Finding Freedom in the Leftover Bits

A guest post about art play by Carolyn Dube

Art play doesn’t have to be big. Art play doesn’t have to be fancy. And it can start when you least expect it.


As I was cleaning up, I saw all the leftovers on the counter. Those little scraps, pieces, and leftover words were pure freedom. If I “ruined” it, I didn’t care since this was all going to be trash anyway. No pressure means more play.


I had to get color on this! Not carefully painted color but loose, free, playful smudges and smears of color.


Cardboard brown just isn’t a color that rocks my rainbow world. So, I just painted it white. Not a perfect white with crisp edges. A loose, free paint job that is loaded with imperfections that didn’t matter because I was having fun playing. Next time you are cleaning up, instead of throwing out the little bits and pieces, see where they take you!

Carolyn Dube is a mixed-media artist and instructor who is addicted to color and play. Find out more about Carolyn on her blog, A Colorful Journey, on Facebook, and at Google+. Her stencils are available at StencilGirl Products.

W8864_CM_AcrylTech_revised.inddFor more playful techniques to try, check out Acrylic Techniques in Mixed Media by Roxanne Padgett.

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One Response to Finding Freedom in the Leftover Bits

  1. MariaMcGuire says:

    Perfect way to recycle those scraps!!!