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Let’s Play with Tissue Wrap in an Art Journal

How to use Tim Holtz tissue wrap, a rubber stamp with paint, and stencils in an art journal for this week's Let's Play video! Let's Play, a link party where you can be inspired and be inspiring!

Once I started looking around my studio for neglected supplies, I found there are plenty of them.  The good news is that it gives me plenty of ways to let myself play! For this week’s Let’s Play link party, I’m using Tim Holtz’s Tissue Wrap.

How does showing some love to neglected supplies help me play?  It’s been so long since I’ve used these that they are like new to me.  All the excitement of when I first played with them is back!

New to Let’s Play?  It’s all about how to let go and embrace the fun of artful play.  Each Tuesday, there’s a new link party where I’m sharing my play and you can link up to share your play.  And yes, it can be any creative play!  Plus there’s a monthly $50 gift certificate giveaway!

How to use Tim Holtz tissue wrap, a rubber stamp with paint, and stencils in an art journal for this week's Let's Play video!

Another big part of play for me is not following a plan.  Even if I think I have a plan, I know it won’t really happen that way.  For example, the tissue wrap.  It was supposed to be one big sheet of it on my page according to my plan.  But once I had run it through the Xryon Creative Station to turn it into a sticker, I saw lots of little stickers in it.  So I just cut it up!

In the video, you’ll also see another, not as planned bit of play with an old rubber stamp.  It was an Oops…an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly…but that led me to something even better with that stamp!

Watch How to use Tim Holtz’s tissue wrap in an art journal on YouTube.

Stencils Used:  Learning to Dance stencil  and Treble Bass Clef.

Let's Play February all about showing neglected art supplies some love and weekly link party!This month’s giveaway is a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com!  Link up what you’re creating (and you get a bonus entry into the giveaway for sharing your play) or leave a comment telling something that you liked about one of the photos shared. One comment per person.  Giveaway closes Monday, Feb 28th at 8am EST and will be announced the following Tuesday.

New to Let’s Play?  You can find out all about it, what you can share (and it is almost anything), why your play (yes YOURs!) helps others to play, plus other info here.

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Link up etiquette  

  • If you see something you like, leave a comment on their photo or blog post and show some love – let them know they inspired you! 
  • Share your recent play (any form of creativity is welcome) that hasn’t been linked up to a Let’s Play before ( limit 3 per week please)
  • Add a link back to to this post so that others can find it, be sparked, and join the fun!
  • New link party begins each Tuesday..sometimes even late Monday night… 
  • Enter the giveaway for the $50 gift certificate by linking up (and you get a bonus chance for sharing your fun) or by leaving a comment telling something you liked about one of the photos shared in the link party. One comment per person on this week’s blog post.  The winner will be announced on the first Tuesday of the following month. You can find all the details about Let’s Play here.

You can upload a photo or use a URL or Instagram.  Not sure how to find a URL or link up? Check out this page of Let’s Play FAQs.

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  • Rose McGuinn February 22, 2016, 8:23 pm

    Carolyn, your colors always look so fresh, bright and clear. Fun video too, as always. Can hardly wait for next month’s new prompt!

  • Linda Carreira February 22, 2016, 9:49 pm

    Love this week’s journal page–simple yet makes a great statement. Really like the dance stencils.

  • Terri February 23, 2016, 5:40 am

    Carolyn, as always you are a delight and inspiration. I have some old tissue wrap too and never thought of using it the way you did! I have a smaller creative station but it will work out just fine! Thank you for sharing and inspiring !! ?

  • Vicky February 23, 2016, 5:43 am

    exactly the same thing happened to me, at first i really had to think hard, but now it’s like, alcohol inks, distress stains, brusho’s, o these markers…

  • Deb February 23, 2016, 6:36 am

    Love your ideas!

  • karenladd February 23, 2016, 6:22 pm

    OH, I love your use of tissue on your project! I have been piling up bits of patterned tissue paper to use for some time and really need to pull it out to play. I always love the texture it adds to a project.

