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The Journey to Outer Mongolia

Art Journal page using a Gelli print, PanPastels, and a stencil from the free workshop Use Your Words

Who knew when I started playing I would end up in Outer Mongolia!  I’ve been secretly working on a new free workshop, A Colorful Workshop: Use Your Words and the “stuff” from that is all over my counters.  So are Gelli Plate papers from the February Gelli party.  Okay, confession time, there is stuff all over the counters from the last Gelli party too!  I am not a big fan of cleaning and it worked to my advantage today!

For the Artsy Fartsy challenge with Maria McGuire I had to use 3 things: letters, PanPastels, and sewing.  I searched on my counters for inspiration and sure enough- I found it in the piles on my counters…Be sure to stop and see what she made!

Art Journal page using a Gelli print, PanPastels, and a stencil from the free workshop Use Your Words

I grabbed a dictionary page that I had cleaned my brayer on while plating and had used it with purple letters on the Gelli Plate too.  This dictionary page had also been a test page for the white journey stencil (from that free workshop I mentioned above).

In my excitement I glued it into the journal.  Before the stitching.  Oops.  New plan.




Art Journal page using a Gelli print, PanPastels, and a stencil from the free workshop Use Your Words


Pan Pastels around the edges.  Love how much control I have when coloring with them!






Art Journal page using a Gelli print, PanPastels, and a stencil from the free workshop Use Your Words


I will build an embellishment with stitching on it!  To get some stitching in here I grabbed a Gelli print and stitched lines on it.





Art Journal page using a Gelli print, PanPastels, and a stencil from the free workshop Use Your Words

The white letters were too plain for me so I added silver glitter rub-on.






Art Journal page using a Gelli print, PanPastels, and a stencil from the free workshop Use Your Words


I cut strips of the purple paper into arrows and outlined JOURNEY with a Stabilo pencil– that thing will write over anything it seems- even glitter!





It was at this point that I noticed the Outer Mongolia at the top of the page…how fitting!

Art Journal page using a Gelli print, PanPastels, and a stencil from the free workshop Use Your Words


February just started and there are already loads of great Gelli prints happening over at A Colorful Gelli Print Party for February!  Stop on over and check it out!

Use Your Words a free colorful workshop with Carolyn Dube

I’ll post more details later this week here on the blog about the free workshop but if you want to get a peek at the new workshop, pop over here.


Linking up with Paint Party Friday, Art Journal Every Day, Mandarin Orange Monday, Make It Monday, Inspire Me Monday, and Creative Every Day.

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  • Marja February 3, 2013, 5:19 am

    Beautiful work again Carolyn. I thin a Gelli Plate is a must (haha) but I like it very much
    lovely greet and nice Sunday

  • Cynthia February 3, 2013, 7:38 am

    LOVE the Outer Mongolia serendipity! How fun and fitting!! I love how you added the stitching too.

  • Janet February 3, 2013, 10:59 am

    Everything came together in such a serendipitous way. It turned out great. Sometimes a messy work table can be very inspiring!

  • Maria McGuire February 3, 2013, 12:02 pm

    What an appropriate word for you to use. You are on a BIG journey my friend! I LOVE the way you used your stitching!!! I think the randomness of the letters is perfect! Did I tell you I also love doing this with YOU!!!

  • froebelsternchen February 3, 2013, 1:01 pm

    gorgeous! I am so excited –and looking forward to the workshop Carolyn!

  • Valerie-Jael February 3, 2013, 2:45 pm

    Looks like you had a fun journey, love the colours, and the contrasting alphas! Valerie

  • Karen at I am Rushmore February 3, 2013, 3:06 pm

    I love that this started as the “leftover” paper. It came together so nicely. Exciting news about your workshop!

  • Corrine February 3, 2013, 3:56 pm

    Outer Mongolia was always one of my favorite places to capture in the game Risk, for some reason I loved that part of the world back when…isolated, fascinating, incomprehensible sometimes. This is going to be a fun journey…….using our words. xox

  • Claudette February 3, 2013, 4:12 pm

    I knew you were a Mongoloid at heart! Tremendous as always!

  • Barbara Albrecht February 3, 2013, 5:24 pm

    Love this page! I just signed up for your class…thank you for providing it for FREEE…perfect price for me…LOL!!! I don’t often comment but love your art and your sharing attitude…makes my day when I see your name pop up in my emails. Thank you!!

  • Kay Wallace February 3, 2013, 6:19 pm

    I love that when you (and, most often, I) begin a page, you just don’t know where that particular journey will lead! Another great page, Carolyn! Love your brilliant recovery from the “oops, I forgot the stitching” dilemma! 😉

  • Bev February 3, 2013, 7:13 pm

    Love your process and description! Such an interesting journal page! Love the colours as well.

  • loz February 3, 2013, 7:19 pm

    Fantastic pages and colors Carolyn. I saw this on MIM..Loz

  • bettyl February 3, 2013, 7:33 pm

    That’s quite a unique page! Love all your info to make it.

