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Snapshot Of My Soul

My art is like a photo of my soul at that moment.  I have been blessed to spend time with dear friends so my soul is just happy!  My mind is stressed from catching up but my soul is happy.


This page is all the leftovers.  I spray inked a bunch of die cuts on this, cleaned the orange paint off a brush, and cleaned off a word stamp on the page.  This was all just a catch all from another project I was working on- which you’ll be able to see on Oct. 1st when Fall Fearless and Fly begins!





I had my Twinkling H2O’s out and added a touch of pink and blue here and there.  The page began to take on a life of its own- the colors just made me smile.






A Donna Downey rubber stamp filled the bottom of the page.







A touch of unfinished homemade washi tape.







I used Julie Balzer’s butterfly stencil to give me an outline to make a sketchy butterfly.  I can scribble with reckless abandon within the stencil and have it still look like a butterfly…






I had a field of flowers have a sun!  I used and butterflies- so I had to Julie Balzer’s Mayan calendar stencil to create an arty sun.

When I made this art journal page the stress just faded away and all I felt was the joy in my soul.  Now, if I can just get the laundry to do itself because my soul is much much happier when I am checking out the great work by all my friends at  Paint Party FridayArt Journal Every Day, Show and Tell Saturday, Mandarin Orange Monday and Creative Every Day instead of doing housework…

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  • Janet September 20, 2012, 8:36 pm

    Definitely Happy! That makes me smile too!

  • Maria McGuire September 20, 2012, 9:37 pm

    My soul is over flowing from looking at this! So many things to look at and get inspired by! I know exactly how you feel because I feel the same way. Thank you for helping me feed my soul, but now we both have lots of laundry to catch up on because we have another adventure in front of us!!!! Can’t wait!!

  • Shahrul Niza September 21, 2012, 5:14 am

    oh how I LOVE wathing your pages grow into colorful wonders!. Brilliant colors and contrast make everything so happy. Somehow all the detail compliments each other so well. Happy Happy Pages!

  • Daire Paddy September 21, 2012, 7:17 am

    This is a stunning page – I just love it! Even the close up image at the top looks like a standalone piece of art… and you’re happy rainbow of colours is definitely brightening up my rainy-locked-in-the-office day!
    D x

  • Marja September 21, 2012, 7:18 am

    Lovely and very beautiful Snapshot of your Soul Carolyn. I admire your work. Its really gorgeous.
    Lovely greet and big hug.
    Have a nice weekend

  • Carol September 21, 2012, 8:18 am

    Wow! What a beautiful soul ~ lovely creation ~ (A Creative Harbor)

  • Corrine September 21, 2012, 8:36 am

    Orange yumminess and loose sketched butterflies, a garden of delight! xox

  • Carin September 21, 2012, 8:42 am

    Oh my word! This is just too cool for words! I love that this page kind of started of as “nothing”, just a place to dump left over stuff. I reckon a lot of the best pages start out that way because you are less worried about getting it right or just so. Totally cool page Carolyn!

  • Lisa Cousineau September 21, 2012, 9:00 am

    What a beautiful page! All the bright colors and butterflies makes me smile too. Happy Friday!

  • Kat September 21, 2012, 9:07 am

    This is a very positive and happy piece full of wonderful colors, love it!

  • denthe September 21, 2012, 9:34 am

    Oh, I can just imagine how you were feeling when you created this page. So sunny and colourful and happy. Such a shame that housework always spoils the fun, right ? 😉

  • gloria September 21, 2012, 10:32 am

    Great pages, love the colors. Well HW is not a fun word. tee hee:) Thanks for sharing your great work. Have a wonderful weekend.

  • Dawn Jones September 21, 2012, 10:40 am

    The colors are gorgeous! Love your page, especially the scribbly butterflies!

  • Jessica September 21, 2012, 11:24 am

    Love how you used the butterfly stencil. The whole page is joyous. Can’t wait to see what you do for FF&F!

  • Rinda September 21, 2012, 11:34 am

    Great use of that stencil.

