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Making patterns in an art journal inspired by everyday objects video tutorial by Carolyn Dube

"Ordinary" things, like a kiwi, can lead to colorful play.  That average kiwi was the start of this colorful pattern which clearly is not a hyper realistic pattern that I've made.  It's more like gum ball kiwis for this week's Let's Play video. What is Let’s Play?  It’s all about rediscovering the ability to play. Each month I share a [...]

The Terror in My Studio

How art journaling helped me process my feelings

There was real terror in my studio last week.  Not artful terror.  Animal Planet kind of terror. A 3 foot long black snake.  As Indiana Jones said in Raiders of the Lost Ark, "Why did it have to be snakes?" Of course his were venomous and angry...mine was scared and harmless.  But emotionally, I was [...]

art journaling video sharing how to be inspired by an everyday pattern

I had a plan that was inspired by a pattern on the sidewalk I noticed when I was on a bike ride. It was a crazy crazy plan.  It involved precision.  Straight lines and measuring. If this was a movie, you'd hear the ominous music playing. But this isn't a scary movie, it's play inspired by the everyday, this month's Let's [...]

Art journaling tutorial sharing how she used a Gelli print for an art journal page

Precious paralysis struck while I was making this art journal page.  I was between a rock and a hard place.  I loved this background so much that I didn't want to ruin it.  But I wanted to add more to the page. Was it a bad thing that I had a bit of paralysis?  Not at all!  One could [...]

How to take an ugly art journal page and make it better with glitter and a stencil

What you are seeing here is sarcasm in an art journal. Those scribbled words say "this is a great day to be me." This was a not a joyous phrase, but one of sarcasm that came out of frustration with something. Basically, I was pouting about something in my art journal.  What was the something?  It [...]

How to use seed pods for gelli printing in an art journal- video by Carolyn Dube

Inspiration can come from anywhere, including the everyday.  I have walked by the tree below for weeks noticing the abundance of seed pods but it wasn't until I was hit in the head by one of the branches that I realized how much fun they would be Gelli printing®! Yes, my muse literally hit me in [...]

How to stencil all the wrong ways in an art journal and have fun doing it!

What's always been the hardest part of creating for me? Starting.  Especially when there is a blank page involved.  I used to be stopped by thoughts such as, "Will it be good enough?" or "I don't have a good plan" or "I don't have the right supplies" or "It won't be good enough anyway". I [...]

Stenciling the cover of an art journal with silhouettes by Carolyn Dube

My art journal cover started as play.  No goal. No plan.  I was just along for the ride.  I thought I was just playing until an O.O.P.S. struck and then the muse opened the floodgates on me.  I didn't see it coming but it was just what I needed. *An O.O.P.S. is an outstanding opportunity presenting suddenly. [...]

Video sharing how a toy can be used as a stencil with spray inks

Art play doesn't have to follow the rules.  If something looks like a stencil to me it doesn't matter if it was intended to be a stencil or not.  This art journal page fit perfectly with this month's Let's Play theme of turning non art supplies into art supplies! While cleaning out a closet, I found this [...]

This silly art journal page was a complete surprise to me.  Why the surprise?  I had no plan when I started so I had no idea where it was going to end up. It all started with the waves, created with this month's StencilClub stencils that I designed for StencilGirl.  This was just me dreaming of [...]