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Paint Party Friday

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!  I took a few days off from the computer and I’ve missed it!  This piece is just a big experiment.  It started as layers of glossy magazine text and a die cut leftover randomly glued down.  Then a thin layer of gesso.  Then a bumble bee stencil.  Ho hum to that point.

Then I got excited about it.  An extra glob of gesso started it.  I added Adirondack reinkers to color the gesso.  I love the colors of my ink pads and now they make a great paint.  3 colors of the gesso ink in greens and blues and now I am starting to like the background.  It went on a bit thick so I started writing in it with the end of a paintbrush.  This created a great texture.  Once it was dry, I used watercolors across all of it.  The watercolors were the key to the next layer.  I drew the buildings and filled them in with gesso.  The gesso mixed with the watercolors to create a subtle coloring.

I’m off to visit the artists of Paint Party Friday – so many different styles of artists and such creative fun!

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  • Gloria J Zucaro December 30, 2011, 10:44 am

    Hi, thank you for your comment on my candles in my Zentangle. I love your process and the end results. The colors are so beautiful and I had no idea your could “paint” with gesso. Have a Happy New Year celebration.

  • NatashaMay December 30, 2011, 11:31 am

    Looks fantastic and great texture! 🙂 Happy New Year, Carolyn!!

  • Mimi Torchia Boothby Watercolors December 30, 2011, 11:36 am

    I love your colors. Do me a favor though, cover up the bottom third to half of those buildings. I think it makes for a better composition. makes it really zing!
    happy PPF!

  • Mari December 30, 2011, 11:59 am

    What you do is similar to what I this now experiencing the fresco. Then what you enceras? or not? Happy new year.

  • Kristin Van Valkenburgh December 30, 2011, 12:26 pm

    This is stunning! The etherial colors and textures are gorgeous! I love the die cut flower glued down and the beautiful results found by going with the flow – Bravo! xoxo

  • Cynthia December 30, 2011, 12:37 pm

    WOW. I love the colors. I love the writing. I love the buildings. I love all the textures. Seriously love.

  • Faye December 30, 2011, 12:56 pm

    wow, Carolyn, I think you’ve invented a brand new way of painting. This is gorgeous. I love the translucence of the buildings. And the colors are fantastic. I have a few reinkers so I think I’ll try the colored gesso bit. Beautiful art.

  • Jaime December 30, 2011, 1:05 pm

    I love the colors you’ve chosen and the building shapes are so interesting. This is a great painting! You should mat and frame it, very nice 🙂

    Happy New Year!

  • Timeless Rituals December 30, 2011, 1:44 pm

    It’s so ethereal!! Whishing you all the best for the coming year!!

  • Robin Panzer Art Studio 33 December 30, 2011, 2:27 pm

    I really like the dimensions of this piece and the writing in the gesso is fab! Happy New Year and Happy Paint Party Friday! #2 Robin Panzer Art Studio 33

  • Ginny December 30, 2011, 2:59 pm

    I love reading about what you have done. Your enthusiasm for creating just shines through and inspires me to have more fun with what I am doing. I love this piece.

  • Diana Evans December 30, 2011, 3:43 pm

    oh wow!! what a wonderful painting….love the colours and texture!!! Wishing you all the best as we embark on a whole new year of art adventure!!! Happy New Year 2012!!!!

    Hugs, Diana

  • Valerie-Jael December 30, 2011, 4:08 pm

    This is wonderful, love the transparent colours ans the buildings, just great! Happy New Year! Valerie

  • gloria December 30, 2011, 6:15 pm

    This is great! Love the buildings and the tranparency. Nice job. Happy New Year!! Enjoy and take care.

  • Carol December 30, 2011, 6:19 pm

    Wonderfully creative, colorful and textural ~ Love it ~ thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ^_^

  • Andrea December 30, 2011, 6:49 pm

    Love the layers and texture! I’ve just started using gesso a lot and love it!

  • carlarey December 30, 2011, 7:54 pm

    Oh, I LOVE this! It’s so beautiful and summery. I just got back from South Beach, and that’s exactly what it reminds me of, white buildings against an gorgeous blue sky,

  • Tammie December 30, 2011, 8:16 pm

    it sounds like you had a wonderfully creative time with awesome results.

    lovely New Year to you~

  • Nicole/Beadwright December 30, 2011, 8:53 pm

    Wowowowow!! this is great. I love the texture and the colors are fab.
    Happy 2012

  • Serena December 30, 2011, 9:34 pm

    Beautiful piece….love the colours!

    Wishing you a Happy New Year and all the best in 2012 ~ xo

  • Rita McGregor December 30, 2011, 11:07 pm

    Oh wow! I love to hear all the steps in how you create. This is looking good! Can hardly wait to see what you’ll do next. 🙂

  • Julie December 31, 2011, 10:53 am

    I love experimenting like this! It turned out great. Happy 2012!

  • EVA January 1, 2012, 11:13 pm

    Wonderful and it sounds like it was great fun to create!

    Hope 2012 is a fantastic year for you, Carolyn!

  • Kathleen Conard January 2, 2012, 10:30 pm

    Beautiful – I love my Adirondack ink pads too and am very inspired by your creation!