I’m a digital artist, which means I use graphic software to create my art. I paint with acrylic and watercolor as a hobby, because I like to play with paint. I can’t be on the computer ALL day. Here are some fun suggestions of things to do with paint. I used watercolor paint for my samples, but you can try this with any type of paint or even try color pencils, crayons, pastels, etc.
Paint some samples on a piece of paper. Use watercolor paper if you have some, otherwise try white cardstock. The paint will absorb differently, but that’s half of the fun when playing. Hey, adults need to play as well as kids, although I see this as being a fun project that adults and children could do together. See what kind of random shapes appear.
For the next step, you need to scan in your samples. If you don’t have a scanner, try taking photos and uploading them to your computer. You really need to have some type of graphic software to play with your paint samples. If you have greeting card software, you should be able to do some simple cut and pasting to create different backgrounds. I scanned my samples in to Photoshop (Elements would work for this project) then started experimenting with using different distorting filters, blending modes, and colors to create the three texture backgrounds.
The next thing you can do is to create your own watercolor digital brushes. I found a couple of free brush sets to download, so I didn’t take the time to make my own, but it is really easy to create your own brushes in Photoshop or Affinty Photo or search for free software like Gimp. You can paint the shape of brush you want or just use random shapes. See brush samples below. Have fun and start playing with your paint.
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