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    Getting into flow smashing acrylics

    First, I think it only ethical to warn you that what you find below could potentially be addictive. If you start smashing cards on a whim just before you start cooking dinner, you might wind up with take-out pizza 2 hours later. You'll ignore timers beeping, telephones ringing. You might skip the kids tubbies, the dog's walk, maybe even Modern Family. Please do not say I didn't warn you.

    This set of cards started with a simple blotch of pink and pearlescent white paint. I stamped that card against a blank card and wound up with two such blotches. And just kept going from there.

    I added one drop of paint, smashed it against another card, then a drop of paint and more smashing.

    The card that started the trend.

    And this is really messy work, by the way.

    The dryish patches are created when the paint is starting to dry and you stick the cards together and pull them apart.

    Drew mandalas on some of the cards with a gellyroll.

    3x5" index cards, fluid acrylics

    There are a dozen more smashed index cards! They are perfect for collage backgrounds, cut up into art journal fodder, for drawing doodles, cutting circles and squares with scrapbook punches... where will it end?

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    Reader Comments (10)

    Just wanted to let you know I stopped by today. Definitely in the mood for creating. Think I'll smash some cards. Thanks for the inspiration!

    10.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle N

    oh this looks like fun! lots of messy creative fun! :D

    10.26.2011 | Unregistered Commenteropal

    :0 not Modern Family? Surely!

    10.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLianne

    LOVE the bold colors!!! Great "technique"!!!!

    You are an inspiration. I check your blog every time I sit down at my computer to see if you have posted something new. Thanks for being here!!

    shannon ganshorn

    10.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterShannon Ganshorn

    I think this is exactly what I need tonight. Off to smash.

    10.26.2011 | Unregistered Commenteriamrushmore

    Woow! These colors really look terrific! I'm definitely going to try some smashing!

    10.27.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMakeArtBeHappy

    You. Are. So. Dangerous. With. Your. Addictive. Ideas.

    I had so much fun playing with my paints. Thanks a lot.
    I'm going to post about it today.

    10.30.2011 | Unregistered CommenterFrancoise

    Thank you for the inspiration for new background technique (at least new to me). I love the look of the gel pen over the smashed paint.

    10.31.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Pruzansky

    wonderful wonderful wonderful! Thanks and I'm off to play....

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