Mistakes Can Be an Opportunity

A guest post by Carolyn Dube

I used to be afraid that I might make a mistake but not any more. Mistakes are pure gold to me now. Why? Because every mistake is an opportunity. Things formerly known as a mistake are now just an Oops.


In this video, you will see my Oops as I play with stencils from StencilGirl and and paint on a large envelope.  Each and every Oops was a gift, an Outstanding Opportunity that Presented Suddenly, that guided me as I played. Even the ugly ones were a gift, and I do mean ugly!

Supplies Used:

  • Buildings stencil by Carolyn Dube for StencilGirl Products
  • Damask Borders stencil by Michelle Ward for StencilGirl Products
  • Catalyst Mini Blade 01
  • Artist Tape (or any repositionable tape)
  • Gesso
  • Various Acrylic Paints
  • Liquitex heavy bodied white paint
  • Golden High Flow Paint


Next time you are creating try saying Oops when you make a mistake and see what happens.


Carolyn Dube is a mixed-media artist and instructor who is addicted to color and play. Find out more about Carolyn on her blog, A Colorful Journey, on Facebook, and at Google+. Her stencils are available at StencilGirl Products.

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3 Responses to Mistakes Can Be an Opportunity

  1. MariaMcGuire says:

    NO oops there! Your video’s are the BEST!!!

  2. jean says:

    I just adore Carolyn – her videos, her oops and her fun!

  3. Sue Chesley says:

    I LOVE your oops’s! I have a whole stack of ‘oops’ I should get to work on! You are amazing, Carolyn, thank you so much for your videos, your blog, your stencils…everything! I’m well inspired now to get to work! I mean play….