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Let’s Play and Brighten Up an Old Art Journal Page

Video sharing how Carolyn took an old art journal page and made it sparkle! Let's Play, a link party where you can be inspired and be inspiring!

This page was fine.  It was okay.  But it could be more fun so I gave myself a do over!  I’m allowed to do that and so are you!  It’s an art journal page not a legal contract!

What is Let’s Play?  It’s all about rediscovering the ability to play. Each month I share a specific strategy that helped me rediscover how to play.    This month I am sharing how I allow myself to change my mind on my art journal pages.  You can see all of this month’s do overs including the super ugly one here.

Be sure to get entered in this month’s $50 giveaway to Michaels by leaving a comment and there are ways to get even more chances- check out the end of this post).

In the video you’ll see me using watercolors on wet acrylic paint.  Can you do that? You bet!

Watch Art journal page redo with more color and sparkle on YouTube.

Want to see more Let’s Play videos? You can find all the weekly posts here.

Here’s the page that started today’s play.  It’s fine.  It’s nice.  It has room for more color!

Video sharing how Carolyn took an old art journal page and made it sparkle!

I fiddled around with the background with white…but it didn’t stay white for long thanks to watercolors.  And yes, I used them right on the wet paint!

Video sharing how Carolyn took an old art journal page and made it sparkle!

The white space is all gone!

Video sharing how Carolyn took an old art journal page and made it sparkle!

Even with all that color, the yellow heart needed more.  First some stenciled women from my Finding Your Tribe stencil, an bit of journaling, and then sparkles thanks to Viva Decor’s Glitter Paste!

Video sharing how Carolyn took an old art journal page and made it sparkle!

Now you’ve seen my play- I’d love to see yours!  Share it with us all in the Facebook group here.

This months way to rediscover how to play is all about changing your mind

Want to see more Let’s Play videos? You can find all the weekly posts here.

There’s also a change to how Let’s Play is happening starting this month.  I’ve listened to your feedback about how and where you’d like to share your play.   Instead of the link party as in previous months, we’ll start sharing it in the Facebook group called A Colorful Place to Play.   In fact, lots of you are already sharing it there!

What about the monthly giveaways?  The monthly giveaway is conintuing – just leave comment to be entered and one winner each month will be chosen by random.org.  Want more chances to win the $50 gift certificate?  Pin any of the images from the page or share about it on Facebook- then come back and leave a comment telling me what you did and you can have more chances to win!Giveaway closes the Monday, May 30th at 8am EST and the winner will announced on the blog!

Why did I choose to switch to the FB group?  It allows for more people to comment and encourage and interact which was one of my hopes for Let’s Play.  I looking forward to seeing your play!

Here are the supplies I used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and you are helping me keep this blog and my videos ad free! Thank you- I don’t like ads any more than you do!

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  • Janene May 23, 2016, 11:25 pm

    Its going to be a do over day here tomorrow. Enjoyed thexnew video. Thanks.

  • Bobbye May 24, 2016, 1:46 am

    Love watching you play! I’m going to try this right now. Trust me, I have a lot of ugly and unfinished pages in my journals! LOL

  • Suz May 24, 2016, 10:25 am

    I love it when your inner-kindergartener come out to play! Thanks for the fun.

  • Sara Thompson May 24, 2016, 11:58 am

    I love this month’s theme – it’s so freeing. I have been working on a piece that I’m just not sure how I feel about it. Then I remembered that I can always do it over later when I am inspired to make it different. It took a lot of the pressure off of creating the perfect piece.

  • D.Ann C May 24, 2016, 4:11 pm

    It’s fun to watch how things evolve and change… and change again! Thanks… it truly helps us timid folk!

  • Susan May 24, 2016, 8:11 pm

    As always Carolyn you show me how to have fun with my art. Thank you.

  • Heather S May 27, 2016, 6:31 pm

    That piece is gorgeous! Pinned a photo here —>


  • Rosalind June 5, 2016, 3:15 pm

    I like having my older pieces. It shows how my style, choice of color, a media has changed over time. I may find that I had a “blue period” like Picasso (lol).

  • Jakki June 5, 2016, 6:52 pm

    Carolyn – I have just started to do art journaling pages and for the moment, I love a spare, pared down look. It is so exciting to see your videos and learn that, sometime in the future, if I want to add more to the page, even change it a lot, it is perfectly acceptable.
    I am learning to play and I’m loving it! Thank you!

  • Linda Dunlap June 5, 2016, 7:19 pm

    So interesting and inspiring!

  • Donna Schrader June 5, 2016, 8:53 pm

    I love this! changing my mind in the future too! GREAT JOB!

  • Gina B. June 5, 2016, 10:06 pm

    I love that you went back and changed your page to suit today. Building layers as we change is wonderful!

  • Melody June 6, 2016, 8:15 am

    Hi Carolyn, I love what you did with your Art Journal page, especially with the added sparkle on the heart!

  • Louise June 6, 2016, 8:57 am

    just starting out, trying to give myself permission to play. You make it seem easy and fun. Thanks!

  • April Lopez June 6, 2016, 9:22 am

    I loved this video. Such transformation. Do-overs are always permitted!!! And BELIEVE is my “word” for this year so this was extra special.

  • Marie June 6, 2016, 2:03 pm

    Carolyn and Followers….Thx for continuing to steer us in new directions! Can’t beleive my change of spirit in the last six months of “playing” more!