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Handcrafted Holidays On Line Workshop

I am honored to be a part of Handcrafted Holidays- a fun online workshop of 10 artists- each with a holiday project.  The projects can be adapted for not only your holiday celebrations, but other times of the year as well. After all, gifts from the heart are for all seasons!

What project did I contribute? A colorful advent calendar that has the whole rainbow in it. Of course you can adapt it to whatever colors make you happiest!   I had a chance to talk with Miriam Schulman, the host of this fun workshop, about the long standing family tradition of advent calendars and how I use them to make the holidays much easier on myself during our Artist Chat- which you can watch on her blog here.  Plus there is a free download waiting for you over there.

Miriam’s put together a video telling you all about each project in the workshop and introducing you to each artist!

Watch Handcrafted Holidays on YouTube.

• Mexican Star Piñata with Danita Art • Poinsettia Mola with Jane LaFazio • Gift Boxes with Marjie Kemper • Wrapping Embellishments with Andrea Gomoll • Inspirational Word Ornaments with Miriam Schulman • Wonder Poppets with Mystele Paint • Star Ornament with Blenda Tyvoll • Tzedakah Box with Jessica Sporn • Golden Letters with Joanne Sharpe  •  Colorful Advent Calendar with Carolyn Dube •

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Handcrafted Holidays On Line Workshop

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Gel printing with stencils tutorial sharing how to build up layers in an art journal by Carolyn Dube

Control is a creativity killer for me.  My left brain likes control, which is quite helpful in some areas of my life, but not when it comes to art and play.

Letting go of control is easier said than done but I have found ways to help myself do it. One way is by using a tool or supply, like a gel printing plate, that I can’t completely predict. That means I can’t completely control it either.  My left brain has no choice but to deal with less control.

In the video, I’m using a Gel Press printing plate and building up layers of color and pattern with a stencil directly in an art journal.  You’ll see how I handle it when the print doesn’t go quite the way I wanted.  OOPS!

Watch How a Gel Plate Helps Me Play in my Art Journal on YouTube.

Adding the quin magenta was the big O.O.P.S., an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly.  Didn’t like what the opportunity was in that moment but it was there.  Without that magenta, it never could have become the page that has become a favorite of mine!

Gel printing with stencils tutorial sharing how to build up layers in an art journal by Carolyn Dube

Just layering one stencil over and over let the colors of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics build and create scrumptious color variation.  Here’s a close up of the layers.

Gel printing with stencils tutorial sharing how to build up layers in an art journal by Carolyn Dube

Since this is play, I am under no contractual obligation to complete this page in one session. Or in one day.  I’m enjoying this background and all the bits of colors mingling together for now.  When the muse is ready, she’ll let me know what to do next.

Of course I’ll share what I do next to this page.  Want to be sure you don’t miss it?  Then just keep an eye out for my newsletter in your inbox.  Not signed up yet?  No problem- join the fun here!

Now you’ve seen my play, let’s see yours!  Share what you’re creating with us all in the Facebook group and be inspired by what others are creating! And be sure to leave a comment here to get entered in the monthly $50 gift certificate giveaway!

Gel printing with stencils tutorial sharing how to build up layers in an art journal by Carolyn Dube

What is Let’s Play?  It’s all about rediscovering the ability to play. Each month I share a specific strategy that helped me recapture the freedom and fun of play.  This month’s theme is letting go of control. You can see more of the Let’s Play series here. Be sure to get entered in the $50 Dick Blick giveaway by leaving a comment.

September's Let's Play all about HOW to let yourself play and be creative!

Want to see more Let’s Play videos? You can find all the weekly posts here.

Sharing your play:   I, and a whole bunch of others, would love to see what you’re creating!  We’re sharing it in the Facebook group called A Colorful Place to Play. Why Facebook?  I’ve listened to your feedback about how and where you’d like to share your play instead of the link parties.

Monthly giveaways:  Leave comment on any (and all for more chances) of the weekly Let’s Play blog posts to be entered and one winner each month will be chosen by random.org.  Want more chances to win a $50 gift certificate to DickBlick.com?  Pin any of the images from the page or share about it on Facebook- then come back and leave a comment telling me what you did and you can have more chances to win! Giveaway closes the Sunday,October 3rd at 11 pm EST and the winner will announced on the blog the following Monday.

Congrats to Barbara, last month’s winner!

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 you are helping me keep this blog and my videos ad free! Thank you- I don’t like ads any more than you do!


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Paris Polka Dots...an art journaling tutorial using printable collage elements and stencils by Carolyn Dube

It was a “P” day in my art journal….not only play but pink & polka dots & Paris!  The bones or structure of this page has some color on it but not nearly enough for me.  And along the way, I made a new friend, Phil, who was very helpful with the polka dots…which infected me with Polka Dot Fever.

In the video, I’m sharing how using a stencil twice makes it easy to add to touches of color here and there and everywhere…turns out Polka Dot Fever increases the need to rhyme.

Watch Paris Polka Dots Art Journaling Tutorial Part 2 on YouTube.

See part 1 here.

Images from Tumble Fish Studio and Hidden Vintage Studio

 

You can see how this page started in this post using some fun images from Tumble Fish Studio and Hidden Vintage Studio and a gel print.

You’re probably wondering how that gel print was used to start this page since you can barely see it in the finished one.  Check out last week’s post and you’ll see how it all came about.

Phil, the O.O.P.S.

I ordered a bunch of brushes but apparently hit the wrong button because I ended up with a bunch of filbert brushes, which were new to me since I usually use a flat brush.

But it was an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly because I am in love with these brushes I now affectionately call Phil.

Phil was just perfect for watercoloring in her polka dots.

Paris Polka Dots...an art journaling tutorial using printable collage elements and stencils by Carolyn Dube

Polka dot fever, which sounds a lot like a medical condition for artists, had overtaken me by this point.  The Circles Layer Me stencil has 2 sizes of dots that can be layered on top of each other to create a plethora of pattern possibilities.  In the video, you see how you I customize the pattern to the mood of the page.

The pink was a bit addictive for me so I added touches of it back onto the building by putting the Opera House stencil back on the page and selectively stenciling the windows.

Paris Polka Dots...an art journaling tutorial adding pops of color and pattern by Carolyn Dube

That green you see at the top of the page…it wasn’t green paint…it was yellow. Yellow and blue make green after all! A final touch of scribble journaling and my thoughts were captured on the page.  After all, couldn’t leave any blank spots!

Want to know more about art journaling from how to start a page to easy color theory for using the rainbow to how to deal with ugly pages – then check out my Art Journaling FUNdamentals workshop and join the play!

Paris Polka Dots...an art journaling tutorial using printable collage elements and stencils 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 you are helping me keep this blog and my videos ad free! Thank you- I don’t like ads any more than you do!


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