Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Just… playing

Sometimes you just need to play with no agenda whatsoever. I put on my painty shirt and had fun with a child's toy - a Twirl 'n' Paint. 

Because it is powered by pressing madly on a button to make the table go round, you don't get the even spread and flow of the country fair /electric versions, but that just makes the results more unpredictable. To start with I was using some fairly thick acrylic inks. The spread wasn't good, so I squirted on some water as well. That made things flow better.

Then I thought, What if, instead of just water to make things flow, I use a more watery paint? Well, I have some spray inks sitting on my desk, so I grabbed those and combined them with the acrylic inks I was already using. As you can see, this gave a much better colour coverage and a nice mix of light and dark colours. It even allowed me to add a spot of colour afterwards that just flowed with the watery movement of the inks before they dried. 

And here are the cards I made from them:

If you have trouble letting yourself just play, why not sign up for Carolyn Dube's Permission to Play workshop? It's free! Look out for details of it coming up on her blog. Thanks, Carolyn :)


  1. These look great! I home educate my son and he would absolutely love doing something like this, so thank you so much for sharing.

  2. So fun, Tracy...now I need to go steal one of these tops from a hapless kid so I can play too! :D


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