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Merry Christmas from My Art Journal

Happy Holidays!  Hard to believe it is here already!  On Christmas morning, I am unwrapping a jumbo Gelli Plate.  I’ve seen its shiny red wrapping.  I feel like a I am 5 years old again thinking about the day!

That gift is what sparked A Colorful Gelli Print Party that begins on January 1st.  Hope you will stop by and join in the link party!   You can grab the blog button over on the sidebar on the right!




Here’s today’s art journal play:  I randomly stamped various Christmas stamps.  Creamy dreamy Pan Pastels gave me bright and vibrant colors!  I sealed them with acrylic gloss medium.






Journaling about Christmas and my wishes for the world.







Spray inks using Jessica Sporn’s Medieval Leaves stencil.







A coat of gesso over the spray inked areas.








Using a map stencil from Artist Cellar I added the path I envisioned Santa taking.







Cathedral window die cuts from Memory Box painted black.  I hadn’t planned on using black but plans definitely change when I am arting.  Does that happen to you too?





Using a Tim Holtz alphabet die I cut out the words that summed up what I would love for Santa to bring to the world: hope, love, kindness, and peace- and Gelli plates for everyone!

Have a wonderful holiday season! Linking up with Anything But a Card, Mandarin Orange Monday, Creative Every Day, and Inspire Me Monday.

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  • Valerie-Jael December 23, 2012, 3:30 pm

    Lovely pages! Have a merry Xmas and enjoy your new gelli-plate and whatever else Santa brings! Valerie

  • Cynthia December 23, 2012, 3:54 pm

    And Merry Christmas to you, too, Carolyn!! Thank you so so much for…sharing your talents and creations with us…and for stopping by my blog with such sweet and encouraging comments!

  • Tammy Murdock December 23, 2012, 4:40 pm

    Lovely page!
    Question: When you use Pan Pastels, how do you seal them with acrylic gloss medium? Do you just paint it over them? and don’t they get activated and smear?

    • Carolyn December 23, 2012, 4:51 pm

      It depends how careful I am. On this one I just smushed it around since there wasn’t any real detail to preserve. I like the dreamy look of the pan pastels under the gloss medium- so I try to get some of that smearing. When I want a crisp sealing I use the spray can sealers like workable fixative.

  • Judy Shea December 23, 2012, 5:06 pm

    You got the jumbo Gelli? Boy, Santa was really good to you. I love what you did with the PPs. The stencils and colors you chose are right on. Let’s hope the 2013 brings a better world of peace, love and friendships around the world.

  • june December 23, 2012, 6:03 pm

    I love this! Absolutely love it! It makes me smile – all the colours, the composition itself, the stencils (of course) and the beautiful, love-filled and joy-filled sentiments it expresses so beautifully.

    Wishing you not just the Jumbo Gelli Plate – which of course is a brilliant gift to receive on the big day! – but for a beautiful, happy and joyous Christmas, and a very happy and healthy new year, for you and for all your loved ones. Shona Nollaig Dhuitt, Carolyn! – June

  • artmusedog and Carol December 23, 2012, 6:19 pm

    top page is wonderfully done ~ love it ~ also your journal pages are very sophisticated and creative ~ Merry Xmas ^_^

    (A Creative Harbor ~ aka artmusedog and Carol ^_^)

  • Rita McGregor December 23, 2012, 9:01 pm

    Merry, merry Christmas!! I love seeing your step-by-step pics. 🙂

  • Anita Houston December 23, 2012, 9:42 pm

    Seeing your process always amazes me! This is so wonderful! I wish you the merriest Christmas ever!!!

  • Jessica Sporn December 23, 2012, 10:39 pm

    Love the happy, non traditional colors. How brilliant to seal just those images with the medium! Beautiful use of the stencils (haha!) and I love the pops of black — they really tie the page in with the stamps and the die cuts. Have a beautiful holiday my friend.

  • Ginny December 23, 2012, 10:44 pm

    Merry Christmas Carolyn. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.
    I love this journal page. Your wishes are perfect.

  • Marjie Kemper December 23, 2012, 10:57 pm

    I love seeing how you made this page, hon. Beautiful! Wish we were side-by-side again for more journal playtime soon.

  • Corrine December 24, 2012, 9:02 am

    Love, adore, jingle, hear them sleigh bells ringing full of gelli plates to bring to (GOOD???) girls and maybe the boys……were you naughty or nice this year? Enjoy the day tomorrow with your family and you gelli. xox

  • Kay Wallace December 24, 2012, 11:05 am

    Just love this creation, Carolyn! My favorite part is your use of a map stencil to plan out Santa’s route! What fun! From my art journal to yours, the merriest of holidays! Thanks for continuing to be such an inspiration to me!!

  • Create With Joy December 30, 2012, 1:30 pm

    Happy New Year to you, dear friend!
    I love how you show how you build the layers in this awesome page!

    I look forward to another year of inspiration from you at Inspire Me Monday! 🙂

  • Julia S-W January 1, 2013, 1:45 pm

    Love that background, the images and the non traditional colours really make this special.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us again at Anything But A Card.
    Happy New Year too!

  • alica January 2, 2013, 8:55 am

    very cool! Great colors, combinations of images, stamps and die cuts!
    Thanks for joining us at Anything But A Card!

    Hugs, Alica 😉

  • Christy Skinner January 2, 2013, 8:44 pm

    Oh my…this is AWESOME! I sooo love that color combo. 🙂 Thanks for joining us at Anything But a Card this challenge!!!!