Hi there! Have you ever wanted to loosen up more when you paint? A great way to try a looser style is to make a serendipity painting.
What is a serendipity painting?
The word serendipity means a pleasing combination that was unplanned or not specifically sought out. So a serendipity painting is an unplanned painting. A painting that you let develop purely by chance all on its own.
To make a painting like this, find a small canvas – about 5″ x 7″ or so. Whenever you are cleaning your brush from other projects, wipe off the excess paint on the small canvas. Eventually, you will have added enough paint to cover the entire background.
Then let the background speak to you. What do the colors suggest? Do you sense a mood? What focal elements would go well in this environment?
Great way to use up extra paint
Having a serendipity canvas is a great way to use up extra paint that you’ve gotten out. It helps you get your money’s worth from your supplies. And it is good for the environment.
Plus, I find that because I am just wiping paint off my brush, that I don’t much care about placing paint in my normal way – and the canvases end up looser and more random than they otherwise might. It is a great way to practice a looser style.
I often find that my favorite art pieces develop by way of “happy accidents.” Serendipity paintings can turn out so wonderfully!
My serendipity painting
Once the background came to life, I thought it looked a lot like a pretty water garden. So I used a Balzer Designs Lotus Blossom Stencil from Artistcellar.com to add a vibrant pink Lotus Blossom. The flower is glazed with Pixie Pink Luminarte Silks Acrylic Glaze.
Wouldn’t this look cheerful and pretty on your desktop or hanging in your office or studio space?
Do you make serendipity art?
Do you ever let your art evolve the way it wants to, instead of planning it?