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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 [...]

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 [...]

Ever try to stencil something round and smooth like a glass ornament?  It can be tough to stencil on the outside, so I found an easier way - put the pattern on the inside! Why Christmas now?  I'm playing in the Christmas in July blog hop with StencilGirl Products and Imagine Crafts with a $100 giveaway [...]

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 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 [...]