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She Who Appears

I never who will show up when I get my paintbrush out…especially when I am in a fabulous mood!


This is a cheap cheap cheap spiral notebook that I used to clean a couple of paintbrushes.  I hate to waste paint so I will use extra paint on just about anything I can find.






The notebook was out on the counter overnight.  The next morning I immediately saw a woman in it.  Mind you, I should have been working on “responsible” things but I chose to avoid that and stay in the studio.






I liked everything about my sketch except the head.  So, Pam Carriker’s stamp to the rescue.







I can’t just use one stamp, so a couple from Tangie Baxter and the numbers from another company I can’t remember (since it was an unlabeled stamp)…







Out came the colors to help define her and the page.








More colors- you can never have too much color can you?  Don’t answer that…







More color- I know such a surprise that I am using bright colors…the She stamp from Donna Downey summed up my feelings for this woman.






She was pure joy to create.  Playing.  Painting.  Stamping.  Joy!   What are your favorite kinds of ways to  play creatively?

Linking up to Creative Every Day, Inspire Me Monday, and One Stop Craft Challenge, Be Inspired and Be An Inspiration,   Make It Monday.

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  • Marjie Kemper March 17, 2013, 5:55 pm

    That’s one beautiful page! Love the way the colors play so nicely together, and I do believe I need that She stamp!

  • Cynthia March 17, 2013, 5:56 pm

    Wow! She’s gorgeous and I so love the colors! And it’s just awesome that she appeared in a simple spiral notebook!!

  • Boo March 17, 2013, 5:58 pm

    Great Page. I love it when something wonderful appears to you on a page.
    Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • Corrine March 17, 2013, 6:18 pm

    She is quite the girl, love the evolution of your page and process. What were you supposed to be doing? Ah well, art has to win. xox

  • Asha March 17, 2013, 9:30 pm

    Wow! Super stunning, Carolyn! Saw it on MIM #132 and had to take a closer look. Thanks for sharing.
    xxx Asha
    Sunny Summer Crafts

  • Rinda March 17, 2013, 9:37 pm

    She has such a great expression.

  • Rhonda March 17, 2013, 11:17 pm

    Love how this one came together!

  • Beverly G March 18, 2013, 12:14 am

    What a glorious page you’ve created.

  • loz March 18, 2013, 1:20 am

    Gorgeous Page and colors. Visiting from MIM. Loz

  • Kathy Gledsdale March 18, 2013, 9:06 am

    Pretty! Good to see the way you go about it thank you.

  • Judy Shea March 18, 2013, 9:26 am

    Oh yes… “responsibilities”..those things.. ew. This page is just lovely. Amazing what you did with it. Colors I would not think of using. Love the dress. “Mortisha” like. Ya, baby.

  • Julie Jordan Scott March 18, 2013, 12:25 pm

    Oh, what a privilege to be invited within your creative process!! When I read posts like yours, I always feel more creative to follow my heart’s call. Right now I have two unfinished projects on my kitchen table, I think because I am so afraid of “doing it wrong” – even though I know and speak to “There can’t be a wrong, there are only different ways…..” and now you show up and show me again. Beautiful!

    So glad I popped over from Creative Every Day today!

  • NatashaMay March 18, 2013, 12:46 pm

    That’s a great way to incorporate a stamp. Love it! 🙂

  • Sarah March 18, 2013, 12:53 pm

    This is a great peek into your process. I love that you use up all of your paint rather than waste it. I am a bit of a stickler for that kind of thing too.

    Thanks for linking up 🙂

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

  • Betsi Goutal March 18, 2013, 2:25 pm

    How magical! Thanks so much for sharing your process, I love how it unfolded. Isn’t it lovely when it just sort of has a mind of its own like that?

  • Crystelle Boutique March 18, 2013, 4:15 pm

    Oh, she’s fabulous, isn’t she?

  • diane March 18, 2013, 5:02 pm

    Neat, Love the idea and great to see it all come together that way. I would love to see you try the art therapy process I posted on the IMM hop….
    Love your work.. and thanks for sharing!

  • Kay Wallace March 18, 2013, 7:46 pm

    Love how you *see* things in your painted pages, Carolyn! Much as when we were children looking up at the clouds searching for recognizable shapes! Sweet head for your body, too! I am glad that your art came out on top and the housework (or was it taxes?) had to wait! We here reap that benefit!

  • Jessica Sporn March 18, 2013, 9:13 pm

    Love the way you used the colors to make the face your own. And that green and red/violet – yum.

  • Gail March 18, 2013, 9:24 pm

    This is fabulous work! I think you are a very talented person! I like that you showed me how it all came together – I do not have that type of artistic ability – I saw your creation posted at Make It Monday – you did a wonderful job – thanks for sharing your lovely work!

  • denthe March 19, 2013, 8:30 am

    Gorgeous page Carolyn!

  • Pia March 19, 2013, 3:17 pm

    This is so different from anything I make, I wouldn’t even know where to start, and I find it really interesting to see the pictures on how your work progresses. I do like this colorful and special style! I spotted your art work on MIM.

  • Pat K. March 20, 2013, 6:58 am

    I caught your wonderful creation on MIM. So glad I came for a closer look as it is fabulous and love the step-by-step photos….great work! hugs, Pat K x

  • Desire Fourie March 20, 2013, 1:48 pm

    Gorgeously creative. Loving the colours, design and attention to detail. Saw this on MIM and had to come over for a closer look. {I would love you to take part in my 500 Follower Give-away. Thank you so much if you have already entered.} Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  • Meihsia Liu March 24, 2013, 4:44 pm

    Such a beautiful page. Love your step by step pictures. Thank you so much for sharing at Make It Monday. ^_^

  • Maria McGuire March 28, 2013, 1:21 am

    All I really have to say about this is that I AM IN LOVE WITH IT! Every part! Seriously–you need to recreate this onto a canvas!