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3 Reasons why I Use Liquitex Spray Paints by Carolyn Dube

There are 3 reasons why Liquitex spray paints have become my favorite, especially with stencils.

#1 They consistently have the colors I adore, instead of them being seasonal.  Once I fall in love with a color, I want to know I can get more of it.  Otherwise my inner hoarder goes in overdrive worrying that I might never ever find that color again. Yes, that is the stuff of my nightmares.

3 Reasons why I Use Liquitex Spray Paints by Carolyn Dube

#2 It is low odor. Not no odor but significantly less than the oil based spray paints. I do the actual spraying outside, but when I bring the papers or canvases inside, I don’t want to smell the paint for days and days, like I do with oil based spray paints.

3 Reasons why I Use Liquitex Spray Paints by Carolyn Dube

#3 It is water based, so that means water clean up, unlike oil based spray paints.  Yes, I’m talking clean up. I only clean when I have to, like when I am doing a lot of spray painting with stencils.

When using oil based spray paints, after a play session, the paint builds up noticeably on stencils and since it is oil, that means water won’t clean it off.  I probably could use turpentine to clean it, but dang, that stuff stinks and is tricky to dispose of when finished.  It’s just more toxic than what I want around me.

With the Liquitex spray paints, when I’m finished using the stencil, if I drop it into a tray of water, it will clean up. I do need to remember to get the stencil into the water as soon as I’m finished if I want an easier clean up but why wouldn’t I want easier clean up!

The color, the clean up and the low odor are the 3 big reasons why I use Liquitex Spray Paints!

Here are the supplies I used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps keep the free tutorials coming!


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The perfectionist in my head had been hounding me all day. Every decision required justification in triplicate.  It was smothering me and it was getting old.  My inner teenager had enough and a few choice words to put that negative critical voice back in its place.

Watch Shutting up perfectionist voices mixed media style on YouTube.

Scribble swearing like a sailor in Sharpie was courtesy of my mouthy inner teenager.  But, that wasn’t enough to get it out so I swore in Gelatos too.

The Gel Press printing plate was next. It felt so good to smack those negative perfectionist thoughts.  But the perfectionist in my head didn’t respond well to this treatment.

The gloves were off.  I was now just doing things to piss the perfectionist off.  I grabbed washi tapes and randomly stuck them down.  Those random patterns didn’t match the colors or theme or anything. I was “wasting” the sacred washi tape.

Now I was really going to finish off that perfectionist.  I grabbed 3 saved (meaning hoarded) scraps from other play.  Ignoring the protests from inside my head, I glued them down.  Take that perfectionist!  HA! I WIN!   And yes, it had become like an MMA fight between us!

The play had won the fight, and now I could just get into the color, the play, the fun.  That perfectionist voice was whimpering in the corner and I had 8 brushes in paint.

One of the perks of stenciling is that you can pick and choose what parts you want to use so I clustered just 3 of the stars on the stencil.

I felt the rush of rebellion slathering paint on the Darkroom Door rubber stamp knowing that this would irritate my inner perfectionist.  After all, there was “too much” paint in some areas and not enough on others.  I’m living dangerously here!

Don’t tell that perfectionist, but she may have had a point about the words.  They didn’t quite work as they were but since I didn’t have that voice pummeling me with judgement, I could just look at that as an O.O.P.S., an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly and keep on playing.

Why did I do my scribble writing with the Fineliner since it was just one O.O.P.S. after another?  Because I had wet paint everywhere and wet paint destroys traditional pens.  If you’re new to fineliners and how they work, check out this video.

I am so grateful to my inner teenager for her help quieting down that perfectionist so I could play!

Here are the supplies I used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps keep the free tutorials coming!

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That Perfect Project Never Came

That perfect project never came as I played in my art journal with gelatos and hoarded collage goodies.

There is no expiration date on collage material, it’s not milk after all.  But there is a point at which I have to face the reality that if the “perfect” project hasn’t come along yet, it probably isn’t ever coming.  I might as well just use it.

One of the pieces of paper in here, I have been saving for 19 years. How do I know that so precisely? One of them is a leftover copy of a drawing my daughter did, which I turned into cards for a Christmas gift for family when she was little. She’s graduated college now so perhaps it is time to use it in my art journal.

That perfect project never came as I played in my art journal with gelatos and hoarded collage goodies.

Things were going along swimmingly as I laughed at myself for having saved these bits so long. I was having such fun using them, adding color with Gelatos around the collage bits. Why hadn’t I used them sooner!

That perfect project never came as I played in my art journal with gelatos and hoarded collage goodies.

Then perfection paralysis hit.  I wanted to journal just the right words to remind me of these feelings and the moment.

But I couldn’t find the “perfect” title for the page.  So I scribble journaled here and there with a Pitt Pen as I searched for the right word.   The word never came.

That perfect project never came as I played in my art journal with gelatos and hoarded collage goodies.

So I turned to my rubber stamps for help with a title.  Using a black Gelatos I added the word “travel”.  It fit with some of the collage bits and these papers had quite a journey being saved through the years but it wasn’t the perfect title.

That perfect project never came as I played in my art journal with gelatos and hoarded collage goodies.

Nothing about this was perfect but a part of me wanted it to be perfect.  Gratefully, the part of me that wanted to have fun won out. Perfect isn’t much fun but play is!

That perfect project never came as I played in my art journal with gelatos and hoarded collage goodies.

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