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Courage to Play in an Art Journal

Video of Carolyn Dube playing in her art journal with a stencil

It takes courage to play.  Kids have it mastered.  But as an adult I had to relearn how to do it.  The place where I play the most? My art journal.  The camera was running as I made this page while I was thinking about how much courage it can take to play (and how valuable that play is)!

This video also shows one of the many uses for the Use Your Words stencil I designed. Not only can I use the entire stencil but I can isolate individual words to make the statement that I want.

You can watch Courage to Play in an Art Journal on YouTube here.

How do you play?

Linking up with Paint Party Friday, Creative Every Day, and Art Journal Every Day.

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  • Corrine November 14, 2013, 5:59 pm

    Hmm, you must hae been sending me brainwaves! We were on the same page ha ha today. xox

  • Mary C. Nasser November 14, 2013, 7:45 pm

    Another great video, Carolyn!!
    Love this!

  • Amante del Papel November 14, 2013, 9:02 pm

    Oh Carolyn you have so many right, your page is fantastic!

  • Jessica Sporn November 14, 2013, 10:14 pm

    terrific empowering video and page.

  • froebelsternchen Susi November 15, 2013, 6:07 am

    absolut awesome Carolyn… that’s it – we have to play more!

  • valerie-Jael November 15, 2013, 8:33 am

    Hmm, I spend my life playing these days, but at my age I think it is allowed! Thanks for the corrected art-spark link, I thought it was me! Valerie

  • Cynthia November 15, 2013, 11:00 am

    Super cool page–love all the black “white space” with the fun colors!

  • Annette G November 15, 2013, 12:10 pm

    Terrific page and love the fun video Carolyn.
    Happy PPF, Annette x


  • Maggie November 15, 2013, 12:13 pm

    Thanks for the reminder to play, Carolyn! I loved the video and the journal page ~ you’re so creative. Great stencil, it’s so cool to be able to isolate a word or even a letter!

  • Marjie Kemper November 15, 2013, 12:16 pm

    What a super way to use your words stencil! Fabulous tute. Love it, and your tool caddies from the foam board are just fabaroonie. Such great tabletop accessories.

  • Studio Kaufmann November 15, 2013, 1:40 pm

    I am the original Peter Pan who never grew up! Luckily I have kids so I can talk in silly voices with them and behave childishly. Mostly I like to play with my guinea pigs because they are so cute. I call them my grandpigs. Happy PPF

  • Kay Wallace November 15, 2013, 4:03 pm

    This is an awesome video, Carolyn! Your word stencil is dah bomb!

  • Kathy Gledsdale November 15, 2013, 4:56 pm

    Lovely stencil, and fabulous use of it!

  • Ayala Art November 15, 2013, 5:03 pm

    so much fun to watch your video!

  • Linda K November 15, 2013, 8:15 pm

    love your page and your new stencils-huge congrats on another artistic achievement Carolyn!

  • Michelle November 15, 2013, 11:27 pm

    That is the BEST title ever!!!
    Love your book. So inspiring!

  • giggles November 17, 2013, 3:03 am

    Wonderful video, thanks for sharing!! I loved it!!

    Hugs Giggles

  • Boo November 17, 2013, 1:33 pm

    Love this page, Carolyn

  • Arnoldo L. Romero November 17, 2013, 8:51 pm

    There are some days I need more courage than others. Blessings!

  • Billie A November 17, 2013, 10:08 pm

    fun page and great way to see how you got those words on the page. Always fun seeing your work and train of thought.

  • Tracy November 19, 2013, 3:44 am

    Hi Carolyn,
    I wanted to comment on your ‘Fitting art into a busy life’ post, but the comment facility is switched off. Anyway, just wanted to say that I’m relieved I’m not the only one who gets cranky if I don’t get to play for a while. My family have been known to push me into my art room with the command to ‘paint something’! Glad you managed to fit some arting in to your day 🙂

  • Carolyn November 19, 2013, 9:57 am

    Sorry about that Tracy- had no idea (and it never asks me to allow comments so very confused as to why this time…). Thank you for taking the time to tell me! I have been banished to the studio many times by my family and every time they have been right. Glad to know I am not the only one too!

  • Nicole/Beadwright November 20, 2013, 11:02 am

    I really like your videos. Keep up the great show.

  • Sue Clarke December 8, 2013, 8:17 pm

    Just what I needed to see today.
    The list of “to do’s” just keeps growing and it is sometimes hard to justify the time I want to play with my stencils and paint, but I feel so much better after I do. Freer for sure. Thanks for the reminder and the fun page.