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I was avoiding an inevitable grown up task, thanks to leftover paint.  My must do project for a deadline was finished but I just had to use up the last remnants of the paint.

Since I really didn’t want the play to stop, I used a small brush.  It had to take me longer to use it up if I used a small brush.  The scrap that I grabbed had been made with lots of juicy spray inks and my Are We There Yet stencil.

As you’ve probably guessed, no matter how long I painted, that task was still waiting for me.  The computer elves were still waiting for me to deal with the computer issue but at least I was in a better frame of mind thanks to the rainbow.

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Using deli paper in an art journal tutorial by Carolyn Dube

How can you use deli paper in your art journaling?  One of the ways is layering it on top of a pattern so that the pattern peeks out!

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Here’s the pattern created using the Pebbles Layer Me stencil. New to layering stencils?  See the video of how I easily built the pebbles pattern.

A Layered Stencil Pattern and Using deli paper in an art journal tutorial by Carolyn Dube

A benefit of gel printing with deli paper is the paper is translucent so what is underneath peeks out in places.  With a bit of gel medium, I adhered the entire piece of deli paper over the entire page but the Pebbles pattern is still visible.

Using deli paper in an art journal tutorial by Carolyn Dube

More color was smeared around, after all,  I can’t leave any white space.  At first, the color wasn’t exactly what I intended (O.O.P.S.), but thanks to a baby wipe, it became even better than what I intended.

Using deli paper in an art journal tutorial by Carolyn Dube

In case you’re not fluent in Latin, mergo means dig, engulf, or sink. I only know it because it written on the back.  A Latin flashcard captured the meaning for this page since the pattern was sunken into the page thanks to the deli paper layer.

I took Latin for 3 years in high school and detested every minute of it. And never ever voluntarily used flashcards for it.  But if we’re talking layers of color and play then I love those little flashcards.

If you’d like to play with little flashcards like this without having to hunt down vintage ones, there is a modern set that is about the same size and are cheaper than the vintage ones. You can find them here.

Using deli paper in an art journal tutorial by Carolyn Dube

Using a giant colorful pencil keeps things loose and playful as I added some scribble journaling.

Using deli paper in an art journal tutorial by Carolyn Dube

Is this finished?  How do I know with confidence that it is?  I have a few questions I ask myself to decide if a page is finished that I share in the workshop, Art Journaling FUNdamentals.

Using deli paper in an art journal tutorial by Carolyn Dube
Here are the supplies I used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps keep the free tutorials coming!


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The Flawed Thoughts that Kept Me Stuck...how one simple thing got me unstuck!

I was stuck and couldn’t decide what to paint.  I wanted to play, to create, but nothing was inspiring me.  I was looking for the inspiration before I started, a huge flaw in my thinking.  Sure, it is great to be inspired before starting, but that wasn’t happening today.

So what did I do to get myself unstuck?  I trusted it would come eventually. Without any clue of where I was going, I put big blobs of paint on the palette, set up a kids easel outside, and a clipped up a big sheet of paper. Still zero inspiration.

The Flawed Thoughts that Kept Me Stuck...how one simple thing got me unstuck!

Blank pages do not impress my muse one bit.  She wants me to have some skin in the game before she sprinkles her magic dust.  I had to start doing something, so I made a messy circle.  Which led to more marks.

The Flawed Thoughts that Kept Me Stuck...how one simply thing got me unstuck!

Before I realized it, I was inspired by the flowers in the garden.  Those flowers had been in front of me the whole time, but it wasn’t until I started taking action that they became the inspiration for the play.

The Flawed Thoughts that Kept Me Stuck...how one simple thing got me unstuck!

By the end of the play, I was happily lost in the rainbow, watching the colors layer on top of each other and feeling the freedom in loose scribbly painting.

The Flawed Thoughts that Kept Me Stuck...how one simple thing got me unstuck!

Turns out Pablo Picasso was right, “Inspiration exists but it has to find you working.” Or playing!

The Flawed Thoughts that Kept Me Stuck...how one simple thing got me unstuck!

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