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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 [...]

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 [...]

Upcyling a Paperbag and Going Big with a Gel Plate thumbnail

How big of a print can you make with a little gel plate?  As big as the paper (or whatever you are printing on)!  This almost 4 foot long print was made with the 3x5, the 6x6, and the 4" round Gel Press printing plates! Just printing over and over on the paper with the 3 [...]

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 [...]

I Actually Used Brown Paint!

Brown.  I used brown.  Lots of brown.  Why?  Because No Expectations is the theme for this month's Let's Play videos.  Having no expectation is easier said than done but one way I can do that is by doing something I know will be ugly to me.  Hence the brown. Technically, I still have an expectation, it is [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]