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She Released Her Untamed Creativity

When I started this page, I glued a leftover copy of a vintage photo into my art journal without a clue where I was going with it.  No plan meant no expectations. After all, I had no idea what direction that very serious woman in the photo was headed.  In the end, she was able to release her untamed creativity!

How does having no expectations help me play?  It is really about letting go of the expectation that it will look “good” or that it will be “good”.  So technically,  it is more like trading expectations. Instead of the stress inducing, paralyzing “it must be good” I choose to have more of a who-knows-what-it-will-be expectation. It might be ugly, it might not.  But no matter what, I’m going to have fun playing!

Watch How I art journal using vintage photos and stencils on YouTube.

How else did no expectations help me play?  When I drew her body, I had zero expectations that it was going to perfectly proportioned.  Clearly, she is not and guess what…she didn’t have to be perfect for me to enjoy the creative process!


Why waste any color! I used a small paintbrush to get the last bits of paint out of the tube to color the some of the diamonds yellow from my Alternating Diamonds stenciling.


How many OOPSies can I have on one layer?  Quite a few it turned out.  After stenciling with Doodle it Bigger, I had to do something about that white space…and then it was OOPS after OOPS.


Apparently, the Smurfs were on my mind as I gave her blue skin.  If that wasn’t enough to do to her, I decided to give her face a few accents…with a dark Pico Embellisher…which really started to give her a black eye.  OOPS!


She started out as such a serious photo.  After a few layers and bits of color- she is showing her untamed creative side!


Now you’ve seen my play, let’s see yours!  Share what you’re creating with us all in the Facebook group and be inspired by what others are creating! And be sure to leave a comment here to get entered in the monthly $50 gift certificate giveaway! ***giveaway now closed***

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  • Jean Marmo October 11, 2016, 3:11 pm

    I love how you went from a vintage photo to this!

  • Diane Powell October 11, 2016, 6:15 pm

    I like that pico embellisher. Have never seen one before.

  • Marge October 11, 2016, 6:22 pm

    www thank you for all the tips on how to play!

  • christine Bell October 11, 2016, 6:56 pm

    Looked like a lot of fun. I need to give this a try.

  • Annette October 11, 2016, 9:13 pm

    Thanks again for letting me watch your journey!

  • Carolyn October 11, 2016, 10:05 pm

    This inspires me to play and just see what happens! It’s hard to let go of the inner critic…

  • Cristina October 11, 2016, 10:23 pm

    You never fail to surprise me, and inspire me? Thank you for sharing,teaching, and encouraging the art of play!

  • Colleen Gilgenbach October 12, 2016, 10:45 pm

    You are always so inspiring!

  • Annie October 16, 2016, 10:56 am

    Love to watch your let’s play videos. Thanks!

  • Hauenstein Barbara October 16, 2016, 9:09 pm

    I enjoyed your videos here so much! I also am scared of brown. Your prints and your lovely girl journal page turned out beautiful! 5
    Thank you for having a giveaway- I could put the prize to very good use and hope you pick me – woo hoo!! 🙂

  • Ann October 19, 2016, 8:47 am

    LOVE your positive enthusiasm and approach to Journaling and “playing”!!! Everything I do is based on precision accuracy and perfection. With your help, my hope is to break out of those prison walls and enjoy the art journey instead of dreading every little “oops”! Thank you for sharing the FUN!!!

  • Charity V October 20, 2016, 2:06 am

    I love your stencils.

    I have so many oops when I journal.

  • Barbara November 3, 2016, 12:32 pm

    Carolyn, that picture looks exactly like one of MY school pictures from long ago — same hairstyle, same face shape, same nose, and more. Uncanny! Of course, I’ve enjoyed this video, as always. Loved seeing how that diamond stencil filled the page with contrast and interest. I would never have thought of using it that way. Thanks, again, for all you are helping me learn.