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Strength Through Art Journaling

The past week has been full of a personal challenge.  I began to wonder if I’d be able to handle it.  Thank heavens for art journaling!  Instead of staying in my head & letting that inner critic loose I chose to process it through art.  That’s why my character has no head – since that is where my inner critic resides.  I am standing on my resolve while the wings represent my personal power and strength.  That strength protects me from the rain, rain that comes from the challenges of life.


The base of this page was leftovers.  Papers I die cut were glued down.  When I was painting anohter die cut I used this page to catch the excess paint.  At this point no idea what it will be.  It just gets color and texture on the page.





A layer of gesso to unify the background & bring out the textures.






Using a dry-ish brush, added colors.








Added the diamond stencil & the wings.  The wing stencil was made using a Tim Holtz die cut.







Added the die cut of a dress form & raindrops using a stencil from Balzer Designs.  The yellow I used did not show up the way I wanted so I outlined some with orange paint.






Used Portfolio Crayons to write the word resolve.  I wrote it then used my finger to smudge it.  Those crayons smudge spectacularly!






Added the words to the wings with white paint.

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  • Cynthia January 15, 2012, 5:42 pm

    I love the colors and the textures!!!!!!! Thanks again for the step-by-step!

  • Carol Samsel January 15, 2012, 11:51 pm

    It’s a beautiful page with deep meaning.

  • Rita McGregor January 16, 2012, 2:00 am

    Wow! Always love your step-by-steps!! And that you didn’t include the head full of critics–LOL! 😉

  • AJ January 16, 2012, 2:42 am

    Great page Carolyn, full of meaning and, like your friends above, I love the way you document your process. What does that inner critic know anyway? Art from the heart always wins through.
    Big love

  • Nigel January 16, 2012, 4:10 am

    Nice idea, leave the head off and silence the inner voices.

    I like the cutout leaves in the background.

  • Mitzi Zohar January 16, 2012, 7:46 am

    Good for you. Keep breathing and creating and inspiring us with your art and process.

  • Lori - What Remains Now January 16, 2012, 1:01 pm

    You page is wonderful and I enjoyed the step-by-step pictures. Thinking of you during a difficult time.

  • Ginny January 16, 2012, 3:59 pm

    Power-Strength- Resolve. What wisdom you have shared with us through your art and your words. I have just started art journaling and I love it. Thank you for sharing the process. It helps so much.

  • Tracey Fletcher King January 17, 2012, 6:18 pm

    I am loving seeing your process as you create these pages and feel as though you are going from strength to strength…. very inspiring… love that you keep on with those clean clear colours…. you have the perfect colour palette in my book…xx