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Summer of Color Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

I have been making all sorts of changes in my life and change can be a bit intimidating and exhilarating all at the same time!  This was on my mind as I was making a journal page for this week’s mint chocolate chip Summer of Color challenge.  A huge reminder to me to keep my heart open to where these changes are taking me!


Leftover napkin remnants glued on part of the page and paint/glaze added to the whole thing.

Scribble writing with old reinkers.  It made it messy and runny without trying!







Acrylic paint







Scratching in the wet paint for added texture.






Tinsel edging the heart (I stitched it down because it resisted the glue idea).








The letters were cream colored on the edge so a bit of liquid pearls to the rescue!  It fixed the color and added more texture.  I am on a serious texture kick right now!




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  • Corrine June 17, 2012, 8:39 am

    Scary and exhilerating your heart captures this and the mint green somehow amplifies it. I know what you mean. Trying new things, including weight watchers for me, it’s hard but satisfying too. xox

  • Rita McGregor June 17, 2012, 10:29 pm

    I love the steps and the results are fabulous! 🙂

  • Bleubeard and Elizabeth June 17, 2012, 11:36 pm

    I was with you all the way to the letters. Then you lost me. I guess I don’t know what liquid pearls are. I’ll have to check them out, because when I first saw the page, I thought it was a cake and the word was icing. Yep, you are definitely on a texture kick. I must take lessons (grin).

  • Susan Tidwell June 18, 2012, 1:06 am

    Great page! I enjoyed seeing the steps. Love all the texture.

  • Valerie-Jael June 18, 2012, 2:50 am

    Very interesting, love all the texture. Valerie

  • Gina June 18, 2012, 9:49 am

    This is terrific! I love the colors and design, and the texture just makes it pop.

  • Ritu Dua June 18, 2012, 10:50 am

    This is absolutely enchanting…

  • Marji June 18, 2012, 12:03 pm

    You are so right. Keeping an open heart is the best thing we can do. Well done. I love the minty color.

  • Marjie Kemper June 18, 2012, 12:09 pm

    Fabulous page! Here’s to open hearts…

  • Mrs S June 18, 2012, 1:31 pm

    I think this is simply beautiful. And well done on trying to change the things around you for the better! OH and I made a huge change to our lives several years ago and though at first it was hard, now we are reaping rewards after rewards.
    x x x

  • Carol June 18, 2012, 1:32 pm

    Wonderful creation and reminder to keep your heart open to change ~ Very dramatic and dazzling creation ~ thanks, (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

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  • Terrie -Creative Explorer June 18, 2012, 3:39 pm

    A lovely page…I like the use of the napkin and the graphic nature of the page – really pretty.

  • Jo (fiddlesnips) June 18, 2012, 5:36 pm

    This is wonderful, I LOVE the textures and enjoyed reading through your creative process.

  • Bev June 18, 2012, 5:45 pm

    Very colourful and great message!

  • molly June 18, 2012, 6:54 pm

    this piece is great… it does have such an open and happy feel to it. i love all the textures– and it’s nice seeing how you added each piece step by step.

    good luck with all the changes in your life– i went through the same thing a few years ago on a major scale and it really was a wonderful adventure! 🙂

  • Andrea June 18, 2012, 7:23 pm

    This is beautiful!

  • Joyce June 18, 2012, 10:32 pm

    Gorgeous color and texture.

  • FranT June 19, 2012, 2:37 am

    very very cool!

  • mandy at eight is enough June 19, 2012, 3:48 am

    Yeah…changes can be like that….love your piece and that napkin has a beautiful design…gives it a touch of class…xxx

  • Diana Taylor June 19, 2012, 4:43 am

    Great piece of work – love the texture and the bright, vibrancy.

  • Caz June 19, 2012, 10:48 am

    oh this is lovely, I love the heart!!

  • Pauline Leger June 19, 2012, 3:36 pm

    I always love coming here, cause i just KNOW you’ll have something funky on the go! I really love the texture in the heart (scratching the wet paint). Fabulous piece… xoxo

  • Lisa Bowlin June 19, 2012, 4:36 pm

    Ok first I really like how you show the actual picture step by step. Once I get going , I just go and don’t think about that! Why can’t I find neat napkins like that!!? Love it!

    • Carolyn Dube June 19, 2012, 9:57 pm

      The best napkin place I have found is Party City. They have great designs- too many since I keep buying the silly things…

  • Diana Evans June 19, 2012, 5:07 pm

    love your new piece and love seeing it all come together!!! wonderful work!!!

  • Lydia June 19, 2012, 9:41 pm

    I love how this turned out and thank you so much for sharing your technique!

  • Sandi McLean June 20, 2012, 12:12 am

    Textures are fabulous!

  • Tracey Fletcher King June 20, 2012, 2:17 am

    I love a good napkin and this is a great way to use it… the step by steps are always cool and I do learn quite a bit…xx

  • denthe June 20, 2012, 8:11 am

    This is beautiful. Lovely background. I love that you put the in progress pictures up as well!

  • Jenny June 20, 2012, 8:16 am

    Just stunning Carolyn… love the napkins… and the story behind your beautiful creation… fabulous to see the progress shots too…

    Jenny x

  • Elisabeth R June 20, 2012, 9:18 am

    I love it! Especially the napkin and the scribble writing! 🙂

  • Timeless Rituals June 20, 2012, 11:13 am

    WOW! Stunning!!!

  • Kathy June 20, 2012, 10:15 pm

    Love the texture.. thank you for the process too.. I hear you on changes.. and keeping one’s heart open is so important…

  • Jenny Petricek June 21, 2012, 2:25 pm

    Hi Carolyn! Absolutely love this journal spread! Thanks so much for posting pictures of the page-in-progress; I learn so much about the process and am inspired to try your techniques in my own artwork! Hope all is well on your end…change is in the air on this end, too, and while it’s scary and stressful at times, I wouldn’t trade it for anything!:-) Best of luck in your next journey!

  • Jessica June 21, 2012, 9:19 pm

    I found your beautiful blog through the Balzer Designs Flickr group. I love your work. So inspiring!

  • aquariann June 22, 2012, 7:43 pm

    Wonderful journal page! I quite enjoyed seeing the WIP versions.

    -:¦:- Art Update: Mint Chocolate Chip -:¦:-

  • Daniele Valois June 22, 2012, 10:34 pm

    Fab fab fab!!!

  • Ayala Art June 23, 2012, 12:10 pm

    Beautiful and fancy, with one of my favorite colors :oD

  • Kathy June 23, 2012, 4:31 pm

    I really like your napkin idea and your scratched texture! Thank you for the step by step!