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When Good Colors Go Bad

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What do I do when good colors go bad?  I double down and play even more. This started as an experiment that went to the most horrid baby poop green in layer number 2 thanks to some unplanned color mixing.  It happens to us all.  The creamy colors themselves are wonderful, but the way I combined them was [...]

OOPS…I Got the Boot

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While doing a death defying tight rope walk between two trees 50 feet in the air, I fell and broke my ankle.  I wish that was the exciting story that went with the broken ankle but alas, it was just a simple missed step at home. So this gray boring boot is going to be [...]

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I never know what I will see when I look at a Spark of Art-spiration.  Didn't expect to have a rainbow caterpillar stop by but when something this silly pops in, I just have to see where it takes me! What is a Spark of Art-spiration? It's a free download that comes in my newsletters as [...]

Welcome to OOPSville

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O.O.P.S.ville is a wonderful town, after all there are no mistakes just Outstanding Opportunities Presenting Suddenly.  This art journal page started with the leftover scraps I just couldn't bear to throw away from cardmaking with gel prints. Living up to the name of this town, plenty of OOPSies were a part of this process and of [...]

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O.O.P.S. was a word said more than once on this art journal page and near the end, that word was coming fast and furious.  O.O.P.S. isn't a mistake, quite the opposite, since it means an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly. In the video, you'll see how I get myself into a quandary with the very first step and how that turns [...]

OOPS! How I Handle it When I Can’t Play thumbnail

I was completely in my head when I tried to play.  Any idea I had was shot down instantly.  That first step of getting started felt paralyzing.  My muse had left the building.  Play was not going to be happening with this mindset.  But this has happened many times to me and in the video, I am [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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What do I do about critical thoughts in my head?  Do I let them rain on my play?  Those judgmental thoughts..the inner critic...gremlins...no matter what name it goes by it used to squash my play.  But it doesn't any more and I'm sharing how one word can chase those thoughts away. My inner critic shows up as a [...]