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Step-by-step art journal page that captured how badly Carolyn Dube needed her art time!

Crazy, crazy, crazy week.  Some good crazy. Some necessary crazy. And some completely useless crazy. A normal week.  But I hadn’t had enough art and paint time so it felt so much crazier.  Thankfully, I made it to the studio to play! Of course, I should have been working on the new workshop or the article I need to get done or the proposal that needs to be finished, but that will all be waiting for me after I play!

Step-by-step art journal page that captured how badly Carolyn Dube needed her art time!


Started with an old background in a journal.  Made this so long ago and just let it sit because I liked it so much.  Well, I was feeling just crazy enough today to use it knowing most of it would be covered up…the sacrifices I make!





Step-by-step art journal page that captured how badly Carolyn Dube needed her art time!


Grabbed a bunch of stamps and randomly stamped.  Stamping on a bumpy gesso’d surface in a thick and bumpy journal made for some perfectly imperfect impressions!  All of the stamps are by Tangie Baxter except the umbrella woman (darned if I can’t remember who that is by- sorry).




Step-by-step art journal page that captured how badly Carolyn Dube needed her art time!



I glued on a fun, colorful map from one of my trips somewhere.






Step-by-step art journal page that captured how badly Carolyn Dube needed her art time!


Having a stack of Gelli prints is very handy.  I needed a bright color but just plain paper didn’t work with this page.  The Gelli print made with rubber stamps a while back gave me the jolt of bold color on a unique paper.  Perfect for my hand cut 911.




Step-by-step art journal page that captured how badly Carolyn Dube needed her art time!


The vintage children’s dictionary gave me the urgent feeling to go with my art 911.  Let that white bus take me to my studio ASAP!






Step-by-step art journal page that captured how badly Carolyn Dube needed her art time!


Out came the Stabilo pencil to write over damp paint and the urgent.






Step-by-step art journal page that captured how badly Carolyn Dube needed her art time!


I finger painted white paint over the map. The map is still peeking out but it is now another layer in the page.





The plain black art just didn’t feel right so I added streaks of blue on top.  Ahh, that felt so much better.  That crazy feeling is fading into the background.  A little scribble journaling and I feel human again.  The kind of human that my family prefers- happy and calm.  What brings you to that place of calm?

Step-by-step art journal page that captured how badly Carolyn Dube needed her art time!


Linking up to Creative Every Day, Mandarin Orange Monday, Simon Says Stamp (transportation- the ambulance), Artful Times (maps), Be Inspired and Be an Inspiration, Inspire Me Monday, Create Daily, Make It Monday, Glue It On Tuesday, Dictionary Challenge (U), Art Journal Every Day and One Little Word(crazy).

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  • Maria McGuire June 15, 2013, 3:24 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this–and only you know why!

  • Cynthia June 15, 2013, 4:49 pm

    Amazing! Love the colors and all the beautiful textures! And yes, art is the answer to the 911 emergency! =D

  • Bev June 15, 2013, 5:34 pm

    Love this piece Caroline! Love your detailed description of how it was created.

  • Scrapmate June 15, 2013, 6:31 pm

    Great page we all need some Art 911 sometime or another. I love reading how you created the page.

  • Corrine June 16, 2013, 5:06 am

    Marvelous URGENT play….I can so relate to that NEED to be in the studio just making anything……the fingerpaint and scribble journaling over the map works brilliantly on the page, just the touch it needed to pop that 911 gelli printed paper out!…xox

  • sam21ski June 16, 2013, 5:51 am

    Love the randomness of your project

    Thanks for playing along with AT this week – Sam xx

  • Jessica Sporn June 16, 2013, 8:29 am

    Thanks for taking us on the journey – I feel like I was in that ambulance this week! But I got to a happier place too. Thanks for showing us how you got there!

  • Valerie - P'tite Plume June 16, 2013, 8:30 am

    Oh, love! Very beautiful!

  • Lorraine A June 16, 2013, 12:50 pm

    Fabulous journalling page !! I love the colours and whole design of this ! Gorgeous ! 🙂

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge
    Lols x x x

  • Marja June 16, 2013, 12:50 pm

    very very great page Carolyn. Love it
    lovely greet Marja

  • Boo June 16, 2013, 2:33 pm

    Great page. I love the hand cut 911

  • Kay Wallace June 16, 2013, 3:00 pm

    Whether it be in a video or a “narrative” as it was here today, I love to follow you on your journey to that calmer place where your family likes you better–and isn’t that just grand for all concerned! When I am in the middle of the New Hampshire woods (and far away from my studio), it is the birds that take me to that calmer place, Carolyn–except when I see a “special” bird (today it was a Rose-breasted Grosbeak) that gets me all excited!!

