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My Art Journal is my Mood Ring

Collage with Gelli print leftovers with Carolyn Dube

Remember mood rings? I thought they were so magical when I was a kid.  Well, I think my art journal is my newest mood ring.  I was feeling happy, really happy, almost like I was on top of the world.  It was a really great day.

I grabbed a stack of Gelli Plate printing leftovers and started collaging.  No idea where it was going but it certainly reflected my mood – bright and happy!

Collage with Gelli print leftovers with Carolyn Dube


Started with random gluing of bits of Gelli prints. I save all my scraps and bits for just this kind of thing.




Collage with Gelli print leftovers with Carolyn Dube


Since I couldn’t, or wouldn’t, wait for the gel medium to dry thoroughly, I had to use acrylic ink to write on the pages.




Collage with Gelli print leftovers with Carolyn Dube

A bit of oil pastels for even more color, as if it was lacking in color before…





Collage with Gelli print leftovers with Carolyn Dube

A playful stencil by Dina Wakely in a color I seem to not use very often, red.





Collage with Gelli print leftovers with Carolyn Dube

Ronda Palazzari’s stencil let my happy person be on top of the world.  Added a few circles from the Mini Swiss Dot stencil & a touch of white Stabilo Pencil.




The words were the icing on the happy cake today.  I had the paper I printed the words on forever and at long last used them!  That is a priceless feeling for me!

Collage with Gelli print leftovers with Carolyn Dube

Why am I in such a happy mood? My latest workshop, Gelli Printing!  It starts in 2 weeks and my studio is overflowing with Gelli prints.  Every time I walk into the studio I see stacks of color and pattern and I can’t hold the smiles in!

Drum roll please- thanks to random.org the winner of a spot in A Colorful Workshop: Gelli Printing is Julie M.!  Keep an eye on your inbox for my email!

Linking up to Paint Party Friday, Art Journal Every Day, and Creative Every Day.  Paint Party Friday is having an art auction to benefit Sandy Hook Elementary School – it is loaded with artist goodness!  Stop on by!




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  • artmusedog and Carol March 15, 2013, 8:27 am

    Your creative work always seems to express joy and happiness to me with your delightful colors and positive energy ~ Have fun with your upcoming workshop ^_^

  • Jessica Sporn March 15, 2013, 9:27 am

    Oh this made me happy. Love all the layers – such a richness to this. And love how you make everything you use your own and an extension of your colorful spirit.

  • Sara March 15, 2013, 10:19 am

    Awesome layers and colours!

  • Mary C. Nasser March 15, 2013, 11:25 am

    Awesome pages, Carolyn!
    Would be so fun to make art with you!! 🙂
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  • Valerie-Jael March 15, 2013, 11:50 am

    Lovely, colourful, creative works! Valerie

  • Faye March 15, 2013, 12:57 pm

    What happy art work, Carolyn! You really get the most out of your gelli prints. Beautiful colors and layers.

  • Maria McGuire March 15, 2013, 1:45 pm

    This is an EXCELLENT way to use those excess pieces of Gelli Prints! I LOVE that you used RED!!!!! Maybe I’m rubbing off on you! AWESOME Journal spread!!!

  • Judy Shea March 15, 2013, 3:29 pm

    These colors knock me over, Carolyn. I love your mood here and it shows. I love the cityscape stencil.

  • Susan Tidwell March 15, 2013, 3:50 pm

    Happy and fun pages! You had fun playing and it shows!

  • Trish H March 15, 2013, 3:57 pm

    Fantastic! You make it so much fun. 😀

  • Boo March 15, 2013, 4:18 pm

    I love watching and listening to you work. You are so laid back about art journaling. I love it that for you it’s play.

  • Annette G March 15, 2013, 4:35 pm

    wow this is such an exciting page Carolyn.
    Happy PPF, Annette x

  • Jessica Sporn March 15, 2013, 5:17 pm

    Just watched your video. I really notice how you stopped and left so much white space in your collage – it helps give it that playful, happy feeling. LOVELOVELOVE!

  • Marjie Kemper March 15, 2013, 5:24 pm

    What a fabulous spread! Love the colors and all those yummy scraps you embedded, not to mention the awesome title!

  • Corrine March 15, 2013, 5:38 pm

    Well isn’t this just the cat’s pajamas of free form happiness….can’t wait for the gelli party to start….I haven’t touched mine but will get making with you…..xox

  • Claudette March 15, 2013, 6:10 pm

    Marvelous as always! It’s so interesting to see what you will do next! Can’t wait for the Gelli Printing Workshop!

  • Suzy March 15, 2013, 7:10 pm

    Hi Carolyn! Happy Friday! It’s not hard to see what your “mood” is today. Happy and cheerful colors….love them! Happy Happy Happy!!

  • Christine March 15, 2013, 7:14 pm

    Nice pages, very creative.

  • Anita Houston March 15, 2013, 11:38 pm

    What COOL pages here! Love the colors and silhouette!

  • Rinda March 16, 2013, 2:38 am

    What a perfect title – I knew exactly what you meant right away.

  • Anne March 16, 2013, 5:28 am

    Wonderful, positive, fresh page! Happy! <3

  • giggles March 16, 2013, 5:47 am

    Exciting artwork, just like your mood!! Happiness all around!!

    Hugs Giggles

  • Melisa March 16, 2013, 8:37 am

    It certainly looks like you were in a good mood! I LOVE happy pages!

  • lynn richards March 16, 2013, 8:06 pm

    I laughed out loud at the title of this post-I love it!!! I had a mood ring and thought it was so mysterious and fascinating..I must say I love my art journal more. Hmmmm, maybe little resin rings out of some of the pages could replace the mood rings?!

  • Gina Sismilich March 16, 2013, 11:41 pm

    Such terrific colors and visual texture! HPPF

  • Ritu Dua March 17, 2013, 7:13 am

    Oh yes …we all have our own mood rings and in our own way we weave the tapestry of life 🙂 Totally blissful art Carolyne 🙂

  • Adrienne March 17, 2013, 7:18 am

    Lovely! It is definitely happy! 🙂 I love how emotions show through on art work!

  • Kokopelli March 17, 2013, 4:44 pm

    Awwwww, makes me happy looking at it! Happy belated PPF!

  • JKW March 17, 2013, 7:57 pm

    I love your creative sparkle. It creates a happy environment. Blessings, Janet PPF

  • denthe March 18, 2013, 12:40 am

    Well, the happiness certainly bursts off the page! Lovely work!

  • Gloria J Zucaro March 18, 2013, 10:08 pm

    Great pages, Carolyn! I love that you give a video demo all the time. I find it so much easier to understand the process than just seeing it in text. i need to post my journal page I did a couple of weeks ago to the Use Your Words FLICKR site, it was down the day I tried.

  • sandra sherman March 20, 2013, 7:45 am

    Great work, its so creative and inspiring, thank you for shating the technique

  • Sara March 28, 2013, 1:14 pm

    Love how you used Ronda stencil here – on top of the world indeed! Gorgeous colours too!