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Art Journaling with Obstacles

How I got past obstacles when art journaling with Carolyn DubeObstacles pop up at times.  Some days more than others. Check out my guest post over at Create Mixed Media to find out what obstacles showed up and how I worked around them!

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My Art Journal Was My Therapist

Art journal therapy helped me solve a problem - Carolyn DubeI had something I had to work out so I had a session with my most trusted therapist, my art journal.

Art journal therapy helped me solve a problem - Carolyn DubeWhen I am caught up in the mess of the emotions I don’t see things terribly clearly.  Today, I calmed myself down with some paint and stencils.

 

Then some scribble journaling, in white pencil on this page, helped me sort things out and find the answers I need.

 

I wanted clarity…my art journal provided that (and it makes it much easier for me to justify new art supplies since it is for mental health…).

And that problem that felt like a mountain before I arted – thankfully now is just a molehill.

 

Art journal therapy helped me solve a problem - Carolyn Dube

 

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Building a House for My Muse

I built a mixed media house for my muse!

I want my muse to feel welcome here at my studio, so I decided I’d build her a mixed media house of her own for the StencilGirl and Eileen Hull Designs blog hop!

I started with the roof.  I grabbed a sheet of paper made during some stenciling play and cut strips of scallops from it.  Just some of the stencils in here are Eddy Rose, Seeds, Wonky Eyes, Scribble Scratch, Straight Stems, Greek Border, and more!

Stencil paper I used as I built a mixed media house for my muse!

 

I built a mixed media house for my muse!

 

These random, wonky pieces will become the shingles on the roof.  To assemble the building the

 

I built a mixed media house for my muse!

 

  1. Using Eileen’s Die-Blocks/Cubes 3 Sizes Sizzix die I cut 3 pieces of mat board.
  2. I stamped on 4 of panels with Eileen’s Barn Wood stamp- since those are the only ones that will be seen my touch of experimentation on side #5 won’t show.
  3. Using Dylusions spray inks, I covered both sides in yellow.

To assemble the house, put one cube together but leave the top open.  Then slide in the 2nd roof piece to form the roof, pushing it agains the side so that one square sticks out and forms the roof.  It is so hard to put this into words, but I promise when you are holding them in your hands it makes sense…lol

 

I built a mixed media house for my muse!

My muse needed  a welcoming walkway and the center curve of  Zen Landscape stencil was just what I needed.

 

 

 

I built a mixed media house for my muse!When assembling my muse’s house I left it open on the sides for a very important reason.  I wanted to be able to slip notes of gratitude in there in appreciation of all that my muse does for me.  My life is so much more complete when I am creating, playing with color, and exploring thanks to my muse!

 

 

This is a week long hop so there’s plenty of inspiration to be had!  And yes, a giveaway too!  Leave a comment on this post to be entered to win and if you’d like more chances, leave a comment on any and every blog post in the hop this week!  Of course, just one comment per blog please. And it ends Sunday at 11:59pm CST – so get your comments in before then!

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