  • Annette G September 21, 2012, 11:38 am

    Loving your fab backgrounds. Happy PPF, Annette x

  • Marji September 21, 2012, 12:23 pm

    Beautiful, Carolyn! The colors do sing out and mend the soul don’t they! Love seeing your process through this one. Lovely layering. Happy PPF

  • Diana Evans September 21, 2012, 12:49 pm

    Carolyn!!! you just gave me the dose of colour and inspiration I needed today….what a gorgeous collection to share with us!!! and I think your soul is amazing….full of life and full of gratitude!!!!!

  • Rhonda September 21, 2012, 1:32 pm

    Love all the bright colors and juicy layers. I can see why you would be happy after creating this lovely page in your journal! Thanks for sharing your process and have a fab weekend. ☺

  • Mary C. Nasser September 21, 2012, 2:07 pm

    I love seeing your process!
    And the resulting painting is just stunning! Awesome!

    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  • Linda K September 21, 2012, 2:38 pm

    spectacular page!!! The whole theme and colors just sing “happy”!!

  • Jan B September 21, 2012, 2:44 pm

    Fabulous, gorgeous page! Love the color and all the stamping!

  • Valerie-Jael September 21, 2012, 2:47 pm

    This is a really happy painting. If you find out how to get laundry – and other H*******K to do itself, please drop me a line…. Valerie

  • alice September 21, 2012, 3:04 pm

    oh! you changed up your page some – i love it! i need to change your blog button in my daily read section 🙂 i love your journal page – you would be so much fun to ‘do art’ with 🙂 and if you get that whole laundry thing figured out – i’d sure like to know about that, too!

  • Susan Tidwell September 21, 2012, 3:07 pm

    I love, love, love this page! So colorful and happy. Best part is that it started from all your “leftovers.” If you find a way to get that laundry done while making art, let me know!

  • Mitzi Zohar September 21, 2012, 3:08 pm

    This may just be your prettiest, happiest page yet.

  • Jan LaFollette September 21, 2012, 6:19 pm

    Yummy wonderful colors…a very happy, feel good page!

  • Nora Clemens-Gallo September 21, 2012, 7:01 pm

    So bright and beautiful, full of happiness!!!

  • Faye September 21, 2012, 7:44 pm

    Gorgeous fall colors, Carolyn.

  • Bleubeard and Elizabeth September 21, 2012, 7:56 pm

    This is definitely gorgeous. I especially like how you treated the butterfly stencil.

  • Tracey Fletcher King September 21, 2012, 9:25 pm

    housework… what’s that… you should be hanging out with friends and painting… that is much more fun…xx

  • Jenn H September 21, 2012, 10:00 pm

    How fun to start off with a page of leftovers and turn it into a beautiful work of art that just exudes JOY!!! So colorful and happy!

  • lessandragr September 21, 2012, 10:54 pm

    Now that’s creativity! And it is so fulfilling when you get your finished product. I love multimedia when you can take a little of this and a little of that and create magic! Nice work Carolyn 🙂

  • Carola Bartz September 22, 2012, 12:00 am

    Stunningly beautiful, gorgeous colors. I like that Donna Downey stamp!

  • Carol Samsel September 22, 2012, 12:05 am

    Absolutely love all of the colors here!!! You did GOOD!!!!

  • Tracy September 22, 2012, 12:16 am

    Your soul is so colourful! Lovely page.

  • Anne September 22, 2012, 3:53 am

    Oooh, I love these – definitely happy, and it is infectious! Beautiful!

  • Sue September 22, 2012, 5:05 am

    Just beautiful work! Your first photograph is lovely just on its own, but I like all of the very colourful and happy work you show here, Carolyn.

  • giggles September 22, 2012, 5:30 am

    Very happy art indeed. Vibrant color that makes my heart dance!! I hear ya about the laundry…..when ya figure it out…pass the word along to my machine too!!

