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OOPS…A No Fail Plan that Failed or Did it?

I had a no fail plan for my art journal that failed...OOPS by Carolyn Dube

O.O.P.S…This just wasn’t coming together.  The no fail plan I had in my head to use up the scraps from die cutting in my art journal flopped.  It failed big time compared to what was in my head.  But did it really fail?

When things don’t come together, it is just an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly. So even “failures” are not failures, however, they can use more layers.

I had a no fail plan for my art journal that failed...OOPS by Carolyn Dube

The stenciled word, fearless, guided the next step to completely change the direction of this page. There is a sort of rush that comes over me when I do something there is no taking back like painting it all white.  Not a solid back-to-the-beginning all white, but the kind where the previous layers peek out.

I had a no fail plan for my art journal that failed...OOPS by Carolyn Dube

All those earlier layers, and yes, even my no-fail-plan-that-failed, were all doorways to the next step. Or should I say stamp.  Usually I don’t like cutting rubber stamped images out, but a shape like this isn’t fussy cutting at all.  Easy enough to make a full rainbow of doors.

Stenciling across the bottom of the page with my Vintage Typewriter alphabet stencil added the title.  The trick to getting it lined up?  Start in the middle.  I stenciled the letters r and w first, then worked my way out from there.  It looks like there was perhaps measuring or precision about it but nope, just eyeballing.

I had a no fail plan for my art journal that failed...OOPS by Carolyn Dube

Was my original plan, that “couldn’t fail”, a failure since I couldn’t create what was in my head or was it to just a ruse to get me started and let the OOPSies take me where it was meant to go?

I had a no fail plan for my art journal that failed...OOPS by Carolyn Dube

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  • Michele March 21, 2017, 10:10 am

    Thanks for the great reminder! Onward and upward.

  • Theresa Sim March 21, 2017, 11:24 am

    Now that is gorgeous. : )

  • Dottie Lou Crisp March 21, 2017, 12:18 pm

    Wow this is wonderful! Love your OOPS! xo

  • Margaret Price March 21, 2017, 9:07 pm

    Just amazing what you do Carolyn………….I would probably be still ” thinking about it”.

  • Barbara March 21, 2017, 10:02 pm

    Happy to see that your foot isn’t getting in the way of your playing. Wishing you and your foot a speedy and complete recovery.

  • Loretta March 23, 2017, 8:58 pm

    WOW! You never stop amazing me Carolyn. Thanks for your continued inspiration!

  • Stephanie March 24, 2017, 4:45 am

    Thank you, a great inspiration x

  • Patti March 27, 2017, 10:19 pm

    Good to see you again! Glad you’re well on the mend. Looking forward to Riverdance under your rainbow of color! Color peeking through a layer of white is one of my favorite backgrounds–I’d say this was a WIN!