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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 [...]

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 [...]

OOPS…and a Frustrated Tech Guy

I have been relatively quiet of late...lots of very unglamorous behind the scenes things.  Things like servers, migrations, and bears oh my!  All this has been so that I can make the blog the best experience possible for you! If you're reading this, you know my attitude about mistakes...OOPS!  A mistake is simply an Outstanding [...]

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 [...]

Carolyn is sharing how she went step by step  from loving her art journal page to hating it and back again to loving it.

I loved it...then I hated it...my mood toward this art journal page was swinging from one extreme to another with each layer.   Wild extremes that happened in a second.  I love when this happens because it was such a fun ride my muse took me on today! It started with a layer I loved.  I [...]

Art journaling is all about play for me.  No pressure. No demands.  Just play. This started with a random background that I actually began during my Stencil Play Workshop.  I have bits and pieces of leftovers collaged randomly on the pages.  They go together if you are willing to let your imagination stretch...     [...]

Using leftover paints to play step by step tutorial by Carolyn Dube

I just needed to use up my leftover paint so I didn't commit the crime of wasting color.  That was my excuse to let loose and just play with the goal of using it all up. It's a very freeing goal because there is nothing in there about perfection.  Nothing in there about what it [...]

A Trio of Stenciled Tags

Love adding pattern to tags with stencils!

Sometimes I just play around without a plan.  I know, you’re shocked.  That’s how all 3 of these tags came about – just random play with Pebbles Layer Me, Iron Grate Layer Me, and Connected Eyes Layer Me stencils. The muse gave me the imperfect vibe today so I went loose with the paints.  That means getting paint under the [...]

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 [...]