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Go Be Magic with a Pink Unicorn in an Art Journal

I kept changing my mind as I made this art journal page....video of the whole thing on the blog...

Would I like to play with Totem Poppets they asked.  The name alone sounded fun to me!  When the goodies arrived in my mailbox, I realized how customizable these animals are…which means freedom!  I can make them whatever I want.  Wish these were around when my kids were little, oh the possibilities.  Since my kids are almost grown, I will just step up to be the kid and play.

Video showing how I used this Poppet in my art journal


But I wondered about my limited attention span and patience about putting the animals together.  Not an issue with the new-to-me cool eyelet setter.  It was easy, fast, and most importantly, entertaining with the lift and let go way of setting eyelets.  I was more easily entertained than I want to admit…


Check out the video and see how this art journal page came together.  There are plenty of Oops moments in there.  It felt like every time I had a direction I was going, I changed my mind.  This is just an art journal so I can change my mind.  Over and over.  And over again.

Watch Changing my mind over and over while making an art journal page on YouTube.


I kept changing my mind as I made this art journal page....video of the whole thing on the blog...


I might have changed my mind, a lot, while creating this art journal page but this unicorn and my muse reminded me of the magic of play (and how useful it is to keep scraps of Gelli printed paper around….).





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  • LisaDV June 10, 2014, 8:18 pm

    Love the unicorn and the page.

  • Maria McGuire June 11, 2014, 2:22 am

    I have to say that these Totem Poppets have your name written ALL over them 🙂 You have the best way of showing that there are no mistakes ever! Only thing though….I felt bad for the unicorn when you cut his tail off 🙂 Loved that music in the video–perfect touch!

  • Amante del Papel June 11, 2014, 5:48 pm

    this is really beautiful!

  • Ruth L June 12, 2014, 1:41 am

    Such a great ‘oops’ Carolyn, I love it from the very beginning, the way you apply all the layers and the end result, thanks for sharing your process with us. xoxo Ruth

  • Joyce Adams June 12, 2014, 6:37 am

    I went to the website and did not see the unicorn-where can I get it?

  • Corrine June 12, 2014, 8:04 pm

    Oh great 3 d unicorn….and of course I adore the PINK xox

  • Vicki Romaine June 13, 2014, 12:04 pm

    Unicorns! I love the use in your journal. Each time I see one of your videos, I am amazed of what you do. You are such an inspiration for me and my Oops.

  • Marjie Kemper June 14, 2014, 2:27 pm

    How fun to have this custom fellow in your beautiful journal!

  • Liz June 23, 2014, 11:39 pm

    So much fun! I made a jointed Godzilla for an altered book once. So much fun! I see they have a totem Nessie. I am sorely tempted!