Monday, February 3, 2014

Art Therapy

When I sit down to create or play I often do so without a purpose or plan.  That was the case this weekend when I decided to call on my happy colors for some fun.

After I selected my color palette, I got right to work painting the background with the teal color.  I grabbed Nathalie Kalbach's Arabesque stencil from StencilGirl Products and dabbed through with white, lime green and dark turquoise paints.

Luscious colors ~ loving the background at this point.  I often use stencils to help me create a layered background even before I know what I will paint.

I then added in some butterflies with a stamp and archival ink.

After this point I got carried away in my process and didn't take pictures!  But I basically decided on a vase of flowers to brighten up my day.  I left the vase part with the background showing through because I really did love it so much.

Here is a close up.

I then added the quote, "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life" by Pablo Picasso.  This was exactly what I needed today ~ a little art therapy to wash the blues away!

Hope you enjoyed ~ be sure to follow me on Bloglovin or like my Facebook Page at Kirsten Reed Designs.  Have a great week!


  1. Love your art therapy project!

  2. That is a gorgeous page & it looks so textured. I love the quote. It & "Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working", also by Picasso, are probably my all time favourites.

  3. this is so pretty!! love the colors you've chosen and the texture really makes everything just POP!!

  4. Such a great post, great texture and such subtle background on the vase. Beautiful

  5. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! and that quote--perfect! One of my favorites of yours :)

  6. oohhh this is so pretty. I like the way the stenciling turned out.

  7. Beautiful. I love that background too and I'm so glad you kept some of it in the vase. And those flowers are just luscious.

  8. Beautiful I love your happy colors too!! I am the same I usually don't have a plan!! Good job!

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