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Paint Lids Sparked This Canvas

Pure precision work-that’s what is NOT on this canvas.  There are no scientific formulas here.  But there is fun.   I had my spark of inspiration which took me out of my head and into my art- Dina Wakley’s new paint lids stencil and a canvas.  The circle theme made me happy so I grabbed old poker chips and jumped right in…

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  • Cynthia August 29, 2012, 6:24 pm

    WOW. Love those poker chips!! And the colors are fabulous!!!! LOVE.

  • Corrine August 29, 2012, 7:07 pm

    Sweet, the poker chips are fab! xox

  • annie! August 29, 2012, 8:52 pm

    Darn! The video was unavailable to me…but I sure do love seeing the result of you having fun! 🙂

  • Maria McGuire August 29, 2012, 10:25 pm

    New stencil, silks…..your playing with your new supplies and I love the result! The texture to the poker chips was the perfect touch.

  • Denise August 29, 2012, 10:54 pm

    Hi Carolyn-
    These are so fun. I love finding new materials from stuff around the house. The writing and embellishments on them are a great effect as well. Thanks for the video, always a pleasure to watch you work.

  • Carin August 30, 2012, 7:27 am

    This is so fun! I love that you used poker chips! That is so not what you expect on a page, yet it makes perfect sense!

    Counting the days now till my little one is back at school and I can have fun too.

  • Rinda August 30, 2012, 12:19 pm

    What a terrific idea (using a stencil to echo your drawing/painting). Will try to remember to do that. Never got around to doing any canvases this month, but I do have something fun planned for PPF tomorrow.

  • Laura Spano August 30, 2012, 1:24 pm

    This is one of my favorite palettes- definitely fun and playful. I love what you did here with the poker chips. That looks like nice messy fun!

  • lynn richards August 30, 2012, 1:51 pm

    Poker chips!!! Good grief, I have a ton of them….now they will be covered with paint!

  • Marjie Kemper August 30, 2012, 2:22 pm

    Very fun! Loved the video, Carolyn.

  • Valerie-Jael August 30, 2012, 2:47 pm

    Lovely, happy piece! Valerie

  • Jessica August 30, 2012, 4:44 pm

    FUN! Makes me want to play with you. Glad we’re meeting up again in October!!

  • Ana August 30, 2012, 9:39 pm

    sometimes it is important to just let go and no precision 🙂

  • Clare August 31, 2012, 2:47 am

    Fab colours and love what you did with the poker chips!

  • Carol and artmusedog` August 31, 2012, 8:23 am

    Wow~ Carolyn ~ I do believe you have the most painting fun and colors! ~ What a great idea and your creation is such a blessing to see this morning ~ Bright and Happy! ~ (A Creative Harbor)

  • pointypix August 31, 2012, 8:40 am

    Fun sounds like a perfectly valid reason for a painting to me and this looks like the fun you had making it spilled right out onto the canvas!

  • Apni Avani August 31, 2012, 8:44 am

    Great video! Loved the final painting too.

  • Kay Wallace August 31, 2012, 9:23 am

    Carolyn! Did you really just use pink and orange together? Side by side? Overlapping? Uh, huh! You sure did, and, surprisingly, I love it! Who knew? What an absolutely fun page! I love that you give in to “randomness,” which is so hard for me to do. Note to self: throw away your ruler! Thanks for the inspiration today!

  • NatashaMay August 31, 2012, 9:36 am

    Gorgeous! Fun’s the way to go. 🙂 Great video!

  • Stephanie Corder August 31, 2012, 9:51 am

    This is PURE fun, and a great message!
    Happy PPF,

  • Susan August 31, 2012, 10:14 am

    Thank you! Great video and message. I need to remember this is supposed to be FUN.
    Happy PPF

  • Leovi August 31, 2012, 10:19 am

    Excellent composition, very creative, I love especially for its delicate execution circular caps and colors.

  • Faye August 31, 2012, 10:36 am

    Bright and beautiful, Carolyn. And play is what art is all about. Have fun with the circles.

