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How to make colorful papers with exploding paints

If seeing paint drip makes me happy, imagine my joy seeing it explode!  All of my family, even my husband...who you can see make his first art journal page in this video here, wanted to join in on this play! This definitely falls into the "Act like a Kid" theme for this month's Let's Play all [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

How I Made My Own Glitter Coloring Page

What do kids do with glitter? They use it, to their hearts content.  Not just one little spot of sparkle, but an entire explosion of glitter.  As the glitter took over a vintage radio diagram, I created a sort of coloring page, mixed media style for this Let's Play video, all about rediscovering how to play. In [...]

Using Leftover Scraps to make a mixed media card

Cleaning.  It's a bad word in my world. I will do just about anything to avoid doing it and for good reason.  Sometimes inspiration strikes from the messes of other projects, like it did here! These bits and pieces have been floating around here for a while and instead of tossing them into the trash, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]