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Video of a colorful art journal page with Carolyn Dube

Why did I need to be forgiven for my “French”- this car!  I saw it at an art fair and it blew my mind. There were several expletives I just couldn’t hold in.  The details and toys on this car- the more I looked the more I saw!    A hockey rink on the hood.  Elvis performing for Barbies on the trunk.  What a car!

The Art Car at Summerfair The Art Car at Summerfair







The Art Car at Summerfair


I came home from a day of walk through booth after wonderful booth of art and a little craft store shopping I went straight to my art journal.  I didn’t use a single paint brush while making this!  For some reason, I really wanted to avoid the paintbrush.  Matte medium is so much easier to clean up with a Catalyst blade!  I used up some old Crayola glitter glue, grabbed some scraps off the counter, played with the super amazing Posca pens, played with my sale goodies (the neon paints and washi tapes), used up some treasures (the French grammar book and the vintage calling card), but most of all I had fun.  I captured my mood in collage and color.  Do you find your mood shows up in your art?

Video of a colorful art journal page with Carolyn Dube Supplies Used:

Posca Marker        Catalyst Blade   Matte Medium

Posca Markers5 Reasons I love Catalyst blades when painting by Carolyn DubeFluid Matte Medium




Linking up to Creative Every Day, Collage Obsession , Be Inspired and Be an Inspiration, Inspire Me Monday, Glue It Tuesday, Create Daily, Artful Times (vintage), Dictionary Challenge (fe-fr), Craft Room Challenge (use scraps), Simon Says Stamp (anything goes), and Art Journal Every Day.

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  • Sarah June 3, 2013, 11:55 am

    Your spirit shines through your art Carolyn and long may that continue. Such playfulness and happiness in your work today 🙂

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

  • Rhonda H (rhoz) June 3, 2013, 1:05 pm

    OMG that is the MOST amazing car!! What a treat to see it! And a fun page that came from all that creativity!

  • zoechaos June 3, 2013, 2:03 pm

    The very best creativity comes when you play no structure, no pre-plan just a blank page and all the mediums of your choice. This is a glorious chaotic celebration. Thank you for sharing with us at Craft-room challenge XOXO Zoe

  • Linda K June 3, 2013, 2:16 pm

    OMG that is SOME car!!! Love all the layers and colors on your page! Here from CED

  • Jessica Sporn June 3, 2013, 2:19 pm

    awesome post. Love love love how you work with color. That car — wow! And just clicked your link and ordered me some Posca markers. ENABLER!!!

  • Cynthia June 3, 2013, 3:13 pm

    Whoah, that car is WILD!! Love your page too–it’s wild creativity in action! =D Gorgeous colors. And that white Posca maker?? I’m thinking I gotta have it. =D

  • Glenda Hoagland June 3, 2013, 3:28 pm

    Love the car. It looks like something you would see at ArtFest. Your videos are so inspiring. Love the page, o heck, I just love everything about this.

  • Corrine June 3, 2013, 4:07 pm

    Pardon my French indeed, love the color and that art car rocks. Someday I will make one of my own. It’s a wish and it’s on my bucket list. xox

    • Carolyn June 3, 2013, 4:18 pm

      Taking a ride in your car is now on my bucket list!

  • Maria McGuire June 3, 2013, 4:37 pm

    I love watching you work 🙂 This is such a fun page! I love the addition of the tag for your eye to rest. I’m so glad I could enable and you liked them! Your lucky I already had the washi tapes! We are going to be broke!

  • Marjie Kemper June 3, 2013, 4:38 pm

    That is too flipping cool! Love the car AND the page. Gorgeous, fun, vibrant!!

  • Neet June 3, 2013, 4:45 pm

    What a bright journal page you have created. Cannot get over that car – fabulous!
    Hugs, Neet (Artful Times)

  • Dawn Gold June 3, 2013, 5:07 pm

    I love the colour and looseness of your page it is so brilliant, perfect

  • Julie Jordan Scott June 3, 2013, 5:35 pm

    I loved reading of your process. That art car is something else! I am surprised all those little pieces stay put!

    This is my first time visiting (via Creative Every Day). I am so grateful I found you!

  • Joan June 3, 2013, 6:45 pm

    Wow, what a fabulous page !

  • monique June 3, 2013, 7:09 pm

    Love your page and enjoyed watching your video very mutch. It’s great to be able to just play around with color =).

  • Judy Shea June 3, 2013, 8:52 pm

    First,.. a cool car indeed. Second.. you are so free with color…and you are so inspiring… always. Love your “oopsies”. Markers link.. I’m going in.. don’t stop me.

  • Melissa Bove June 3, 2013, 9:01 pm

    Your Art Journal looks fabulous!! And what inspiration!! Wowzers! That car is unbelievable!! I am speechless!! 🙂

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!

    Also, if you have time, please Make a Card for Maddy! And there is a fab Giveaway too!

    Simon Says DT

  • Wendy Journalista June 3, 2013, 9:35 pm

    I LOVE your exuberant pages!!! You inspire me. : )

  • zouzou June 4, 2013, 5:36 am

    Thank you for vidéo they are always inspiring for me , I like very much your your talent.
    And “sorry my English”, I’m French.

  • Dawn June 4, 2013, 10:10 am

    Looks like a party on the page! you can see your happy mood for sure here. Love the video as well. Always a joy to see others create art.

  • Lynn June 4, 2013, 11:32 am

    Awesome page (I have to try that marker!) …and you must live in Minnesota, I think I just saw that art car!

  • Deborah Weber June 4, 2013, 1:05 pm

    Oh what a vibrantly fun page! And how fun to see an art car – one of life’s little surprise treats.

  • Kay Wallace June 4, 2013, 3:02 pm

    Fun, fun journal page and video! Thanks for the inspiration, Carolyn. Off to do my thing after more than two weeks away from my studio!

  • storybeader June 4, 2013, 8:22 pm

    that’s a handy little blade to you have. Cute washi tape! {:-Deb

  • Rinda June 4, 2013, 11:52 pm

    The car is fabulous!!! I love the juxtaposition of the precise letters on the tag and the softness in the background.

  • Lena June 5, 2013, 5:40 am

    LOVELY! Great entry! Love the colours and the whole concept!

  • Maria June 5, 2013, 7:33 pm

    What a gorgeous array of vibrant colour! I love the fact that you had no plan with this – definitely a great mood! As for the car – OMG, I have never seen anything like this before! Elvis looks pretty cool! Thanks for sharing with us at over the Craft-Room Challenge this fortnight.

    Maria x

  • Cheryl~TheStylishStudio June 5, 2013, 8:48 pm

    That is some beeping kind’a car!

  • textilerecycler June 8, 2013, 11:17 am

    Haha… I see lots of cars like that in da ‘hood’!

  • Sylvia Ames June 8, 2013, 12:44 pm

    Wonderfully vibrant and fun page.

    Sylv xx

  • aimee June 9, 2013, 4:51 pm

    That car deserves the most exuberant, colorful words indeed! Great car & love the page!

  • Greg Phelps June 16, 2013, 12:01 pm

    That’s Dale Shultz’s “The Kraken” http://www.flickr.com/photos/thatcar/8084620745/