Paint Outside The Lines

I remember trying to color “inside” the lines as a child.  It wasn’t always easy.  So I found it very freeing to allow my paint to drip outside the lines on this abstract:


If you recall, I started this painting as a rose on Aquabord.  You can see it below on the left.  I wasn’t happy with it so I decided to rinse off the watercolor which left a faint under painting that I kind of liked:

I then drew a grid pattern onto it with a pencil and started coloring it in with Neocolors.

It was fun to add water to the Neocolors and allow it to drip outside the grid lines.  At first it reminded me of a map of a countryside.  I was thinking of humorously naming it, “Turn Right At The Red Barn.”

I next decided to add some of my gelli-printed collage papers to it with Matte Medium:

I was very pleased with how it looked on the Aquabord.  I felt like it was almost done but it needed a little something, something…lol!  So I sparingly added red collage paper that had a very subtle circle pattern on it.  I am please with my results:


Now, I will seal it and frame it.  One of the nice things about Aquabord is you don’t have to frame it under glass once it is sealed.  I kind of like that concept!

I see myself doing more paintings with Aquabord.  Would love to know what you think!

Happy Experimenting!  🙂

41 responses to “Paint Outside The Lines

  1. Wow, this is beautiful!!! LOVE the colours!!! ❤️💜💚💛💙

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  2. fabulous colors and design! my eyes keep going back….. to the Blue and Orange pairings!! no idea of why!! lol
    the aquabord and such, make life a little easier on the pocket book, thats for sure.

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  3. So much fun to hear the story of how this came about. What a beautiful transformation!

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  4. A beautiful quiltlike grid! (K)

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  5. This is gorgeous, you’ve done a beautiful job with this Jill. And thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. Wow, what I love are the geometric shapes combined with the dripping color. Beautiful Jill. Have a happy day.

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  7. I love this! It reminds me of a quilt. I’ve been wanting to do some sort of abstract quilt thing with color and shape for long time. Beautiful!! Do you quilt too? I quilted for years when my kids were young.

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    • Thanks Jill! 🙂 I like fabric arts but I could never get into quilting per say. I’m not one who likes to follow the rules…lol! This started out as a grid painting inspired by Paul Klee in an online class I’m taking.


  8. This is awesome Jill! What a cool process… I love how the bits of the previous painting adds such a nice layering and texturing effect. You should do this again! Beautiful end result! 😍🎨

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  9. The colors are so gorgeous, more of this please!

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  10. fun and beautiful! What do you seal it with Jill?

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    • Thanks Jodi! 🙂 It is recommended to seal it with a spray UV fixative first. Golden makes a MSA UVLS or Krylon has an UV Archival Varnish spray. The fixative protects against UV light. After the fixative is dry, it is also recommended to apply a polymer varnish to protect against scratches. I will let you know how it goes! I know it sounds complicated but I don’t think it will be. 🙂

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  11. Wonderful work Jill I have never heard of aqua board?

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    • Thank you Kath! I found out about it from Dick Blick, where I purchase many of my art supplies online. They have some good YouTube videos that explain the product. Also, Laura at on WordPress shares a lot of info about it. Basically, it is a hard clay surface where the watercolor paint sits on top Instead of absorbing into the surface so it is easy to lift paint back to the beginning or white. Hope this helps. 😉🎨💕

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  12. Great color palette, and I still like the title Turn at the Red Barn for it too.

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  13. But which red barn? Haha! You could always add some sparkle!!!! I love sparkle!

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  14. Love this. Thank you for sharing it.

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