Sunday, April 29, 2012

Paint Splatter



Who knew splattering paint could be so much fun? The project that I started for my next MESS was to drop some type of liquid from at least five feet on the pages of my book. I was still having a little bit of a problem with mess making in the book...after all, I am a Media Specialist (a.k.a. Librarian) and messing with books is just wrong, isn't it?

Still, I knew I needed to break the rules and get the mess underway. (Plus, if Lisa can grow seeds in her book, I can splatter paint, right?) So I laid out a brown paper bag to cover the kitchen floor and then tried dropping my first liquid onto the pages...pomegranate juice. Hmmm, interesting, but not colorful enough for me. I went in search of something more lively and found some acrylic paints. Squirting them onto the pages created some nice blobs, but it was rather thick and didn't really splatter well.


Since the paint was "blobbish" I decided to smear some of it around with a paper clip. Then I left it to dry. I didn't come back to the book for several days. When I looked at it again, I wanted it to have more of a splattered appearance and more color, so I started on round two. I thinned some additional acrylic paints, yellow and green, and took the book outside! This time I decided to be messier. I laid the book on the grass, up next to a tree, dipped my sponge brush into the paint and slung it at the book. THIS WAS FUN! My dog thought I was nuts, and even came over to investigate, but realizing I was not slinging food he quickly continued on his sniffing journey.

I liked how the final version turned out and thought this was a really fun and easy technique to use. I am already looking forward to trying out something else!




8 comments:

  1. Funny how we give something a go and then it isn't messy enough so we just keep going... how quickly we go from I can't mess up a book to getting right into it... great post and I really enjoyed cruising around and having a look at your blog.... glad t have found you through the group and looking forward to following your blog...xx

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  2. Wheee!!! This post makes me want to go fling some paint!

    xo
    Kristin

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  3. So funny! I work in a Media Center as well. (Library clerk) Yes we are brave souls to mess up our books!!!!(Fun huh?)

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  4. and it came out so pretty!!!! an abstract of spring flowers!
    cheers, dana

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  5. You really got into the spirit of it with this one. I have to wait until the weather is fine enough to get out into the garden to have a go at this - fairly new cream carpet everywhere inside. Messy Book is one thing, but Messy Carpet is another. Enjoyed your blog and will return.

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  6. You really got into the spirit of it with this one. I have to wait until the weather is fine enough to get out into the garden to have a go at this - fairly new cream carpet everywhere inside. Messy Book is one thing, but Messy Carpet is another. Enjoyed your blog and will return. (I have to keep trying with these terrible 'prove you're not a robot' words to be typed - Hope I can do it this time.)

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  7. Thanks everyone for your positive comments! I have really loved being part of the Messy Book Club. I am very much a rule follower, not so much a rule breaker...so the crazy activities in this book have given me an opportunity to let go! It sure has been fun watching everyone else create messes too. I am looking forward seeing more! ;P

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