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.
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!
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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!!
I want to do this on a tag.
GREAT page! Love what you did.
Always good to do a bit of writing and get it all out. Nice masks. Fun. xox
You are ALWAYS inspiring to me!!!
Love this and wish I thought to do it last week. Experienced something that soooo frustrated me. Love it.
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
I just bought my first stencils, Carolyn! Butterflies & words! Can hardly stand to wait until the middle of the month to start. ?
Enjoy the play Jan as you’re diving in to the world of stencils- can’t wait to see what you create!
I’m most excited about the Patterns for Play stencils-awesome stuff!
Love it. I shall try it.
Love your videos and your products. You are just the inspiration I have been lookin for. Thank you, Kathy golden
I loved the butterfly stencils and I am always inspired by your bits of information. Thank you, Carolyn.
Love the scribbling! My muse calls it “the motion of the emotion”!