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Courage, Strength and Outlining Words

A simple page but a page I needed today.  Sometimes I need to remind myself I have the strength and courage to do what I know I need to do.  I feel like this page needs more, but I am stopping here for now.  This is a busy art month – and when it rains it pours!  I’m linking up to AEDM & Just Journals.


This started as smudges and smears of leftover red paint.  The yellow was made with my new Inktense blocks.  Oh, it is such a vibrant yellow!







My yellow Souffle pen made the doodle circles.







The red smears called for words and these are the 2 I have been thinking about today.  Just the black looked too blah.  When I traced it with the yellow Souffle pen I was pleased.






As I look at the work by artists I admire, it is often the little touches that make their work so powerful.  I was amazed at what a simple thing, like outlining the words, did to the page.  Do you have any little touches you add to your pages?

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  • NatashaMay November 5, 2011, 11:46 am

    It is so wonderful that you can find comfort in your art journal. Great powerful colors with powerful words. 🙂

  • valerie-jael November 5, 2011, 12:34 pm

    I love the sunny colours and text, just what I need today, too! What is a soufle pen? Have a nice weekend! Hugs from Germany, Valerie

    • Carolyn November 5, 2011, 6:56 pm

      A souffle pen is by sakura. I like it more than regular gel pens because they always clog on me. The souffle pens are very juicy and show up well on dark colors.

  • Cat @ sea.sky.stone. November 5, 2011, 4:45 pm

    COLOR! I love color, and these are amazing. And outlining the words was a very nice touch for sure.

  • Janet November 5, 2011, 5:13 pm

    Great journal page! The red and yellow are perfect together, and you’re right about little details. I love adding dots to many of my journal pages and paintings.

  • Serena November 5, 2011, 6:13 pm

    The little touches can really make a huge difference. Your journal page is eye-catching….great colours and composition!

  • Jen@small matters November 5, 2011, 10:34 pm

    Great page! The perfect mix of bold colors and words.

  • Rita McGregor November 5, 2011, 11:44 pm

    Nice! Bright and bold! 🙂

  • Jen November 6, 2011, 1:33 am

    I love the bright, bold colors in your journal page. I really like the way the white outline around the words looks too. You are so right…it is the tiny details that often make the page! 🙂

  • Marcia Beckett November 6, 2011, 8:47 am

    Ooh! I love it!

  • Lise Meijer November 6, 2011, 9:04 am

    Hi Carolyn! thanks for your sweet comment on my blog via AEDM, great to meet such a colorful creative soul. Great how you share your process, that is truly inspiring. Love your ambrella painting. Wishing you much joy on this november journey.

  • Pattie Wall November 6, 2011, 9:11 am

    That souffle pen is cool! Your spread is very colorful! Strength and courage are two important tools to keep on hand in today’s world!