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Clean House, Messy Art

I have noticed that the cleaner my house is, the messier I like my art. Not that my house is that clean, just cleaner than it was in the past…Perhaps the messy teenager in me is finding its way out again..

I am loving the wedding ring stencil from Julie Balzer and Crafters Workshop. While I was playing with it I realized how much I love it! I had been using spray inks on another project with it when the stencil was soaked and dripping ink so I flipped it over and used up that ink. That image just called to me and the messiness began.

Since it was just playing I felt totally free with it. I added bits of color and used whatever I could grab to add details and color. This one was such fun I started playing with it on another page. I usually grab a Pitt pen to outline things but this time I used a fine point pencil. This gave it a softer look which went better with the lighter colors.

Letting loose and just doing whatever came to mind felt so rejuvenating- I need to remember to do this more often!

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  • Cynthia April 30, 2012, 9:20 am

    SO cool. Love the colors. Thanks for mentioning using a pencil instead of a darker pen. I never would have thought of that and it looks perfect on your page.

  • Corrine April 30, 2012, 9:38 am

    NOW if only messy art equaled an automatically clean house that happened by itself. This is a great stencil and you messiness just proves how much fun it can be. Lovin those oranges and blues! xox

  • Bleubeard and Elizabeth April 30, 2012, 9:50 am

    Gorgeous use of your stencil. Very impressive use of pencil, too. I’m anal (yep, I admit it), so that could be why my art is seldom messy (at least not on purpose). It sounds like I also need to just let loose more often, especially after seeing these two examples. BTW, I often like the reverse of my stencils better than the front after they have ink on them.

  • Leovi April 30, 2012, 10:42 am

    Wonderful compositions with beautiful designs, I love the light they give off your beautiful color combinations. Greetings.

  • Rinda April 30, 2012, 10:45 am

    What an inspiring idea! I find that my house gets messy when I’m being creative because I don’t take time to clean it up!
    Rinda

  • Terrie -Creative Explorer April 30, 2012, 12:25 pm

    Great playful fun! I like the colors, the movement (must be a great stencil) and I always flip my stencils over too…..get some great backgrounds that way! Thanks for the reminder to be a little messy now and then.

  • Pauline Leger April 30, 2012, 2:19 pm

    I was a little hesitant to check out the “wedding ring” stencil.
    I’m kinda skeptical of anything with the word “wedding” in it. šŸ™‚
    I really love the green one… looks like you were having so much fun here.
    Happy week, Carolyn! xoxo

  • Currie Silver April 30, 2012, 2:24 pm

    BEautimous!! In my tiny and very wee studio space in the Wee Cottage, I am always coming up with new ways to use and re-use or use-up “leftovers” from a collage or some painting. Sometimes I just “make a mess” of something, and then use the mess for something else. This is what I love about my getting to teach [which I have a Very Full Month of coming up starting tomorrow!!] collage to kids. I’ve been collecting scraps in a Very Large Ziploc since starting in September of 2010, and this week I am sorting it out into papers to use in May.
    Thanks for inviting me in to enJOY your fun!!

  • AJ April 30, 2012, 4:23 pm

    Carolyn your images look 3D – lovely and amazing šŸ™‚
    Big love
    AJ (she of the messy house and messy art)!

  • Bev April 30, 2012, 10:15 pm

    Both pieces are gorgeous! Love the colours and designs you created.

  • Rita McGregor April 30, 2012, 10:35 pm

    Cool stencil! I love both of these. So colorful and different from each other, too. Nice! šŸ™‚

  • gina April 30, 2012, 11:36 pm

    The bright colors and lines make for a very happy design! Lovely!

  • Valerie-Jael May 1, 2012, 2:36 am

    Gorgeous pieces, and the stencil is calling to me….I work in the kitchen, and just now it is messy and inky, and I still love sitting there, in the middle of my chaos! Have fun, Valerie

  • Ginny May 1, 2012, 7:19 am

    Carolyn, the colors in this are beautiful.

  • Mary in IL May 1, 2012, 2:39 pm

    clean house? what does that mean? lol messy art, oh yeah, I get that.

  • Jenny Petricek May 2, 2012, 11:34 am

    Hi Carolyn! What a wonderful background you’ve created with these stencils! I think it’s so liberating to work in a journal, because one’s more likely to take risks and try new things; these pages are amazing! I’m inspired to go home tonight, grab some masks and stencils and my spray inks, and play!

  • minnemie May 4, 2012, 11:33 am

    I love the peaceful feel to your messy art:-) Or maybe it is just a happy feeling it brings. OR both. Bottom line: it made me smile. Thanks for visiting.
    mx

  • Marla May 5, 2012, 6:18 am

    wonderful compositions!!

  • Create With Joy May 6, 2012, 7:12 pm

    As always, beautiful work (and I enjoyed the thoughts behind them!) Thanks for sharing – I look forward to seeing you at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy this week!

    Ramona šŸ™‚