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Out to Play

This journal page sums up how I was feeling – I was playing.  It was a great day!


I started with a background I had made long ago with gesso, yellow paint, and yellow spray ink.   A piece of leftover paper from my circle making day that I ran through the die cutting machine with the Tim Holtz tattered flower die became my flowers.







I struggled with a stem I liked, the pen was so so, but the string of sequins were the sparkle I needed. They were plain, but a little alcohol ink and they were a wonderfully matching purple.






I started adding colors, just layers of color with no idea where it was going.







More paint.  Starting to really like where it is headed, however, I still had no idea where that was going to be.






Vintage school flashcard/word strip.  Now I had an inkling where it was going.







The words needed a bit of color to belong on this page.







A bit of punched paper above the sign, some scribbles over the words, a touch of white on the edge of the sign.






A bit of bling, colored with alcohol inks. Beads and gems for the centers of the flowers.






Playing is such fun, no wonder kids love it so much!  What have you been doing to play lately?

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  • Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours April 4, 2012, 10:09 am

    I love your play! Sounds like a wonderful day spent in the sandbox! xx

  • Cynthia April 4, 2012, 11:42 am

    Alcohol ink on sequins. INGENIOUS. I so love this happy page!! Gorgeous flowers!!

  • Lori - What Remains Now April 4, 2012, 1:11 pm

    I absolutely love this!

  • Kathleen April 4, 2012, 10:26 pm

    Beautiful! I recognized the flowers – I have that same die cut and love it.

  • Tricia April 4, 2012, 10:30 pm

    I absolutely love this, Carolyn!

  • Dolores April 4, 2012, 10:38 pm

    Your work/play is always so inspiring. Of course I love anything with flowers but this is really gorgeous and colorful. I love how you colored the sequins, sometimes I think it is best to buy white or clear and then just color them as you want them to be.

  • Susan Tidwell April 4, 2012, 10:44 pm

    Gorgeous! I want to play too!

  • Rita McGregor April 4, 2012, 10:48 pm

    Oh, what a fun page! I love to play! This was great. 🙂

  • mary dunn April 4, 2012, 10:49 pm

    I really like this! is there a post on how you did the circle paper? I’m a new follow-girl. Thanks so much.

    • Carolyn April 4, 2012, 10:56 pm

      Welcome! So glad to have you here! I have a post that shows what I was doing on another paper when I did this one
      https://acolorfuljourney.com/?p=1830 What was on the book page was practices, leftover paint smears, and a bit of watercolor.

  • Rinda April 4, 2012, 11:15 pm

    This is so pretty and colorful – love it!

  • Valerie-Jael April 5, 2012, 2:58 am

    Playing with colours is a great way to work! Love what you have made! Valerie

  • Nordljus April 5, 2012, 3:32 am

    Wonderful bright and happy page! I also like the background you started with a lot. It would make a great piece on its own.

  • Cowgirl Red April 5, 2012, 6:24 am

    I love it! terah

  • Za faran April 5, 2012, 10:56 am

    It’s cool! Obviously you have enjoyed doing the page. I enjoyed looking at these pictures so much. 🙂

  • Pauline Leger April 5, 2012, 3:37 pm

    Carolyn, i can tell you had fun doing this. Yes, we could all learn a thing or two from kids. 🙂 I love the variety of materials in this… and of course, the colours. Great work! Have a great long weekend. xoxo

  • Katrina April 5, 2012, 3:54 pm

    Hello Carolyn, this is such a beautiful piece, I love the colours and life you have given it, so bright and full of Spring energy!

  • Tamoonstone April 6, 2012, 6:42 am

    This post has cheered me up no end…… I didn’t have a very successful day today as far as creativity goes…. I was probably taking it all too seriously! Thank you for reminding me that playing is so much fun and that beautiful things are often created when we just let go and enjoy!! xo

  • Leovi April 6, 2012, 12:26 pm

    A great job, deliciously sublime these pictures of flowers, congratulations, I love your delicious colors. Saludos.

  • JoDee Luna April 6, 2012, 6:05 pm

    Your art made me want to play. Well done!

  • Sandy Coleman April 9, 2012, 4:22 pm

    What a lovely, fun piece. Makes me happy.