  • April Cole June 16, 2013, 3:33 pm

    “FABULOUS!” page… very inspiring :]

  • Judy Shea June 16, 2013, 5:53 pm

    Excitement is the word for this page.. or should it be “crazy”? Either one make for a fantastic piece. My calm? Getting into my art bubble. No deadlines, no duties, no chaos.

  • pattyb June 16, 2013, 6:50 pm

    Love your art….loved this journal page! thanks for sharing and thanks for the heads up about Tangie Baxter’s stamps! I have them on my list to purchase! If you ever do remember who the Mary Poppins stamp is from…please let us know! LOVE that stamp! and would love to add it to my collection!!! Blessings~

  • Katyoparty June 16, 2013, 10:38 pm

    Really enjoyed your narrative to go along with your page. I know exactly what you mean about doing art to cure what ails you. I haven’t done any all weekend and I need to get out to my art shack tomorrow!

  • Create With Joy June 17, 2013, 12:48 am

    Awesome as always, Carolyn!
    Happy Inspire Me Monday to you! 🙂

  • NatashaMay June 17, 2013, 3:15 am

    Love all the layers! So much fun! 🙂

  • Chris R June 17, 2013, 11:48 am

    Fantastic energy in this page!

  • Von June 17, 2013, 6:53 pm

    Hope they made in time and didn’t get lost 🙂
    Von ☺

  • Chrissy June 17, 2013, 8:25 pm

    Fabulous altered journal Carolyn..love all the colours and textures.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Make it Monday..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  • monique June 18, 2013, 6:56 am

    Love this. Gorgeous colors and texture and I loved seeing your progress pics. Always so much fun to see how one thing leads to another. Thank you for sharing.

  • Heather June 18, 2013, 1:21 pm

    Great project and idea 🙂

  • Mormor June 18, 2013, 2:57 pm

    Thanks for your “manual” and the final result.
    Have a nice evening.


  • Rinda June 19, 2013, 2:22 am

    The color, message and graphics in this are all super!

  • Maria @ LSS June 19, 2013, 4:23 am

    What a beautiful page! Happy MOM.

    Mine are here and here.

  • Lori June 19, 2013, 6:03 am

    I enjoyed the ride – and thank you for described your processes. Love the vibrant, spontaneous results. Thank you for sharing with us on Mandarin Orange Monday:)

  • Gill June 19, 2013, 3:51 pm

    Fantastic artwork for the map challenge, love this a lot. Gill x

  • storybeader June 19, 2013, 11:51 pm

    like your 911, but miss the map! {:-Deb

  • The House of Bears June 20, 2013, 10:00 am

    We love your art and agree with the sentiment behind this piece.

  • Maggie H June 20, 2013, 10:46 am

    Good word choice and wonderful pages and ideas


  • Lynn June 20, 2013, 6:12 pm

    Love this and LOVE the step by step!!!

  • Sandy Leigh June 21, 2013, 10:19 am

    Such inspirational technique, and I love the perfection of imperfection! Thanks for sharing. –Sandy Leigh

  • Sandy Dehon June 21, 2013, 12:02 pm

    Wonderful art work but everything you do is wonderful!!!

  • Maisie Moonshine June 21, 2013, 12:55 pm

    Great journal page and thanks for sharing how it evolved. MMx

  • Desire Fourie June 21, 2013, 2:40 pm

    A wonderful creation. Loving the colours, design and attention to detail. Saw this on MIM and had to come over for a closer look. {I would love you to take part in my 600 Follower Give-away. Thank you so much if you have already entered and good luck.} Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  • Wendy June 21, 2013, 4:00 pm

    Love that you showed us how your page developed! I saw this on MIM xxx

  • Maricella June 22, 2013, 2:32 pm

    I laughed when I read your title “Art 911”. That’s exactly what I need when I get out the paint and stencils to do one of my Serenity pages. Love all the bright colors.

  • PhoenixPeacock June 23, 2013, 12:27 pm

    I love the idea of some urgent art making!!! If only we all remembered how healthy it is for us and a requirement to continue to be healthy! Thank you for sharing your step by step process too. It is fun to watch it all come together.

  • aimee June 25, 2013, 8:21 am

    fantastic!! I love those vintage children’s dictionaries and I love what you did with them!!

  • Sylvia Ames June 26, 2013, 3:56 pm

    Back from holiday and catching up with comments, love this page great colours and textures. Wonderful step by step pics.

    Sylv xx

  • Izzy June 27, 2013, 9:48 am

    This is brilliant!
    Thank you for playing with us at the Craft Barn