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Video by Carolyn Dube showing her play in her art journal from the start including how she found inspiration for the different layers and steps from napkin collaging, stenciling, found poetry, and more!

It's Tuesday and that means a new Let's Play link party for all of us to share what we've been creating!  What play have I been up to?  I've been making a plan and then not following it.  The plan came about while I was checking out the all the fun stuff shared in last week's [...]

What Happens When I Fail?

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Is creating always easy for me?  Does it always go well?  Do I always feel happy about what I create?  Is it always easy to say Oops?  Heavens NO!  Here is what happened in my art journal on a particularly challenging day.  Nothing serious or anything, just one of those days when everyday stress collided [...]

I made a messy paper with stencils then used them with a die cut to make a butterfly art journal page!

I love creating big pieces of color and play.  It's my happy time when I am  just letting the pattern and color build up.  But what do I do with all those papers?  One thing I do is die cut them. Here's the paper I made with paints and spray inks and my Connected Eyes [...]

Let’s Play, a Weekly Link Party

Let’s Play, a link party where you can be inspired and be inspiring!

"Can I go over to Christi's house?"  "Can Maria come over?" As a kid, I was always asking to go to a friends house or to have a friend or two come over. Now I am an adult and I still want to play!  So I am interrupting my grown up day for a little play! [...]

I was playing with paint and stencils on cardboard and a story appeared

The way a piece of art play starts does not always give me an hint as to where it will go.  As was the case with this piece of cardboard and paint...who knew this would end up being Marie Antoinette on a gameshow? I was playing around with my Arched Aqueduct stencil with absolutely no idea [...]

Raising Your Hand Takes Courage

A hand carved stamp and a powerful word to create a heartfelt card

It takes courage to raise your hand and ask a question.  No matter if you are asking a teacher, a public speaker, or yourself, it takes courage to ask.  What question was I asking today?  Can I make something without color?  Could I go black and white and love it as much as I love creating [...]

Creating from Your Soul Interview

She started this art journal page with a big random mess and the shares it layer by layer!

I had a great time talking with Heidi Easley for her free online event, Creating From Your Soul.  If you've just listened to the interview (and you can watch it here), here's a link to the free workshop I mentioned.  She asked each artist to share a tip or trick so I showed my way [...]

I have lots and lots of cardboard all around the studio. Why?  Because I have been using it as I prepare for an upcoming workshop.  This new free workshop has sprung out of my love of play and a conversation with an artist who didn't know how to let herself play. If you'd like to know when the [...]

Art inspired by David Cassidy and the Partridge Family – step by step stencil play and concert photos!

What happens in my life influences what I create in art...and seeing a David Cassidy concert last weekend had a big influence on this canvas!   I adore the tone of his voice and the happy pop sound of his Partridge Family music.  It's infectious!  So much that it is one of favorite playlists in [...]

What happens when Carolyn Dube listens to happy 70’s music while art journaling?  Check out the video!

I was under the influence of the 70's while I made this art journal spread.  The music was blaring and my muse stopped by to spark my play by making this floral Gelli print® call to me from a stack of prints. If you've ever used a Gelli Plate®, you know how easy it is to [...]