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Once I Saw It, I Couldn’t Un-See It…

Once I saw something in this art journal page I couldn't un-see it! Does that ever happen to you?Do you ever see something in an art journal page and no matter what you can’t un-see it? I didn’t want to see this. I tried to ignore it. This was one persistent tree…sort of like the one that keeps growing right in the middle of my garden…

Once I saw something in this art journal page I couldn't un-see it! Does that ever happen to you?

 

Here’s the messy, going nowhere, art journal page I had in my art journal from play long ago. I love the stamp I used. I love the stencil I used. But I don’t love this page so far.

 

 

 

 

Once I saw something in this art journal page I couldn't un-see it! Does that ever happen to you?

But after a few colors were added it made me much much happier. And then I saw it. A tree. I don’t want to do a tree. I am not usually a tree person.

So I tried to ignore the tree. That so didn’t work. The tree would not go away.

 

 

 

Once I saw something in this art journal page I couldn't un-see it! Does that ever happen to you?

Well, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

I made the tree…with a new goodie I found called a Krink Paint stick. It is like a big soft crayon of permanent paint (that won’t smear, run, etc. once it dries). The white was wonderfully opaque!

 

 

 

Once I saw something in this art journal page I couldn't un-see it! Does that ever happen to you?

 

And then I embraced the tree. No more reservations or hesitation. I became a tree person.

A bit green and then more Krink Paint stick.

 

Once I saw something in this art journal page I couldn't un-see it! Does that ever happen to you?

 

 

 

 

 

A little definition and journaling with my tried and true Stabilo pencil.

 

Once I saw something in this art journal page I couldn't un-see it! Does that ever happen to you?

The tree became an orange tree thanks to the cap of a reinker. So…turns out my muse says I am a tree person…and I say I am a fruit tree person…

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  • Auset April 15, 2015, 11:21 pm

    It’s beautiful šŸ™‚ This is art at its most magical I think. When a page I really dislike & see no hope turns out to be one of my favorite pieces. I love it when that happens! Thanks for sharing šŸ™‚

  • auntie em April 16, 2015, 7:48 am

    You are so right! Never ignore the tree. It is beautiful! I love all the colours you have used to bring it off the page.
    And now, thanks to your ingenuity, I now have an awesome new method for making polka dots.
    Cheers! šŸ™‚

  • Caroline Duncan April 16, 2015, 9:38 am

    The page was beautiful at each stage, but the end result is stunning! Such a happy page and tree! Funny how we “see” things in the layers of paints and such. Truth be told… I did not see the tree before you outlined it. Maybe you just need some vitamin C…. LOL.

  • Linda April 16, 2015, 10:30 am

    Carolyn you are amazing. I do LOVE the finished piece. The tree is perfect. But seeing it in the early pix is way beyond me. I bet you would have been exceptional in the ‘way back’ finding animals and such in the stars. You just keep inspiring me.

  • Jean Marmo April 16, 2015, 3:22 pm

    Wow – I love the transformation!!

  • Sylvia Tabor April 16, 2015, 8:30 pm

    I saw it too, but not the beauty you created here!! So colorful, so arboristic!

  • Leslie April 17, 2015, 7:56 am

    Carolyn I am soooo bad at posting a comment here but I want you to know that I stop by often and I always, always love what I see!! You are so inspiring and real and I like that!! Happy Friday!!!:)

  • Suztats April 17, 2015, 9:52 am

    I couldn’t see it–and then I did! Love the tree.

  • Nydia Dominguez April 18, 2015, 9:41 am

    OMG! How did you see that tree? Awesome find! Love your steps as always! Thanks for sharing!

  • stephanie April 20, 2015, 11:02 am

    nice work!

  • Cathe Ekas May 3, 2015, 5:58 pm

    I really loved watching the stages you went through. As a beginner & a perfectionist, I would have thrown it out. But how truly beautiful it turned out. And I would have lost out by not working it all the way to completion. I really appreciate all the videos and tutorials you do for us. Thank you.