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When I wasn't looking, my clean up paper turned into an art journal page

When I wasn't looking, my clean up paper turned into an art journal pageIt was just a piece of book text for wiping up leftover paints. Just a place to test out if the I had reinked the ink pad enough. This wasn’t meant to be anything. It was junk, but then it wasn’t. I saw a conversation happening between all these people. They had a message for me too.

 

 

I didn’t want the people (stamps by Kari McKnight Holbrook) just floating around in space so I started to put doorways around them using my Arched Aqueduct stencil and an ink pad.

When I wasn't looking, my clean up paper turned into an art journal page

 

OOPS! Not a mistake just an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly from Carolyn DubeBut I didn’t have the perfect size arch for the bigger people. Oops! I didn’t think that far ahead. A mistake? A failure? Nope. An Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly. I was going to make a larger one using the smaller ones.

I started by using a larger arch on the stencil but that only covered part of the person.

When I wasn't looking, my clean up paper turned into an art journal page

Then I positioned one of the smaller arches so I could use the straight side as the edge to extend the arch the full length of the person when I added the ink. After doing one side, I just slid it over and did it to the other side. It worked so well, I did it again at the top of the page too.

When I wasn't looking, my clean up paper turned into an art journal pageA bit of Sharpie marker for the journaling and suddenly these people had a message for me.

When I wasn't looking, my clean up paper turned into an art journal pageWhat message did they have for me? Doorways of opportunity are not always what you expect, and that can be a good thing.

**Disclaimer** When I journal, it is scribble journaling and sometimes I can read it and sometimes I can’t. And sometimes it makes perfect sense in my head but seems garbled when it is written out. Either way…I got the message even if I didn’t write it perfectly.

When I wasn't looking, my clean up paper turned into an art journal page

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  • Michele June 5, 2015, 9:28 am

    I love it, Carolyn!…in fact, I love anything on printed matter….it just speaks to me somehow. Pet peeve is when someone lays down some text and then completely covers it….argh!

  • Glenda June 5, 2015, 10:06 am

    Sure wish your muse would visit my house. I just love the way you see things and make them tell a story. Thanks for making my day a sunny one.

  • Corrine June 5, 2015, 10:11 am

    Always turn out the best, those leftovers. That’s where the real art lies! xox

  • Jan Myhre June 5, 2015, 10:44 am

    More motivation for me to gather my supplies for you exciting “Color Play.” Quilting is nearly finished as is funiture painting. My desire to play with color with you is feeding my desire to finish up these UFP’s (UnFinishedProjects). Onward and upward, I always say and gather supplies while you may. ~Jan

  • Susan Ringler June 5, 2015, 1:53 pm

    I love how your mind works and I love the “Oops” philosophy. Very creative!

  • Valerie-Jael June 5, 2015, 3:36 pm

    Lovely page Carolyn! It would fit very well to our masculine-feminine theme at Art Journal Journey, would be great if you would link to us! Valerie

  • Kay Wallace June 5, 2015, 4:16 pm

    Love leftovers–whether on my craft table or my kitchen table!

  • Susie Carranza June 5, 2015, 4:43 pm

    Love the final piece!

  • Elizabeth June 5, 2015, 6:49 pm

    This page is fab! Just the right balance. Of everything!!

  • Kari June 5, 2015, 7:02 pm

    I LOVE IT!!! Great job- when are we getting together to play?

  • Mary W June 6, 2015, 8:31 am

    Wonderful page – perfect for you in how you work and what I come to enjoy about your work. Oops should be Uops!

  • Christina June 6, 2015, 8:40 am

    Love how this turned out. Hope to see it appear somehow in a future project.

  • Carolyn June 6, 2015, 9:12 am

    Love your “oops.” They are inspiring

  • Win Dinn June 6, 2015, 7:22 pm

    Fabulous page – love how those mop-ups can be the best inspiration!

  • stephanie June 8, 2015, 11:14 am

    great page

  • Terri Y June 23, 2015, 7:39 am

    Love the colors on the pages with text behind. Thanks for sharing

  • Marjie Kemper June 23, 2015, 10:54 am

    Love this message and all the visual eye candy. May the doorways be the right ones for you, my friend!

  • Valerie-Jael June 28, 2015, 2:12 pm

    Wonderful journal page Carolyn, thanks a lot for joining us at Art Journal Journey, hugs, Valerie

  • froebelsternchen June 29, 2015, 3:11 am

    This is just great Carolyn! Thank you very much for joining Art Journal Journey!
    oxo
    Susi

  • Erika N June 29, 2015, 6:32 pm

    Really nice page. Love the arches in color and the people in black on the old page. Glad you added the arches they really finished off this page.