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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 [...]

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 [...]

How to Use Stencils to Make Butterfly Cookies thumbnail

What if you could have butterfly and flower shaped cookies without having to use a cookie cutter? You can when you use stencils and the right kind of cookie recipe! Using my Butterfly Journeys stencil and Flora Bowley's Bloom True stencil I created a fun platter of colorful cookies.  I'm not a big fan of spending [...]

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 [...]

Paris Polka Dots…an art journaling tutorial using  printable collage elements and stencils by Carolyn Dube

It was a "P" day in my art journal....not only play but pink & polka dots & Paris!  The bones or structure of this page has some color on it but not nearly enough for me.  And along the way, I made a new friend, Phil, who was very helpful with the polka dots...which infected me with [...]

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 [...]

Paris Polka Dots…an art journaling tutorial using  printable collage elements and stencils by Carolyn Dube

This page was inspired by a gel print.  It was supposed to be all about the colors and bits of pattern peeking out in that print.  But plans don't always go as planned. Okay, mine rarely go as planned. Turns out it was a polka dots and Paris kind of page that emerged from the play. [...]

How to Use Compressed Air and the Rainbow in Your Art Journal

The more I try to control an art journal page, the less I like it.  But letting go of control is a tough thing to do since it isn't instinctive for me (which is an understatement according to my husband). I am always looking for ways to help myself let go and thwart that left brain when I [...]