Friday, November 13, 2015

Get up. Get dressed. Paint.

Beginning on a testing page 
When I first looked at Rae Missigman’s completed page for this week’s 15 MINUTES OF MIXED MEDIA© I became leery as I am not fond of using a lot of black paint on my pages.  This practice is about showing up, challenging myself to paint outside my comfort zone and to learn.  I got the paints and supplies out and began.

The carnage


  • When she started with one of her testing pages I did not freak out like I used to when I first started this exercise.  My right brain did not allow my left brain to go on a tangent.  If allowed, the left brain side would have started figuring out how to recreate the stencil she had used.  Instead, the right brain asked, “how does this pattern show through at the end of the page?”  Then it allowed the left brain to find something comparable and I began recreating the page. 
  • While my right hand is using the heat gun to dry the page, I unconsciously reach for my coffee mug with my left.  Funny, I never noticed this habit until now.

Permission to Play - a free mixed media workshop

Last week I discovered this wonderful workshop via a fellow blogger and have completed Lessons 1 & 2.
The carnage
Large cardboard pieces - front
      On the top row I used my mop up paint deli paper prints.  On the bottom row(3 - 5) I used some of the CitraSolv papers I made during the summer.

Large cardboard pieces - back 
  On the top row I used her prints she provides through the workshop. For the last one in that row  I used a piece of paper towel I use to wipe paint off my hands with.

Small cardboard pieces - front
 Just for something fun, I used a purple paint chip on the last piece.

Small cardboard pieces - back
      I am looking forward to completing lesson 3 over the weekend.  My plan to play with these at night have been foiled as report cards are due today and of course, there's always lesson plans to write.  *sigh...

It's not too late to play along if you are first hearing about this.  It's a short workshop and it truly is meant to be stress free.  no supplies required other than what you have on hand and you simply playsomething I think we could all use a bit more of.  

Joining Paint Party Friday where having paint under the fingernails is the norm.  What colors are under yours?


  1. You seem to have had a fun and busy week with both your workshops. It's good to take the time to join in, try new things and make new experiences. Happy PPF, Hugs, Valerie

  2. Fabulous - that all looks amazing! Happy PPF!

  3. Sounds like too much fun is going on.I will try to join Carolyn Dube's workshop.Thank you for the announcement.Happy PPF:)

  4. Wow, you've been busy! And you made some fantastic pages. I love the black you added too-will you use it again?

  5. fantastic colorful vibrant pages. What happy art!

  6. yay Diane! You are just making leaps and bounds when it comes to your art and how you approach it! So happy for you!

  7. Looks like a lot of happy play going on at your place. I love it. Thanks for your comments on my blog and linking.


  8. YWonderful pages! I've always wanted to try the citrosolv method. Good for you stepping out of your box! Hugs Giggles

  9. Love how you used the term carnage to describe your art table after! I'm playing along with Permission to Play as well...loving it!

  10. I love seeing your art space. Well done on the art as well. Everything looks wonderful

  11. Looks like you had lots of fun with the workshop. I am also not a fan of black so I understand your reaction.


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