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Using the 3 Second Rule to Get Unstuck

Video Using the 3 Second Rule to Get Unstuck when making art by Carolyn Dube Video Using the 3 Second Rule to Get Unstuck when making mixed media art by Carolyn Dube



I had a blank canvas in front of me and I just could not make a decision on how to begin.

Paint or spray ink or watercolors?  Stencil or collage or sketch?  Blue or green or purple?

The questions just kept coming.  I was completely in my head.  Frozen. Not a decision could be made.




I turned to my friends over in A Colorful Playground.  I pulled up the Google+ community on my computer.  I looked for 3 seconds and whatever grabbed my eye, I had to use some element of it.  Only allowing 3 seconds thwarts that over active left side of my brain so I can actually get busy creating!

Check out the video to see how I did the Hokey Pokey, centered a word with an index card, and let A Colorful Playground get me unstuck!

Watch Using the 3 Second Rule to Get Unstuck on YouTube.

Here are the posts that helped me get unstuck from some very creative women!  You can check out all the creativity and inspiration over at A Colorful Playground.  If you’re new to Google+, don’t worry, we’re all learning it!

Colorful Playground on Google+




















I’d love to know if you ever get stuck when you’re creating.  Let me know in the comments how you handle it if/when you get stuck!

Video Using the 3 Second Rule to Get Unstuck when making mixed media art by Carolyn Dube

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  • jean marmo April 24, 2014, 5:13 pm

    Love where you drew your inspiration!! So glad I am not the only one who hokey pokeys with the paint!!

  • Win Dinn April 25, 2014, 1:09 pm

    Great vidio – love the push/pull of the fearlessness. Inspiration plus! 😀

  • Jo Murray April 25, 2014, 4:10 pm

    Well done! It’s an awful feeling when you just go blank.

  • Jackie P Neal April 26, 2014, 5:58 am

    As I was watching the stamp part , I kept thinking- omgosh- when is she going to clean those stamps!! and then you shared about the wet paper towel and I was relieved! heeheehee! Great video as always Carolyn and really love how you pulled inspiration- I can’t imagine you ever being stuck for inspiration! hugs “)
    oh , and love those tips! where do we find those?

    • Carolyn Dube April 26, 2014, 8:49 am

      And by putting them on the wet paper towel they basically clean themselves! Do you mean the bottle with the long metal tip? I’ve got a link to those in the supplies used – they are the Fineline Applicator.

  • Marjie Kemper April 27, 2014, 4:07 pm

    Fun to watch ~ love hearing you sing the Hokey Pokey.

  • Rinda April 27, 2014, 4:49 pm

    What a great idea! I could use a bit of creative inspiration myself right now.

  • Estrella April 28, 2014, 11:33 am

    These stencils are so gorgeous that I would just use a piece of dark beige watercolor paper, lay the stencil down & color with acrylic paints on a Gelli Plate. Once dry, I would then use a micron black ink pen to outline & highlight the parts of the stencil that I want to stand out (probably the words). I would then frame the pieces, probably using a black mat. Gorgeous!

  • Corrine April 28, 2014, 3:01 pm

    Yummy unstuckness. I just start randomly painting colors all over or collage all over, either one works for me. xox

  • Sandra April 28, 2014, 5:35 pm

    Super project and fantastic inspiration/tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

    Strange how we all see something different in a persons piece of art especially when it’s being created. You saw a women and when you playing with the pink paint that became here, I saw a tree. Then when you added the circles the pink (tree trunk) was leaning towards the circles. This gave it the appearance, at least to me, that the tree was leaning towards the sun.

  • Mary C. Nasser May 2, 2014, 9:27 pm

    Of course, when I saw these wonderful circles, I thought they looks like wonderful worlds and floating globes! 🙂 Love it!