Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. Charlie Parker’s quote really resonated with me as I held Nathalie Kalbach’s Stand Up Bass stencil from StencilGirl Products.
I don’t play a musical instrument anymore. With good reason. I am nearly tone deaf according to every music teacher and I had a bit of a challenge staying focused in band like when I got my finger stuck up my flute the day of try outs. You can’t play a flute with one hand…anyway, you get the idea.
But I do play with color. My music is my art. It is full of my experiences, my thoughts, and everything that makes me, well, me. It has taken me a lot of years to believe in my music. Do you believe in your music yet?
So on with the art journal page!
I had a piece of blotter paper from way back that I loved. Very proud that I am not hoarding but using! I used acrylic paint to stencil the bass over and over.
If I have the supplies out why not make extras I can use in future projects!
As I flipped through an art journal looking for a page to start on this one jumped out at me. It is from when I randomly cleaned off my brayer while Gelli printing.
This rubber stamped Gelli printed paper shouted to be used so I just “had” to use it!
I rarely leave white space so I filled in some of the white with paint getting it ready for my Gelli print.
Glued the ripped Gelli print in place.
I cut up pieces of sheet music and spray inked them green.
A bit of scribble journaling on spray inked notebook paper becomes the mat for the stand up bass.
In my stash of leftovers, I had believe but that just wasn’t enough for me. I wanted more words so I turned to my favorite work making tool, the Block Talk Alphabet Die. This has become a favorite tool because I never run out of letters! I just cut more!
Can you tell I’ve run out of letters in sets of alphabet stickers? I made the exact letters I wanted to wrap around the Stand Up Bass to match how I was feeling as I made this page.
Thanks Nat for inviting me to play! Be sure to stop by and check out all the other wonderful music created by these talented people! And every blog in the hop you comment on gives you another chance to win Nat’s Stand Up Bass stencil!!! That gives you 6 chances to win! She’s randomly choosing a winner on August 27th at midnight EST.
Linking up to Paint Party Friday, Art Journal Every Day, and Creative Every Day.
Love the cut out bass on this colorful paper- such a gorgeous happy artjournal page you created with it. Thank you !!!
love your vibrant page Carolyn.
Beautiful!! You have alot going on with the beautiful vibrant colors and all the pieces and elements that make up the page but it all fits perfectly together and makes the bass a beautiful focal piece. Love it!!
Awesome job as always Carolyn! Love all the colors! Thanks for sharing!
Amazing page ….again! I’m not musically inclined at all, but this is a cool stencil.
Love the color!!! This is so energizing! I must try to use my brayer- I have one but it’s just sitting in my drawer- I’m usually too impatient to wait for layers to dry- love how you’ve used it here!
Carolyn, you always inspire and motivate me! I love your blog and thoughts today as I can so relate to them. As much as I love music I too am tone deaf. I sing to my kits and dog anyway. When I tried Native American Flute they hid! Thank you for keeping me inspired on my journey.
Great use of colour!
This is truly a colorful journey. Thank you
I’m happy to “hop” with you
I stumbled upon your blog a week ago and am so inspired. Thanks for the inspiration to use my leftovers instead of just adding to the collection!
Wow! This page woke me up this morning. Love the colors. So much fun.
I really love your colourful art journal page. Thanks for sharing!
Beautiful journal page! I love the bright colors and the foresight you had to make several images for future projects. Thanks for the inspiration! =)
I continue to be inspired by the way you ‘use your words’ and encourage creatives to play in our own unique ways. Thank you.
Love this stencil and your finished page – so full of colour and life, just the way music should be!
So bright and colorful! Love your work!
love the bass stencil and love the quote on your page. Very bright and eye-catching page
I love the colorful page!!! It´s awesome!!
Thanks for sharing!!
Beautiful! Feels musical!
great colors, great sentiment, great step outs, great post. xoxo
Love this page.
Your colors are wonderful on these pages.
Love the colors!!
Love the technique and of course the upright bass is too cool.
These are my favorite colors! Your page is so pretty and I love that you used old paper from previous painting creations. Good Job!!
I really love this, Carolyn! While I do appreciate the final product here, what I really appreciate is how you got there–the pieces’n’parts of this whole. For instance, most would have taken a sheet of music and placed it into the background to support the art and the sentiment. But, you have taken that sheet music and cut it into strips. That’s pure genius! You are such a mentor to me and I thank you for that. I am not only enjoying your work, I am learning from it! Mwah!
Such a fun stencil. Would be great used with a music one I have.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your “music”, Carolyn! So vibrant and energetic!
It sings H-A-P-P-Y!!! 😀
How do you know if you have won the blog hop?
Dows the artist get in touch with you? Or do you have to go back to their blog?
Some I have done just for the hop and am not signed up to their blog sight.
I can hear beautiful music coming from your art work. Love your use of colors.
Yeah, so I should be writing up tomorrow’s quiz. But this is a yummy distraction. Now if I can get done what must be done, I may have enough energy to go play. I love how this one tool (this awesomesauce stencil) inspired so much magic!
Love the colours and the use of the Gelli print and the bass placed on the sprayed mat.
Wonderful page Carolyn! Love the design and the words!! xx
What an awesome page! Very festive and lively
Wonderfully playful page! And I love the cutout instruments. I tried three different instruments, but gave up at last, as I could just never learn to read music, and lessons become too stressful because of it. Now I use sheet music for collage. I love using words, and bought an alphabet set once or twice, but was disappointed how few words I could make and then just having random letters left. I now have different alphabet stencils.
Well, you definitely have a way with colour! And that’s music to me 🙂
Awesome page, great colors and feeling! <3
Art is music of the soul! Thank you for sharing. HPPF
Luv the journal page Uve created. Wud really like to win this template. I have so many ideas running thru my head.
Wow! Wonderful page 🙂
I shared 🙂 This is beautiful!
Colour fix or what!! A stunning page Carolyn with a fab layout.
Huge hugs x
I love this page. The fact that you used scraps makes it even more special. I learn so much from you.
You are the best!!
Wonderful page. I love how you used your gelli paper…a color feast!
such a wonderfully vibrant and creative page Carolyn!!! LOVE how you used this stencil with those words!
loooove this! what a great idea to cut out a bunch at the same time, love your colors and always love your work! aloha,angi
The first instrument I ever played was the violin. This is a great tribute to what you use to do. I learn so much from your place, thank you for taking the time step-by-step with pictures. Blessings, Janet PPF
Love your journal page and the detailed tutorial.
This is so soulful. Love how the basses came out and the colors you chose for the background really makes this both sophisticated and fun.
So fun and cheerful!
I LOVE the colors! Beautiful page!!!!
Love this one so much…good job, great quote!
What wonderful artful playtime!!! The bass is a wonderful stencil and I love the home you made for it.
Love it! How cool to use the instrument as accent, especially on your blotter paper. Fab!
Lovely ideas and your step by steps are cool :0
I love you finished piece. Thanks for giving the steps you use and I think you have given me courage to tear some of Gelli prints.
This will make one musician very proud!! So pretty and love all the bright colors! TFS!
c’est magnifique! I love bright colors!
I fell in love the play of colors and I love the note, is fantastic!
What great journal page! The colors you used are so vibrant! I love coming here for inspiration!