Carolyn’s Cup of Cheer

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I haven’t had much time for arting lately so have been feeling a bit sluggish(Work and of course puppy).  I needed a java jolt, and after my coffee I began to doodle a cup with steam rising from it’s center.  I painted some red around it, some blue below it and just scribbled randomly with my uni-posca markers, which made me think of my friend Carolyn Dube and all her lush color, so I grabbed her new stencils Words to Live By and her Crossword stencil and made my cup a colorful journey with pan pastels, some words and some grids.  I call this journal page “Carolyn’s Cup of Cheer”.  Whenever I see her, she makes me laugh, so hard, and we both love color so much, this was the perfect way to uplift my sluggish day.

Carolyn's cup of cheer 111413She’s running a pretty awesome Stencil Play classs right now, and her videos are amazing…pay her a visit if you don’t know her and experience her cup of cheer firsthand!  Thanks Carolyn, for being my friend and my Cup of Cheer – always ♥♥♥




  1. Now this is java I would take by the potful- colorful and fun java! You rocked the stencil layering too-you have blended them so well here! And your posca penning gives it such a great feeling of movement (is the caffeine ? You made my day with this Corrine!

  2. Cathy/Mutnik says:

    This looks like a piece of quilted art. Can’t believe it’s just paper. So colorful and fun and vibrant. Well done! A total inspiration! :0)

  3. Works for me too!

  4. Hey! That is wonderful! Sorry you have been out of sorts lately! All that color and texture should bounce you right back into the world of the living! xoxo

  5. very happy page… nice to have good friends!

  6. so happy! well done Corrine – and Carolyn too!

  7. You really paid homage to Carolyn’s stencils. And the jolt I got when I saw this painting knocked me off my chair!

  8. Wow! You know when I first saw this I was sure that it was a quilt!? It looks so textured and puffy, I love it! and those colours …. I can believe it was an uplift to your day! It is to mine …. 🙂

  9. Wonderful Corrine, this really is a cup of warm cheer, just what we need for these first cold Wintery days!

  10. Wow Corrine this is one awesome journal page. It is almost holographic in that the layers ‘float’ before your eyes, superb work my lovely. Good old java for inspiring you, thank-you Java.
    Huge hugs x x x x

  11. Great layering and the colors are fab, it looks like a cuppa java was just the thing to jolt you out of the artsy slump. You go girl! Happy color love. x0x0

  12. You not only made your own day and Carolyn’s day, but mine! I am now fully awake with the bright, vivid and in-my-face colors! Just love it! I saw Carolyn demo-ing her word stencil and you have used it perfectly here! Way to go!

  13. This is just freakin AWESOME! Love it!

  14. This is so flipping gorgeous! May be my favorite CG piece ever… LOVE it.

  15. Kapowie wowie… this has so many layers… Some looks quilted some looks 3D. Cheer is the right word.

  16. Oh Corrine, so many layers so much texture , fantastic 3-d to look into, and I love your kind of steam 🙂
    Hugs, Dorthe

  17. Wow – this is VERY cool! (or should it be HOT?) Simple design but extraordinary use of color and those stencils are to die for!

  18. WOW!!!! that is all….WOW!!!!

  19. I too am sluggish but not as productive. Thanks for the inspiration, think I’ll pull out the sketchbook.

  20. Love those colors, and the way you layered them with all the stencils. Thanks for the tip about Carolyn’s class. I’m not familiar with her work.

  21. Super shock of color – LOVE this!

  22. This is great! Do I see orange…?
    You have defined the color orange for
    me and I love it!!

  23. My heaventy sakes, this work is awesome!! Orange! Texture! Blue with orange! coffee! texture! lettering!


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