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The Supplies are in Charge of the Play!


This art journal page seemed to have a mind of its own!

Ever wonder if the things around your art studio come to life when you aren’t there – like in Toy Story?  I am beginning to think that they really do.  This cluster of stuff all seemed to find each other over the course of several weeks as I worked on a variety of projects and magically became an art journal page.

But all these didn’t make sense to me until I made this background by cleaning off my brayer while printing with a Gel Press printing plate on dictionary paper.

This art journal page seemed to have a mind of its own and it started with a gel print clean up page!

The colorized strip of Tim Holtz Photobooth images just happened to coordinate perfectly with the background.  Was this carefully planning on my part?  Heck no.  Was it just luck…or perhaps orchestrated by the supplies as they rearranged themselves at night?

This art journal page seemed to have a mind of its own!

The feather fit perfectly on the turquoise swath of paint. Again, careful planning or did that lone feather that I missed while cleaning up after another project hide until it was safe to come out so it could be on this page?

This art journal page seemed to have a mind of its own!

The words, made with my Fridge Poetry stencil from StencilGirl using a technique in my Breaking the Rules stenciling DVD, are dimensional and simply leftovers.  Scraps.  Bits and pieces of another project. And somehow they completed the story of these colorful women!  More careful planning? Nope, the supplies are in control it seems in the studio.

This art journal page seemed to have a mind of its own!

I’m probably sounding a bit crazy to you that I think all these pieces brought themselves together, but there isn’t an explanation I like better!  Now if I could just get the supplies to clean themselves up at night…

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  • Shawna Pine November 18, 2016, 1:30 pm

    Can you imagine the supplies marching along to their nightly bath just like Mickey orchestrates in the Fantasia Sorcerer’s Apprentice? Maybe it could work on the dishes and laundry too! More time for play!

  • D.Ann C November 18, 2016, 4:25 pm

    Tah dah! I’ve caught up… Now if I could catch up with my own play plans.. lol!
    The colors on this just make my heart happy, as does the painted feather! Colorizing pics is so fun!!

  • Stacy November 19, 2016, 3:50 am

    Love this! The colors make me giddy… Lol!

  • Amy Hodgson-Smith November 20, 2016, 8:27 am

    I LOVE the idea of the supplies plotting at night, orchestrating the projects! Such fun imagery. And your page is gorgeous!

  • Jean Marmo November 20, 2016, 8:50 pm

    Sometimes I wish my supplies would just get up and play like the Sorcerer!!

  • Anita M. K. November 29, 2016, 8:02 pm

    These colors just make me happy! One of my favorite things is to paint text pages then cut them out for collage.

  • Susan Meertens May 19, 2020, 4:32 pm

    I love this artwork and the way I came together. Doesn’t sound crazy to me at all. Isn’t that the way everything comes ‘into existence’?! ;D

    Haha, if it would only clean up, that would be lovely ;P