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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!

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The muse started out just inspiring me to use up leftover paints with a new stencil.  My muse is very accepting and believes play has no rules.

 

 

 

Then the inner critic arrived asking all sorts of questions.

  • Is it good now?
  • Should I have used another color to make it right?
  • Is that too much blue bad?
  • Are the butterflies evenly spaced so that it looks okay?
  • Did I do it right?  Did I do it right?  Did I do it right?

Wow – is my inner critic needy!  I was having such a nice time until that critic showed up.  So my muse, acting like a protective older sister, send that inner critic away!

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Then I played!  Sprays and splatters of Color Bloom spray ink,  acrylic paints, Chalk Edgers, more stenciling, anything I felt like using because there are no rules when playing.

 

 

 

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Added a touch of stitched Gelli prints on the top right, a Latin flashcard  (tantus) that was randomly picked from the big box of cards, and more pink.

In case you aren’t fluent in Latin, the word tantus means so great or so much.  Hey, wonder if that is related to tantalize…

So my muse is tantus…now who knows if I am using it correctly but she is so great for chasing that inner critic away!

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Sharing with my friends at  Paint Party Friday, Creative Every Day, and Art Journal Every Day.

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Playing with Traci Bautista's New Stencils!

 

 

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!)

Watch Playing with Traci Batista’s stencil in my art journal on YouTube.

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Playing with Traci Bautista's New Stencils!

 

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I'm splattering Color Blooms spray inks in this video as I add layers to may altered book journal

I can’t believe I am going to say this.  I had seen the writing on the wall during my trip to teach in Arizona and also when I hung out with Kirsten Reed in Memphis at Art Is You.  I had an inkling that this change was coming but I was still resisting it, until now.  I actually used a mud color and I liked it.

At this moment, I know Kirsten is in pure shock.  She’s tried to convince me of the magic of the mud colors, especially brown.  What changed my mind?  Prima’s Chalk Edger.

I'm splattering Color Blooms spray inks in this video as I add layers to may altered book journal

 

Prima sent me a box of goodies and in there were these Chalk Edger packs.  One of the colors was Old Road.  It was a joy to use with Roxanne Evans Stout’s Nature’s Gatherings stencil.  Made it so simple to just use part of the stencil.

 

The video captures the making of this altered book spread, including how I  splatter with the Color Blooms sprays for those of you wondering how that one spray nozzle can both spray and splatter.

Watch Splattering Color Bloom Spray Ink in an art journal page on YouTube.

Thanks Prima for inspiring this art journal play!

I'm splattering Color Blooms spray inks in this video as I add layers to may altered book journal

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Sharing with my friends at  Paint Party Friday, Creative Every Day, and Art Journal Every Day.  

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