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Finger Painting

Art Every Day Month Day 9!  I had an 18″x24″ canvas to paint.  I grabbed one of my favorite brushes – but really it would take me all day to paint it with that little thing, especially since this was just a background layer.  My impatience led my hands to start smearing paint around – what joy.  The paint smeared, I smushed it into the canvas letting the texture show, and I was happy.  The kind of happy that goes all the way through your soul happy.  I need to finger paint more often!  There was leftover paint from working on the canvas and I had to put that paint somewhere….I decided to try using a stencil with paint and my hands.  Really liked the result.

Notice all that extra paint!  The stencil is just sitting on top of my art journal page.




I used blue and yellow but mixed it on the actual stencil using my hands.






Now I have a background for a future journal page and my leftover paint is not leftover any more.







Another stencil I used.  It felt so good to finger paint into stencils that I actually squirted out more paint!  Once my hands were all painty it seemed a shame to stop – so I didn’t!

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  • linda November 9, 2011, 7:37 am

    Now that definitely looks like fun!!!

  • Cynthia November 9, 2011, 8:31 am

    You and your fingerpainting crack me up!!! 😉 I love that canvas! The brush stroke effect you achieved just using your fingers blows me away!!

  • Shonie November 9, 2011, 8:37 am

    See impatience isn’t always a bag thing 🙂 I really like how it turned out. Hmmm…..maybe today would be a good day to try some finger painting myself!!

  • tami November 9, 2011, 8:47 am

    don’t you just hate wasting paint? Love your fingerprinting process – I get impatient too. What a great background!

  • Dave November 9, 2011, 10:06 am

    Finger painting is so satisfying! All these art pieces look great, and my favourite of all is the picture of your hands–the beautiful swirling patterns of the colours on your fingers.

  • Gwen November 9, 2011, 10:09 am

    Brilliant! Quick, isn’t it? I was finger painting yesterday and I will do more. Saves washing the brushes. Great work!!
    Gwen xx

    • Carolyn November 9, 2011, 11:36 am

      How true! Hands are easier to wash!

  • Christine November 9, 2011, 11:50 am

    Hahaha…love this… so much fun leaps from the canvas…love the colors and love that you were able to use your leftover paint..

  • lynn richards November 9, 2011, 11:55 am

    LOVE using my hands with paint…and you got three projects out of one. Looks amazing!

  • Janet November 9, 2011, 12:25 pm

    Your journal pages are fantastic! and I love the canvas with all the colors sort of melting into one another.

    I have to try this! The photo of your hand is great and just makes me want to get paint on my own hands. I used to make prints for an artist and we used our hands to spread the inks around the metal etching plates. I loved it!!

  • Claudine November 9, 2011, 12:45 pm

    Oh, I love the finger painting! Isn’t it fun to break the rules? I like that you use your extra paint for stencils, too. I might have to try that the next time I pour out too much paint.

  • amanda jolley November 9, 2011, 12:47 pm

    Your hand is a gorgeous work of art!

  • Liv @ Choosing Beauty November 9, 2011, 1:31 pm

    Wow! I love every bit of this!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog – Happy AEDM Day 9!

  • Nicole Foshee November 9, 2011, 1:44 pm

    I love to finger paint! It is so freeing. I also like how you used the stencils. The chevron patterned stencil is awesome!

  • Elin Folkesson November 9, 2011, 1:59 pm

    I don´t think I have painted with my fingers since I was a kid… maybe it´s about time to try? Looks fun!

  • Valerie-Jael November 9, 2011, 2:10 pm

    Great colours; it is so therapeutic messing with paint, and what a lot of different things you have made! Keep on enjoying, it is so important and so good! Valerie

  • Diana Evans November 9, 2011, 5:26 pm

    that paint filled hand looks amazing….and your new backgrounds are so cool!!!! I love seeing you work!!!! Have a wonderful night!!!!

  • Rita McGregor November 10, 2011, 12:30 am

    Wow! What fun! Love the looks of both the painting and the stenciling! 🙂

  • Kelly November 10, 2011, 5:29 am

    How fun! I love the way that you not only got your canvas off to a great start….but have some super collage papers to boot!

  • AJ November 10, 2011, 3:23 pm

    Carolyn, it’s great that you had so much fun creating this masterpiece, even your hand looks like a work of art 🙂
    Big love

  • Jehanne November 11, 2011, 2:57 am

    oh wow this is really cool. Finger painting is so much fun!
    Love the photo of your hand 🙂

  • Pattie Wall November 11, 2011, 10:39 am

    Oh cool – makes me want to do this..I spend so much time working on serious paintings, I forget how much fun it is to do this fun stuff. I like the geometric stenciling, the colors are wow!

  • Tammy Vitale November 11, 2011, 8:12 pm

    Awesome – thanks for the grand idea. I’m contemplating a very large canvas myself and you just made it way less scarey to lay down that first layer!

  • Jenn H November 12, 2011, 1:07 am

    I think finger painting is soooo much fun too – it feels like total play to me!! I love that there are little works of art on your fingertips! 🙂 And your colors and swooshes on your canvas are so alive!!!