Art Journaling with Obstacles

A guest post by Carolyn Dube


Starting this art journal spread was a risk from the start. There were going to be obstacles at every turn. My adrenaline was pumping. My mind was in overdrive. The fate of the world held in the balance. Really? Time for a reality check. This was an art journal page.


Obstacle #1…I didn’t have much time to play.

Solution…I used one cube stamp from Post Modern Design to fill both pages. Stamp and go. No carefully measuring or worrying about lining the images up or fretting about imperfect stamping. No decisions about which stamp to use next because each side of the cube had a different grumpy looking king. This went extremely quickly.


Obstacle #2…What color to add?

Solution…Use lots of colors, one of my favorite solutions. These grumpy kings looked so much friendlier in a rainbow of color.


Obstacle #3… How do I get the words on there? There wasn’t room between the kings where I wanted to put the text.

Solution…It won’t go between the kings–it will overlap. Stenciled words on scrap paper using a StencilGirl stencil (, cut out and glued down. The kings already looked cranky so what if the text interfered with their crowns a bit.

The art journaling obstacles were conquered for today.  Now I am off to tackle non-art obstacles in my life!


Carolyn Dube is an art adventurer and educator. Get in touch with the creativity inside yourself as she inspires with entertaining tutorials that invite you to play and laugh along side her. Join Carolyn on her blog, A Colorful Journey, on Facebook, and at Google+. Her stencils are available at StencilGirl Products.

U0183_CM_NoExcusesArtJournaling.inddFor more art journaling ideas and overcoming obstacles, check out No Excuses Art Journaling by Gina Rossi Armfield.

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2 Responses to Art Journaling with Obstacles

  1. jean says:

    I love how you overcame the obstacles! I need to practice this!

  2. MariaMcGuire says:

    No obstacles there! Very cool Art Journal page 🙂