≡ Menu

Wise Women Talk

I’ve been out of town relaxing with troublemakers, I mean friends.   I have a huge stack of “should do” work after being gone, but I decided to play instead.  Better to take care of my creative soul than my laundry right?  As I was catching up on my internet friends, I found all sorts of inspiration.


I bumped into the challenge the save an art journal page at The Art Journal Cafe. You know, that page you started and abandoned.  I found one of those pages from forever ago.





But how to save it?  Then I saw a texture challenge at Anything But A Card.  I used some old spray inked pieces of die cut deli paper.  Planned to just create texture by gluing them down but they slipped all around with the glue I used – then I started to see a shape in the squished paper. Started squishing more paper and made more little people.  Oh, does this mean there is something wrong with me if deli paper shapes talk to me?  Hope not…



Then I saw over on Julie Balzer’s blog that she was having a 2nd floor challenge with embossing powder.  I have way too much embossing powder- so I decided to use some of that.  I decided I wanted a sandy ground for my 3 ladies. I just smeared gel medium and sprinkled in purple UTEE.  One problem.  I couldn’t use the heat gun to dry the gel medium since it would also melt the UTEE and I wanted the sandy look.  Had to let it air dry- okay, didn’t let it dry, just worked around the wet glue…




Some white ink smeared around to help the people stand out.  Not sure if it is the influence of the bouncy dance music playing in my studio – but these ladies look like they’ve got some moves.






Decided to give my people hands and feet.  No shoes for on the beach so they’re barefooted!








Had to make the women pop more so I used a touch of Twinkling H2O’s to brighten them up.






Added a bit of writing in layers of color that summed up how I felt about this page- Wise Women Counsel. These ladies were talking to me as I made this so I listened.  I don’t think the gel medium under the embossing powder is anywhere close to dry yet…





If you have a moment stop by all these great challenges- you never know where your inspiration will come from!  It’s only a short time until Fall Fearless and Fly,the challenge I am cohosting with Jessica Sporn, begins!

{ 33 comments… add one }

Leave a Comment

  • Vicki September 18, 2012, 3:41 pm

    I’m loving this, Carolyn,


  • Janet September 18, 2012, 3:53 pm

    I love those wise women! Very fluid!

  • AJ September 18, 2012, 3:58 pm

    What a great save, I love the wise women 🙂
    Big love
    AJ 🙂

  • Christy Skinner September 18, 2012, 4:29 pm

    Seriously cool page! Thanks for joining us at ABAC 🙂 🙂

  • Maria McGuire September 18, 2012, 5:21 pm

    I saw the women right away!!!! How cool is that! Yes, laundry can wait!
    Signed: One of the TROUBLEMAKERS! BTW–when did we have relaxing, LOL!

  • Valerie-Jael September 18, 2012, 5:37 pm

    These look like the under water wise women’s council – love it! I have been busy with tissue and spray paint for my ABAC piece, which will be on my blog tomorrow! Hugs,

  • soulbrush September 18, 2012, 5:44 pm

    Looked like gesso, that has the same effect- I do love the result- this is my kind of art- it speaks to me!

  • Buttons September 18, 2012, 5:50 pm

    What a fascinating mix of media! Would love to know how long it all takes to dry in the end:) Love that you’ve gone with the flow and created such a great piece with real movement. Hugs, Buttons x

  • Corrine September 18, 2012, 6:02 pm

    What other can there be but wise women. Love your flowing women in their sea of blue and green. xox

  • Margaret F September 18, 2012, 6:10 pm

    Gorgeous project, of course, I’m for any project that leaves housekeeping behind 😉
    Your ladies are wonderful and look like they are having so much fun on the beach! Thanks so much for joining us at ABAC!!

  • Lorinda September 18, 2012, 7:40 pm

    Carolyn, your wise women are amazing! I just love how organically they appeared and all of your sources of inspiration along with way. You should skip the laundry all the time!

