Intuitive painting in my altered book

So what is intuitive painting, well that’s the greatest fun. When you don’t think too much, just get out a few tubes and apply them randomly on your project. Here I chose acrylics, wanted to have some warm colours, so I ended up with cadmium yellow hue deep, permanent green and mauve. I applied them with an old credit card to cover up the text in my altered book.

I loved how the text peeked through here and there (the advantage of working in an altered book). I wanted some more abstract textures, so I added some stamping with Finnabair’s clear texture stamp and watering can archival ink.

When I looked at my spread with the warm colours, especially that it is cold and grey outside, the first thing that jumped into my mind how lucky I am that I have a warm sweet home and a lovely supporting son. So decision made, it is going to be a city scape. And there came the third layer, forming my old fashioned and futuristic architectural creations:

Finally I added some doodles with black and white gel pen and some shadows and shades with charcoal. The downtown city is stamped with archival ink.

I really enjoyed spreading the paint without thinking too much, and then just to form shapes that slowly get into objects. Why don’t you give it a try? If you need some inspiration just jump over to Mixed media place blog Creative Gym exercise #4. I am sharing my spread with the challenge, you may do so as well!


About lerusho

I am obsessed with experimenting, using my fantasy and creating new and unique visions. The challenges are endless and that gives me real inspiration.
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24 Responses to Intuitive painting in my altered book

  1. Lisette says:

    So I looked at the first photo’ and thought “divine colours” and then “loving those squares and then “Oh – it’s covered over – shame, I liked it as it was.” Then I saw the final photo’ and not only was I taken totally by surprise but also blown away, once again, by your creativity. Love your city downtown! πŸ™‚

  2. windinn says:

    That’s a great exercise, Ruth – and allowing the painting to tell you what it needs is such a Muse-Muscle-Relaxer. Love it.

  3. zksmith says:

    Love this technique, Ruth! Next on my list of things to try!

  4. Kay Wallace says:

    This appears to be a very freeing experiment, Ruth, and I love both your result and the motivation behind it. I checked out others’ work on the Mixed Media site, and am set to give this a go in my studio. I just bought some “canvas boards” yesterday, so will start there. Thanks for sharing this!

  5. Shel C says:

    Oh this is exactly what I need to try today Ruth. I am…stuck. I love how your’s turned out! And thanks for leading me to a new blog…it looks like they have some fun challenges over there πŸ™‚

  6. Vicky says:

    Great quirky, colorful houses

  7. kampysgirl says:

    Ah- yes, I too saw the city after you mentioned it- I am so happy your son is so loving and supportive- you have friends who also love and support you Ruth- ME- I’m one of them! xoxo

  8. This caught my eye immediately on the Creative Every Day linkup and I had to come take a closer look. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for sharing your process in such detail! I love the shape of your architecture – I see hints of past, present and future in those lines and curves. And the shading at the end pulls everything together beautifully. Wonderful work!

  9. Lisa says:

    Great colors, technique, and final page!! Love the house motif!

  10. pbhum says:

    Great work as always! Thank you for joining the Mixed Media Place challenge!

  11. I Like this a lot Ruth!!

  12. Really awesome! Thank you for joining the Mixed Media Place challenge!

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