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Fall Fearless and Fly Challenge #4

Challenge #4  from Fall Fearless and Fly inspired this page.  The quote resonated with me and I knew that it had to be a big part of this art journal page.  I really tried to stay with the cool color prompt but a bit of yellow managed to sneak in on me.  It looked so nice I just couldn’t turn yellow away…and once it had some shimmering Twinkling H2O added it just couldn’t refuse it!


My Gelli Plate keeps on giving and giving! This background was made as I cleaned off my brayer while making prints with the Gelli Plate.

I never would have put the yellow here if I was planning this out.  Seeing the impact of it as it developed reminds me to add a splash of unexpected to my work.



There is a great giveaway over at Fall Fearless and Fly  for challenge 4 from DreamingColor.com – I have loved their Twinkling H20’s for a long time.  They have Silks, a great translucent shimmering paint that works on fabric, Radiant Rains spray inks, and more in bright vibrant colors!  There will be 2 winners for this challenge!

I did 2 kinds of stamping here- clean and precise & messy.  If I take my time and carefully brush the Twinkling H2O on the stamp I can get a very detailed image.   That is not my first choice- I like messy so I slopped the shimmering purple onto the stamp and got  a more “artistic” image.

I have been known to forget to clean up paints from my stamps before but it is no big deal with H2O’s because they react with water- so I can clean them up later.

The acrylic paint was good but I wanted it to be more intense.  Since Silk paints and Twinkling H2O’s are translucent when I added them over the paints they worked together & brightened it up. Here you can see if before (on the left) and after  (on the right).








Good think I don’t mind warped paper since I was building this journal page on a very thin piece of dictionary paper.  After I was finished I just flattened it out under a book for a while and it smoothed out considerably.


A white pen and the flowers felt complete.  Unfortunately, I began to love love love it at this point.  That is a problem because it felt precious  and I began to think too hard about what to do next.  If this is my biggest problem- I consider myself very lucky!




I was worried my handwriting would destroy it so I used my printer.  A nice part of using printed titles is I can move them around to find the placement that makes me happiest.

The blue doily was another remnant from my last Gelli Plate session.




Here is a quick video of the page coming together.

One of the greatest aspects of an art challenge is that I get to see how others interpret the same prompts.  You will be knocked over by what guest artist, Maria McGuire, made for this challenge.   Click here to see it!

Sharing with Creative Every Day Month, Inspire Me Monday, Fall Fearless and Fly, and Show Me What You Got.


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  • Jessica Sporn November 11, 2012, 9:09 pm

    Oh I love your page. It is so bright and happy, and I think that sunshiny yellow is just perfect for your page and the quote.

  • Cynthia November 11, 2012, 10:15 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous! I love the shot of warm colors–I think it adds vibrancy to the page.

  • Teri November 11, 2012, 10:36 pm

    Very nice!! I really like your flowers. They seem to pop right off the page.

  • Rinda November 12, 2012, 2:01 am

    I love twinkling H2O’s! Your flowers are awesome (not precious).

  • froebelsternchen/Art Journal Journey November 12, 2012, 6:56 am

    fabulous page ! WOW! great video too! thank you!

  • Nigel November 12, 2012, 8:00 am

    Fantastic page, so vibrant & colourful.

  • NatashaMay November 12, 2012, 8:33 am

    I love it! The flowers just mesmerize me. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your video, too.

  • Gloria J Zucaro November 12, 2012, 9:18 am

    Carolyn, this is fantastic. I think the yellow definitely adds some “sun” that you would want to get out from under the “Family Tree” in the quote. I so appreciate seeing how fast(LOL) you do this pages! I just bought a Gelli and now have to figure out how to use it! I especially love the stamped two-tone flowers.

  • Dawn Jones November 12, 2012, 9:49 am

    What a wonderful page! Thank you for sharing the video, I love to watch other artists work. I’ve never used Twinkling H2Os but watching you makes me want to give them a try!

  • elle November 12, 2012, 10:05 am

    Can’t wait to try my Twinks! Great page. Thanks for showing the way.

  • Deepa Gopal Sunil November 12, 2012, 11:15 am

    This is fabulous! I love the flowers and the doily…I love including doilies too 🙂 And yes, the yellow does make your art more bright and lovely! O how I would love to win those twinklings!!! 😀 Off to check your video.

  • Deepa Gopal Sunil November 12, 2012, 11:25 am

    Lovely video Carolyn!

  • Maria McGuire November 12, 2012, 11:25 am

    I have to agree with you–I think it is SO fun (and a learning experience) to see how others use the same prompts. I LOVE the yellow on yours–made it instantly bright and happy. I think the doily adds some wonderful texture and have to love the Twinks! I think your background represents the quote perfectly!!!!! Of course, LOVE the video 🙂

  • Bleubeard and ELizabeth November 12, 2012, 11:39 am

    You had me at LuminArte and Twinks. I love them. Never tried the Silks, but since I do so much fabric dyeing and painting, I might look for them one of these days.

    I really like how this page came together. I always enjoy watching the process. It gives me hope I might be able to do something like that one of these days.

  • Dani - ATA Girls November 12, 2012, 2:12 pm

    I’ve never tried the Gelli plate but you have inspired me to experiment. Beautiful page – as always! Joining from Inspire me Monday – http://allthoseartsygirls.blogspot.com/

  • molly November 12, 2012, 2:28 pm

    I’m with you… i kind of like the whimsical side of things that are not so precise. great idea to use a dictionary, too… you have an automatic flattener built-in!

