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Carolyn Dube

Frida Helped Me Get Unstuck

Frida Helped Me Get Unstuck thumbnail

Starting in my art journal can be the hardest part for me.  Why?  Because that is when I tend to over think and trap myself in my head.  When I am in my head, I get stuck. How do I get unstuck when art journaling? Challenges.  There are rules, guidelines, and most importantly for me, a [...]

All over Facebook friends are posting photos of their kids going to their first day of school.  As I saw those cute kids with new clothes, backpacks full of school supplies, and smiling faces I realized I'm one of them! I had stacks of kits for 2 workshops with crates of colorful supplies to be used in class. [...]

The Upside Down Art Journal Page thumbnail

What do you do when you get a new stencil? I explore it.  Try it this way and that to get to know the stencil. This art journal page came from some of my new stencil explorations. The last step for an artist creating a stencil is trying out the sample, called a blue (because [...]

Painting Flower Pots…Learn From My Mistakes thumbnail

I wanted color, lots of color, all summer long.  The plants are pretty but there are times when they aren't in full bloom and I wanted color all the time.  So I used an afternoon painting flower pots.  Oops... What you are seeing is the 2nd try with the paint....the first time I used exterior house [...]

Doing the Twist with a Gelli Plate for this Month’s Party! thumbnail

Welcome to this month’s Colorful Gelli Print Party! This month we’re making a simple tool that creates fantastic patterns on the Gelli Plate with just a simple twist! Check out the video to see how much fun an empty vitamin bottle can be!  http://youtu.be/WXcXWzFofq8 Watch Using a Twisting Tool on the Gelli Plate on YouTube.   [...]

PanPastels + a Stencil = an Easy Background thumbnail

Have you played with PanPastels yet?  I love them because I never have to wait for them to dry, they are so rich and loaded with vibrant color, and I can just smear them around without any planning. Check out this giveaway!  PanPastels, a storage tray, Mary Beth's favorite sponges with stencils (which StencilGirl now carries) [...]

How Many People Does it Take to Make an Apron thumbnail

How many people does it take to make an apron?  Well, in my case...a roomful!    We all wanted to play together while at Art Is You in Memphis so we took Linda Willis's class knowing it would be relaxed, comfortable, and fun because of her teaching style.  She is incredibly generous, both with her knowledge [...]

Am I Planning Today or Playing Today… thumbnail

Did I have a plan when I started this?  Was this carefully thought out?  If you're a regular reader of this blog you probably already know the answer. You can find the answer to that burning question over on my guest post for CreateMixedMedia! Be sure to notice what a piece of incredible artistic skill [...]

My Muse Gave My Inner Critic a Kick in the Pants thumbnail

My inner critic and my muse had a huge fight.  I am happy to say that my muse gave my inner critic a swift kick in the rear end!  And I got to play in my art journal!   The muse started out just inspiring me to use up leftover paints with a new stencil.  My muse is very [...]

Playing with Traci Bautista’s New Stencils! thumbnail

    It's no secret that I love circles and so I was eager to play with  Traci Bautista's new Circle Circle stencil for this blog hop!  There's lots of inspiration happening here so be sure to check them all out (and of course, get in on the giveaways!) http://youtu.be/BllV2RUOHXg Watch Playing with Traci Batista's stencil in my art [...]