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Painting Circles Makes Me Happy

This week I was fortunate to have a dear friend, who has moved so very far away, stop by for a visit.  We were painting and laughing and playing and laughing when she stumbled into the happiest accident- these painty circles.  The minute we saw the first one, were were hooked.  I had been painting squares then I had to do the circles.  Love the serendipity of them.  We tried to plan what would happen a few times, but that was frustrating- so we just dipped the brushes in paint and let it be what it wanted.  I had to share this with my Paint Party Friday friends- it’s such a great group of people who are full of encouragement and creativity.  If you have a moment, go check them out!

Here’s her paint swirl that started it all.







Another circle up close.







How did she do it?  She dipped her paint brush in 3 colors, a red, a blue, and a yellow, then dragged the brush on the paper.  Drag lightly or push down.  It’s up to you.  Clean the brush after each circle or don’t.  It’s up to you.  How much of each color or where on the brush you put them determines what your circle or swoosh will look like.  Seeing how each one came out was like Christmas morning to us.


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  • Marcie February 24, 2012, 8:21 am

    Such gorgeous color!! I can see why painting like that would add joy!

  • Mimi Torchia Boothby Watercolors February 24, 2012, 9:38 am

    oh how pretty! thanks for all your nice comments. I love the colors you are using, what you are doing looks like a lot of fun
    happy PPF

    Mimi Torchia Boothby Watercolors

  • Maria February 24, 2012, 11:32 am

    Fun! Fun! Fun!

  • Claudette February 24, 2012, 1:39 pm

    How wonderful!

  • Nordljus February 24, 2012, 3:07 pm

    Oh these circles look wonderful! I especially love the first one, such wonderful colours, and it looks almost threedimensional! I’ve just cleaned all my brushes and put my paints away, otherwise I’d just tried them out! Happy PPF!

  • Tracey Fletcher King February 24, 2012, 4:42 pm

    playing in paint is almost the perfect way to spend a day… just makes me giggle… so glad you got to visit with your friend and have some play time together…xx

  • mary February 24, 2012, 5:13 pm

    love the circles ~ I’m not a painter, I play with fiber, but these circles look like they could be addictive, thanks for sharing…

  • Paula - Buenos Aires February 24, 2012, 8:05 pm

    Such a happy colourful technique. Made me smile. 🙂

  • Dolores February 24, 2012, 10:50 pm

    These certainly look like fun, can’t wait to give them a try.

  • peggy gatto February 24, 2012, 11:14 pm

    Awesome paintings, love the colors!!!!!

  • iamrushmore February 24, 2012, 11:22 pm

    this makes me want to go get a paint brush RIGHT NOW!!!!
    very cool.

  • JoDee Luna February 24, 2012, 11:29 pm

    Your circles made me happy.

  • Valerie-Jael February 25, 2012, 3:51 am

    Love your circles – think I will have a play at that later on! Valerie

  • Ginny February 25, 2012, 7:15 am

    What a wonderful way to spend time with your friend. Your circles are great. I especially like the first one. It just draws me in and makes me want to join in the fun.

  • suzanne February 25, 2012, 9:27 am

    i love these! i also love circles too.. my fav way to make fun swirly circles is using the round sponge pouncers and when squished down twirl it on your surface 🙂

  • Carol Samsel February 25, 2012, 12:29 pm

    I stumble onto this trick about a month ago and have had a ball doing backgrounds and all sorts projects with it. It’s fun and it’s relaxing :0)

  • Gwen February 26, 2012, 11:58 am

    Brilliant, happy experiments:)

  • FranT February 26, 2012, 1:50 pm

    glad you had a nice visit with your girlfriend! lovely colors!

  • Terrie: Creative Explorer February 27, 2012, 12:06 am

    Such a great idea and really fun results. Thanks for sharing.

  • anne February 27, 2012, 11:33 am

    I love painting circles, too! Yours are lovely!

    Thanks for the comment on my blog. Happy PPF!

  • Rita McGregor February 28, 2012, 9:36 am

    That first one is stunning, actually. These are happy, happy circles. Like I can tell you two were laughing and smiling while you did them. 🙂