Monday, September 05, 2011

Creative Play Series: Playful Backgrounds

Hello Friends...

I am really glad to be back with another installment for our Creative Play series.

If you are just now joining us...skip down a few posts and  catch up with us...or just jump in where we is all good! *smile*

Last time we talked about overcoming the paralysis of perfection by asking the question - "What if...?" and letting your natural curiosity take over.

Today's method for helping you find that 5 year old that is hiding inside of you that just wants to CREATE is to spend some time "Creating for No Apparent Reason."  Sometimes the pressure of having an end product in mind shuts down our freedom...and when that gets shut down, we are less likely to create our best art.  So one of my ways of keeping myself "playful" is to take a few minutes when I may not have time to create a whole project - and use it to just make some backgrounds that I might use on another project....or not!

Have fun watching the video...and then GO PLAY!  When you are done, please come back and leave us a link to what you have made down on the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this post.  Have fun - I can't wait to see what you create my dear ARTIST friends!

Products I used:
Tim Holtz Distress Stains
Crafter's Workshop Stencils
Pumice Distress Ink
Acrylic Paint
Watercolor Paper


  1. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the background you created. It was fun watching you adding all those colours.
    My 3 year old grandson had some great creative play with his watercolour paints this afternoon as he splashed them around and accidently created some new colours too:)
    I had a creative play with inks and a brayer brayer technique is not the best so I just fooled around with pieces of cardstock and came up with some useable pieces even though I still have hard lines here and there. I will take some photos and put them on my blog and link to it with Mr Linky.
    Thanks Jann for encouraging us to be artists :)
    Lynn x

  2. Love your relaxing approach... for me you are saying... creating is playing with the aim to have fun... no matter what the outcome is.

  3. Anonymous6:59 PM

    I found your blog today by following your Twitter conversation with Julie F-F B. I have just finished watching all your Creative Play videos. I enjoyed them all and learned a few new techniques too. I'll be watching for more. Hope you feel better soon.
    Hugs, Mary

  4. I love the "I am an artist" pledge. Did you write it? Is there a place to get a copy of it. Enjoy your videos. Thanks for sharing!


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