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It Is My Circus…And Rainbow Monkeys

It Is My Circus...And Rainbow Monkeys stenciled canvas by Carolyn Dube

My muse has a twisted sense of humor and she likes to make certain points to me. I have had a lot of monkeys on my back, more accurately in my head, that have been getting in my way.

As I was searching for something that should have been easy to find on my computer, I ran across this unposted mixed media canvas from years ago and realized the message the muse was sending me. This is my circus and these are my monkeys! I never found what I was looking for by the way.

This canvas started with Golden Flourescent paints and the Random Circles stencil. That paint can be overpowering, just like the monkeys on my back can be.

It Is My Circus...And Rainbow Monkeys stenciled canvas by Carolyn Dube

A layer of Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap contained the the monkeys, I mean colors.

It Is My Circus...And Rainbow Monkeys stenciled canvas by Carolyn Dube

The word circus in die cut letters fit perfectly. What did I do to color the letters? That is another mystery that time has claimed.

It Is My Circus...And Rainbow Monkeys stenciled canvas by Carolyn Dube

Remember Mimi on the Drew Carey Show? I think she was the inspiration for her “makeup”. If there’s going to be a circus, at least she’ll be a colorful clown.

It Is My Circus...And Rainbow Monkeys stenciled canvas by Carolyn Dube

A touch of glitter on the edges of the fabric flower and some scribble journaling on the hat added the finishing touches. Something subtle to go on a very colorful canvas.

It Is My Circus...And Rainbow Monkeys stenciled canvas by Carolyn Dube

This is the stare of someone realizing the craziness around her is hers lol! The muse has made her point that I need to not take all the monkeys so seriously and just laugh at the circus in my head.

It Is My Circus...And Rainbow Monkeys stenciled canvas by Carolyn Dube
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  • Bev Wilson December 19, 2017, 1:44 pm

    Great post and fun canvas! thanks. šŸ™‚

  • Victoria Sturdevant December 19, 2017, 3:57 pm

    I love this! Thanks for sharing.

  • Corrine December 19, 2017, 4:41 pm

    Great find from the way back posts. She is adorable and it’s clear your rainbow world is internal, even with the monkey’s. Merry making. xox

  • Dee Spillane December 19, 2017, 10:47 pm

    Oh I love this. So cool and fun

  • Barbara Backer December 20, 2017, 1:45 pm

    More fun and more sunshine from Carolyn!

  • Julie December 21, 2017, 6:56 am

    Monkeys or not look how wonderful it turned out lol

  • Maureen Bartling December 24, 2017, 2:19 pm

    I watched this 3 times; I love the result but I have a question. Is the final product all paste or is it a gel plate with paste on it? Thanks again for another idea!

  • Maureen Bartling December 24, 2017, 2:21 pm

    I watched this 3 times. I love the result but is the final product all gel paste or a plate with paste on it? Thanks for yet another idea

    • Carolyn Dube December 24, 2017, 2:48 pm

      Hi Maureen, not sure I am understanding…this post doesn’t have a video to it.

  • Jo-Anne Falconer January 1, 2018, 7:22 pm

    Delightfully fun. We all need to play with the monkeys not let them weigh us down. Keep up the sharing fun.

  • Janet Schultz October 24, 2018, 5:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Fun project!