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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 [...]

How Long Does it Take Me to Finish an Art Journal Page thumbnail

Does an art journal page happen in one afternoon?  It can, but very very rarely for me.  I used to feel pressure to "finish what I start" in one afternoon.  That pressure that took the fun out of it for me so I decided to let an art journal page take as long as it [...]

Art Journaling with Obstacles

Obstacles 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!

My Knock Down, Drag Out  Battle for White Space thumbnail

    My battle for white space continues.  I love the look of white space but color is my addiction.  This was a knock down drag out fight between color and white space.       Round One Goes to Color It isn't glamorous but it is a place loaded with color to start!  This [...]

Although I can't hop on a plane to travel right now, I can take a trip in my art journal!  My muse is my travel agent and she's booked me to Venice for this trip. Below is the progression of my art journal page as I played with the newly released, Venetian Large 9x12 stencil [...]

There was something fishy about the story that my muse popped into my head as I was playing.  So fishy in fact, that I began to think about the plausibility of the story.  My logical left brain jumped in while I was playing.  That did not go so well until my inner teenager with ample [...]

                                                  Like interesting people, interesting patterns have lots of layers.  Using every drop of spray paint on the stencil gave me 2 very different looks from one stencil as the layers [...]

  I had a plan.  I didn't follow the plan.  I rarely follow my plans...but the plan is still necessary for me.  The plan gives me a  sense of security and control but I stay flexible so I can wander wherever the color and pattern takes me.     Step 1 of the plan: Find [...]