  • Laurie Quick February 23, 2016, 7:08 pm

    OMG I love it!!!! Thanks so much for another use for my tissue paper. I get so many ideas from watching and using my supplies that have been sitting dormant.

  • Patt February 23, 2016, 8:33 pm

    In the journal, I Love the tissue paper you used, great idea !! I also liked the stencils. They sre so Neat !!

  • Annie February 24, 2016, 2:00 am

    Thanks for the video!

  • Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith February 24, 2016, 5:29 am

    Love how the print is still visible under that layers of paint. I wish there were more variety of this kind of tissue wrap on the market. It would save us having to buy all those expensive stamps!

  • Arianna Barbara February 24, 2016, 9:12 am

    Oh wow! I love the colours and how you use different kind of techniques and stencils! Love it!

  • Corrine February 24, 2016, 10:11 am

    Another fun product to add to the mix. Love this musical play. xox

  • D.Ann C February 24, 2016, 10:58 am

    Thanks for the great video! Once you added the dance stencil, I fell in love. I need to become more carefree like that.

  • Guylaine Morin February 24, 2016, 12:22 pm

    So joyfull and alive. I want to go dancing now ! 😉

  • Guylaine Morin February 24, 2016, 12:23 pm

    So joyfull and alive. Now I have to go dancing ! 😉

  • Janis in ID February 24, 2016, 7:43 pm

    Love that music paper tissue wrap!! I used tissue this week to catch my overspray. It will be fun to use the colorful results in mixed media projects!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  • Dr Sonia S V February 24, 2016, 10:09 pm

    The tissue wrap looks so intriguing and your page looks beautiful …a work of art!! So glad I discovered your page

  • Jean Chaney February 25, 2016, 10:16 am

    You really motivated me this time Carolyn! I just got some new goodies and was inspired to really have fun. Thank you 🙂

  • Jean Marmo February 25, 2016, 11:16 am

    Loving the projects! Bonita’s tag is so bright and beautiful!

  • Jill Holmes February 25, 2016, 1:07 pm

    I think it is pretty funny that I started my whole “homemade tissue paper” project this weekend well before you posted this project! Anyway, I guess I participated well this week and now everyone interested has some more info on how to make their own decorated tissue if they wish. I guess I should add that I used Memories ink to stamp with–an ink pad that is NOT water soluble. 🙂 Thanks for your creative posts, Carolyn. I really enjoy coming to your blog and reading all that you have to offer!

  • connie felton February 25, 2016, 11:33 pm

    i really like something about every project i see above.

  • Suzanne Gehring February 27, 2016, 7:43 pm

    I appreciate everyone sharing their artwork. Their creativity inspires me to “play”!

  • Allyson K February 28, 2016, 5:57 pm

    Your comments and you always are so inspiring and make me so happy. I suffer from depression and my art is a way of brightening the dark days of my life and you are a part of making my days happier. I love that you show how Oops! can turn into beautiful works of art just as much as intentional art. I also really like how you can start one way (like with your tissue project) and end up with something totally different in the end. I love your use of Dylusions paints. Thanks for letting us follow along. Cheers, Allyson

  • Carole February 29, 2016, 12:34 pm

    Carolyn, I love your colourful, cheerful blog and inspirational videos with “oopses” aplenty! I’m also loving the creativity shown by all the other Let’s Play February participants…it’s really difficult to choose just one to comment upon. I have to say, though, that I was totally inspired by Marjie Kemper’s Inchies – I’m going to give this a go! And I love butterfliecrafter’s ‘spread love, not war’ piece. The colours are gorgeous and the journalling elements work so well together (how impressive is that home-made mosque stencil?). The doodling adds the perfect finishing touch.
    Looking forward to the next play session. x

  • Glory Mooberry February 29, 2016, 2:03 pm

    Love the bright blueberries!