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When Good Colors Go Bad

When Good Colors Go Bad...OOPS! by Carolyn Dube

What do I do when good colors go bad? I double down and play even more.

This started as an experiment that went to the most horrid baby poop green in layer number 2 thanks to some unplanned color mixing. It happens to us all. The creamy colors themselves are wonderful, but the way I combined them was ghastly. Green and orange mixed together do not make rainbow magic in my opinion.

I should have known better. I should have seen it coming. But I didn’t. So what did I do? I said O.O.P.S. (short for Outstanding Opportunities Presenting Suddenly) and played some more.

I couldn’t even begin to fathom where that cringeworthy muddy green would take me, let alone that I would actually appreciate those olive green hints. Layer after layer of Gelatos built up on this mixed media card and I not only loved the process of playing and smearing colors, but love the messy mixed media feel of this accidental card.

So next time good colors go bad when you are playing, try saying O.O.P.S. and add more layers!

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  • Barbara Hauenstein February 22, 2017, 4:21 pm

    I love your OOPS philosophy! I used to call them opportunities but now I think they’re plop-ortunities, ha ha! Thank you for sharing all you do, I’ve learned so much from you šŸ™‚

  • jean marmo February 22, 2017, 7:20 pm

    I frequently have to add more layers or wash some off. Not sure how but it happens to me a lot:)

  • Judith Clarke February 23, 2017, 4:12 am

    Carolyn, Hope you are mending well. When I was down from a broken ankle, I found that Tim Holtz’ Distress Ink pads, spray bottles, baby wipes and rubber stamps kept me sane. I’d spray my paper, plop the ink pad/s face down and smear all over. Spray with water and let drip or use baby wipes to move colour. Let dry and touch up spots or use a rubber stamp. I used a disposable pad under my papers and didn’t have any disasters. I could usually get close if not finished in short order. Pain meds can indeed produce some interesting results. Keep mending and putting color all over the place. Hug!