  • Heather A Hudson February 3, 2013, 7:43 pm

    Awesome page!! I love the bright colors!!
    Visiting From Make it Monday

  • Judy Shea February 3, 2013, 8:06 pm

    “Journey” is a key word for you as 2013 begins. Love the layers all on top of each other and the stitching.

  • SiskiyouSue February 3, 2013, 10:25 pm

    Looks like you’ve been having fun! I saw you on MIM.

  • Jenn Bedient February 3, 2013, 11:23 pm

    Visiting from MIM 🙂 How stunning! Love it!

  • Chris February 4, 2013, 3:02 am

    Beautiful work!

  • Rinda February 4, 2013, 3:04 am

    I’m crazy about this color combination.

  • Lisa M February 4, 2013, 9:23 am

    I’m still in awe over the use of dictionary pages..LOVE that and your creation came together beautifully! 🙂

    Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us at Make It Monday!
    Lisa xxx

  • Diane February 4, 2013, 12:54 pm

    Love using the dictionary page and words as an art-start. very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.
    Found you on the IMM hop. Maybe you’d give my “emotion chair” a try.. would love to see what you came up with…

  • Chubskulit Rose February 4, 2013, 4:13 pm

    Must be a wonderful journey.

    My Orange
    Your comment will be greatly appreciated.

  • Piarom February 4, 2013, 5:59 pm

    Thank you for letting us enjoy your “journey” 🙂 it looks amazing!

  • Lori February 4, 2013, 10:16 pm

    Really imaginative! And your colours and use of text are fantastic! Thank you for sharing with Mandarin Orange Monday:)

  • Liz February 5, 2013, 12:54 pm

    Beautiful shots. Have a fabulous week!

    Liz (mlc)
    Liz (yacb)

  • deniz feneri/ lighthouse February 5, 2013, 6:29 pm

    great post with a great outcome! i love your colours:)

  • Marji February 8, 2013, 12:56 am

    This is so great! I adore how you got so caught up in the moment that you got so excited about what you were doing that you jumped ahead of your plan and glued in a little early. Don’t you just love that feeling!? Beautiful work and especially how Mongolia came to play

  • Ayala Art February 8, 2013, 1:55 am

    This is so cheerful and happy!

  • Anne February 8, 2013, 1:59 am

    Such an unexpected and a bit bumpy, but cheerful and happy journey! 🙂 <3

  • kristin February 8, 2013, 2:16 am

    That turned out fabulous! Great job! I love that you only had 3 items to use…I’d be stumped. 😉 Happy PPF!

  • aga February 8, 2013, 5:07 am

    Beautiful and warm colours. Lovely page, Carolyn. Thank you for sharing with us.

  • denthe February 8, 2013, 6:31 am

    Funny, I thought I had commented on this post already, but I can’t see it. Love seeing the pictures from start to finish Carolyn! I love your colorcombination in this one!

  • soulbrush February 8, 2013, 7:22 am

    WOW this is so original and interesting to read. Happy PPF.

  • MissyK February 8, 2013, 9:41 am

    Cool page…. love the step by step photos!

    I’m going to have to come and check out your Gelli Print party this weekend – I have one and haven’t used it yet… it’s scaring me!

    Karen x

  • linda breedlove February 8, 2013, 10:45 am

    I love this page, Carol… fun to see how it came together! I signed up for your class… can’t wait to get started. Thank you for providing it free.

  • Annette G February 8, 2013, 1:01 pm

    Terrific page, loving the design and fab colours. Happy PPF, Annette x

  • lorraine February 8, 2013, 1:07 pm

    happy ppf

  • Faye February 8, 2013, 2:10 pm

    Carolyn,, you can make the most terrific designs from ordinary things. This is beautiful.

  • Stephanie Corder February 8, 2013, 2:20 pm

    How inCREDible- I love the way this turned out and the way you shared the steps along the way- just beautiful!
    Happy PPF,

  • aimee February 8, 2013, 2:50 pm

    colorful, bright, and FUN!

  • aimee February 8, 2013, 2:51 pm

    p.s. loved the Outer Mongolia bit 🙂

  • Terri Morse February 8, 2013, 3:00 pm

    I love the color and composition of your page! I smiled at the reference to Outer Mongolia. When I was a kid, it was always used as a reference to something or somewhere that was “really out there”. (Kind of where I spend much of my time 🙂 -Terri

  • Theresa Plas February 8, 2013, 9:03 pm

    Loving the techniques and layers C! Great Post!

  • Tracey Fletcher King February 8, 2013, 9:45 pm

    love the trip to outer mongolia and the workshop sounds perfectly wonderful… how generous to offer it for nothing…xx

  • Gina Sismilich February 9, 2013, 11:21 am

    What a fun page – love the outer mongolia bit as well. Pan Pastels are wonderful. You just inspired me to use mine to add some color to my painting. HPPF

  • lynn cohen February 9, 2013, 11:57 am

    As an art quilter as well as a drawer and painter I love the addition of stitches to your creation! Wonderful colors and fun with words too!

  • EVA February 9, 2013, 2:23 pm

    Outer Mongolia… what a great journey!

  • Dianne February 9, 2013, 3:48 pm

    a fun and colorful piece…love the ‘outer Mongolia’ bit…HPPF!