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Colorfully Scribbled Morning Pages Transform into Butterflies

Video of colorful scribbling, used as her morning pages, is transformed with a butterfly stencil and paint.

What inspired my art play today?  Aggravation…not the game…the emotion.  Thank goodness for Julia Cameron and her morning pages from The Artist’s Way so I could get it all out of my system!

I have used Morning Pages to write, on paper with lines and an ink pen, what I’m feeling, thinking, etc. without worrying about grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc.  And it is powerful.

But I also do it with art supplies and for me, it is even more powerful when I add color and big big scribble writing.  Letting it all out on the page allowed me to get it out of my system and to transform it into much more gentle feelings.

Once I had all that colorful scribbling, I wanted to capture the transformation in the art journal page so I used my Butterfly Journeys stencil and masks.  Butterflies symbolize transformation so they were just what I needed.  You can see the whole process and how to use a mask in the video!

Watch A scribbly start to an art journal page inspired by morning pages on YouTube.

After I finished 3 of the butterflies, for a split second I almost didn’t cover it all over with black paint.

Video of colorful scribbling, used as her morning pages, is transformed with a butterfly stencil and paint.

To create a title for the page, I combined words from 2 stencils, Mixed Media Mail and Transform by Seth Apter.  The last touch was a bit more of the scribble journaling but this time it was more peaceful writing thanks to being able to transform that aggravation through art play!

Want to know more about how to let yourself play?  I’ve got a free workshop called Permission to Play to get you started no matter where you are on your creative journey!

Video of colorful scribbling, used as her morning pages, is transformed with a butterfly stencil and paint.

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  • Mary C. Nasser January 7, 2016, 8:22 pm

    Oh, wow, Carolyn! This is so amazing and inspiring!
    Love the combination of scribbles, butterflies soaring, colors and black and white!
    Love everything about this!!

  • Rinda January 7, 2016, 11:27 pm

    I want to do this on a tag.

  • LynneP January 8, 2016, 9:42 am

    GREAT page! Love what you did.

  • Corrine January 8, 2016, 11:54 am

    Always good to do a bit of writing and get it all out. Nice masks. Fun. xox

  • Leslie January 8, 2016, 12:49 pm

    You are ALWAYS inspiring to me!!!

  • Denise Spillane January 8, 2016, 1:24 pm

    Love this and wish I thought to do it last week. Experienced something that soooo frustrated me. Love it.

  • Kathy Gledsdale January 8, 2016, 1:32 pm

    Love this and the stencil is great, I hadn’t seen it before. Been there done it with the teenagers, so feel your pain. Sending a hug. xx

  • Jan Myhre January 9, 2016, 12:26 am

    I just bought my first stencils, Carolyn! Butterflies & words! Can hardly stand to wait until the middle of the month to start. ?

    • Carolyn Dube January 9, 2016, 2:37 pm

      Enjoy the play Jan as you’re diving in to the world of stencils- can’t wait to see what you create!

  • Jennifer January 10, 2016, 4:30 pm

    I’m most excited about the Patterns for Play stencils-awesome stuff!

  • Sandy Rivas Harriott January 17, 2016, 6:26 pm

    Love it. I shall try it.

  • Kathy golden January 18, 2016, 9:56 am

    Love your videos and your products. You are just the inspiration I have been lookin for. Thank you, Kathy golden

  • Sandy Boreen January 18, 2016, 12:41 pm

    I loved the butterfly stencils and I am always inspired by your bits of information. Thank you, Carolyn.

  • loey January 19, 2016, 5:39 pm

    Love the scribbling! My muse calls it “the motion of the emotion”!