my creative space: daring to be messy

I am currently doing a six week online painting course "Daring adventures in paint & life" with Mati Rose McDough, which has been amazing so far! I really needed to get out of my comfort zone and embrace a bit of painting chaos!

I have to say, it has been a real challenge for me to let go of my total need to be precise, neat and tidy which screen printing demands!

The first few weeks we have been working on making lush backgrounds. The first week I wasn't really getting it at all... I was "over thinking" where I was putting the brush and paint and getting quite frustrated! Luckily you can just paint over what you are not happy with! Phew!

:: practice panel - mustard and pink

But once I started using the other techniques such as a scraper and brayer... it was so much better, as I had no real control on how the paint was going to turn out! I like that the control was out of my hands! I've started really enjoying getting messy and not thinking to much about where the paint was going.. just going with the flow!

DAP2013 - blue white green background
:: Background one - Turquoise, white and emerald acrylic paint

DAP2013 - pink white yellow background
:: :: Background two - magenta, white and yellow acrylic paint

After quite a few more layers of paint... I accidently dripped paint water on the wet paint and dabbed it off with a paper towel which revealed previous layers of paint... I did a bit of scratching too! I love it!

Dap 2013 week two
:: background one - more layers of yellow, blue, white and fuchsia

I then had to get a bigger canvas (20" x 20")! I NEEDED to make a mess on a bigger scale... of course! This one has still a long way to go but I'm really loving it so far! :)

:: a large canvas of lovely painting messiness (20" x 20")

I am really happy with my efforts so far... after quite a lot of layers of paint! It has been a really interesting process for me and I am so happy that I have finally let go of my perfectionism and embraced messiness! Hooray!

Hope you have had a wonderful creative week... check out what other creative people have been up to at my creative space!


  1. This looks like a LOT of fun - fabulous colours.

  2. Looks like such fun! I love how deep the layers of color are.

  3. love it lamina, looks like insane amounts of fun to me!


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