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The Good, The Bad, the Ugly…and the Hoarder

The journey of a mixed media canvas from the good, to the bad,and the ulgy by Carolyn Dube

There was a collision of the good, the bad, and the ugly in today’s play as I dealt with one of my hoarding tendencies. This canvas began long ago, and it just sat. That is until today, when I realized the opportunity in the O.O.P.S. was to use up a hoarded treasure…one that other people might call trash.

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Many moons ago, this canvas began as random stencil play with my Iron Grates stencil. There were parts I loved, but it so needed something else.

The journey of a mixed media canvas from the good, to the bad,and the ulgy by Carolyn Dube

So I took the big risk, and added lots of black paint with Flora Bowley’s Bloom True flower and my Use Your Words stencil. And it just sat at this layer. For months and months, or maybe even a year.

The journey of a mixed media canvas from the good, to the bad,and the ulgy by Carolyn Dube

What got me playing with this canvas again? Leftover scraps of paper from die cutting that I had been hoarding as if they were made of platinum. Perhaps they were secret art platinum from the muse, because without those scraps, this canvas would have stayed ignored on the shelf.

The journey of a mixed media canvas from the good, to the bad,and the ulgy by Carolyn Dube

Then came the color. Paint for the treasured squares went as I expected but the feel of the oil pastels in my hand was addictive. So I might have added a bit more of it than planned, but plans are flexible when it comes to art play.

The journey of a mixed media canvas from the good, to the bad,and the ulgy by Carolyn Dube

All that black paint that made me cringe in the moment, but it turned out to be just the O.O.P.S. this canvas needed. It took a while too find the opportunity in it, but it finally ended up where it was meant to be. Good thing my muse is patient with me.

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  • froebelsternchen May 5, 2017, 12:36 pm

    Always a pleasure to see your OOPS turning in amazing art!
    Happy weekend!
    Susi

  • Martha May 5, 2017, 6:20 pm

    Love your oops….and thanks for the sparks of inspiration. Actually made a journal last year following the Permission to Play tutorial and truly “played” with my supplies for the first time ever. It was so much fun to experiment and go beyond the lines – the end result surprised and pleased me. Have to do it again.

  • Barbara Hauenstein May 6, 2017, 12:54 pm

    I LOVE the original art as well as the final!! I learn so much from watching you and am always thankful when I see your thoughtful emails in my inbox. I hope one day maybe you’ll send that starter to us for a spark, ha ha! Keep them coming, please and let me know if there’s ever anything I could do to help the cause 🙂

  • Corrine May 7, 2017, 12:10 pm

    Still chuckling at the title. Just looked into my art closet, yikes, got to get using some stuff(hoarding aside)….xox