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Finding inspiration for play from kids for this Let's Play video all about fingerpainting in an art journal

Studying the masters is a great way to learn.  Who are the masters that I study? Kids!  For this week’s Let’s Play video, I am going to act like a kid by getting my fingers in the paint.  I’m going to dip my hands right into the jar of paint and some sparkling goodness too!

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 act like a kid. You can see more of the Let’s Play series here.

In the video, you’ll see my master plan to keep from making mud as I get my fingers in the blues and orange.  Good thing I have 2 hands!

Watch How to Finger Paint to Create an Art Journal Background on YouTube.

Not only was I using paint on my fingers, I was using Glitter Paste.  That sparkly goodness was smeared with my fingers to add a bit of sparkle to the background.

Where will I go with this next?  It may be a bit because I am loving this background just as it is.  I’ll enjoy it in this state for a while, and when the muse thinks I am ready, I’ll add more to it.  Want to see where it goes?  Get signed up for my newsletter and you’ll be in the know!

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!

Finding inspiration for play from kids for this Let's Play video all about fingerpainting in an art journal Let's Play August Theme with Carolyn Dube

Want to see more Let’s Play videos? You can find all the weekly posts here.

Congrats to Kristiina, last month’s winner!

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  • Kristiina August 9, 2016, 2:06 pm

    Love your colour combo! I just tried fingerpainting a couple of days ago… Certainly not for the last time 🙂

  • Deb Fortin August 9, 2016, 2:15 pm

    I left my comment on the Facebook page. for those not on Facebook- I am a keep it clean artist . too many years working, playing and sewing with fabric to switch now.

  • Caroline Sandford August 11, 2016, 2:04 am

    I love fingerpainting! Especially with gouache and poster paints, I like the feel of them. I don’t like acrylic paints on my hands, guess I need to get some barrier cream to try.

  • Jo-Anne Falconer August 11, 2016, 9:00 pm

    I prefer to keep my hands clean more than use them for paint. I did some finger painting recently but got so much paint up the sides of my fingers that I found it frustrating to waste that paint. I will try it again as Carolyn clearly has so much fun doing it.

  • D.Ann C August 13, 2016, 10:29 am

    Looks like so much fun – until cleanup time, at least! : ) Love the aqua and peachy-orange color combo!

  • Annie August 13, 2016, 3:42 pm

    Love your idea to use glitter in the fingerpainting!

  • Sherry August 14, 2016, 10:07 pm

    I’m working very hard to let go and just do and be in the moment and not worry about the outcome. You have inspired me to let go and fingerprint next time I’m in the studio!??☝??????

  • Barbara August 14, 2016, 10:59 pm

    I cannot paint anything without getting my fingers into the work, also. So I guess I am already an experienced “finger painter”, even if that isn’t my intention!

    I’ve pinned the picture of your colorful hands on Pinterest.

    Thanks for sharing your love and passion with us.

  • Pamela Venus August 15, 2016, 10:21 am

    Love this! What was the barrier lotion that you used?