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Finger Painting, a Rollercoaster & an Art Journal

It was a get all the fingers in the paint kind of a day! A very loose, bring out the kid inside of you kind of way to start an art journal page. And then I had to take a bit of artistic license with one noticeable part of the page.

But before I dove into the paint, I used a barrier cream on my hands. It’s basically like a hand lotion that creates a barrier between your skin and the paint. It also makes clean up a lot faster! You can see the name of the one I used in the supplies at the end of this post.

The prints I made with the Map stencil by Mary Nasser weren’t meant to be rollercoasters but once I saw it in there, I happily couldn’t unsee it! Two of these became the old wooden style rollercoasters in my art journal.

You might have noticed all the extra letters in the word wheeee as I used my Vintage Typewriter Alphabet stencil. That’s because I really really wanted the word to be longer, so I used a little artistic license and made it longer. Not exactly how the dictionary spells it, but it totally works! If only that attitude had worked on all those spelling tests in elementary school.

To get the smaller words on the page, I used a pen with the Alpha Jumble stencil. It’s a quick way to get words for a title of a page. If you want to see how I can get it lined up even with a super dirty stencil that you can’t see through, be sure to watch the video at about 6:30.

What a ride 2020 has been, and it’s nowhere near over yet. Know it’s been a tough year for the entire world and I’m hoping it gets a bit easier for everyone soon!

Here are the supplies used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. For example, I’m an Amazon Associate & I earn from qualifying purchases. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and you get a really good feeling knowing that you are helping keep the free tutorials coming!

Not listed above are the Plaza Art Perm. Green Light & Cerulean Blue Hue paints also used.

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  • Mary C. Nasser September 16, 2020, 6:47 pm

    Oh my gosh, Carolyn! What a delightful page filled with wonderful colors! Yes, this year has been one wild ride! Thank you for using my map stencil in such a fun way!

  • Jakki Garlans September 18, 2020, 8:16 pm

    Good Luck with the unpacking Carolyn.

    Did you move far? And will you be introducing us to your new studio?

    It’s all very exciting, one moment you are riding a high and the next minute you fall into a pit just like the roller coaster. Not sure when or how the 2020 ride will end, but I certainly hope next year is calmer!

  • Sherry Lewis September 19, 2020, 12:33 am

    Honey, you are speaking to the Queen of Moving! I’ve moved x 4 in 2020! Myself x 3 and a friend x 2. Get in line for moves…lol
    I was just out in my studio for play for the first time in months and months….

  • Terry September 19, 2020, 11:09 am

    Great use of that Mary Nasser stencil!

  • Jo Price September 19, 2020, 11:59 pm

    What a fun virtual ride! Thanks Carolyn!!!

  • Boo Martin September 20, 2020, 7:12 am

    I didn’t see a map at all. The first thing I saw was a roller coaster.