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Celebrating Spring

Step by step art journal page with Carolyn Dube

The sun is shining, the grass is green, and the peonies will be blooming any day now!  In honor of spring, I am working in greens.  I usually work in a full rainbow of colors so I wasn’t sure how this would turn out…


Step by step art journal page with Carolyn Dube

A background made long ago that sparked the green theme.








Step by step art journal page with Carolyn Dube

Added my scribble journaling as I processed what was going on in my head.







Step by step art journal page with Carolyn Dube


Grabbed a title and the butterflies.  The green on the butterflies was stamped using a Gelli Plate to get a thin, even layer of paint on the stamp. I have a video showing how to use the Gelli plate with stamps here.





Step by step art journal page with Carolyn Dube


White oil pastel along the edges to frame it.







Step by step art journal page with Carolyn Dube

Ripped the trust title off to add the green ribbon below it.  A mistake that I didn’t glue the ribbon first? Nope. Just an Oops.  I even ripped the paper as I pulled it up and it is still just an Oops.








Step by step art journal page with Carolyn Dube

Bonus points for me here- I used up a “treasured” item from my stash- star pins from Maya Road.  I have decided I would rather run out of something wonderful than keep it in a drawer and never use it (a huge shift for me).




Step by step art journal page with Carolyn Dube


Used another “treasured item”, the sparkly butterfly, and added a glitter glue flight path.






That bottom left corner just felt unfinished so Ronda Palazzari’s stencil to the rescue! That balanced it out with a delicate touch.

Step by step art journal page with Carolyn Dube


Linking up to Inspire Me Monday, Creative Everyday, Art Journal Journey (challenge yourself), Simon Says Stamp (wings), Glue It Tuesday and Make It Monday.

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  • Donna McMorrow May 12, 2013, 4:52 pm

    This is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing your creative process.

  • Jennifer Block May 12, 2013, 6:49 pm

    Colors may have been limited, but it is beautiful, as usual!

  • Zeffy May 12, 2013, 6:59 pm

    Carolyn…..that is a huge shift I need to make….to use my stash!, Your page looks beautiful….looks like I may need a Gelli plate…I am seeing so much lovely work using one these days..

  • Corrine May 12, 2013, 7:02 pm

    What springy greens!!!! I’d trust you anyday. Good luck tomorrow…..xox

  • sharon May 12, 2013, 7:57 pm

    I am loving the green! How can you go wrong with the color of grass and trees? It’s beautiful!

  • Cynthia May 12, 2013, 9:00 pm

    I like the “I’d rather run out of something…” idea. That’s something I really need to work on as well. Gorgeous page too–love the happy, fresh air feel of the page!

  • Rinda May 12, 2013, 11:24 pm

    This is so well balanced!

  • Lisa May 12, 2013, 11:36 pm

    This is gorgeous! Love that vivid green! 🙂 Thanks for playing along in our “Things With Wings” challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog! xo

  • Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours May 12, 2013, 11:51 pm

    I love this page Carolyn! Fabulous greens. Good for you for using “the good stuff” we all tuck away–it’s always worth it.

  • April Cole May 13, 2013, 12:27 am

    WONDERFUL… Love your process! :]
    Look at all those “yummy” shades of green!!

    ** thank you for sharing. ~xx

  • NatashaMay May 13, 2013, 7:16 am

    Gorgeous! Love the bright green. Makes me smile. 🙂

  • froebelsternchen May 13, 2013, 7:20 am

    just AWESOME Carolyn! I love this lime green… that´s freshness and happiness!

    Fab piece! Thank you so much for joining us at
    Art Journal Journey!

  • Loz May 13, 2013, 8:47 am

    Beautiful Artwork Carolyn. I saw this on MIM..Loz

  • sheila 77 May 13, 2013, 10:35 am

    Absolutely adored this process post and the finished picture. I love that you have made it in greens, like you I usually use many colours, so what a good idea to keep to one for a change. It’s a beautiful piece to celebrate Spring (it is alternately sunny and windy and freezing, and pouring and freezing here!).

