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Creating from Your Soul Interview

She started this art journal page with a big random mess and the shares it layer by layer!

I had a great time talking with Heidi Easley for her free online event, Creating From Your Soul. If you’ve just listened to the interview (and you can watch it here), here’s a link to the free workshop I mentioned. She asked each artist to share a tip or trick so I showed my way of starting an art journal page when I don’t have any idea what I am going to do.

Creating from your soul telesummit with Heidi Easley and Carolyn Dube

The most important step for me is getting started. It’s also the hardest for me. This is the mess I made during the interview, a totally random mess which is one of my favorite ways to get started playing. Painted with a brush, and my fingers, parts of a Gelli print®, and scribble writing.

She started this art journal page with a big random mess and the shares it layer by layer!

The hot air balloons are from ItKupiLLi’s Museum Vol 1, available at Mischief Circus. I love using digital images with Craft Attitude and a glue stick for quick image transfers.

She started this art journal page with a big random mess and the shares it layer by layer!

Even with the balloons on it…I still didn’t connect fully with the colors. My answer- a layer of gesso.

She started this art journal page with a big random mess and the shares it layer by layer!

This was getting awfully close to white space so I had to add more color back in to the page.

She started this art journal page with a big random mess and the shares it layer by layer!

There was a brown like color on the page so I had to take care of that…brown isn’t my happy color…but you probably knew that about me. A bit of magenta on the balloons and now they make me happy.

She started this art journal page with a big random mess and the shares it layer by layer!

The last step for today… a bit of stenciling with a pattern designed by Michelle Ward. It isn’t finished but there is no rule that I have to finish it all at once or really on any time table. When the muse sparks me, whenever that is, I’ll add more to it then.

She started this art journal page with a big random mess and the shares it layer by layer!

Want some more play? Come and join me for a free workshop call Permission to Play where I share 3 of the ways I reclaimed my sense of play.

Permission to Play: A Free Mixed Media Workshop with Carolyn Dube

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  • Corrine November 5, 2015, 6:21 pm

    Messes are the best part. Really like this journal page Carolyn, the repeat balloon works really well here, NICE. xox

  • StarS November 5, 2015, 8:49 pm

    You mentioned doing a transfer with a glue stick? Is that true? Did you use a glue stick to transfer the image? If yes, where can I find out how? I have only ever used gel medium with mixed results.

    • Carolyn Dube November 6, 2015, 7:27 pm

      It is with the Craft Attitude and a glue stick StarS…I take the easy way out on image transfers…

  • Gillian Speelman November 6, 2015, 10:07 am

    Ahhhh, my favorite type of creating Carolyn! I only started art journaling in 2015 and the experience has been amazing! Really freeing for my spirit!

  • Kay Wallace November 13, 2015, 9:52 am

    Loved watching the interview with Heidi!! Great art from you today, too!