Tuesday, November 29, 2011

An artful mess

The other day I was watching something on TV where a girl casually mentioned that she makes paintings using a mixture of glue and paint and she paints with chopsticks*.
While I realise that this might be something people have done in school, I had never tried it. So what better place to try out this messy technique than in my Art Journal?

First I mixed my acrylic paint with PVA glue. I added a bit of water to make it a bit more runny, then adding a bit more glue until I got the consistancy I thought would work.

And then it was just a case of getting messy!

These are the first two I did, in my Art Journal:

Because I had too much paint&glue mix left, I also did one on a folder I use to scrape on my left over paint:
('Did you notice that folder before? No? Well, now she put a bird on it!')
and did some quick watercrayon backgrounds on some paper and did two more on them:

Oh how I love making an artful mess in my journal!

*)The documentary was on Channel4 'Amish: the world's squarest teenagers' and the girl is Lizzy Watson, and she takes this technique to a whole other level! It took me a while to find her but here's her website.


  1. I think I remember doing some form of that in school. Thank you for giving me a reminder and will have to try it.

  2. Ohh cool! It's such fun! But I found that it's difficult to make this mixture in a small quantity, so make sure you've got either a big surface or lots of smaller ones to work on.

  3. oooh wow... dat ziet er geweldig uit! Lekker kliederen, daar hou ik wel van :D

    xx Tessa