Art Journaling: To Dreamland with Shari Carroll

One of the things I like most about art journaling is the process. I also love how my ideas morph as I am creating. The morphing is not visible to you so I’ll try to explain it a bit.

I started with strips of paper to create a border which I was going to paint with more vibrant colors and use bold words for journaling in the center. But once I had my strips glued in place they looked more like a cityscape to me. I went with the city scene feeling and dulled down my color choices with muted tones.  I added white gesso to the top to fade the papers to resemble a sky. My new thought was an escape from the mundane…taking flight to the sky!

Shari Carroll, Art Journal

I added white vines of leaves for the butterflies to have a place to go. This was feeling right to me to escape and fly away with my dreams. BUT…. it also resembles books where the stories can take you off to dreamland as well.

Art Journal, Shari Carroll

Either way… the elements on this page along with the word strips work together to take me away to my journey.

Shari Carroll, Art Journal

I have filmed the process of this page which you can view below or on our YouTube channel HERE.


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Does your work change as you are in the process of creating? I’d love to hear about it. Thanks for coming by, I hope you find time to create something magical this weekend! enjoy!

Ranger Dylusions 8×8 CREATIVE JOURNAL…
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Paper…
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology 12 x 12 Paper…
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology 12 x 12 Paper…
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Dina Wakley Ranger SCRIBBLE STICKS…
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology CLIPPINGS…
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  1. Awsome page Shari, love the way your page changes while working on it.
    Yes my craft sometimes changes also on the way, sometimes deliberately to cover up a mistake or because I don’t like what I see and sometimes in the flo of creating.
    Thanks for showing your creative process.

  2. Love this piece. You mentioned the strips look like a city scape. When I saw it I saw book spines which also goes with the Dream/journey words! One pretty piece of art with different viewpoints.

  3. Beautiful! Sometimes I do start out with one idea in mind and then it will change entirely because of some paper or embellishment that I notice as I am working.

  4. Wow, I love this! The mostly neutral colors with the various layers is so well laid out to provide a great frame for the central journaling. This design is a real keeper. tfs

  5. Another gorgeous work of art – lovely!!! Yes, I often change direction as I’m creating! Sometimes I make a sketch but most of the time I have an idea and go for it! It’s always fun!!!

  6. Awesome project, Shari!! I know what you mean about projects turning out completely different than what you started doing. Sometimes happily!!

  7. This is beautiful! And, YES! My vision often morphs as I create. Sometimes my final product is nowhere near the vision I had, and other times it is exactly what I wanted to make or set out to create! Both options are just fine!!

  8. Beautiful! I’m a slow crafter because it takes me ages to decide on all the elements of a card/project. I have to try ALL the colours, images, embellishments and combinations before I find something that looks perfect, and even then I can change my mind at the last minute.

  9. Gorgeous page, loved watching your creative process. Beautiful inspiration to create my own art journal. Thanks for sharing your work.

  10. This is pretty. I am forever changing in the middle of creating, my mental eye does not always match what my hands make!

  11. as I did not read dear Shari
    I was thinking it is BOOK on the book shelf or so
    but it is city scape
    Clever Idea
    and looove much the butterfly you added
    adorable and so artistic
    Love love love

  12. I so enjoyed watching the process of this art journal page. I especially loved how you colored and shaded the paper strips, to me they looked like a cluster of books on a shelf or even a cityscape.

  13. I look forward to your art journal posts every month, they are always wonderful. Thank you so much for these, I hope you will continue to share them with us in 2018!

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