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A Silly Idea in My Head

When silly ideas, like realism, pop into my head while art journaling, I follow them! I have no idea where my fixation on realism came from today, but there was one thing that I was obsessed with during the play. Yes, there is realism involved in these wonky circles.

Using up little bits of paper from another project, just couldn’t let that color and pattern go to waste, I made circles. Yes, these started out as circles – I’m not that precise.

That is until I decide to create a cairn. I love seeing those carefully stacked rocks sculptures so suddenly my paper one had to follow the same rules of physics that real life ones do.

So that meant I fiddled with the rock placement, constantly adjusting to be sure it would hold up. Thinking about how forces like gravity would be pulling on it was so important for some reason today.

I think it’s rather silly how it had to be this way, but I’ve learned over the years, when the silly ideas hit to just follow them. So if you get a way out there idea when you’re playing, give it a go and see where it takes you!

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  • Rhonda August 7, 2020, 5:37 pm

    Love to stack cairns and your are lovely. TFS.

  • Gary St. John August 7, 2020, 7:32 pm

    Thanks for this fun video.
    You ROCK!

  • Bernadette Josephine August 8, 2020, 3:57 am

    a silly idea that turned into a colourful happy page that rocked!!

  • rita zizza August 8, 2020, 10:37 am

    So, if you can balance a rock, you CAN balance your life! Practice makes perfect.
    Left out in the woods, eye catchers for those who love to play with the earth!
    love your energy AND videos!!!!

  • Lynda and John Barr August 8, 2020, 11:56 am

    Loved this idea! It’s colorful, uses up scraps of past creations, and playful!!

  • juliee August 8, 2020, 1:19 pm

    FUN! ideas

  • Sharyl Peterson August 8, 2020, 9:18 pm

    I was formally trained as a scientist. So my first attempts at art (40 years ago now) were at rule-based forms like weaving … even fiber-dying, which you can do loosely, but you get lots more repeatable results if you keep track of proportions. The rules and structure helped me have the courage to try making art. And then, things changed. Can’t say I’ve totally eliminated rules (right now, for example, I’m making a series of image-transfers on backgrounds based on different rules/forms of composition), but working looser, with loads of colors, feels so freeing. Today, I can just play with color … and “just play” way more often than I try to follow rules for anything. Think that’s why I enjoy your work and your workshops so much!

  • Michele Taylor August 8, 2020, 10:32 pm

    Hi Carolyn,
    Loved your cairn, my fav rock is the long green one fifth from the bottom,
    It says look at me I am holding all these others up! Sometime I think we all are the green rock! Thank you so much for all the videos and fun prints!

  • Nancy Sapp August 9, 2020, 6:29 pm

    You know what I LOVE about you & your videos, Carolyn Dube?? You make ART FUN & silly!! I think there’s a kid in ALL of us. TFS

  • jane August 10, 2020, 1:55 pm

    I love to stack rocks your ideal was great you may have just inspired a whole new art for me love your videos. thank you sooooo much jane…