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I had a no fail plan for my art journal that failed...OOPS by Carolyn Dube

O.O.P.S…This just wasn’t coming together.  The no fail plan I had in my head to use up the scraps from die cutting in my art journal flopped.  It failed big time compared to what was in my head.  But did it really fail?

When things don’t come together, it is just an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly. So even “failures” are not failures, however, they can use more layers.

I had a no fail plan for my art journal that failed...OOPS by Carolyn Dube

The stenciled word, fearless, guided the next step to completely change the direction of this page. There is a sort of rush that comes over me when I do something there is no taking back like painting it all white.  Not a solid back-to-the-beginning all white, but the kind where the previous layers peek out.

I had a no fail plan for my art journal that failed...OOPS by Carolyn Dube

All those earlier layers, and yes, even my no-fail-plan-that-failed, were all doorways to the next step. Or should I say stamp.  Usually I don’t like cutting rubber stamped images out, but a shape like this isn’t fussy cutting at all.  Easy enough to make a full rainbow of doors.

Stenciling across the bottom of the page with my Vintage Typewriter alphabet stencil added the title.  The trick to getting it lined up?  Start in the middle.  I stenciled the letters r and w first, then worked my way out from there.  It looks like there was perhaps measuring or precision about it but nope, just eyeballing.

I had a no fail plan for my art journal that failed...OOPS by Carolyn Dube

Was my original plan, that “couldn’t fail”, a failure since I couldn’t create what was in my head or was it to just a ruse to get me started and let the OOPSies take me where it was meant to go?

I had a no fail plan for my art journal that failed...OOPS by Carolyn Dube

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Getting lost in my art journal with color, Gelatos, stencils, and collage by Carolyn DubeKnowing where you are going can be overrated.  Granted, if you are an airplane pilot, it is critical you know where you are going.   But I’m not flying a plane, I am playing in an art journal wandering around without any clear plan.

It all began by gluing down some pieces and parts.  One is stamped, one is a sticker, one is a vintage check, one is a Spark, and one is a clip art of a perfume bottle label.  Without a theme or a plan, it means I go here and there trusting that in the end, it will be where it is meant to be.  I let myself get lost.

Getting lost can really freak out the left side of my brain and that makes it all the more fun to me.

Getting lost in my art journal with color, Gelatos, stencils, and collage by Carolyn Dube

When I use a die, like this doll by Donna Salazar, I tend to cut more than one at a time.  After all, getting the supplies out it is the hard part, so I might as well cut a bunch so they are on hand when I play.

Also, a stack of papers made during a gel printing session with Gel Press plates are a quick way to make a colorful stack of die cuts.  New to gel printing?  Have a getting started video here.

Getting lost in my art journal with color, Gelatos, stencils, and collage by Carolyn Dube

The stamped Venice scene called for some color.  I could have spent hours meticulously coloring in each little area of the very detailed stamp but I’m more of an immediate gratification kind of a person so I grabbed the Gelatos.  Loose scribbles and then a water brush to spread the color around.

Getting lost in my art journal with color, Gelatos, stencils, and collage by Carolyn Dube

Suddenly, I noticed travel and adventure has been a part of this page from step 1.  The Paris hotel sticker, the Venice scene, and now stenciled castle towers.  The Once Upon a Time stencil comes with both the masks and the stencil and masks let me cheat a bit.  One way the masks can be used to audition placement, so before I ever got the paint to the page, I knew how the towers would look.  You can see more of how this stencil is used in this video.

Getting lost in my art journal with color, Gelatos, stencils, and collage by Carolyn Dube

To scribble or not to scribble, that was my question.  On the right side were all sorts of graphite marks and scribbles but non on her.  It seemed a bit odd, as if she was afraid the graphite had cooties or something.  But I wasn’t sure how it would look on her.  And then the great debate began in my head looking at the pros and cons of doing it.  Yes, logical left brain was back.

Making a list and analyzing it wasn’t as much fun as just playing and seeing what happened so I threw caution to the wind and lived on the edge.  I scribbled on her.  It was exhilarating to take the risk.  The way it felt, you’d think I was bungee jumping.

Getting lost in my art journal with color, Gelatos, stencils, and collage by Carolyn Dube

Did it need more layers or did I just not want the play to end?  No idea which it was, but the bottom line is I wanted to play some more so I followed the urge.  Using my Trio of Thorns and Triangular Pathways stencils, patterns were added to the page.

Getting lost in my art journal with color, Gelatos, stencils, and collage by Carolyn Dube

That dark pink area called for words.  Which words summed up what this play was all about? Get lost. Not the snarky, teenage quip, or the kind that needs a GPS, but the wonderful way time can stand still when playing and creating. Mary C. Nasser has all sorts of words on her Let’s Go stencil.

Getting lost in my art journal with color, Gelatos, stencils, and collage by Carolyn Dube

While wandering around, letting myself get lost in the moment, I ran across a piece of play from who knows when.  This piece of mixed media text was made using my Wall of Words stencil and Now is the Time stencil.  Apparently, I was saving it for just this page.

Getting lost in my art journal with color, Gelatos, stencils, and collage by Carolyn Dube

Letting myself get lost manages to help me find myself.   That sentence makes zero sense to that logical left brain of mine, but Lefty has faced the reality that these things are going to happen around here.

Getting lost in my art journal with color, Gelatos, stencils, and collage by Carolyn Dube

Here are the supplies I used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps keep the free tutorials coming!


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Art journaling inspired by leftover scraps by Carolyn Dube

Art journaling inspired by leftover scraps by Carolyn Dube

The idea of doorways was stuck in my head the moment I saw these scraps. I became fixated on them the same way a song gets stuck in my head.  Little did I know what these treasured leftovers would get me thinking about.

Once the bits, gel printed using my Arched Aqueducts stencil, were glued down on the page, all that open area became just the space needed for some journaling.  Lots of journaling it turned out.

Art journaling inspired by leftover scraps by Carolyn Dube

My latest, and so far greatest it feels, O.O.P.S. is a broken ankle.  Every mistake is an opportunity, after all O.O.P.S. stands for Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly.  I must confess, I needed the muse to remind me of the opportunities in it today.

As I scribble journaled, I realized how much this whole event has changed me.  I am getting a new perspective on patience. I am seeing the world from a very different view.  I am learning to be more mindful and being grateful for the little things that mean so much.

My life is a compilation of all the doorways I have walked through quote by Carolyn Dube

The stenciled word Life, using my Dance of This Life stencil, is there to remind me that my life is a compilation of all the doorways I have walked through…or fallen through.

Art journaling inspired by leftover scraps by Carolyn Dube

With a shifting mood, it seemed only fitting to use a paint called Color Shift by Plaid to add some much needed color the page.

Art journaling inspired by leftover scraps by Carolyn Dube

Now that I have gotten the ideas of doorways out of my head, it’s time to look at the pile of scraps again to see where the muse is taking me next.

Art journaling inspired by leftover scraps by Carolyn Dube

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