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How to Use Compressed Air and the Rainbow in Your Art Journal

How to Use Compressed Air and the Rainbow in Your Art JournalThe more I try to control an art journal page, the less I like it.  But letting go of control is a tough thing to do since it isn’t instinctive for me (which is an understatement according to my husband).

I am always looking for ways to help myself let go and thwart that left brain when I am in the studio.  Compressed air is a great tool for that after all it is tough to control that little straw of air!

This page started in another Let’s Play video– you can see how I let go of control when it came to color here.

Watch Playing in my art journal with compressed air and the rainbow on YouTube.

***When working with compressed air, it is important to read the safety information on the can before you start playing!***

Want to see more ways I’ve used compressed air in an art journal- check out this video.

How to Use Compressed Air and the Rainbow in Your Art JournalHere’s what it looked like with just the white high flow.  I could have stopped here but those cans of compressed air are such fun to play with so I added a few more colors! After all, this is a Let’s Play video.

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.

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!

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!


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  • Kathy Gledsdale September 14, 2016, 8:24 am

    Love it, looks like a forest. x

  • Joanne Ross September 18, 2016, 12:39 am

    This looks like so much fun, I’ll be digging out my Air Duster to give this a try. I’ve used the Air Duster with Alcohol Inks before and that was fun.

  • Joanne Ross September 18, 2016, 12:49 am

    I just pinned the photo of the journal page to my Pinterest Mixed Media board at https://www.pinterest.com/okanagan_spirit/mixed-media/
    so that I can remember to come back again later.

  • Annie September 21, 2016, 11:24 am

    I never worked with acrylic paint and compressed air. I did before with ink.
    But I am going to try this cause i like the paint blobs.

  • D.Ann C September 22, 2016, 11:14 am

    I especially love the addition of white as this develops! I’ve only used compressed air once… blowing out from a circle to get a cool explosive look. Must try playing with it more. Thanks.