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Ode to the Gobstopper

Playing around,  but with a twist – I went very basic on this and I like it!  No stencils, no writing, no images.  Such a weird feeling not to have text on there- anywhere.  At first I thought it  wasn’t finished but once I realized it was an ode to the gobstoppers of summers at the beach long ago I knew it was complete.  Did you get the big super long lasting gobstoppers with all sorts of colors when you were a kid?  They were my favorite treat- way better than lollipops but my mouth did hurt after I working on one all day!

Good news! Collage in Color Vol. 2 by Cloth Paper Scissors is now available for Mac and PC computers!  One of my videos is in this edition- and it shows you how to easily make the base of my gobstoppers page.

A big weekend wave to all the great artists at Paint Party Friday, Show and Tell Saturday,  Creative Every Day, and Art Journal Every Day!

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  • Rinda September 27, 2012, 8:07 pm

    I do remember those. Happy PPF to you!

  • Carol September 27, 2012, 8:29 pm

    Hi Carolyn ~ don’t remember these ~ but love your design and colors ~ (A Creative Harbor) ~ haven’t received my cloth paper scissors is it out yet? know you said it is online ~ thanks ^_^

    • Carolyn September 27, 2012, 8:36 pm

      This is one of their eMags. It is by the people of Cloth Paper Scissors but it is not the magazine.

  • Janet September 27, 2012, 8:36 pm

    Oh I loved those jaw cracking gobstoppers! I love your page. Very graphic. Very Happy! Thanks.

  • Tracey Fletcher King September 27, 2012, 9:08 pm

    I remember those… they were a great part of summer… nice reminder…xx

  • Cynthia September 27, 2012, 9:59 pm

    Yep, I totally remember gobstoppers! 😉 Love the simplicity of your page–such fun colors!

  • Sue September 28, 2012, 4:15 am

    Basic shapes can give very memorable results. This isjust simply brilliant:)

  • Corrine September 28, 2012, 4:27 am

    I do remember these and wax lips, one of my favorites! Bright pops of color are always my favorite, nice, happy, kid memories. Counting down the days until next weekend – yippee! xox

  • Daire Paddy September 28, 2012, 7:47 am

    So effective and yet so simple! It definitely has a ‘sweet’ feel to it, but rather than gobstoppers it reminds me of those giant swirly lollipops I used to get at the fair (and would usually end up half eaten and stuck to the carpet…)

    Can’t wait for the F,F+F challenge to start next week!

    D x

  • Christine September 28, 2012, 9:41 am

    love your simple, colourful piece today Carolyn!

  • Dawn Jones September 28, 2012, 9:41 am

    I was never a hard candy person but I did love those because they changed color…my kids love gobstoppers now! Thanks for the memories!

  • aimee September 28, 2012, 10:24 am

    this would make gorgeous wrapping paper!

  • Amy* September 28, 2012, 10:53 am

    Oh Carolyn I feel like I just found a Golden Ticket! Your creation is Wonka Wonderful! Can’t wait to check out your video 🙂


  • Carola Bartz September 28, 2012, 11:05 am

    I simply L-O-V-E the bright colors, so happy. It makes me smile.

  • marji September 28, 2012, 11:21 am

    I remember gobstoppers! I love your rich and happy colors. Happy PPF

  • Mary C. Nasser September 28, 2012, 12:23 pm

    Congratulations on your video being featured in Collage in Color Vol. 2 by Cloth Paper Scissors is for Mac and PC computers!
    That’s wonderful!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  • Ginny September 28, 2012, 1:29 pm

    Congratulations on having your video featured. I remember that it was not that long ago that you were learning how to do them. You are incredible and an inspiration. I love the colors in your gobstoppers. So happy and bright.

  • Linda K September 28, 2012, 2:04 pm

    gobstoppers-ha!! Fun,fun page! Happy PPF and AJED to you too!

  • Valerie-Jael September 28, 2012, 2:56 pm

    Love your gobstoppers. They were strictly forbidden at our school, so were lollipops! Valerie

  • Faye September 28, 2012, 3:39 pm

    I have never seen nor heard of gobstoppers, but your painting is fabulous.

  • Rita McGregor September 28, 2012, 5:16 pm

    Never heard of a gobstopper. But these remind me of jawbreakers. 🙂

  • Daniele Valois September 28, 2012, 7:40 pm

    looks great!!!

  • Jenny Petricek September 28, 2012, 8:16 pm

    Great piece–and such nostalgia! I too loved Gobstoppers, but Nerds were my favorite childhood candy!:-)

    I need to get my hands on this e-mag!

  • carlarey September 28, 2012, 8:58 pm

    The Gobstopper is underrated as a portrait subject. I love this!

  • gloria September 28, 2012, 9:09 pm

    Congrats on being features and your gobstoppers are cool. Have a wonderful weekend. Happy PPF!

  • molly September 28, 2012, 10:16 pm

    love it! i always keep a box of gobstoppers in the door of my car. they last years (probably way longer than i should keep them!) but they’re a fun, long lasting way to satiate a sweet tooth.

  • Rhonda September 28, 2012, 11:36 pm

    I must be too old or something…I’ve never heard of them. But I love your page! Congrats on your video being published! Way to go! ♥

  • Hadiyah shabir September 29, 2012, 3:29 am

    Love love the page. It’s always nice to go back to the basics without those stencils and stamps and just create I rant art. Very very colourful and pretty.


  • giggles September 29, 2012, 3:35 am

    Oh yes gobstoppers were such a huge part of summer…and childhood…great reminder!!
    Happy ppf!! Fun reminder!!

    Hugs Giggles

  • cat @ sea.sky.stone. September 29, 2012, 10:48 am

    PURPLE!!! I love purple. This is fun to look at, and I’ll bet, fun to make 🙂

  • Kristin Van Valkenburgh September 29, 2012, 10:59 pm

    Ohh, Fun!! Love that bold color! xoxo

  • Paula - Buenos Aires September 29, 2012, 11:40 pm

    Cheerful page! Great colour combo. I´ll go look in my wardrobe to see how I can put a 3D version of it to wear. 😀

  • Maria McGuire September 30, 2012, 1:17 am

    Yes! Gobstoppers–childhood memory 🙂 Love these colors together–especially with the purple background. LOVE your video!!!! I like being friends with someone famous!!

  • Natasha September 30, 2012, 2:15 am

    I do remember those!! What a great reminder. 🙂

  • Ritu Dua September 30, 2012, 4:37 am

    This what I call is ‘happy art’…spreading cheer and love a’round’ 🙂

  • Laura Moore September 30, 2012, 5:04 am

    Oh yes I remember those. I only had them a couple of times as they were miles too big for me. I suppose that’s why their called ‘gobstoppers’… lol

  • denthe September 30, 2012, 6:32 am

    Love the bold colours and the simplicity of this!

  • Deepa Gopal Sunil October 1, 2012, 5:26 am

    I may sound stupid…but I don’t have an idea of what a gobstopper is! The painting sure is colourful and visually appealing:)

  • Julie October 1, 2012, 2:43 pm

    I don’t know what a gobstopper is but I love your art! Great color and design.

  • Cris, Artist in Oregon October 2, 2012, 5:43 pm

    Never heard of those.. but they look like fun. :)) HPPF