  • Marjie Kemper May 13, 2013, 10:39 am

    This is totally fabulous! Love the background and torn edges.

  • Barbara May 13, 2013, 11:53 am

    I love this page Carolyn! Fabulous greens. It’s so wonderful.
    LG Barbara

  • Claudette May 13, 2013, 2:58 pm

    I love this! Your pieces are always so wonderful! Always look forward to your next post!

  • Valerie-Jael May 13, 2013, 3:01 pm

    Green is such a beautiful colour, this is all so fresh! Valerie

  • Judy Shea May 13, 2013, 3:17 pm

    Oh.. love the green spring here. This will remind me to eat my veggies tonight.

  • Kay Wallace May 13, 2013, 4:02 pm

    Just a great spring page, with lots of yummy shades of green/yellow! My favorite part? The last-minute add-on of that great stencil. Just love them!

  • Crafty Dawn May 13, 2013, 4:21 pm

    Lovely page. I totally agree about using things I also have lots of things I feel to good to use, and have recently made the same promise to my self lol great challenge to do for yourself happy AJJ Dxx

  • Rita McGregor May 13, 2013, 5:33 pm

    Beautiful! Reminds me of fresh sprouts of grass and tree buds! 🙂

  • Wanda Hentges May 13, 2013, 8:12 pm

    A beautiful page!!!

  • Paulette May 13, 2013, 8:28 pm

    Love the green! Love the piece!

  • lynn richards May 13, 2013, 9:57 pm

    Fabulous colors!!! I love the process.

  • Maria McGuire May 13, 2013, 10:17 pm

    This is just SCREAMING Spring!!!!! LOVE it!

  • Lynn May 14, 2013, 7:14 am

    Gorgeous! And I love that you included you ooops : )

  • Gabriele May 14, 2013, 7:42 am

    This is my absolute favourite green!! It opens your heart and mind for spring!!!!

  • Jana May 14, 2013, 8:10 am

    Oh – I really love this page – the background by itself makes me happy 🙂
    Jana (from GIT :))

  • Deborah Weber May 14, 2013, 3:39 pm

    Spring green is just so refreshing! It’s fun to see your process.

  • Jessica Sporn May 14, 2013, 5:32 pm

    this is so fresh and springy = it is at once saturated and full, and spacious and minimalist all at the same time. LOVE THAT about it!

  • KT May 14, 2013, 5:48 pm

    I love your project! Saw it on Make it Monday MIM140 and had to click to get a closer look. Thanks for showing us how you worked through making it. KT

  • storybeader May 14, 2013, 6:28 pm

    love the bright green coloring! I need to do the same thing – use some of the 3-D pieces I’m hording, just because. Came out great! {:-Deb

  • Lisa S. May 14, 2013, 8:08 pm

    This is a fabulous art journal page Carolyn. I love the stencil by Ronda, it added the perfect touch. 🙂 Thanks for joining us at Make It Monday.

  • Karin May 15, 2013, 3:47 am

    wow, stunning page, the colors are gorgeous!

  • Kriebels & Krabbels May 15, 2013, 4:07 am

    Love, love, love that green!

  • aimee May 15, 2013, 10:06 am

    You sing on paper with colors I love… xoxo Aimee

  • ~*~Patty Szymkowicz Magpie's Nest May 16, 2013, 5:44 pm

    I am so drawn to your green page…this time of year I always marvel at the shades of spring green everywhere!

  • Julia Vazquez May 17, 2013, 11:17 pm

    I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS!
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  • Gloria J Zucaro May 18, 2013, 10:22 pm

    This FEELS so good. I feel refreshed looking at it. I love the sparkly stars you added, thank you for taking them out of hiding!

  • Carolyn June 8, 2013, 10:05 am

    Absolutely gorgeous page!! You did an amazing job. Pinned it to my art journal inspiration board : )