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Using Leftover Paints to Play…Pure Freedom

Using leftover paints to play step by step tutorial by Carolyn Dube

I just needed to use up my leftover paint so I didn’t commit the crime of wasting color. That was my excuse to let loose and just play with the goal of using it all up.

It’s a very freeing goal because there is nothing in there about perfection. Nothing in there about what it MUST be. As long as I use it up, I meet my goal. That’s a no pressure way to play, pure freedom!

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Random smears of color with the goal of using it up. No pressure here since it is leftover paint and a junk mail envelope. Can you tell I didn’t want any pressure?

 

using leftover paints to play step by step tutorial by Carolyn Dube

 

No need to wait for paint to dry…I just grabbed a spray ink and my Iron Grate stencil. Can’t waste the ink, so I flipped it over…This stencil is part of my new Layer Me collection but just because it can be layered doesn’t mean it has to be layered! Both patterns on the stencil are great all by themselves too!

 

using leftover paints to play step by step tutorial by Carolyn Dube

 

 

It was such fun I did it again with another stencil, Connected Eyes!

 

 

 

using leftover paints to play step by step tutorial by Carolyn Dube

 

 

A little touch of white…about as close to white space I can do today with the Wall of Words stencil.

 

 

Some more smears of paint and a little scribble journaling with a fine liner and white ink and it feels complete. So what will I do with this envelope? No idea. It might be mailed. It might become a folder for non-art paperwork. Who knows how I will use it!
using leftover paints to play step by step tutorial by Carolyn Dube

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  • Suztats July 9, 2015, 8:26 am

    Creating with wild abandon! Love it!

  • April Lopez July 9, 2015, 10:51 am

    Prettiest junk mail ever!!!

  • Mary W July 9, 2015, 12:49 pm

    Great way to use envelopes from ads and bills – might as well have fun getting the bills instead of just tossing envelopes in the trash. That little pop of white really added something nice to finish it off.

  • Judy Shea July 9, 2015, 4:16 pm

    I could just eat that envelope, it looks so yummy. No, not really, but how beautiful. Do you need my address.. lol??

  • stephanie July 10, 2015, 2:28 pm

    Nice! Saving paint from a sad fate.

  • Jean A Marmo July 10, 2015, 4:41 pm

    I keep forgetting to save these envelopes! Love the bright colors!

  • Cindy Mayer July 12, 2015, 8:03 am

    Thank you for sharing your work and your enthusiasm.

  • Maria McGuire July 12, 2015, 1:12 pm

    Loving the layers on this–gotta love making something out of nothing and using up paint 🙂