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Step by step art journal page with Carolyn Dube

I was spinning my wheels, not really going anywhere artistically today.  Ever have those days?  Well, it all changed when  I started ripping things up!


Step by step art journal page with Carolyn Dube


Many moons ago I had extra paint on my palette and brushes so I made circles on a piece of ephemera.  Then it went onto the pile of papers I have randomly smudged and smeared. It sat there for weeks, until today.





Step by step art journal page with Carolyn Dube

I was feeling stuck so I ripped up papers I had laying around on the counter. I had been playing around with the latest spark of art-spiration so I knew I could print out as many as I wanted/needed- no fear in ripping then! A Spark of Art-spiraiton is a printable spark that  goes out to my newsletter subscribers- you can sign up here).

Once I had the gel medium out to glue my ripped paper I was no longer spinning my wheels and the art journal page began to come together.



Step by step art journal page with Carolyn Dube


A neon orange colored pencil was used for some illegible journaling.  Apparently, round wheel like things are on my mind since I was drawn to the circles…






Step by step art journal page with Carolyn Dube


I was missing the orange I covered up with the torn paper so I added some Twinkling H2O’s.  Shimmer is always good!






Step by step art journal page with Carolyn Dube


I searched through my art journal to find a background that made me happy.






Step by step art journal page with Carolyn Dube


Layering ribbon I saved from the packaging of something or other.






Step by step art journal page with Carolyn Dube


A painted tag and the title (cut on my Silhouette) felt right but not finished.  Something more was needed…a big chipboard butterfly that I had colored some time ago for another project (but never used).





What sparks your creativity when you are having one of those “spinning your wheels” kind of a day?

Step by step art journal page with Carolyn Dube

Linking up to Be An Inspiration, Make It Monday, Mandarin Orange Monday, Inspire Me Monday, Create Daily, Glue It on Tuesday and Creative Every Day.

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  • Clare May 5, 2013, 2:28 pm

    your page is fabulous! really love the colours. x

  • Maria McGuire May 5, 2013, 2:45 pm

    How could my day not be happy after looking at this. WOW! the colors are so happy! I love the pieces you put in the middle of the circles. Really makes your eyes zero in!

  • Judy Shea May 5, 2013, 2:56 pm

    Snap, Crackle and Pop.. .that’s what this says to me. Really love these colors and yes, I have spinning wheels a LOT…and lately, it’s been weeks, not days.

  • aimee May 5, 2013, 2:57 pm

    beeyouteefull, carolyn! that blue + orange + hot pink = perfection!

  • Marja May 5, 2013, 3:02 pm

    Carolyn this is so awesome again. Great colors and design.
    lovely greet

  • Kay Wallace May 5, 2013, 7:14 pm

    What a grand page, Carolyn! Those are truly “happy” colors and brightened my day today! What sparks my creativity? A word, a sentiment, a quote–and I am off and running!

  • Peg R May 5, 2013, 8:12 pm

    Love your colorful work.

  • Jessica Sporn May 5, 2013, 8:45 pm

    you always have the best ideas for how to get the creative juices flowing! Beautifully happy post!

  • maryjo mcgraw May 5, 2013, 9:02 pm

    I love the vivid color and raw edges….lovely!

  • Rinda May 5, 2013, 9:06 pm

    Love the blue background. I like glue it Tuesday at artsyville because it encourages me to tear and glue once a week. It’s very relaxing.

  • Nancy Lee May 5, 2013, 9:21 pm

    What beautiful spring colors! Happy-happy!
    Torn pages are fun!

  • April Cole May 6, 2013, 12:06 am

    FANTASTIC!! :]
    Always enjoy seeing the process… thank you for sharing.
    This is an absolutely beautiful journal page, very vibrant colors!!

  • Sarah May 6, 2013, 7:44 am

    I love this – playing until you get some inspiration 🙂

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

  • Rhonda H (rhoz) May 6, 2013, 8:49 am

    Love these bright colors! As always you have come up with a fabulous piece! Thanks for popping round my blog and I am happy to wish you a happy Mandarin Orange Monday as well!

  • Elizabeth May 6, 2013, 11:58 am

    Hi, I’m a new follower and new blogger! I found you on Inspire Me Monday and I love this post!! How creative! Thanks for sharing… Please follow me on my blog at http://mybutterflyhaus.blogspot.com

  • bjorgnin May 6, 2013, 12:17 pm

    Good to have fun ;:OD)

  • Cynthia May 6, 2013, 2:19 pm

    What sparks me? Why coming over here, of course!! =D What a gorgeous page! Love the colors, love the shapes!!

  • Loz May 6, 2013, 2:22 pm

    Beautiful and bright artwork Carolyn. I saw this on MIM..Loz

  • krystie May 6, 2013, 5:38 pm

    I hope You are going to frame that work of art! It looks whimsical in a way too! Becoming a new follower!

  • Elena May 7, 2013, 5:35 am

    Wow! It’s so cute! I’m visiting from MIM.

  • Lynn May 7, 2013, 9:42 am

    I live this page …such awesome color and I’m pleased to meet another ripper!!!!

  • Gabriele May 7, 2013, 3:49 pm

    Oh, this sure is a colourful page! Lovely!

  • storybeader May 7, 2013, 4:40 pm

    it’s amazing how things seem to roll quickly downhill, once you pass a bump in the road. Glad you went back and got some more orange in! {:-Deb

  • Deborah Weber May 7, 2013, 4:42 pm

    Heart happy colors! And I agree that ripping almost always loosens stuckness. Glad it got you started.

  • Dawn May 7, 2013, 4:49 pm

    The bold and the beautiful!! just great
    I really like sheet music in collage work!

  • Corrine May 7, 2013, 5:30 pm

    I am singing with this piece at the top of my pink lungs. xox

  • NatashaMay May 8, 2013, 5:39 am

    Great journal page! Love all the bright colors. Makes me want to smile. 🙂

  • Lori May 8, 2013, 6:31 am

    I enjoyed following your processes – so free and happy and positive too:) And the final result just sings;))
    Thanks for the encouragement in scanning the pics- it will be fun to finally show them to the family.
    And thank you for being part of Mandarin Orange Monday:)

  • Marjie Kemper May 8, 2013, 10:52 am

    Sing out loud, girl!!! Love this beauty.

  • zouzou May 9, 2013, 2:39 pm

    It’s so beautiful, I love your work. Thank you for your lesson about Gelli plate.

  • Billie A May 11, 2013, 11:33 pm

    Very colorful and nice. I saw you on MIM. Great details and really fun.