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Unexpected Art Journaling Challenges I Created for Myself

This gel print becoming an art journal page had a few unexpected adventures. The little paint brushes, the book that may not have been the wisest choice to use for found poetry, and the impatience about paint drying. Okay, the impatience part that wasn’t unexpected lol!

Here’s the gel print that started today’s play.  You can see how it was made in this video using my Speckles and Spots stencil and acrylic gouache on the gel plate.

I’m using little brushes to start, not because it was a wise decision but because I have a zillion of them now thanks to O.O.P.S. when I placed an order.

Now, it felt like a mistake but it wasn’t.  It was an O.O.P.S., an Outstanding Opportunity PResenting Suddenly.  An opportunity for me to try using brushes I normally wouldn’t.

And by the way, I don’t know if you know this, but little brushes don’t hold as much paint as a big brush. Shocker, right?  Guess what else I learned about little brushes- they dry out faster since they have a lot less paint on them. 

Next, it was found poetry time.  The book I grabbed may not have been the best choice or I should say the easiest choice. Television Simplified was like a textbook or technical manual.

As I tried to find words on the page I selected, I began to wonder if I’d ever find words that resonated with me in there.  Oh, how I wished at this point that I had grabbed the trashy novel instead. 

This could have been a mistake, but instead, it was just an O.O.P.S. because in the end, I found just the right words, even in that book!

The circles called for a more layers- perhaps my way of releasing the stress of finding words in that text! 

You can write on acrylic gouache with a pen but the trick is the paint actually has to be dry. And you have to be willing to wait for it to dry.

The white pen wrote easily on the purple because it was actually fully dry.  

What words did I find in that very challenging book?  

it’s all starting

the traces add up

the process becomes possible

A several points, it felt impossible- I wondered if I was ever going to find any words on that page that resonated.

But that’s how play works some days, when you think it just won’t come together, that it just won’t happen, it surprises you. 

Here are the supplies used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps keep the free tutorials coming!

The itty bitty brushes were size 2 round brushes from Jerry’s Artarma 

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  • Judy Samson January 30, 2019, 5:07 pm

    I love watching you create and how everything turns out. Wasn’t sure what acrylic gouache was, so I had to google and see. I just use my acrylic paint and add water to make it more translucent. You could even add a dab of glaze to your acrylic paint so it would be even more translucent. Love how you took a random page to get inspirational words for your page and stuck to using what you chose, even though it was a tough find. That took patience and creativity!! Nice job!! Loving how bright your colors were too!!

  • Louise February 1, 2019, 5:56 pm

    Very happy! Thanks. Love found poetry whether you cut the words and glue on the paint or paint around the words. Super.

  • Mary Rupp February 1, 2019, 7:26 pm

    This is really a beautiful cute page I love all the bright pretty colors

  • CHERYL February 1, 2019, 7:54 pm


  • kaarina kannisto February 2, 2019, 1:12 am

    Thank you for your generosity and easy attitude.

  • Irene Frazier February 7, 2019, 1:40 pm

    Love the video. Thanks!

  • diditeufel February 9, 2019, 11:20 pm

    Very playtime inspiring!! Thanks, Carolyn! Just keep playing. Just keep playing. Just keep….