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Blind Painting in my Art Journal

Painting blind in my art journal was a whole lot harder than I expected...again!

Eyesight is a rather useful sense and it’s one I count on quite a bit when creating.  So to help myself let go of control for this Let’s Play video, I’m painting blindfolded.  Can’t see a thing and it shows!

What is Let’s Play?  It’s all about rediscovering the ability to play. Each month I share a specific strategy that helped me recapture the freedom and fun of play.  This month’s theme is letting go of control. You can see more of the Let’s Play series here.

Mad respect for artists, like John Bramblitt, who use touch to do what most of us do with our eyes.  My sense of touch is not very impressive…I could barely tell if I had my fingers in paint let alone distinguish the textures of different paints, which he does.

Watch Blind Painting in my Art Journal on YouTube.

I’ve done this before (you can see a video of it here) and I know my sense of touch isn’t my strongest sense by a mile. In my first attempt at blind painting, I thought it would be easy to know when my brush or a finger was in the paint but it was nearly impossilbe.

But I learn from my experiences, so this time I set up my supplies and workspace differently.  How I positioned my supplies helped me know where my colors were located.  That helped…but not as much as I had anticipated.

Of course, I’m using my eyes to set it up. Every time I paint this way the respect I have for those who don’t have luxury of sight grows exponentially.

Painting blind in my art journal was a whole lot harder than I expected...again!

What I thought I was painting and what I actually painted were 2 very different things.  Full brushes of paint turned out to be barely a streak of color.

Painting blind in my art journal was a whole lot harder than I expected...again!

What I did without my eyes was a starting place for the next layers of play.  For these layers, I used my eyes but surprisingly left lots of white space.

Painting blind in my art journal was a whole lot harder than I expected...again!

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 you are helping me keep this blog and my videos ad free! Thank you- I don’t like ads any more than you do!

Now you’ve seen my play, let’s see yours!  Share what you’re creating with us all in the Facebook group and be inspired by what others are creating! And be sure to leave a comment here to get entered in the monthly $50 gift certificate giveaway!


September's Let's Play all about HOW to let yourself play and be creative!

Want to see more Let’s Play videos? You can find all the weekly posts here.

Sharing your play:   I, and a whole bunch of others, would love to see what you’re creating!  We’re sharing it in the Facebook group called A Colorful Place to Play. Why Facebook?  I’ve listened to your feedback about how and where you’d like to share your play instead of the link parties.

Monthly giveaways:  Leave comment on any (and all for more chances) of the weekly Let’s Play blog posts to be entered and one winner each month will be chosen by random.org.  Want more chances to win a $50 gift certificate to DickBlick.com?  Pin any of the images from the page or share about it on Facebook- then come back and leave a comment telling me what you did and you can have more chances to win! Giveaway closes the Sunday,October 3rd at 11 pm EST and the winner will announced on the blog the following Monday.

Congrats to Barbara, last month’s winner!

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  • Sandee Setliff September 20, 2016, 5:45 pm

    I use to draw with my eyes closed as a child all the time and your video makes me want to have a go at it again, although I’m not sure about using paints, lol I might have a very colorful desk when I am finished!

  • Jean Marmo September 20, 2016, 9:32 pm

    So much fun! I am trying this tomorrow!!!

  • Annie September 21, 2016, 11:04 am

    I like this idea!

  • D.Ann C September 22, 2016, 11:44 am

    That was fun to watch! LOVE the shine on the green and turquoise!!

  • Cody Doll September 28, 2016, 8:43 am

    I so loved watching you try this. And I definitely want to give it ago. I’m sure it won’t end up pretty but it’s a starting point for sure. Thanks!

  • Sherry October 2, 2016, 5:36 pm

    Need to give this a go to loosen up my inner critic!