Filling a paper with colours is calming

Background papers
Right now I’m just making background papers to make other artsy stuff with. It’s a fun and calming activity. You should try it. Just take any paper, and fill it with colours!

Spreading acrylic paint with a plastic card, doodling with crayons, writing words and covering it up again.

Paint under my nails, on my pants, on the table, oh – paint on my socks too.

Background papers
Background papers

And even more background papers, crayon rubbings and all.

Background papers
Background papers
Background papers
Background papers

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22 Responses to Filling a paper with colours is calming

  1. scrowlscrowl says:

    oh , those are beautiful, Hanna!
    The colors!! yummy :D

  2. Yay! I like doing that too! My favorite thing is to add a dash of metallic paint here & there.

  3. Ingrid says:

    oh, i want to go swimming in these pages! just beautiful – your use of color is amazing!

  4. Paula says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I love this kind of play time!

  5. MissKoolAid says:

    Ooooh. Beautiful papers. I can’t wait to see what you’ll be doing with those. And it makes me want to paint my own. I haven’t done crayon rubbings in forever!


  6. dawn says:

    ooh isnt that SO MUCH FUN! I loveeee it. I get lost in throwing paint on paper.

  7. Aly B says:

    I love the second from the bottom with the crayon rubbing layered with the crayon resist swirls- great color combinations!

  8. Gina says:

    Visiting your blog is calming :)

  9. Amanda says:

    I completely agree with the title of this post :) sometimes there is just no need for words or writing and we can pour our minds onto paper with colors…

  10. Kim Mailhot says:

    Yum…color is good for the soul…filling paper with it is good for so many reasons.
    Visiting your color was good for me today too, Lovely Hanna !

  11. Genevieve says:

    OK, so…explain about the socks!?


  12. Jennifer says:

    such wonderfully luscious colors; I love all of them!!! I agree– painting/coloring IS theraputic! (and I’ve gotten paint on my socks- and shoes- before… I have to be careful when i do my painting on the floor!)

  13. Carin says:

    Beautiful colours and pages in the making! And yes, paint under the nails (and all over the clothes) is now a daily occurence!

  14. Taylor says:

    that’s just what I’ve been doing lately… I haven’t had time for much else with my mom sick and everything so crazy, but it is quite a soothing end of the day activity. :)

  15. eleni says:

    fantastic! have a fairy nice spring!

  16. Erin Leigh says:

    paint on your socks and every tshirt & jeans and… everything. love it. this is pretty.

  17. Brian says:

    Hello! I come to your blog via Kelly Kilmer’s website, she featured it!
    Dang girl! I am lovin’ on your blog and journals right now! I love the messy colorfulness of it! Reminds me of being a little kid and not having a care in the world… you inspire! Consider me hooked!

  18. Oh, dear, you’ve just made me want to doodle and paint, although I’m not generally a very good doodler (don’t allow myself to let go enough). Lovely background papers!

  19. Chris says:

    Oh, Hanna, I am finally doing the journaling that I said I was going to do in Jan 2009. And I love it! You are right. I am fillilng pages with paint. Also, canvases. I posted a few pics on myblog, but I have done more work that isn’t posted. It’s SO not like me. But it must be me because I’m doing it! And it’s great. It frees you up and you don’t worry about whether you’re making it for someone else or if it’s perfect or what time it is or any of that. And after awhile, your mind just gets free and you find out exactly what you were thinking that you didn’t even know.

    Did I tell you you rock? I didn’t want to forget.

  20. Yasmina says:

    This looks like a lot of fun!
    I feel like starting now!
    And I know how you feel about the paint everywhere! I get it on my face, on my hands … At the moment I have lots of yellow paint in my hair! Oh dear …

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  22. Erica K says:

    It looks like fun, and they came out beautifully. But I know if I did it they wouldn’t be so beautiful. Maybe it would be a fun afternoon spent with the kids though! :) Thanks for the idea!

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