abstract playing with paints

Abstract Bird, gallery juana
Abstract Bird I, 4 x 6 inches, acrylics, sumi ink and watercolors

While working on something unrelated to this post, I needed something to hold my selection of paints. I usually have a paper plate to put my acrylic and watercolors on for mixing, but didn't have one on hand, so I grabbed some blank postcards and used them to hold the blobs of paints.

Abstract Bird, gallery juana
Abstract Bird II, 4 x 6 inches, acrylics, sumi ink and watercolors

The first blob of paint I used was phthalo blue watercolor. It was a huge blob of paint, and I didn't use all of it, so rather than waste it, I took another blank postcard and put them together. With each subsequent blob of paint, I repeated that step of joining the tops of two postcards. I was left with three abstract paintings.

Inspired by the Robin who has built her nest in the eaves above my front door, two of the postcards looked like baby birds to me.

The third looked like a hippo. Using a dip pen, I outlined the shapes with sumi ink and atramentis document inks to clarify the images that I was seeing. Do you see what I see?

wishing everyone a good weekend.

joining sunday sketches


  1. Your abstracts and the way you created these paintings are so cool! Great idea and great work!

  2. beautiful abstracts, I do see the bird, animal.

  3. I see a sleeping cat in the first piece but also a bird too, this such a great way to used unwanted paint, it's quite brillant.

    hope you have a lovely day.

  4. What fun! They have a wonderful energy. I especially like the hippo...

  5. What a great creativity excersize. Like looking for animal shapes etc. in clouds. Nice work 😃

  6. Oh, yes ~ I love (and enjoy) this kind of creative play! These postcards are wonderful ~ one and all!

  7. I love the serendipity of your postcards! they are wonderful accidents.


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