Sep 30, 2011

Painting In Progress 1

I've been painting a lot more recently since I tackled (part of) the mess in my studio.
I'm so excited to have my health returned to a level where I can use acrylic paints and glue again! I am returning to my first love of using texture in painting.

Here's a work in progress:

first, paint, then a layer of glue-water mix - half and half, that I used to attach repurposed biodegradable packing peanuts! They end up shrinking and collapsing in fun ways:

It's great to keep old, damaged brushed to use for glue since the glue wrecks a little more each time anyway. You can get more life from a glue brush by washing it with HOT water and soap as soon as possible after using. I use an old toothbrush with soap right on it to scrub the glue brush.

then I used the same glue-water mix to attach pieces of printed napkins. Once the glue dries, the part of the napkin that was white becomes transparent so that just the printing shows. Flowers and a butterfly:

I have since painted the packing peanuts a shimmery pearl white and now I feel stuck in that place of wanting to add more... but afraid of messing it up!
I have soooo many paintings in an unfinished state because of this.

If you'd like to see amazing examples of fearless layered paintings, check out Tara Leaver. She is awesome! And she takes the time and effort to share photos of each step of her panting journeys! Such dedication and patience! I have learned so much as an artist from following her blog.


  1. What a great effect withh the packing peanuts! Ingeneous! The painting looks lovely.

  2. Beautiful!
    Your creation is perfect just as it is.

    What a great idea!

  3. Hello! I've been off in la la land. Wanted to check in and see how you are doing. Wishing you a peaceful holiday season. ((hugs))

  4. Hi Liberty ~ I was just reading about how you'd got to that stage of wanting to add more but being afraid to mess it up, and of having several pieces in that state, and I was thinking, Oh I must tell her know that feeling well and have many MANY pieces like that lying around the studio, and then I got to your last paragraph! And I really laughed aloud! Bless you, that is an enormous compliment! And thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a lovely message. I hope that you are feeling better; it's a funny old time lately, everyone's feeling it. I have certainly been getting a lot more Reiki requests than usual, and going through a lot of internal stuff too.

  5. thank you all for the wonderful comments! I apologise for the delay in getting them approved :-)

    @Eydie thank you - I've been sitting with it the way it is and liking it a lot.

    @Rachel it's so lovely to get your peaceful holiday wishes! thank you. I loved your star garland and I wish you a peaceful holiday season too. Filled with love for your whole family who is with you in body and in spirit.

    @Tara thank you!!! for letting me know that you also have many pieces in that state! Somehow that really helps. I'm so glad the last paragraph was a nice surprise :)
    thinking of you and hoping you move through your internal 'stuff' in the way you most wish to.


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