Extra Paint

 Hi y'all,

Are you like me?  Do you always have extra paint on your brush or pallette? My pallette is a tacky plastic Halloween plate from bygone times, and there is always paint on it.  Beatiful, beautiful paint that I hate to waste. I'm going to share three simple ways to use up your paint quickly for your next project or page.

Number one: Simply swipe paint on a blank art journal page.  Now you aren't starting with an empty page,you have color and expressive strokes to work from.

Do you see the orange paint in the background?  That was left over from another day.

Number two: make circles, squares, or other simple shape on book paper or other interesting paper you might have.  One of my favorite papers for this technique is wet strentgh tissue paper because on a pale background the tissue becomes sheer if covered front and back with gel medium.
Green and white blended circles with leftover paint on bookpaper.

Thirdly, if you have a variety of colors on your pallette, its fun to make simple flowers.  Simple flowers can be circles or lines.  One the page below you'll see flowers made from painting a v and then adding an extra line.  They look quite nice all together. I've even used brown, but in a mass of flowers it fades into shadow.
V flowers

Those are my three simiple ways to use up extra paint.  Of course there are many more.  Let me know if you'd like a few more or share some cool ones you have.



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My art quote of the month--"There is no must in art because art is free" Wassily Kandinsky

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Stencil Twist

Make a cool flower

 Hi y'all,

I have a little video about playing with the new Dina Wakley Media Sunshine Stencil.  This stencil is everything right now.  It would be hard to describe the technique, so I'm going to pop in the video now.

I used the stencil with acrylic paints. This won't work with every stencil, but circular stencils work.  If you find a better medium, please let me know.
Really focus on your focal point.

I'd love to see what you came up with.

Meanwhile I'm wrestling with a new puppy who takes so much of my time.  Wow!

Enjoy your summer!

Here's a link to my Etsy shop: Pink Bunkadoo

Making a toned background.

 Hi y'all,

Did March fly by for you?  I blinked and it's almost April.  Hopefully April brings rain.  We're in a serious drought in my home town.

Do you mind if I share a few adventures?  I volunteered to help paint a mural in one of our parks by a basketball court.  I met some kindred spirits and we had so much fun.  Here's where we left it.

Here's a bit that I worked on.

The lovely event coordinator gave me some extra paint.  Half of the items in my studio are leftovers from other people.  I'm happy to use them.  The paint was so lovely, I was inspired to create this landscape. It took three days for me to get it right.  Now it just needs a frame.

If it wasn't wonderful enough, Anat Ronen the muralist came to town. Her instagram account is absolutely amazing.  Lucky me, I'm taking a master class from her this evening.

Now for today's video.  You can watch it here.

Unfortunately, my phone is so old and I had so much trouble uploading it that there is no voice over. So I'll type through it.  I wanted to make a subtle but colorful background.  I started by dipping Scribble Sticks in water (Stabilo Woodies or Gelatos and other water soluable medium would work) and drew some rough rectanges.  Then I went around it with a warm gray paint.  A neutral gray would be beautiful, too. After it dried, I used white paint through a stencil.  Then I used the gray through a different stencil.  You can see me sketch a simple face thinking of that snippet of scripture -I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  If you'd like a lesson on drawing a face, Tam from Willowing and Dina Wakely both have videos on YouTube that really helped me.

By next month, I should have a new phone and maybe voice over on the video.  Mine is an iPhone 8.  Ancient.  

I wish you happy arting.  Here's your art quote of the month:

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life - Pablo Picasso

My advice:  Art is for everyone.

Warm wishes,


 Hi y'all,

Today I have an art journal flip through to share.  I'm sharing it for a couple of reasons.  One big reason is part of being an artist is sharing.  I've been blessed.  Most people have been kind.  The artist community on Instagram is supportive.  I'm also a supporter of Dina Wakely.  Everyone in her group is especially lovely.  I'd like to challenge you to share your art.  If you tag me @pinkbunkadoo, I'll be able to see what you created.  Another big reason is practice.  In my art journal, I'm not looking for perfection which is way over rated.  I'm trying things out.  

Below is the quick flip through.

Here are some pieces that it inspired.  These pieces were in my recent art show.

During the flip through you might spot some inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by!




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I'm Back and I Have a Trick for you.

