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Art Journaling My Picnic Table

I just couldn't help but paint my picnic table with paint and stencils

Art journaling doesn’t have to just happen in an art journal.  It can happen on say…a picnic table.  It’s the same type of play, just on a bigger scale and I still consider it art journaling.

I just couldn't help but paint my picnic table with paint and stencils

It all started with the yellow picnic table.  Notice the spray paint over spray on there?  That was an Oops – an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly.  It went from being all pretty yellow to having a dirty looking top.

 

I just couldn't help but paint my picnic table with paint and stencils

I like to paint and art journal while sitting at the table.  While stuck on a canvas, I began to fixate on that spray paint stain on the table.  One thing led to another, and then I was just messing around on the table with paint.

 

I just couldn't help but paint my picnic table with paint and stencilsCircles covered the top in no time at all!  But I wanted more layers. This really is just like art journaling just not in an art journal.

What paints am I using?  A combination of little tubs of sample paints from Home Depot and my regular acrylics.  When I was all finished, I sealed it all with a UV sealer and protector from the hardware store.

 

I just couldn't help but paint my picnic table with paint and stencils

 

If you’ve seen much of my play, you probably knew there would be some scribble writing.  I went around the circles with high flow paint in a fine liner.  I am very impressed with how it has help up to the outdoors!

The seats needed some color too.  Can’t leave them out!  I stenciled my Jumbo Vintage Alphabets A-P and Q to Z  randomly around.

Thanks to the Oops that marred my yellow table, I ended up with a far more colorful table to enjoy the outdoors.  I love a good Oops!

I just couldn't help but paint my picnic table with paint and stencils
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  • stamping sue July 29, 2015, 8:00 am

    what a FUN table!
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

  • Toni July 29, 2015, 8:18 am

    Carolyn, I pretty much love everything you do, but that table is FABULOUS!

  • Cathy July 29, 2015, 9:45 am

    Absolutely love it!!!

  • Leslie July 29, 2015, 12:24 pm

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • stephanie July 29, 2015, 2:39 pm

    that will look soooo cool on Google earth!

  • LynneP July 29, 2015, 2:39 pm

    Great table!!!

  • Jean Marmo July 29, 2015, 3:04 pm

    SO so cool! Wished I had your brain!

  • Kathy Gledsdale July 29, 2015, 3:09 pm

    Love it!

  • Judy Shea July 29, 2015, 3:13 pm

    Well, this is just DA BOMB!!!!!

  • Judy Shea July 29, 2015, 3:14 pm

    … and I just noticed that wall in the background… Yowza!!!!

  • Denise Spillane July 29, 2015, 3:19 pm

    Totally cool. Your space, house, yard, studio is a place I would love to be.

  • Cyra July 29, 2015, 4:39 pm

    Inspirational Playtime ….. love it.

  • Laura Strack August 1, 2015, 9:19 am

    Cutest Picnic table ever!! Your whole patio is fabulous.

  • Dana Martin August 3, 2015, 9:01 am

    AWESOME! I guess your muse and mine are texting each other later as I have about 4 little end tables and stools on my deck all washed and some sanded (there was some pretty ecky undefinable stuff on these throw-a-ways). and now they are ready for my …you guessed it….

    art journalism pieces and some I am going experiment using my Tim Holtz Crazy Bird Stamps on…

    yup my wooden birdhouses I found.

    As soon as I can find a camera that will take good videos like yous (a Sony right? ) I will be off and running and taping.

    Thanks again, my colorful friend and keeping it colorful even with white spaces or not.
    hugs, Dana 🙂

  • Karen Dunbrook August 11, 2015, 5:33 pm

    just super delightful!!! joyous.