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What was suddenly threatened?  My play.  My joy.  My creativity.  What was threatening all this?  Me. I was getting in my own way.  I was stuck in my head.   To get out of my head, I started to play.  This was all scraps assembled with no purpose in mind. At least that is what [...]

Do you ever see something in an art journal page and no matter what you can't un-see it?  I didn't want to see this.  I tried to ignore it.  This was one persistent tree...sort of like the one that keeps growing right in the middle of my garden...   Here's the messy, going nowhere, art journal page [...]

You Can Never Lose True North

Video of an art journal page that reminded me of a very important message

Art journaling has such power for me.  Why? Because sometimes it reminds me of important messages from time to time. And that is exactly what happened today. Notice her chin.  There's no paint there and that is rather unusual since this was a print from a fully loaded Gelli Plate.  And then I stamped right over [...]

Doodling 2 Different Ways

Doodling, impatiently and quickly in an art journal

Maria McGuire has spent hours and hours and more hours doodling, tangling, and drawing.  I, not so much.  She has, what seems to me, infinite patterns in her mind at all times.  I, not so much.  She is very generous and even took the time to teach me the joys of doodling.  It was like 2 friends [...]

Video showing what a round Gelli Plate can do -so many many things!

Would the 6" round Gelli Plate be much different than the big one? I wondered...I wasn't sure until I played with it.  It is different! The size feels so different than the 8" plate.  And thanks to the size, what I could do with it in my art journal blew my mind.  Take a peek at [...]

Video making your own spray inks using Color Burst by Ken Oliver  with Carolyn Dube

Have you seen Ken Oliver's Color Bursts before? These bottles are loaded with a mighty powder that explodes with color when it gets wet.  A full rainbow of fun!  Check out the video where I share how they worked as a spray ink and as watercolors too! I'm not the only one playing with these - [...]

The Power in Her Scars

Step by step art journaling a stenciled face with a big Oops with a BIG message

While art journaling, this scar wasn't a mistake, it was and Oops (Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly). And it had a very strong message for me. Scars aren't always seen but every person has them.  Maybe they shouldn't be hidden but shared instead.  Maybe they aren't something "ugly" but a reminder of the journey.   Random stenciling [...]

Downton Abbey Inspired Art Journaling with a Stencil by Carolyn Dube

Downton Abbey has me under its spell.  I have avoided it until recently and now am an addict devouring seasons as quickly as life will allow.  While listening to the video of Downton Funk- okay, watching the video while pretending to straighten up the studio- I ended up with an art journal page instead of a clean studio.  So [...]

Art journal page from start to finish

Today, I share with you a very personal art journal page that came about because of the loss of my oldest and dearest friend recently.  I share this with the hope that others will be able to use art to heal their wounds.  The only way my soul can begin to process this is through [...]

It's not always easy to play but it is always soul nourishing when I do! What makes it hard to play some days?  My inner critic.  That critical voice in my head. I stood in my studio, stuck.  Totally unable to decide what to do. Then Funky Town, the Pseudo Echo version from the Awesome 80's, [...]