  • Karen November 12, 2012, 2:59 pm

    This is beautiful – I enjoyed your post very much and your finished piece is just lovely x

  • Judy Shea November 12, 2012, 3:59 pm

    Just loverly, Carolyn. Whimsical fun!

  • Corrine November 12, 2012, 6:56 pm

    Love this page, all the elements and how your process to stay messy makes the page so much more than if you strived for perfection. Now to hop over and see what I need to think about for this challenge. Thanks for being such an inspiration and sharing your process. xox

  • Claudette November 12, 2012, 7:05 pm

    Delightful! Love the videos, too!! You are awesome!

  • Wanda Hentges November 12, 2012, 9:37 pm

    Fabulous page!!!!!!!!!

  • Terrie -Creative Explorer November 12, 2012, 10:44 pm

    A very inspirational page – I love the prompts from Fearless and keep thinking I’m going to participate and then the timeframe is gone and I missed it again. But, I do get to enjoy seeing what so many others do and each time it’s just amazing. I love your color palette and the messy stamping…..don’t know why we’re usually so compelled to make stamps perfect – they’re totally cool all messy! Thanks for the visit….

  • Valerie-Jael November 13, 2012, 4:49 am

    Beautiful work! Valerie

  • Jennifer McLean November 13, 2012, 10:24 am

    Not sure if my comment went through, internet cut out all of a sudden just after pushing send so I’m trying again. I’m lovign the color in your piece and the placement of the words and flowers are perfect. Loving it, gorgeous work and I love silks and twinks too, best paint I’ve ever used besides my Holbeins.

  • Marjie Kemper November 13, 2012, 10:21 pm

    I’m sorry… where is that *love* button? I just can’t find it. Keep hitting it in my mind.

  • Laurence Martin November 14, 2012, 11:59 am

    Wow! All these posts are beautiful and colourful. I am so glad I found your blog, I didn’t see it at the time you commented on mine.

  • Rita Barton November 14, 2012, 5:34 pm

    That Helen Keller…she was one smart lady. Lovely art!

  • Rita McGregor November 14, 2012, 9:58 pm

    I am amazed you can do all that on a dictionary page! Wow! Lovely quote, too. 🙂

  • Ritva November 15, 2012, 7:59 am

    Lovely, colorful warm picture, love the sentiment

  • Linda K November 15, 2012, 9:36 am

    this is totally YUMMY in every way Carolyn!!! That touch of yellow is wonderful!
    For some reason I cannot see any links or place for linking or anyone’s art on the FF & F blog-all I get is Maria’s project -no matter how many times I’ve tried. Any ideas? I have a completed project I wanted to link up-help would be SO appreciated.Thanks!

  • janette November 15, 2012, 3:44 pm

    Lovely Carolyn, thanks for sharing another inspirational page with us.
    Big love

  • Katie November 15, 2012, 6:11 pm

    Hi there! Love your pages, and jealous of your gelli plate! must ask Santa for one! thanks!
    Corrine just told me about you…we are fellow Hoosiers. I just moved here last month. I went to an art journaling meet up group that I love. There’s another meetup in Indy the Sunday after T-giving. Not sure how far you are. I’m in Shelbyville.
    Take care. -Katie

  • June November 17, 2012, 3:55 pm

    Love it! Love it! Love it! I love everything about this. From the colours to the composition to the inspiring quote by Helen Keller (an amazing woman), and especially the flowers. Is it possible to fall in love with a gelli plate? I think so, and I also think I want one, too. Must investigate further!

    Thanks too, for sharing the how-to part of it via the video. I love your sense of play and having fun with the paints and the colours, letting it take you wherever both you and the colours want to go. Thanks for sharing this, Carolyn.

  • Nancy & Jade November 18, 2012, 2:47 pm

    do you treat your page first?
    do you seal it when finised?
    if so, what do you use?

    • Carolyn November 18, 2012, 3:48 pm

      Didn’t treat it or seal it- this was just on a page from a dictionary.

  • Create With Joy November 18, 2012, 4:28 pm


    I not only love this piece of art that you created but I also love that quote!

    Thanks for sharing at Inspire Me Monday –
    Congrats, I’ve featured you this week at

    Create With Joy

  • Marcia November 20, 2012, 9:20 pm

    That is a really pretty page! I love my Gelli plate too.. and I must admit, I wouldn’t have bought one, but they sent me one to review on my teaching blog, and then I bought 6 more for my class! I really do love them. Also, I like to write on separate strips of paper and then play with the positioning too.

  • Jo (fiddlesnips) November 23, 2012, 3:54 am

    Such a beautiful page, thank you for taking us through the creative process 🙂


  • Daire Paddy November 23, 2012, 4:44 am

    Wow your page is beautiful! The colours are stunning as always (I’m loving the combo of turqoise, purple and yellow). I’m having trouble linking up to FF+F… I can’t find the linky list at the bottom of the challenge post… am I just being blonde? Here’s my response to the great challenge though: http://doingittheopenway.wordpress.com/2012/11/23/fall-fearless-and-fly-challenge-4/

  • Elisa Choi November 24, 2012, 12:00 am

    Wonderful process Carolyn and love the paints! The result is awesome:)

  • MissyK November 25, 2012, 7:11 am

    Beautiful!!!! I love the colours they are perfect as the sweet flowers! LOVE!


  • Carolyn December 5, 2012, 9:36 am

    Thank you everyone for all your kind comments!

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