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I Didn’t Listen to the Words of Painting Wisdom thumbnail

There were words of painting wisdom that I just wouldn't listen to as I played.  The muse kept whispering in my ear, "Let the paint dry."  But didn't want to stop playing to wait for anything to dry! I started with a scrap of cardboard, a piece of trash.  Why trash today?  Because this Let's [...]

She Released Her Untamed Creativity thumbnail

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 [...]

How to Make Your Own Coloring Page with Graphite Putty and a Stencil Tutorial with Carolyn Dube

What do I do when I feel like coloring? I make my own coloring pages with stencils. In the video, you'll see how I use Graphite Putty to create this one by making a stencil rubbing.  What is Graphite Putty?  It's like Play-Doh meets a pencil! https://youtu.be/2HWM_4HdxvY Watch How to use graphite putty to make a stencil [...]

Gel printing with stencils tutorial sharing how to build up layers in an art journal by Carolyn Dube

Control is a creativity killer for me.  My left brain likes control, which is quite helpful in some areas of my life, but not when it comes to art and play. Letting go of control is easier said than done but I have found ways to help myself do it. One way is by using a tool or [...]

Paris Polka Dots…an art journaling tutorial using  printable collage elements and stencils by Carolyn Dube

It was a "P" day in my art journal....not only play but pink & polka dots & Paris!  The bones or structure of this page has some color on it but not nearly enough for me.  And along the way, I made a new friend, Phil, who was very helpful with the polka dots...which infected me with [...]

Blind Painting in my Art Journal

Eyesight is a rather useful sense and it's one I count on quite a bit when creating.  So to help myself let go of control for this Let's Play video, I'm painting blindfolded.  Can't see a thing and it shows! What is Let’s Play?  It’s all about rediscovering the ability to play. Each month I share a [...]

Paris Polka Dots…an art journaling tutorial using  printable collage elements and stencils by Carolyn Dube

This page was inspired by a gel print.  It was supposed to be all about the colors and bits of pattern peeking out in that print.  But plans don't always go as planned. Okay, mine rarely go as planned. Turns out it was a polka dots and Paris kind of page that emerged from the play. [...]

How to Use Compressed Air and the Rainbow in Your Art Journal

The more I try to control an art journal page, the less I like it.  But letting go of control is a tough thing to do since it isn't instinctive for me (which is an understatement according to my husband). I am always looking for ways to help myself let go and thwart that left brain when I [...]

How to randomly pick colors and let go of control art journaling video tutorial

  Being in control makes sense in many areas of my life but not when it comes to play and creativity.  Many of the struggles and the uphill climbing that plagued me in the beginning of my colorful journey were due to my attempts to control. Being in control and making logical decisions was so familiar and ingrained that [...]

How to make colorful papers with exploding paints

If seeing paint drip makes me happy, imagine my joy seeing it explode!  All of my family, even my husband...who you can see make his first art journal page in this video here, wanted to join in on this play! This definitely falls into the "Act like a Kid" theme for this month's Let's Play all [...]