Happy Crafting Accidents

by admin on May 10, 2011

Sometimes while crafting, things happen around (or below) us, that are by no means intended, but are yet so inspiring. When dipping baskets for last year’s summer story, I also dipped a hat in paint. The hat itself didn’t exactly look so great, but when I looked down, the drips of the paint on the kraft paper protecting the floor had created magic. I saved the paper and just recently framed it.

drip painting

I kind of love the way it turned out, and guess what resemblance my kids saw (OK, I won’t take that much credit for my accident).┬áSo this got me thinking of other “accidents” I might have around the house.

When moving from our old offices, I found this artist canvas with gesso in a garbage bin. The paint had seeped through the back, creating a really interesting texture that would be nearly impossible to try to re-create. Should I cover a table with it?! A bulletin board?! Or stretch it as another “art piece”?!

painted linen

And when drying the dyed beads for my necklaces, the paper towels came out so beautiful that I am inspired to lay them on fabric next time.

bead drippings

So next time you spray, paint, stamp, punch, make sure you look around you to see what else you might have created without knowing. You might be surprised how inspiring these crafting accidents can be.

The Crafts Dept.


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