  • Marji August 31, 2012, 10:39 am

    Great colors! Play is such a nice topic. Wonderful work, Carolyn – so much fun. Happy PPF

  • Maggie August 31, 2012, 11:04 am

    This is so playful and fun! I love the texture and the repeating circle shapes. Happy PPF!

  • Rhonda August 31, 2012, 11:33 am

    Loving the vibrant colors! Looks like you had a wonderful creative time in your journal. Makes me want to touch! Happy PPF! 🙂

  • Christine August 31, 2012, 12:02 pm

    beautiful carefree piece Carolyn!

  • Annette G August 31, 2012, 12:17 pm

    Terrific fun. Happy PPF, Annette x

  • Mary C. Nasser August 31, 2012, 12:45 pm

    This is way cool! One of my favorites! Love the combination of oranges and violets and circles!!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  • Ginny August 31, 2012, 2:23 pm

    Carolyn, you make it all look so easy and so much fun. Just what creating should be all about. And the results are always beautiful!!

  • soulbrush August 31, 2012, 2:58 pm

    That’s what I love about art, the very fact that we can play and have such fun. Happy PPF.

  • Nora MacPhail August 31, 2012, 6:55 pm

    Very cool. Thanks for sharing the video!

  • Rita McGregor August 31, 2012, 7:54 pm

    I like that you ended up putting purple on “Play”–cool! At least that is what it looks like. Fun piece! 🙂

  • Tracey Fletcher King August 31, 2012, 9:35 pm

    the fun you had just screams off the canvas… xx

  • Alicia August 31, 2012, 11:14 pm

    great piece!! and the video is incredibly fun — love speeded up video 😀 good insight into creative process too – love the ‘highly precise circles’ 😀

  • denthe September 1, 2012, 7:39 am

    It DOES look like you had lots of fun! Lovely piece!

  • Ayala Art September 1, 2012, 1:17 pm

    I love it!!

  • Anne September 1, 2012, 3:19 pm

    Fun and awesome colors!

  • AJ September 1, 2012, 3:42 pm

    Thanks Carolyn another great video, I love the color combinations, you sound very relaxed and fun loving.
    Big love
    AJ 🙂

  • giggles September 1, 2012, 4:07 pm

    So fun!! Inspiring me to play!!
    Good job!! Love the whimsy and great color!

    Hugs Giggles

  • Bleubeard and Elizabeth September 1, 2012, 8:35 pm

    Gorgeous canvas. Love the “play”fulness of the piece. Sorry I couldn’t access the video, but I enjoyed seeing the end result of all this PLAY!!

    • Carolyn September 1, 2012, 9:04 pm

      Rats- wish it worked for you. I’ll try to bribe the computer overlords so it works for you next time.

  • Natasha September 1, 2012, 8:56 pm

    Oh I love this. So bright and playful. Lovely vibrant energy about it.

  • lynn cohen September 1, 2012, 11:51 pm

    Fun watching your little video of your play process and seeing the sweet outcome! HPPF on SATurday night!

  • Kirstin McCulloch September 2, 2012, 1:48 am

    Your video was fantastic. I loved how spontaneous your painting was and how great it turned out.

    Thank you for popping by my blog and leaving such lovely comments. x

  • carlarey September 2, 2012, 12:14 pm

    Hmmm, must go find that stash of poker chips I was going to toss. You are always so full of great ideas.

  • Linda K September 4, 2012, 9:35 am

    What a wonderful ,playful canvas!! This is one of my fave color combos too!

  • Daniele Valois September 4, 2012, 11:43 am

    very fun! just Play!!!

  • Dina September 4, 2012, 1:31 pm

    I love the bright, fun feeling of this!

  • Kate @ {K}Mericks September 5, 2012, 9:27 pm

    So playful and fun! I love how cheery it is. A great reminder to have on the art desk!

  • Cheryl M September 5, 2012, 10:49 pm

    Thanks for sharing your video and your process. I enjoyed it.