  • Kristin Van Valkenburgh September 18, 2012, 7:43 pm

    WONDERFUL! I’m glad you listened to the council 😉
    AND your event looks wonderful – loving all the guests too. I too am headed out of town – returning second week of October. I will check it out more myself when I get back 😉 xoxo

  • Kristin Van Valkenburgh September 18, 2012, 7:44 pm

    Going out of town when it begins that is . . . xoxo

  • Cynthia September 18, 2012, 8:10 pm

    OK, these women are soooooooooooo cool!! I love that they’re dancing too!

  • Rita Barton September 18, 2012, 10:49 pm

    What a neat idea, I really like how it turned out!

  • lechatquitousse September 19, 2012, 3:40 am

    Thank you for this marvellous colored page and thank you to have participated to our challenge at AJC
    Carol, one of the Frappucinos

  • Marja September 19, 2012, 3:53 am

    Your wise woman is amazing Carolyn and I think she really speaks to you. Your page is so special and fantastic. Love it.
    Lovely greet

  • Sue September 19, 2012, 5:34 am

    This is both lovely and amazing. It was very interesting to see all the steps. Much better to make art than do laundry any day:)

  • NatashaMay September 19, 2012, 5:44 am

    That is pretty awesome! Love the texture!

  • Carol September 19, 2012, 9:50 am

    Love the actions of the wise women ~ very eclectic and naturally Colorful ~ (A Creative Harbor)

  • minnemie September 19, 2012, 1:22 pm

    I knew you were a wise women when I read: “Better to take care of my creative soul than my laundry right?” RIGHT!!! 😉 I love your journal page – very very neat!!!

  • Ginny September 19, 2012, 1:50 pm

    I love how these women move. So smart to create something wonderful. Laundry will always be there.

  • Chris September 19, 2012, 3:30 pm

    WOW! Very creative work!

  • Bleubeard and Elizabeth September 19, 2012, 9:14 pm

    I so enjoyed seeing this page come to life. At first, I had NO idea what you were going for. I got a real surprise as I watched the ladies come to life and dance on the beach. What a thrill.

    Speaking of thrills, I truly enjoyed reading your photo scavenger hunt entry, too. What fun to see how you interpreted the challenge.

  • france papillon September 20, 2012, 2:25 am

    well done, you really made the background work with your new creation!
    thanks for playing with us at art journal café 🙂

    one of the frappuccinos 😉

  • Nida Razali September 20, 2012, 5:57 am

    Oh wowww! Very creative Carolyn!! I love the texture…{ visiting from AJC}

  • Nordljus September 20, 2012, 7:24 am

    Love what you made of this old page! The colours are gorgeous, and I like how the journaling behind the women looks so organic, like grass blowing in the wind.

  • Shahrul Niza September 20, 2012, 8:21 am

    Carolyn, you are a genius :). Certainly worth it if we all just listen to our hearts’ whispers. Beautiful graceful ladies!. Love how their long dresses, moves with the wind at the beach. LOVE LOVE it.

  • Julia S-W September 20, 2012, 6:42 pm

    Carolyn, I love how this comes to life in front of our eyes! Your sequence of photos are enthralling and the final result is so creative. Your ‘ladies’ appear to have real energy and I’d swear they are dancing! A very textural, tactile piece which could fit all sorts of messages.
    Thank you so much for sharing this with us at ABAC and I really do hope you’ll join us again very soon.

  • Laura Spano September 23, 2012, 11:22 pm

    As always, enjoyed your commentary. What great fun to tie in all the challenge and let them inspired you!

  • Linda September 26, 2012, 3:46 am

    Stunning! Love your creation!

  • Carin September 26, 2012, 4:34 pm

    Fab-u-lous Carolyn! I was sitting here open jawed as you led us through the steps of this page! I didn’t see that coming, yet it made total sense by the end and the page is sooo fun!

  • Deena September 29, 2012, 9:31 pm

    what fabulous technique and texture on this piece! love that you photographed each step to see how it came about as well! Thanks for joining in the Anything But A Card texture challenge…new challenge starts tomorrow and I hope to see another of your creations!