The Rain Was My Paintbrush


I painted with rain, not in the rain, but with the rain.  Thanks to Mother Nature, the rain acted as my paintbrush to blend and smear the color.  A huge bonus is that I did not have to clean  this paintbrush when I was finished and I was able to make so many so quickly.


Tutorial for Painting with Rain by Carolyn Dube


It had been raining so I decided to use that to my advantage and paint with it!  First, I smeared acrylic paint on the canvas.






Tutorial for Painting with Rain by Carolyn Dube

Then I put the canvas outside in the rain.  I angled it against a picnic table.  This way the rain would hit the canvas and smear the paint around for me in a great drippy way.  It did not take very long for the rain do its magic.  There was a small amount of color that washed onto the cement but it was not there long as the rain washed it away too!



Tutorial for Painting with Rain by Carolyn Dube


After about 5-10 minutes I brought this in and set it down flat on the studio floor.  I don’t care what gets on my floor but if you care about yours, just put down a plastic trash bag and/or newspapers to catch any drips.

How long you leave it in the rain will change how much color is washed away, so keep an eye on it.  It was so much fun to watch it mingle and blend!




Here are some other canvases the rain and I made together using any brand of  paint I could find.  Love that the rain likes any of my acrylic paints!  Now I have a stash of backgrounds ready for the next layer.

Before the Rain                                              After the Rain

Tutorial for Painting with Rain by Carolyn Dube

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Sharing with my friends at Paint Party Friday and Creative Everyday.

What non-traditional things have you used as a paintbrush?


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39 Responses to The Rain Was My Paintbrush

  1. that’s so neat, can’t wait to see what you do next with them

  2. Judy Shea says:

    No way. That is fantastic!!! Well, I guess you could always put it in the shower quickly if you have a drought. OMGosh.. imagine some of your stencils over these.. or gelli plate? OH MY!!!

  3. Love the before and after pics and the effect of the rain!
    Perfect post for April and all it’s showers!
    You have been very busy and INSPIRING!

  4. These are super cool, I have always wanted to try this. Of course it is gorgeous and sunny today, hehehe. I will.not.complain.

  5. How pretty, I sometimes paint with either me finger or my credit card.

  6. Sandra says:

    Lovely, Carolyn. We just had three or four very rainy days when I could have been doing this!

    I have painted with a tea bag more than once. Well, I’ve accidentally put my paintbrush into my teacup so why not reverse the process!

  7. Ruth L says:

    Carolyn is this post for me? He he… got the idea, but with my luck we have sunshine for the next 3 days…

  8. Tamiko McCurry says:

    ok ok ok.. I am sold! Now to do this without my family and or neighbors to think I am looney! and to blog about it and to share.. I am sure I will get some rain!! lolol

  9. sandeeNC says:

    Oh my, the neighbors will think I have finally gone over the edge!! Can’t wait for the rain now :)

  10. Lucinda says:

    These are gorgeous Carolyn!

  11. Tracy says:

    Oh, I LOVE these! The uncertainty of what you’ll end up with and seeing the paints mingle in ways you can’t make deliberately. Gorgeous!

  12. Terri Daniels says:

    Beautiful! Definitely on my “try this” list!

  13. Raine says:

    I LOVE these! I must try it! I wouldn’t be living up to my name if I didn’t, now would I?!?!?

  14. Reminded me of a notebook I had for experimenting. I threw all kinds of things onto it and I once took it to the Iguazú waterfalls. :D
    The second one is my favourite. I wonder what you´ll do with it. :)

  15. Kirsten Reed says:

    What a fabulous way to use Mother Nature in your art! The final result is so delicious I want to eat them!!! Bravo on thinking outside the art studio :))

  16. Corrine says:

    What a fun idea…the unexpected of Mother Nature cooperating with your art making. xox

  17. valerie-Jael says:

    Beautiful. I use my fingers, paper, bits of cardboard, pot-scourers – all fun! Valerie

  18. Who would of thought to do this?! Creative idea for sure!

  19. Faye says:

    Carolyn, you are a genius! How original can you get? The results are beautiful.

  20. Great idea Carolyn! gotta love Mother Nature- she just keeps giving! Love your palettes! beauteous!

  21. Carol Samsel says:

    OMG ! Love this idea!! Beautiful backgrounds and a great way to brighten a rainy day. Can’t wait to do this with my grandchildren :)

  22. Jo Murray says:

    Cool! Love the way the paint has dispersed and run. Clever you.

  23. Denise spillane says:

    What a great idea. It hardly ever rains here so maybe when I run my sprinkler!

  24. Marva Harvey says:

    These are beautiful! Living in the desert, I would only have this opportunity about once a year. :) It’s a good thing monsoon season is coming soon, so I can give it a try.

  25. Monica Smith says:

    Well that is something we could never do here! Rain and water is becoming extinct. Oh I hope it comes soon , want to try this.

  26. gloria says:

    What a great idea. Looks great! The hands on the table also look awesome.

  27. jean marmo says:

    They are predicting rain tomorrow. I just might have to try this!

  28. Dolores says:

    Wow, these turned out really neat. Can’t wait to see how you finish them.

  29. Wow I love the drippy-ness! What fun, you did it again. What an inspiration you are!

  30. Your ideas are unbelievable!


  31. Laila says:

    What a very clever idea. Where I live it’s raining a whole lot so I could save alot of work cleaning my brushes. I’ll simply have to try this.

  32. Annabelle says:

    I believe the very best artist is nature but you had the clever idea to work together with her. Gorgeous work!
    Thanks for sharing, will try it some time.

    Annabelle : )

  33. Win Dinn says:

    Love your idea of having Mother Nature do your work for you. Now if you could just encourage her to take care of the house along with the artwork! The results are both fun and fabulous, and I’ll bet you’re chomping at the bit to develop those paintings now!

  34. Annette G says:

    smashing backgrounds. Happy PPF, Annette x

  35. What a fabulous idea Carolyn! You creative imagination just blows me away! I love the results you got and will certainly try this sometime soon.

  36. That’s a very fun play time, indeed!

  37. sue says:

    what a great idea!! they all look so interesting!!

  38. What a wonderful idea. I love how those backgrounds turned out – can’t wait to see what they turn into next!!!

  39. Jo says:

    Very cool!!