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The Magic of Sparks

Two artists may look at the same Spark of Art-spiration,  but how it speaks to each individual is unique- and that is the magic of the sparks.   What is a Spark of Art-spiration?  It is a snippet of a larger work.  Something about the snippet sparks my creativity so I go with it.  I print out the spark in whatever size I feel like and then I play.  Since I can print it again and again in any size. Love technology!  There is no fear of ruining it.  That gives me complete freedom to experiment, play, explore, and just have fun arting.

The sparks are exclusively  available to my newsletter subscribers.  I send out 1 to 2 newsletters a month and never share my list.  Signing up for my newsletter is free.  Just enter your email address in the box that is just under my photo on the top right of the page and follow the prompts.  That is all you need to do to get my newsletters and high resolution downloads of the Sparks of Art-spiration!  You can sign up here.

Diane Jaquay generously shared what she create with one of the sparks.  I love how the bird emerged and how all the lush greenery created her jungle!  Now I see birds when I look at this spark!

Diane's Spark of Art-spiration

Here’s what I did with the exact same spark.

Carolyn Dube's Spark of Art-spiration

 Maria McGuire brought her drawing and lettering talents to this spark and I now see a whole new world of possibilities in this spark!

Maria McGuire's Spark of Art-spiration

Here’s what I did with the exact same spark.

A Spark of Art-spiration from Carolyn Dube


 Maria opened my eyes, literately here.  It didn’t even cross my mind to draw the other eye until I saw what she created!

Maria McGuire's Spark of Art-spiration

What I saw in the same spark.

A Spark of Artsipiration from a canvas to my art journal

Have you created something with a Spark of Art-spiration? I’d love to see it and share it here!  Just send me an email (acolorfuljourney at gmail dot com).


Join me for a Colorful Gelli Print Party!On Friday it’s the next A Colorful Gelli Print Party!  Be sure to stop back – I’ve got a great project and video for you!



Linking up to Art Journal Every DayCreative Inspiration,  Make It Monday, Inspire Me Monday, Creative Every Day, and Mandarin Orange Monday.

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  • Maria McGuire January 27, 2013, 1:03 pm

    I’m so lucky to have you in my life! You inspire me EVERY day!

  • Valerie-Jael January 27, 2013, 2:51 pm

    Great sparks! Love the different ideas. Hugs, Valerie

  • Nancy Lee January 27, 2013, 3:01 pm

    LOVE IT ALL! You are a great influence, Carolyn!
    It is not copy-cat…it is INSPIRATION!
    I often do that.
    Thanks for the good pics,too!

  • Gemma Wiseman January 27, 2013, 3:16 pm

    Wonderful colour! Creative bursts of imagination! Delightful!

  • Judy Shea January 27, 2013, 3:34 pm

    Now, that’s fun. What a terrific idea. Love both angles.

  • Corrine January 27, 2013, 3:53 pm

    I adore seeing everyone’s individual voices show up in how they interpret your sparks!
    Everyone flys with creative wings…..xox

  • Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours January 27, 2013, 4:29 pm

    Wow, it just goes to show that the (gorgeous) possibilities are endless. What a fantastic exercise Carolyn!

  • Diane January 27, 2013, 5:12 pm

    That’s what I love about these sparks, we can take them in any direction depending on what our eye’s see, and it’s ALL good! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us all, Carolyn!

  • Claudette January 27, 2013, 6:15 pm

    You are so sparky! Wonderful!

  • Lori January 27, 2013, 6:59 pm

    These are all great – very expressive and painterly. But my favourite is the orange one – with it’s lovely colour gradations and flowing rhythms. Thank you for sharing on Mandarin Orange Monday:)

  • Cynthia January 27, 2013, 7:05 pm

    Oh my gosh, this is SO COOL!! I LOVE what everyone “saw” in the spark! Awesome!!

  • Bev January 27, 2013, 7:36 pm

    Have signed up! Can’t wait for the “sparks” to fly!
    What wonderful inspiration you provide.

  • Kay Wallace January 27, 2013, 8:34 pm

    Loved seeing the fires ignited by a single spark! I am so motivated by what you create, whether it be the colors from today or the text from yesterday or maybe even something from tomorrow! Thanks for inspiring me, Carolyn!

  • Jessica Sporn January 27, 2013, 9:31 pm

    love those sparks — I have to start doing them — they are fabulous! Can’t wait for the gelli party!

  • Rinda January 28, 2013, 12:17 am

    I can see the spark in the last two, but it’s hard for me to see them in the first ones.

  • Lisa M January 28, 2013, 9:04 am

    Well I am most certainly inspired. I have seen such an array of magical mixed media, zentangle artistry and such a vast amount of creativity. 😀 Beautiful works all around. 🙂
    Thank you so much for taking the time to link up your talent and creative ideas with us at Make It Monday!
    Happy Crafting…
    Lisa xx

  • loz January 28, 2013, 9:46 am

    Fantastic project and colors..Saw this on MIM..Loz

  • artmusedog and Carol January 28, 2013, 9:49 am

    Wonderfully creative artwork ~ favorite is ‘It’s a jungle out there.’ ~ Wow!

    Carol of A Creative Harbor ^_^

  • MONICA EDWARDS January 28, 2013, 11:15 am

    wow love love all the color – beautiful beautiful creations
    Cant wait to see your next CI Paint entry!!

  • Lisa Graham January 29, 2013, 12:13 am

    Hi Carolyn, I found your blog via Seth Apter’s new directory! You put a lot of work into your blog with all the wonderful videos and links and such! Love your colorful and playful style! Greetings from Wichita, Kansas.

  • Susan Flynn January 29, 2013, 2:24 am

    What wonderful inspirational pictures. Some fabulous projects! Saw it on MIM and came to have a look hugs Craftin’ Suzie

  • Ritva January 29, 2013, 7:58 am

    Lovely bold strong colors a burst of life.

  • Shelly Schmidt January 30, 2013, 12:14 am

    Cool ‘Sparks’! I love your orange Artwork. Love MIM- so fun to find so many ‘new to me’ Papercrafters out there in Blogland!

  • Marjie Kemper January 30, 2013, 9:04 am

    Awesome sparks! I thought I was subscribing to your newsletter but apparently was not… have fixed that situation and am looking forward to seeing the next sparks!

  • Karen C January 30, 2013, 7:01 pm

    Came by from Make It Monday – feel free to visit me too – I’m #62, 111, 113, and 147 so far… 🙂
    Karen C

  • froebelsternchen February 1, 2013, 7:30 am

    Great sparks! Carolyn Love the many different ideas you show .
    Hugs Susi

    there is waiting a new theme for february over on
    for you!
    have a nice weekend Carolyn!

  • Cathie February 1, 2013, 2:35 pm

    I’m signing up right now. I’d love some inspiration in my inbox!

  • Katarina February 2, 2013, 5:23 am

    Beautiful bright and happy colors. I can tell you really enjoy creating.

    I saw you at Make It Monday. Thanks for inspiration.

    p.s. my projects is 202 if you would like to stop by my blog too.

  • Boo Martin March 11, 2013, 3:06 pm

    I’m excited to start getting your newsletter and the sparks.