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Daily Paper Prompt #3: Drips

“I was on the verge of something numinous and profound and in one more second the universe was going to crack open and arcana would rain down on my head like grace and all the cosmic mysteries were going to be revealed.”
Kate Atkinson

3x5" index card, airbrush acrylics and fluid acrylics thinned with water, drips from top and sides at random


manila folder, airbrush acrylics, drips from the top, then drips from the side

3x5" index card, airbrush acrylics, drips from the top, then drips from the side, spritzed with water

Art journal page. The background was painted with with orange + yellow + black fluid acrylics. Added drips of white fluid acrylics from the left side while holding the book from the left side facing sideways. Wrote words on top of the lines when the paint was fully dry.

I painted these index cards with heavy body acrylic paint and then dripped paint from the top. Hours later, when the paint was fully dry, I wrote Jackson Browne lyrics on the "lines" made by the drips.

The prompt is to use drips on your page. You can use fluid acrylics, airbrush acrylics or fluid acrylics thinned with water. Drip paint on the side of your paper or manilla folder and let it roll down. Then drip paint on the adjacent side of the paper and let it roll down. This creates a messy grid. If you spritz with water while the paint is wet, just one little spritz, you get a tie dye effect. There are lots of options for this technique. You could use the grid for an art journal background, write on the dripped lines, doodle in the boxes. Try cutting into book marks or collage fodder.

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Reader Comments (12)

i ♥LOVE♥ that definition of being a nerd! AWESOME! thanks!

ps: i will try to be messy & drippy, altho that is not my natural inclination... ok, wait, i'd like to amend that statement to reflect the spirit of experimentation & adventure of the project: i *WILL* try being messy & drippy BECAUSE it is not my natural inclination!!!

so THERE! :) :) :)

08.3.2012 | Unregistered Commenterlauren

I love your blog - thank you for doing these daily prompts, I'm really enjoying them :) Today's was especially fun :D

08.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeanne

Hi Tammy - I wrote a post about your Daily Paper Prompts series this week - this is my first time jumping into the Daisy Yellow Prompt fun to noodle and doodle for 15 minutes a day. A perfect way to play! Hugs from Port Townsend, WA

Before I started the ICAD challenge I spent some time pondering whether my tendencies toward perfectionism would conflict with the challenge of daily creating (for public display no less!)

I'm happy to report that my creative side has won over the need to have my art be "just so" during the wonderful times I've spent decorating index cards. I can just dive right in now and enjoy what happens.

Thank you so much Tammy!

08.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

Hooray! This prompt was great because it got me to do something I never would think to do. I don't have fluid acrylics or $$ to buy them now. Regular acrylics worked with patience and a lot of water. I loved the results. Can't wait to see what tomorrow's prompt will be. Thanks!

08.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterOlivia Lane

messy, fun, took me away from the cares of my world for a!!!

08.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRuth

I was Very Messy and ended up smooshing my drips together and then fiddling in Picasa after they dried so I could scan. I also put the first 4 days' prompts altogether in one post. I'll amend that practise from Day #5 onward. This is sure fun and I am going to enJOY looking at others' I know. Tammy, however you did these drippity drips is amazing. I made 2 tries with regular fluid acrylics and then some acrylic inks.

08.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCurrie

I love having a creative project everyday . . . it expands you! You can decide however big or small you want to make it.

10.25.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDaniell Barton

love these prompts!

12.13.2012 | Unregistered Commentersandra

I have added a link to my "drips" response -thanks!

This was so fun! I ended up doing a bit of a Valentine's Day theme. I linked mine! Thanks!

01.3.2014 | Unregistered CommenterKenzie

That's a nice prompt to play around with. I started with drips and in the end . . . it became something else ;-)
LG - Elke

09.5.2014 | Unregistered CommenterElke

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