5 an hour or $20 for the whole time! Stop thinking about coming to play and just come play *grin*! Hope to see you there!