My Art Journal is my Mood Ring

Collage with Gelli print leftovers with Carolyn Dube

Remember mood rings? I thought they were so magical when I was a kid.  Well, I think my art journal is my newest mood ring.  I was feeling happy, really happy, almost like I was on top of the world.  It was a really great day.

I grabbed a stack of Gelli Plate printing leftovers and started collaging.  No idea where it was going but it certainly reflected my mood – bright and happy!

Collage with Gelli print leftovers with Carolyn Dube


Started with random gluing of bits of Gelli prints. I save all my scraps and bits for just this kind of thing.




Collage with Gelli print leftovers with Carolyn Dube


Since I couldn’t, or wouldn’t, wait for the gel medium to dry thoroughly, I had to use acrylic ink to write on the pages.




Collage with Gelli print leftovers with Carolyn Dube

A bit of oil pastels for even more color, as if it was lacking in color before…





Collage with Gelli print leftovers with Carolyn Dube

A playful stencil by Dina Wakely in a color I seem to not use very often, red.





Collage with Gelli print leftovers with Carolyn Dube

Ronda Palazzari’s stencil let my happy person be on top of the world.  Added a few circles from the Mini Swiss Dot stencil & a touch of white Stabilo Pencil.




The words were the icing on the happy cake today.  I had the paper I printed the words on forever and at long last used them!  That is a priceless feeling for me!

Collage with Gelli print leftovers with Carolyn Dube

Why am I in such a happy mood? My latest workshop, Gelli Printing!  It starts in 2 weeks and my studio is overflowing with Gelli prints.  Every time I walk into the studio I see stacks of color and pattern and I can’t hold the smiles in!

Drum roll please- thanks to the winner of a spot in A Colorful Workshop: Gelli Printing is Julie M.!  Keep an eye on your inbox for my email!

Linking up to Paint Party Friday, Art Journal Every Day, and Creative Every DayPaint Party Friday is having an art auction to benefit Sandy Hook Elementary School – it is loaded with artist goodness!  Stop on by!




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34 Responses to My Art Journal is my Mood Ring

  1. Your creative work always seems to express joy and happiness to me with your delightful colors and positive energy ~ Have fun with your upcoming workshop ^_^

  2. Oh this made me happy. Love all the layers – such a richness to this. And love how you make everything you use your own and an extension of your colorful spirit.

  3. Sara says:

    Awesome layers and colours!

  4. Awesome pages, Carolyn!
    Would be so fun to make art with you!! :)
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  5. Valerie-Jael says:

    Lovely, colourful, creative works! Valerie

  6. Faye says:

    What happy art work, Carolyn! You really get the most out of your gelli prints. Beautiful colors and layers.

  7. Maria McGuire says:

    This is an EXCELLENT way to use those excess pieces of Gelli Prints! I LOVE that you used RED!!!!! Maybe I’m rubbing off on you! AWESOME Journal spread!!!

  8. Judy Shea says:

    These colors knock me over, Carolyn. I love your mood here and it shows. I love the cityscape stencil.

  9. Happy and fun pages! You had fun playing and it shows!

  10. Trish H says:

    Fantastic! You make it so much fun. :D

  11. Boo says:

    I love watching and listening to you work. You are so laid back about art journaling. I love it that for you it’s play.

  12. Annette G says:

    wow this is such an exciting page Carolyn.
    Happy PPF, Annette x

  13. Just watched your video. I really notice how you stopped and left so much white space in your collage – it helps give it that playful, happy feeling. LOVELOVELOVE!

  14. What a fabulous spread! Love the colors and all those yummy scraps you embedded, not to mention the awesome title!

  15. Corrine says:

    Well isn’t this just the cat’s pajamas of free form happiness….can’t wait for the gelli party to start….I haven’t touched mine but will get making with you…..xox

  16. Claudette says:

    Marvelous as always! It’s so interesting to see what you will do next! Can’t wait for the Gelli Printing Workshop!

  17. Suzy says:

    Hi Carolyn! Happy Friday! It’s not hard to see what your “mood” is today. Happy and cheerful colors….love them! Happy Happy Happy!!

  18. Christine says:

    Nice pages, very creative.

  19. What COOL pages here! Love the colors and silhouette!

  20. Rinda says:

    What a perfect title – I knew exactly what you meant right away.

  21. Anne says:

    Wonderful, positive, fresh page! Happy! <3

  22. giggles says:

    Exciting artwork, just like your mood!! Happiness all around!!

    Hugs Giggles

  23. Melisa says:

    It certainly looks like you were in a good mood! I LOVE happy pages!

  24. I laughed out loud at the title of this post-I love it!!! I had a mood ring and thought it was so mysterious and fascinating..I must say I love my art journal more. Hmmmm, maybe little resin rings out of some of the pages could replace the mood rings?!

  25. Such terrific colors and visual texture! HPPF

  26. Ritu Dua says:

    Oh yes …we all have our own mood rings and in our own way we weave the tapestry of life :) Totally blissful art Carolyne :)

  27. Adrienne says:

    Lovely! It is definitely happy! :) I love how emotions show through on art work!

  28. Kokopelli says:

    Awwwww, makes me happy looking at it! Happy belated PPF!

  29. JKW says:

    I love your creative sparkle. It creates a happy environment. Blessings, Janet PPF

  30. denthe says:

    Well, the happiness certainly bursts off the page! Lovely work!

  31. Great pages, Carolyn! I love that you give a video demo all the time. I find it so much easier to understand the process than just seeing it in text. i need to post my journal page I did a couple of weeks ago to the Use Your Words FLICKR site, it was down the day I tried.

  32. Great work, its so creative and inspiring, thank you for shating the technique

  33. Sara says:

    Love how you used Ronda stencil here – on top of the world indeed! Gorgeous colours too!

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