Smear, stain and spill that acrylic paint

I could only read a couple of pages in Traci Bautista’s book Collage Unleashed before I had to put it down. Not because I thought it was a bad book, but because I was so inspired I couldn’t continue reading. I couldn’t sit still and not be creative. I jumped up, gathered my acrylic paints and a pile of used but saved envelopes and headed out in the sun with my biggest paint brush in hand.

Painted background paper

Envelopes are great to use as a canvas for acrylic paint, thicker than printer paper as they are. I used a plastic card to smear paint all over the papers I had found. Then I stamped some, stained and spilled over everything with watered paints. Mark making. Layering. Fun fun fun!

Painted background paper spread out on the ground outdoors

I filled a couple of pages in my precious Art Journal and also some torn out book pages with text. They dried quite fast in the setting sun. I might have been born to do this. Smear paint and feel this happiness at this precise moment. Right now, just like this.

Mix together colors, spread the joy I feel inside onto paper while I breath and live.

Acrylic paint fun

Backgrounds, collage papers or pages for a book that I will bind. I haven’t decided yet. I just enjoy this pile of papers so much.

Working in my journal

The newspaper that I used as a protection mat was also filled with paint when I finished. I used most of the newspaper too, for collages. I cut out a copy of my hand that I did at the office recently, and glued it into my Art Journal, onto those smeared, stamped, colored pages. Glue anything and then sit back and look at it. Add anything. Finally journal all over!


This is the pile after a couple of hours of playing where I had room to breath and be:

Painted background papers

This is me, just then, right now:

Painting outside
Photo by mom. Samsung Digimax L60.

I wish you could’ve been there with me, I would lend you my paints and my sunshine any time.

Don’t you feel inspired to be happy right now? So smile girl, smile!

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27 Responses to Smear, stain and spill that acrylic paint

  1. MissKoolAid says:

    I should really revisit that book. It’s been sitting on my shelf for too many months. Your papers came out beautifully.


  2. Elin says:

    Jag har inte boken du skriver om, men jag blir v?ldigt inspirerad av dina bilder. H?r beh?vs det mer lek med f?rgerna!
    (F?rresten, jag ?r glad att du har hittat orden igen.)

  3. gkgirl says:

    i wanna go home and paint now…

    and you
    are as
    as a

  4. Dawn says:

    This post made me break into a huge smile…I needed that!

  5. Jeannine says:

    I just took a class with Traci and love her techniques so much!

    So much color and pattern, mess, and fun!

  6. Yes, lend me some sunshine, please! It’s been cold and rainy since Sunday over here, phew… I must dig out my journal and do some paint and background experimenting, I’ve been neglecting this part of me recently. ^^

  7. Kemp says:

    He he he you look all perky. I’m sitting in the office at the moment and would rather sit there with you:-)

  8. carla says:

    This looks like such a fabulous and fun project! The colors are so vibrant, and each page has its own wonderful energy. You have a very cool blog… and thanks for visiting mine :>

  9. Laura says:

    You do look happy! I fingerpainted with my daughter a few months ago and then used the pages to make Valentine’s cards for friends and family. It was SO much fun!

  10. Rebecca says:

    Isn’t it such fun to play! The inner child comes out to play. I’m sooo going to have to try this! Thank you.

  11. How come we are just now finding out how insanely adorable and beautiful you are?!

  12. Ravenhill says:

    Beautiful works just bursting with vibrant, happy color! You sure look like a happy lady in the middle of it all!

  13. tracey says:

    this post, these photos, seeing your process is beyond inspiring! love it!!

  14. Pippa says:

    You are so inspiring! I must get out my paints again!

  15. tricia says:

    Look how lovely you are sitting there among your colorful paintings!

  16. jennalee says:

    Wow, looks like a blast. You go girl. I love that book, only there is so much info in it, it’s overwhelming.

  17. Sara in WI says:

    Fantastic! You did make me smile! Love the picture that your mom took!

  18. leah says:

    i wish i could come over to your house and play! :-)

  19. Megan says:

    You look so happy surrounded by those beautiful pages!

    I like your copied hand, too – I put a copy of my hand in my gluebook recently as well, oddly enough.

  20. pink sky says:

    love all the luscious colors…fun!

  21. Camilla says:

    A long time ago I bought some papers from you via Etsy, I just thought you might like to see what some of them became:

  22. Susan Tuttle says:

    What fun! What joy! I am enjoying your colorful papers – creating them outdoors makes them even more special, I think.


  23. sama says:

    Ah wow, underbart!
    Om inte klockan vore 0.33 och jag d?dstr?tt hade jag satt ig?ng att leka med f?rg jag ocks?! H?rliga bilder!

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  25. Hovawart says:

    I hope you play a stringed instrument, with such incredibly long and lovely thumbs!

    A Jealous Mandolin Player

  26. Zura says:

    Lovely post!! How could anyone NOT want to do this after reading this and feeling your joy? I have that book but when I first got it, wasn’t inspired by it. But the past week I’ve seen it praised twice now, so I must look at it again when I get my books out of storage!

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