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A Purple Bunny Hopped Right Into My Art Journal

Starting an art journal page with a free Spark of Art-spiration tutorial by Carolyn Dube

What do I do when I want to play but a blank page doesn’t inspire me? I grab a Spark of Art-spiration and see where it takes me. This Spark brought a purple bunny into the studio for another cardboard page in a Permission to Play journal.

Watch Starting an Art Journal Page with a Spark of Art-spiration on YouTube.

What is a Spark of Art-spiration and how do you get one? They’re free and are sent out with my weekly newsletters. If you missed this one when it went out, never fear! You can get it sent to you by going here.
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This purple bunny, that popped out of the Spark at me didn’t quite have long enough pink ears on the Spark but that wasn’t a problem. I just kept cutting into the white to create the ears. Did the same for a tail but all that hard work just didn’t fit on the page. Okay, it wasn’t really hard work.

Starting an art journal page with a free Spark of Art-spiration tutorial by Carolyn Dube

Purple bunny rabbits are very happy bunny rabbits…so that is why I did the bright green background. Why the pink in the flowers? Because your ears should always match the flowers.

Starting an art journal page with a free Spark of Art-spiration tutorial by Carolyn Dube

The Bunny has to have all sorts of adventures, all those eggs, all those baskets, all in one night! So travel seemed like just the right word for this page using my Are We There Yet stencil.

Starting an art journal page with a free Spark of Art-spiration tutorial by Carolyn Dube

The background was the right color, but it was just too plain. It needed just a little touch of pattern. A bit of shimmering iridescent green with Pebeo and Arched Fountains stencil to the rescue. Starting an art journal page with a free Spark of Art-spiration tutorial by Carolyn Dube

Scribble sticks provided an easy and forgiving border since they react with water. New to Scribble Sticks? You can see more of what they do in an earlier video here. Starting an art journal page with a free Spark of Art-spiration tutorial by Carolyn Dube

What will I do with this cardboard page? I’m going to hop to it and bind it in a Permission to Play journal. (My apologies for the pun..just couldn’t resist!)

If you’re new to the Permission to Play journals you can find out how to make one in my free workshop here.

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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  • Jean Marmo April 13, 2017, 5:51 pm

    This is just perfect! I need to look more closely at inspirations!!

  • PhyllisY April 14, 2017, 2:51 pm

    I love your shirt! It looks like something you painted yourself. 🙂

  • Rafaela September 14, 2018, 10:02 pm

    Aw Carolyn you are such an inspiration!
    I absolutely LOVE watching your no fuss approach to art on your videos. Your “Oh well” attitude calms me down and takes the pressure off the whole making process – so every time I stuff something up I think of you “What would Carolyn Dube do?” and immediately your voice comes into my head saying “Oh well, let’s just put a stencil over it, do some collage over here and add a bit more colour over here”.
    You create the most beautiful art and you show us how to do it using the simplest, most stress-free ways. I’m so pleased I recently found you on YouTube and now here. I reckon you can teach and inspire anyone to make art, and that’s a wonderful talent in itself!
    I look forward to receiving your weekly Spark’s in the newsletter and I use them on many projects which I’ll share in your Facebook group. Because I’m only new to your followers I was wondering how do I get a hold of your previous inspiration Spark’s?
    Keep on creating and inspiring!
    Much love from Australia xo
    Rafaela

    • Carolyn Dube September 15, 2018, 9:20 am

      Hi Rafaela – am so happy that the videos and the play are helpful to you! Most of the Sparks are available for just a week, due to server/bandwidth/computer elf issues,But the good news is that there will be a new one each week! There are some Sparks that have been set up to be emailed to you when requested (there are 6 of them and they are at https://acolorfuljourney.com/category/spark-of-artspiration/ ). Looking forward to seeing your play!