TGIF: Painting with Fingers

TGIF 1 by Karen Gadient, 2015

Another thing I’ve been thinking about: themes for otherwise-unplanned art creation. Purely for relaxation and play. This one is fingerpainting! I actually did it with student grade watercolor on watercolor paper―but totally with my fingers and nothing else (okay, a touch of water here and there… with fingers, of course). I’m calling the activity “FingerPaintingFriday”.

Maybe something like this can later be worked into a ‘real’ artwork as a layer or with the addition of ink, acrylic, or digital painting. Even if not, it’s fun all by itself. I didn’t even let it dry before taking a picture. πŸ™‚

Not a bad way to start a weekend. Have a great one, friends!

We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. ― George Bernard Shaw

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Filed under Art, Color, Creativity, Fingerpainting, Painting, Prompts, Quotes, Watercolor

36 responses to “TGIF: Painting with Fingers

  1. My mind is making so many different images out of this. Fun! πŸ˜€

  2. Love it – I want to play!

  3. This painting is beautiful. I like finger painting, it is a wonderful feeling. I will have to try to do it more often! That is a brilliant quote, I have written it down. George Bernard Shaw said some great things. πŸ™‚
    Thank you πŸ™‚

    • Thanks! It’s always fun to make a bit of a mess. Play is important for all of us, young and ‘old’. πŸ˜‰

      I’ve been loving your stories, by the way. Do you use watercolor, ink, and pencil (I just got some watercolor pencils and they’re so much fun) or digital versions of those mediums? Simply adore your style!

      • Absolutely πŸ™‚
        Thank you so much! I use watercolours and inks and pencil, Violet uses them too, as well as coloured pencils! πŸ˜€ Sometimes we adjust the pictures digitally when we scan them into the computer πŸ™‚ I’m thrilled you like our stories!! I love your artwork, you have a lovely way with colour πŸ™‚

  4. The colors are pleasing.

  5. What a great idea, and a great way to end the week!

  6. Great image and great quote – together make a great post! Have a lovely weekend Karen and keep playing! πŸ™‚

  7. We should all get back to basics every once in a while, Karen πŸ™‚

  8. I can’t remember when I last finger painted. Quite young I would imagine!

    I think it could make a very good base to add more to at a later stage. Would you add digital art over the top of the image?

    I did a large abstract painting a couple of years ago (the only abstract I’ve done) I really enjoyed creating it, but because I didn’t have a clue what I was doing I didn’t want to use expensive paints, so I painted it in kids poster paint that comes in large plastic squeezy bottles. The colours have lasted well, although a little less vibrant than at first. Recently though, it’s been developing loads of cracks (which I was expecting at some point) I think it looks quite attractively antique distressed now. I’m wondering what it’s going to look like when bits fall off!! πŸ˜€

    • This fingerpainting might have some use within another artwork or be fun with additions. The one I did this week (will post soon, just finished it) didn’t work out as well… I tried too hard to make it ‘be’ something. πŸ˜€ I think the trick sometimes is to just let things happen–which is probably why your abstract worked out so well!

      • Yes, I think you’re absolutely right there! I had no idea what I was doing in a technical way, and only a vague idea what I wanted it to look like. I have heard people say the same of writing. Some writers have only a small idea of what they want to write, and yet they churn out a great big novel in a few weeks – wish I could write like that. I have started an experiment on Wattpad, writing a book where I have no idea where it’s going. It’s not a traditional novel, more prose and poetry, but I thought I’d give it a try – something different. I find posting something in that way reveals all my vulnerabilities – am I capable of writing something someone would want to read? It would be a bit like you posting your unfinished art. I have seen that done on Deviantart, but not everyone would want to do that. Don’t think I would – I’d feel emotionally naked! So far I’ve had 53 reads on Wattpad and no likes or comments. Totally naked!!! πŸ˜€

        • Totally agree about writing too. I’ve got one novel that has folios of notes and outlines–and the darn thing ended up 147k and in need of more editing than I have tea. But the ones that I started without planning (NaNoWriMo) ended up manageable and with more sensible plots. Planning isn’t everything, I guess–it can bog you down! I must have missed your Wattpad link. Would love to have a read. πŸ™‚

  9. Hard to believe that it’s finger painting. It’s beautiful. Must have been a lot of fun. πŸ™‚

  10. I used to do all those notes for novels too! I’ve even got some going back a few years that are on paper – dreadful and unnecessary. Lesson learned – DO NOT MAKE TOO MANY NOTES – they will drive you crazy and end up pointless. I remember you mentioning NaNoWriMo – I’ve never got into that. Do you have to be signed in to read your stories? And do other writers on there make the effort to read other writers work?

    I did have a link to my Wattpad profile in my sidebar a while back, but thought it was probably pointless. I’ve added it to my (other places to find me) links on my about page (main blog). The image is not me on there, I’m in a fantasy with Audrey Hepburn in a pretty pink jacket. Hardly anyone I know on Wattpad is themselves, so I thought I’d join in the fun!! πŸ˜‰ The book is called Awakening, about life and relationships (not everyone’s idea of a riveting read I know) I wish I was into fantasy when it comes to books, as fantasy writers do very well on Wattpad. Relationship poetry and prose is incredibly popular on Tumblr, that’s how I got into to that with my Tumblr blog. The chapters are very short bite sized pieces, so won’t take you long to look at it. Enjoy the read! I do have one success on there with a Doctor Who poem (7.1 K reads) just a laugh really!) Readers do like funny – and Doctor Who!! πŸ˜€

    • Oh, NaNoWriMo… most people don’t actually *share* their writing as they write. In fact, you don’t even need to upload the actual finished novel at the end (you can encrypt it for the word count and they trust you). It’s all about finishing the word count, really. I’ve never shared the novels I’ve done there. It’s just a place to encourage you to write every day for a month. πŸ™‚

      I’ve saved your Wattpad link to my desktop. πŸ˜€ I had no idea folks on Wattpad shared that way. I’ve only seen one other writer friend share their work there, and that was a published novel, shared in chapters to allow readers to get to know the story. She only had it on Wattpad for a short time.

      Wow, you keep up with a lot of sites. My attention span couldn’t handle all that, ha ha!

      • Oh, I didn’t know that’s how the NaNoWriMo worked, I’ve never looked into it at all. It is helpful to have something keep you to the promise of finishing it. I’m not too worried about the WattPad novel as it’s going to be a rambling story – I think! There no-one rushing to read it!! πŸ˜‰
        I have got myself on a bit too many sites actually! I’m trying them out, and could well abandon some of them one day. I haven’t spent much time at all on WattPad though, it’s probably the most neglected, mainly because there aren’t so many good writers on there as other sites I’ve been on. Every now and then I find some really good ones. I feel sorry for some of the writers, they are either teenagers desperate to write beautifully (been there once!) or a very aged writer who never has learned how. Some of the poetry does my head in trying to think what the hell to say! I try to be an encourager for better writing – but I need breaks from that. I be a useless teacher – I’d want to run away from the incoherent craziness!! πŸ˜€

        • I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo twice. It’s fun to do at least once, I think, if only to get 50k out of your mind in a month’s time. πŸ˜€
          I’ve cut down on the sites I’d used and things are much less chaotic (plus I can focus on the sites I enjoy most and have lots of friends on–which is my blog and Twitter, but I’ll go add you back on G+ once I finish this comment). I agree, there’s an interesting mix of creative people sharing their work online these days; great times we live in. πŸ™‚

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