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Drawing Like the Masters…of Play! thumbnail

I am turning to the masters of play to help me when drawing the ideas that pop into my head.  When I draw it is often far far from perfect.  In fact, it is often not even recognizable.  How do I know that is okay? I studied the masters of play, kids. When a kid wants [...]

Art Journaling FUNdamentals Workshop & Early Bird Discount thumbnail

A friend of mine wanted to start art journaling but the idea was so overwhelming—the supplies, the ideas, the creativity, what’s wrong, what’s right?— that she couldn’t get started. So much joy in creating—and she was missing out! So many questions racing through her mind: How do you start?  What goes on a page? What [...]

My Husband Makes His First Art Journal Page!

Be prepared to laugh along as I guide my husband as he makes his very first art journal page from start to finish. He definitely puts his own twist on the page as only he can in this free 4 video series all about getting started art journaling. The first video is all about him [...]

Learning from the Masters

Finding inspiration for play from kids for this Let’s Play video all about fingerpainting in an art journal

Studying the masters is a great way to learn.  Who are the masters that I study? Kids!  For this week's Let's Play video, I am going to act like a kid by getting my fingers in the paint.  I'm going to dip my hands right into the jar of paint and some sparkling goodness too! [...]

Art Journal technique that will bring out the kid in you!

  One of my favorite ways to let myself play is to act like a kid. After all, kids are the masters of play so it is no surprise that they are the inspiration for this month's Let's Play theme. This miscellaneous box of inexpensive oil pastels created a scribbled background in my art journal.  The [...]

I’m art journaling with stencils and sharing it step by step as I find the door to another world or you could say letting my imagination run wild

My imagination ran away with the idea of another world while I was art journaling.  Perhaps all those sci-fi shows I love like Stargate, Star Trek, and Dr. Who have had a bit of an impact on this page. But in true sci-fi fashion, I didn't start out thinking I would find another language or [...]

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 [...]