There is Something Fishy About this Story

Step-by-step tutorial of mixed media tag experimentation and play by Carolyn Dube

There was something fishy about the story that my muse popped into my head as I was playing.  So fishy in fact, that I began to think about the plausibility of the story.  My logical left brain jumped in while I was playing.  That did not go so well until my inner teenager with ample attitude jumped in…

Step-by-step tutorial of mixed media tag experimentation and play by Carolyn Dube

 

 

It all started here, a tag where I had been testing out the colors of some Distress stains.  It seemed harmless enough…

 

 

 

 

 

Step-by-step tutorial of mixed media tag experimentation and play by Carolyn Dube

 

 

The tag just became a playground as I let go and played.  A stencil from Michelle Ward, some scribble writing, some stamping with one of Kari McKnight Holbrook’s polymer stamps. No logic. Just play.

 

 

 

The messing around continued with whatever was around on my counter.  Better to use it than put it away…

Step-by-step tutorial of mixed media tag experimentation and play by Carolyn Dube

 

Suddenly, a story  about London and sightseeing fish touring the town popped into my head.  I could almost hear the fish ohhing and ahhing over the architecture.  Really? This is what my muse was sending me?

The left brain lawyer jumped right in and began interrogating the story. Fish sightseeing?  Fish don’t sight see or tour famous buildings anywhere, let alone London.  There is no scientific evidence of fish ever being impressed by architecture.

 

 

Step-by-step tutorial of mixed media tag experimentation and play by Carolyn Dube

 

That obnoxious teenager inside of me decided to prove that left brain lawyer type in my head that this was perfectly plausible in art!

So I grabbed Aidan’s School of Fish stencil and set them to swimming in London.  And they can swim wherever they want to get the best possible view of Big Ben!

 

 

 

Step-by-step tutorial of mixed media tag experimentation and play by Carolyn Dube

 

I decided to really irritate the left brain, so out came Maria McGuire’s borders for a few waves.  Because there are crystal blue waves suitable for surfing in London…take that left brain lawyer….

 

 

 

 

 

Granted, this story will not be the basis of a Pulitzer prize winning novel, but it was fun to make.   It was a big reminder that my play does not have to be reality based or “make sense”, it just has to be fun!

I’d love to know if the stories you create in your art real or imaginary or something else? 

 

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The Rain Was My Paintbrush

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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

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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Telegram from My Muse

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My muse sends me messages.  She doesn’t call.  It’s more like a telegram.  Just short instructions.  I made the choice to follow the art journaling ideas from my muse.

But first I had to get out of my head because I was thinking way way way too much.  In the video, you’ll even see me learn which end of the paintbrush to use…

Watch  Telegram from My Muse in my art journal on YouTube.

art journaling ideas from muse video tutorial by carolyn dube

 

 

All these letters and cut up bits were leftovers from another art journal page.  On that page I asked my muse to send me an idea. You can see that page  over on StencilGirl Talk.

And she did!  It was to use up the scraps. Clean up and art at the same time.  Thanks for the telegram, Muse!

 

 

 

 

art journaling ideas from muse video tutorial by carolyn dube

 

 

This is right after I listened to the telegram my muse gave me with the stenciling.   It was a very clear telegram too…erase and redo!  

I am so glad I listened to her even though I didn’t really understand why at the time.

 

 

 

A big thanks to my muse for the messages and guidance.  Do you ever get those messages while you are arting?  I’d love to hear what your muse is telling you!

art journaling ideas from muse video tutorial by carolyn dube

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