My inner critic and my muse had a huge fight. I am happy to say that my muse gave my inner critic a swift kick in the rear end! And I got to play in my art journal!
The muse started out just inspiring me to use up leftover paints with a new stencil. My muse is very accepting and believes play has no rules.
Then the inner critic arrived asking all sorts of questions.
- Is it good now?
- Should I have used another color to make it right?
- Is that too much blue bad?
- Are the butterflies evenly spaced so that it looks okay?
- Did I do it right? Did I do it right? Did I do it right?
Wow – is my inner critic needy! I was having such a nice time until that critic showed up. So my muse, acting like a protective older sister, send that inner critic away!
Then I played! Sprays and splatters of Color Bloom spray ink, acrylic paints, Chalk Edgers, more stenciling, anything I felt like using because there are no rules when playing.
Added a touch of stitched Gelli prints on the top right, a Latin flashcard (tantus) that was randomly picked from the big box of cards, and more pink.
In case you aren’t fluent in Latin, the word tantus means so great or so much. Hey, wonder if that is related to tantalize…
So my muse is tantus…now who knows if I am using it correctly but she is so great for chasing that inner critic away!
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- Use Your Words stencil
- Nature’s Promise stencil
- Nature Notes stencil
- Small Dylusions Journal
- Color Blooms Spray Inks
- Chalk Edgers
Sharing with my friends at Paint Party Friday, Creative Every Day, and Art Journal Every Day.
I’ll fly away with you and your muse any day. xox
Beautiful journal spread, Carolyn!
As always I enjoy your colorful work!! I enjoy how you show us your process, too. What the page looks like at first then the finished product. Thanks for always sharing:)
Love the colors…so serene and peaceful!! And that flashcard is awesome!
Kudos to your muse and to you for letting your colors fly! Always beautiful Carolyn! xo
Love this and those colors are yummy!
Fantastic Carolyn! I wish that darn inner critic would just stop it already!
Love what you do, no matter what “things” you choose to play with! You did a great job with Traci’s stencils – as usual!
Love your butterflies Carolyn, and your blues and pinks as well, great job!
Great post! Your butterfly page is lovely. I know what you mean about the inner critic. I’ve been working on painting in acrylic lately, and for some reason, this medium brings out my inner critic more than I like.
very pretty page I love all the layers
I like your inner muse!!!!! I’m going to sign up for your newsletter. Love how your playing turned out
really fabulous page Carolyn- that must have been some mighty kick in the pants:):)
Love the colors in this, Carolyn.
Love the beautiful butterflies, Carolyn.
I’m glad your muse gave that critic a kick in the pants. lol The muse was right–and what you did is exquisite.
Glad you booted that critic, i hate mine, she’s always so annoying!
Its always a joy to see the process of your wonderful work Carolyn, Thanks for sharing 🙂
ohhh I like this very much. You did good you and your muse
So glad the muse won Carolyn.
awesome Carolyn! Love it!
Cool. And great new blog.
As my friend Catherine say, “Ain’t nobody got time for ‘dat!” Push that critic out the door, girlfriend. Your pages are fabulous!
I love that you gave your muse a name! I’m naming mine Moria. Thanks!