Hi y'all, I'm back! It's true I've been a way for a while. Some of it was a bad case of imposter syndrome, some of it was caring for my mom through her final months, and some if it was deciding to retire from teaching first grade. January was spent in thinking about returning to this space. I'm going to make some changes that are hopefully better for everyone. I'm letting go of posting links for products. You should feel like you can use what you've already collected. You probably have favorite products just like I do. If you have a question about any product that I've used, just ask in the comment section. I'll only be sharing what I'm currently working on. I love mixed media so I might work in an art journal, make a card, paint a canvas, or make a hand-made book. It will be surprise. I plan to be here about once a month. Now let's dig in to my new art journal spread.
Sketching faces isn't easy for me though I practice a lot. There are hundreds of faces sketched on paper in my studio. Many never see the light of day. But sometimes there is a sketch I like, and I have an easy way of getting it in my journal. Watch to see. Drawing over a sketch and then very lightly spritzing it with water and pressing it down on the paper that I wish to use is my short cut. I use a Stabilo All pencil, but any water soluable medium should work. After the image is dry on your chosen surface you can draw over it to make your lines stand out and then glue it in your journal. For the very old paper, I used a glue stick. It still tore, but no matter I just glued it down too.
Sometime I journal on my page and some times I add a quote. I keep an eye out for good quotes on Pinterest and pin them to a board. Later I can look through and choose on that fits the feel of the art journal page. I use my everyday handwriting. You should be comfortable using yours. Your art journal is an expression of you--your thoughts and feeling at a particular moment. It's never about perfection which is absolutely over rated. You can see my handwriting below.
Thanks for dropping by. See you soon. Warmly, Carolyn Some helpful links: My Etsy Shop Pink Bunkadoo Instagram Ranger Ink where I purchased most of the supplies I used today

Mixed media Altered Box

Hi y'all,

Combining recycling and art is a sweet spot for me.  You might know that I'm a first grade teacher as well as Etsy shop owner and paper crafter.  These boxes held reading materials for my classroom.  I couldn't wait to unpack and get my hands on these boxes.   Three dimensional projects are fun and look pretty sensational.  And it's not harder than making art journal pages.

To begin I put FolkArt White Chalk paint all over, doing two sides and then flipping the box when the sides were dry.  Then I gently sanded the box to show some distress.  I used black gesso on the corners and journaled with a white Posca pen.  If you connect your words when journaling and don't stop to worry with spelling it looks pretty cool.  Just write whatever is randomly on your mind--it's not a novel.

Then I used Tim Holtz's Mini Harlequin stencil and dabbed Dina Wakely Turquoise paint through it randomly on each side of the box.  I added black using Momento Tuxedo Black ink stamping with Tim Holtz's French Script Stamp (I'm unable to find a link)Stamper's Anonymous Forever Art Stamp ( no link ), and Stampendous Butterfly Stamp and Die Set.  Don't worry if you can't find the exact stamps I used.  Go through your stash and find what cool thing you have.

Then using Dina Wakely Tangerine and Lemon Heavy body paint, I made flower blobs.  I used Evergreen paint for stems and leaves.  I  left this to dry completely.  I added details to  the flowers by making sketchy lines with a dip pen and India ink.   If you hold the pen towards the back, you get freer lines that just look better.  I added shading with some Pitt Big Brush markers in coordinating colors, and smudging the ink with my fingers.   Lastly, I used the white Posca Pen to add highlights.

I filled in the butterfly's body with a black Posca Pen and colored with wings with water and a brush and Scribble Sticks.    I wanted to use my Fruits of the Spirit stamp set because of the wise and beautiful words.  I stamped one work by each flower. For the absolute final touch I flicked paint on the box with the black pen.  You have to flick it pretty hard, but you'll fill in empty spots and pull the piece together.

Now I have a box to store art supplies in my studio.  I always seem to need another container to organize my supplies. Need to organize your studio or craft room?  Make a worthy box for yourself and practice your art at the same time.

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Materials: affiliate links used

FolkArt White Chalk Paint
black gesso
Harlequin stencil
Dina Wakely Heavy Body Paint
Momento Tuxedo Black Ink
Sttampendous Butterfly Stamp and Die Set
dip pen
India Ink
Pitt Big  Brush Markers
Scribble Sticks