    Hugs Giggles

  • AJ September 22, 2012, 7:51 am

    I love your soul, so bright and colorful, just what I needed today
    Big love
    AJ 🙂

  • Carol Creech September 22, 2012, 8:01 am

    Beautiful! I love the colors. Truly makes one happy to look at it. I found your site through Artists in Blogland 🙂

    Have a great day!

  • Zafaran September 22, 2012, 8:40 am

    I love the colorfulness of your page. The sun in the corner is glorious! Thank you so much for visiting me!

  • Rita McGregor September 22, 2012, 9:11 am

    I love that started out as a leftovers page! It is so happy and bright–can see why it lifted your soul just to play freely with this. 🙂

  • Clare September 22, 2012, 10:43 am

    gorgeous colours and layers. x

  • Melisa September 22, 2012, 12:04 pm

    LOL, my soul feels the same way! This makes me want to work in my art journal again. It’s been to long.

  • Cris, Artist in Oregon September 22, 2012, 12:39 pm

    This shows you are happy!! lovely colors. Let me know if you figure out how to get the laundry to do itself..:)) HPPF

  • Molly September 22, 2012, 2:43 pm

    I love your happy soul painting! It makes my soul happy, too! I like how you use the open stencil with the black free form scribbles against the bright background. I’m going to look for one like that and give it a try!

    Can’t wait for fall fearless and fly!

  • MissyK September 22, 2012, 3:14 pm

    Gosh that is totally beautifully. I LOVE the colours and everything but especially the scribbly butterfly. Gorgeous!


  • MissyK September 22, 2012, 3:16 pm

    It’s beautiful…. I especially love the scribbly butterfly.

  • MissyK September 22, 2012, 3:18 pm

    Ooops sorry for multiple comments….. I was having a problem leaving a comment and now I’ve left three!


  • Mari September 22, 2012, 5:49 pm

    If your soul is your art, your soul is beautiful and sweet and lively …. Saludos

  • Pauline Leger September 22, 2012, 7:13 pm

    Carolyn, i am always amazed at how your pieces come together with what seems like such ease. The pics you share are always awesome and you always inspire me to want to get away from the computer and go paint. 🙂 Beautiful, beautiful piece… xox

  • Michelle Mathey - POMI September 22, 2012, 7:37 pm

    Very colorful and cheerful!! Great job!

  • jane w. September 22, 2012, 10:41 pm


  • Linda Starr September 23, 2012, 2:37 am

    What a wonderful way to express your soul, love that you showed us the progressive additions too.

  • Ritu Dua September 23, 2012, 3:21 am

    The transformation your page goes through is as beautiful as the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly…stunning!

  • Lori September 23, 2012, 4:12 am

    Lovely and most exuberant work! I love the bold splashes of colour and the lively line work of the flowers. You might like to share your work on Mandarin Orange Monday 🙂

  • Arnoldo L. Romero September 23, 2012, 8:31 pm

    Wow! I love the depth and the feeling of joy you achieved in this page. Blessings!

  • Paula - Buenos Aires September 23, 2012, 10:15 pm

    Such a happy page indeed. I´d dance with it. 😀
    Love the stencil work.

  • Elisa Choi September 24, 2012, 6:58 am

    Colorful work Carolyn! All those yummy goodness colors and art journaling! Therapeutic indeed!

  • chubskulit September 24, 2012, 11:18 am

    Such beautiful artwork.

    Hopping by from Manadarin Orange Monday.

    Here’s my take for MoM, hope you can drop by and comment on my
    Hint of Orange post. Have a great week ahead!

  • Lori September 24, 2012, 9:01 pm

    Thank you Carolyn for sharing your wonderful display of colour on Mandarin Orange Monday:)

  • Catharina Engberg September 28, 2012, 12:50 pm

    I just LOVE it! With all the beautyful colors! Feels so peaceful!
    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog:
    art by Catharina Engberg


  • Marjie Kemper September 30, 2012, 10:31 am

    Oooh, I’m loving this page! What beautiful depth of color and I so totally love your use of the stencil and flowers!