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An Extraordinary Thing

Step by Step art journal page by Carolyn Dube at aColorfulJourney.com

“No one thinks like you, talks like you, or makes art like you, and that is an extraordinary thing.”  Alena Hennessy  just stopped me in my tracks with this sentence from her book, Cultivating Your Creative Life.

Every time any of us creates anything it is an extraordinary thing!  Yes, every time and every one- that means you!  Every creative decision is unique to that person and that is an extraordinary thing!  I decided to celebrate all those little decisions that carry me through my creative process.  What an amazing day I had- not because of the finished journal page but because of how rich the process was for me and how present I was during the process.


Step by Step art journal page by Carolyn Dube at aColorfulJourney.com


An extraordinary thing…that this journal page was made with colors I perceived as mud when I started.  Since I thought it was “yucky” I felt free to experiment and play.





Step by Step art journal page by Carolyn Dube at aColorfulJourney.com



An extraordinary thing..that my muse arrived and whispered to me to make a feather stencil.





Step by Step art journal page by Carolyn Dube at aColorfulJourney.com



An extraordinary thing..adding a layer using a Donna Downey foam stamp.





Step by Step art journal page by Carolyn Dube at aColorfulJourney.com


An extraordinary thing..that I was able to release all sorts of feelings in my journaling on a scrap of cardboard from on my counter.






Step by Step art journal page by Carolyn Dube at aColorfulJourney.com


An extraordinary thing…that this didn’t feel finished, that it needed something more.






An extraordinary thing…that I used some of the buttons that I have been hoarding and trusted that this was the perfect moment to use those buttons.

Step by Step art journal page by Carolyn Dube at aColorfulJourney.com

An extraordinary thing..that I have such a supportive community to share my colorful journey!

What’s an extraordinary thing in your world today?

Linking up  to Paint Party Friday, Creative Every Day,  Art Journal Every Day, Mandarin Orange Monday, Inspire Me Monday, Monday Mantras, and Make It Monday!  There is still plenty of room for you in my free workshop, Use Your Words!  Over 600 people have joined the fun and I’d love for you to join in too!

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  • Corrine February 14, 2013, 4:06 pm

    You are extra, extraordinary to me….love these words and that feather stencil, well it’s just the nines as they say. xox

  • Cynthia February 14, 2013, 5:12 pm

    What an awesome page!! I absolutely love the layout–using the layer as a journaling spot is so powerful on many levels! My extraordinary thing was getting to hike today. Yay for being outside!! =D

  • Tracey Fletcher King February 14, 2013, 5:55 pm

    wonderful page and post… inspiring as always… so the extraordinary thing in my day is being inspired by you to get painting…xx

  • Judy Shea February 14, 2013, 6:41 pm

    Fab-U-lus. Still using your words. Feed my soul and feed my stomach… Well, you gotta have both, right?

  • Maria McGuire February 14, 2013, 7:04 pm

    Oh boy…now I’m going to have to get the book 🙂 That is such an awesome thought and so true! I just love how the feather seems to ground the whole page and the foam stamp adds a touch of free flowing to it.

  • Janet February 14, 2013, 7:41 pm

    I love the stories behind the artwork! What a great inspirational quote. Great work. Thanks for sharing.

  • Ginny February 14, 2013, 10:05 pm

    It is amazing how extrordinary we all are when we stop and think about it. I loved playing with my pastels today. It is so much fun to watch the chalk turn into water or clouds or sky right before my eyes. Great post and journal page!

  • Ritva February 15, 2013, 7:11 am

    The backround is just beautiful:-)

  • Ritu Dua February 15, 2013, 8:03 am

    Yes my dear friend YOU as extra ordinary as your art…and I Love myself for having such a friend like you 🙂

  • artmusedog and Carol February 15, 2013, 8:17 am

    Wow! What a divine creation and message ^_^

  • Valerie-Jael February 15, 2013, 9:26 am

    Lovely piece! Valerie

  • Mary C. Nasser February 15, 2013, 11:56 am

    I love the quote you shared…and your AMAZING art piece inspired by it! Wow!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  • Gloria J Zucaro February 15, 2013, 12:06 pm

    Carolyn, I just love your joyous can do spirit, it makes me feel like I can do it, too! I am enjoying your “words” workshop. I hope to be able to catch up this weekend.

  • gloria February 15, 2013, 1:21 pm

    Wonderful page and words to go with it.

