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Happily Going in Circles

I’m still riding the high of being published!   Granted, it is a short video, but it is still my video.  I wanted to capture the good feelings in my journal so I started creating with one of the many backgrounds I made while filming the video segment over and over.  I have such respect for people who get it in one take!

The video shows you how to get to my starting point (don’t want to ruin the surprise for those of you who have not watched it yet but I promise it is EASY).







Then I just began to play, adding bits here and there.  No pressure = freedom to fail.  There were some twists and turns I didn’t like but I just kept adding more layers and in the end I was very happy with where it went.






Partial stamping (okay, sloppy, messy imperfect stamping that was perfect for me!)







Paints and Portfolio crayons added.












Of course I had to add a stencil (the exploding star)- it seems to be one of those tools I can’t live without right now!  This one is from Julie Balzer and Crafters Workshop.







Now that I’ve had a chance to play I am going to look and see what the other artists are up to over at Paint Party Friday, Creative Every Day, and Art Journal Every Day!  Have you had time to play lately?


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  • Marja July 20, 2012, 3:13 am

    Hi Carolyn, I love your beautiful circles. And thanks for the marvelous tutorial.
    I do love making circles too. It gives a special dimension for me.
    Have a nice day
    Lovely greet

  • Cynthia July 20, 2012, 8:03 am

    Yep! Happy circles! I love the colors and the movement you’ve created!

  • Carol July 20, 2012, 8:11 am

    Wonderfully creative ‘going in circles’ and a video ~ Wow!~ thanks, ^_^ (A Creative Harbor)

  • NatashaMay July 20, 2012, 8:21 am

    This looks really fun! 🙂 Congrats on being published!

  • Faye July 20, 2012, 8:58 am

    Carolyn, I love your happy circles! This looks like fabric to me, maybe for a large chair or sofa, maybe draperies. Not sure about a dress, though. Anyway, I enjoyed seeing the step by step way you got to the lovely finished product.

  • Christine July 20, 2012, 9:24 am

    lovely work on circles!

  • Dinna July 20, 2012, 10:28 am

    Thanks for sharing your process — I learned something form it. Love the concept of the circles…and your title.

  • Catherine Denton July 20, 2012, 12:34 pm

    LOVE this!!! Oh I really, really do. And how exciting about getting published! Hope you buy yourself a coffee or ice cream treat to celebrate!! 😀
    Catherine Denton

  • Mary C. Nasser July 20, 2012, 12:35 pm

    Congratulations again on being published!
    Love your concentric painting!!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  • Marji July 20, 2012, 12:58 pm

    You couldn’t have put this better:: No pressure = freedom to fail.
    Your circles are beautiful. Happy PPF

  • Michelle Mathey - POMI July 20, 2012, 1:43 pm

    Popping over from Art Journal Every Day to say that I LOVE your circles!! Have a great Friday!

  • lynn cohen July 20, 2012, 1:50 pm

    As an art quilter this background sings to me…love the circles and fun learning/seeing how you got from one step to the next. Thanks for sharing. Congrats on being published too! Ride that high forever more! HPPF!

  • Valerie-Jael July 20, 2012, 3:18 pm

    The circles are great, they have such depth! Congrats on being published, Too! Valerie

  • glorv1vivalavida July 20, 2012, 3:39 pm

    Great circles. Love the colors and congrats on being published! Yay for you!!

  • Debbie July 20, 2012, 3:47 pm

    Love the colors in your circle piece. Congratulations on being published!! You will see that I have also been going in circles, all month with the sketchbook challenge.

  • Natasha July 20, 2012, 6:24 pm

    Go you getting published!! Congratulations. I love the colours and layers in this. And seeing the process and what the changes are to the look. Stunning.

  • Paula - Buenos Aires July 20, 2012, 8:56 pm

    You certainly convey the happy feeling! Lovely flow and awesome choice of colours.
    Thanks for your comments on my use of jewelry. It means a lot to me, coming from someone whose work I admire! 🙂

  • Tracey Fletcher King July 20, 2012, 10:06 pm

    Congrats on the video… am bookmarking it so I can watch it later in peace and quiet… love seeing the process every week, but this week I found the colour palette very interesting… a bit more muted, but still so very beautiful…xx

  • Scarlett July 20, 2012, 10:22 pm

    So awesome!! Congrats, it’s a big accomplishment! Seeing your process is a real treat!

  • Jessica July 20, 2012, 10:43 pm

    Love your circles and the colors and the video! Loved meeting you and Emma at CREATE! And I think it’s pretty clear that intricate stamp carving is not my gig!! (smile)

  • JKW July 20, 2012, 11:21 pm

    Congrats on publishing. I love the colors, they remind me of interior decorating. . . outstanding. Blessings, Janet PPF

  • Pauline Leger July 21, 2012, 2:14 pm

    No Carolyn, i have not had time to play much lately, but company is gone, so I will soon.
    i love your circles and how WONDERFUL that you’ve been published! Very happy for you… keep playing and posting! xox

  • Anne July 21, 2012, 3:14 pm

    Congrats on publishing! Love your circles, awesome colors!

  • Linda K July 21, 2012, 3:47 pm

    Congrats on being published! Love your circles! ! And I did have time to play for AJED-I love it when I can get it in along with other ongoing projects.

  • Candace Jedrowicz July 21, 2012, 8:41 pm

    How lovely!

  • Sabina July 21, 2012, 10:50 pm

    Great job–especially with the stencil work.

  • Corrine July 22, 2012, 7:52 am

    Circle love always and again congrats on your publication! xox

  • AJ July 23, 2012, 1:41 am

    Congratulations Carolyn – love the circle page, great colour combination.
    Big love
    AJ 🙂

  • Marcie July 23, 2012, 8:10 am

    Congratulations!! And – I love your circles!

  • Ginny July 23, 2012, 8:25 am

    Carolyn, congratulations on being published again. What an exciting year you are having. Your circles made me smile as all of your work does. Beautiful.

  • Nordljus July 24, 2012, 3:56 am

    Beautiful, happy circles! And congrats for having your video published! That’s just wonderful!