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Let’s Play and Redo a Very Purple Art Journal Page

Video sharing how to redo an art journal page with Carolyn Dube

Let's Play Video series all about how to rediscover play again!Did I have fun making this page the first time? You bet! Did I think it was all finished then? Yes! Can I change my mind and redo this page? Absolutely! I give myself permission to do over any art journal page I want.

There was a time when I was overly judgmental about going back and redoing a page. But then I realized that was perfection talking. When perfection talks when I create, I create a whole lot less.

Letting myself change my mind was one of the ways I rediscovered how to let myself play again. And that is why this month’s Let’s Play theme is “You can change your mind”!

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).

Watch Giving Myself a Do Over on an Art Journal Page on YouTube. The fineliner tutorial mentioned in the video is here.

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

Here’s the page I started with…lots of purples.

Video sharing how to redo an art journal page with Carolyn Dube

Just a touch of paint and all the sudden the page had a very different vibe! In the video you’ll see how I started out thinking I was going to keep some of the things on the page but then changed my mind and painted right over them. Love that the word courage smeared purple into the paint too!

Video sharing how to redo an art journal page with Carolyn Dube

The words that best captured the feeling for me on this page came from my Are We There Yet stencil at StencilGirl. “You are here.” So true in so many ways…and especially for Umbrella Man with no rain.

Video sharing how to redo an art journal page with Carolyn Dube

Thanks to a little Glitter Paste, that hillside made of cheese cloth now sparkles. That glitter made my inner kindergartner very happy.

Video sharing how to redo an art journal page with Carolyn Dube

The final touch for today is some scribble journaling using a fineliner. You can find out more about fineliners in a video here.

Video sharing how to redo an art journal page with Carolyn Dube

Is this page all finished now? Who knows since I can go back any time I am sparked by the muse and change it!

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

Let's Play, a link party where you can be inspired and be inspiring!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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  • zsuzsa karoly-smith May 10, 2016, 7:32 am

    Amazing transformation! I’ve done this with canvases, but I usually paint over the whole thing!

  • Peg May 10, 2016, 8:50 am

    What a different page and I love the redo! You have been such a wonderful influence in my life. Permission to Play effects my art and my personal life:) On my way to pin on Pinterest under Journaling…Peg Messick Pearce.

  • Emie May 10, 2016, 8:51 am

    Loved seeing you re-do this page… but I’m curious. For me, pages are representative of where I was at the time I created it… a documentation of sorts. Now, for me, I’d hate to loose that. What are your thoughts about this? Do you have some journals/pages that are more personal than others and that you wouldn’t re-do? Is there a different satisfaction in re-doing a page vs creating a new page? I’m hoping to start a conversation about this to see what others think. I hope this doesn’t sound critical….. I know everyone feels differently and I’m just curious and there is no right/wrong. Respectfully and Thanks, Emie

    • Carolyn Dube May 10, 2016, 12:56 pm

      Some pages I have a strong emotion about, some I don’t Emie. Some (even the ugly ones) call to me to kept as they are. Some spark an idea for adding more to down the road. I don’t think there is a wrong on right way to do it since it is very personal and for me it varies from page to page. For me this particular page does document where I was and where I am because the layers are not totally obliterated, there are bits of them showing through. Some more prominently than others, but they all make a contribution to the finished page. Hope that helps!

      • Jill McDowell May 11, 2016, 9:44 pm

        I really haven’t been doing art journaling for long so maybe I’ll feel differently in the future. But so far I’ve never treated a page as done and I suspect that I will view making changes as just another stage in the piece’s maturation. It’s been my experience that there is nothing like distance and time to lift the fog from the window and let you see things more clearly. (Hey, that just may be the theme for my next page….. Thanks for the inspiration….)

  • Chris Teague May 10, 2016, 9:02 am

    Love it! I’m still trying to push through fear of “messing” up a page by re-doing it! Great job!

  • marian riley May 10, 2016, 9:28 am

    I love both versions of the page!

  • Kathy May 10, 2016, 4:05 pm

    Love that stencil. With summer coming up, it is a no-brainer to have I my stash!

  • Cindy May 10, 2016, 5:30 pm

    I have often thought about this, because honestly there are all of pages that could really do with a do over… thanks for your inspiration and sharing your fine liner tips…

  • Cindy May 10, 2016, 5:37 pm

    pinned your cool stencils saving my pennies 🙂

  • Miss Iowa May 10, 2016, 8:13 pm

    I could really use this gift cert. My Ott light just died! (sad face)

  • Suzanne May 10, 2016, 8:32 pm

    Somehow I never feel a page is done. I have to finally tell myself to quit, but going back and redoing is always an option. I love the “I am here”. Right now I think I need that direction, lol.

  • Jennifer May 11, 2016, 1:38 am

    I love the redo! And thanks for the video on fine liners too!

  • Kathy Gledsdale May 11, 2016, 8:16 am

    I love this page!

  • Jill McDowell May 11, 2016, 9:32 pm

    I love how taking details away led to a page that said more! I really like how the colors in the background now blend and fade.

  • Heidi May 12, 2016, 6:31 am

    I like how everything can be changed. A very forgiving art.

  • sylv May 13, 2016, 5:59 pm

    I am always curious to see your new project.

  • D.Ann C May 15, 2016, 5:24 pm

    Cool! It helps take the nerves off of ‘getting it right’ seeing how radically one can change the look of something already ‘done’. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Mraz May 16, 2016, 12:51 pm

    Love the freedom of your approach to art….I have used the phrase…” It has to ugly before it can be beautiful” in my own art. Sometimes doubt slips in and I slip back to the will people like it, is it good, should I just hang up my brush….Your “permission to play” videos are just what I need to get me back to “UGLY”…mraz

  • Colleen May 17, 2016, 2:18 pm

    I really enjoyed this video. I have several journal pages I am not happy with; but would never consider covering it up and starting over. I somehow felt I had to leave the old work there –maybe to show I’ve improved? So thanks again.

  • Helen Markee May 31, 2016, 3:30 pm

    love your lets play series!! thanks for inspiration!!