  • Boo February 15, 2013, 3:07 pm

    I love how you saw the extraordinary in every part of your process. I had to laugh about hoarding the buttons. I am hoarding so many piece of ephemera for just the right moment. I need to just use it and let that BE the moment.

    Thanks for reminding me.

    • Carolyn February 15, 2013, 3:14 pm

      Yes, use it! It was very freeing to use it!

  • Giggles February 15, 2013, 3:41 pm

    Wow is is extraordinary!!! Love all the sweet layers…. I certainly never saw mud!

    Hugs Giggles

  • Carol Samsel February 15, 2013, 4:03 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!!!! The colors are amazing and I have to have feather stencil now!!!!!

  • Marji February 15, 2013, 4:46 pm

    I loved this! So true how extraordinary each and every creative decision is, and really the entire process. I love the message and the beautiful page. So very inspiring.

  • Louison February 15, 2013, 4:46 pm

    I love it!! Beautiful!!

  • hope February 15, 2013, 5:00 pm

    really like this seems to sit really well together.

  • Claudette February 15, 2013, 7:36 pm

    So inspiring! Love it!

  • Marjie Kemper February 15, 2013, 8:06 pm

    This is so beautiful, Carolyn, and I totally feel your joy and enthusiasm. It’s an extraordinary thing to have created beside you and I look forward to doing it again. You bring so much energy to the room, girl!

  • denthe February 16, 2013, 2:50 am

    Love this post! So nice to go with you on the creative journey in your head 🙂

  • Anne February 16, 2013, 7:05 am

    Wonderful, love the energy of that orange!

  • dana February 16, 2013, 7:17 am

    a message I need to hear & love the way you made it shout at me with your creations!
    cheers. dana

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  • Linda K February 16, 2013, 8:52 pm

    such an amazing extra ordinary outcome Carolyn!!

  • FranT February 17, 2013, 12:51 pm

    It is extraordinary how we’re all so unique! I love this post and the page you created.even better, how you show your steps in creating it. That orange is fabulous! This makes me want to drop everything and create some art! Thanks for the inspiration!! FranT xo

  • Paula - Buenos Aires February 17, 2013, 2:52 pm

    Love the font and the colours.
    Congratulations on the 600+ suscriptions to your class. People certainly love what you do and the way you do it. 🙂

  • Stamping Shanni February 17, 2013, 10:09 pm

    Carolyn – I just love it. Another great tutorial on how you approached it and I think that the colours are just awesome! Saw your link on MIM and couldn’t wait to see what you had been up to this week!
    Stamping Shanni

  • loz February 17, 2013, 10:47 pm

    Fabulous artwork Carolyn I saw this on MIM..Loz

  • Shirley-Anne February 17, 2013, 10:58 pm

    Interesting journalling .Fabulous photos . Amazing page. Certainly not an ordinary page .
    I like it .
    Thanks for sharing on make it Monday .
    Cheers ,Shirley-Anne

  • Rinda February 18, 2013, 2:37 am

    Thank you for sharing this quote! It truly is inspirational.

  • Marit February 18, 2013, 9:05 am

    An extraordinary page Carolyn – and in my fave colours too! Love it!

  • Kim February 18, 2013, 10:00 am

    Wonderful journal page! HPPF!

  • Sarah February 18, 2013, 2:27 pm

    I LOVE THIS POST!!!! You are so very right – we are all unique and we bring our own uniqueness to everything we create.

    Thanks for linking up 🙂

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

  • Luna Miranda February 18, 2013, 2:58 pm

    a fabulous creation! love this positive post—yes, we need to remind ourselves everyday that we are extraordinary.

  • Michelle February 18, 2013, 4:10 pm

    I love the painted background. It’s so fresh! I saw your link at Make it Monday, and I’m glad I did! Your project is wonderful. Have a great day! ~Michelle

  • Diane February 18, 2013, 4:27 pm

    Beautiful work… love the way you put together your composition…
    Found you on IMM blog hop
    Thanks for posting

  • Coleen Franks February 19, 2013, 1:23 pm

    Twice (two different days) I signed up for your free class, but never received the email where I could confirm….. sure would like to. And thanks for visiting my blog.

    an American in Ukraine

    • Carolyn February 19, 2013, 4:52 pm

      I sent you an email so we can get this straightened out for you- I’d love for you to come and play!

  • Ollie McKay's February 19, 2013, 10:03 pm

    Wonderful post and love the artwork! Thanks for sharing!

  • Rita Barton February 19, 2013, 10:49 pm

    That came out so neat, I love it! Love seeing the process, too. 🙂