Wreck This Journal: Make Your Mark


With spring in the air and a new garden blooming on my patio, bright colors and flowers seem to always be on my mind these days.  All the fresh air is also bringing out my inner child, who simply cannot wait to play, (hence my rather whimsical post, Hop and Seek).  Naturally, the inspiration of spring has found its way to the pages of Wreck This Journal.  When I came across a page that instructed me to make handprints or fingerprints, I pulled out my brightest markers and started coloring the tips of my fingers.

Instead of making a random Pollack-like smattering of prints, I decided to “draw” a little picture with only my fingers and thumbs.  As a child, I remember entertaining myself by inking up my fingers with magic markers and making prints all over construction paper.  For some reason, I was fascinated by how I had a built in stamping system on my little hands.  As an adult, I’m no less mesmerized.

My fingers danced across the page, pressing prints one oval at a time until I got a few flowers with a sun-filled sky in the background and a patch of green grass.

Fingerprints Galore!

While the page itself had a pretty clean outcome, the space around my journal was a disaster!  I left prints in places I never intended and my fingers were stained for days, (nails, too).  At the same time, I enjoyed walking around with what I call “artist hands.”  When there’s color left behind from ink or paint it means I’ve been creative and I’m bold enough to wear it proudly.  Art is meant to be seen and so is the creative soul.

From this standpoint, I’m proud to be an adult who isn’t afraid to play every once in a while.  I’ll leave my mark with words, photographs, art journals, and a slew of other creative creative pursuits, but I’m also ready to dabble in coloring books and fingerprint art.

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c.b. 2012

35 thoughts on “Wreck This Journal: Make Your Mark

  1. Hi C.B,
    I enjoyed the honest naivity of your painting. It reminds me of time spent with my grandaughter-age 4 and how we collobrate to create. (There is glitter in places you wouldn’t believe. )

    Best regards Talia.


  2. wonderful. I don’t mind a bit of good honest paint on my fingers but the red alcohol ink was a bit much as it made me look like I’d sliced my fingers up. I wonder how the group would take to finger painting. hmmm


  3. I once had my fingers dance all over a paper once myself… All I got for my troubles were paper cuts! ( I called my work of art, JW rushed to the ER for a blood transfusion after painting the Mona Lisa! ) 🙂


  4. I love having paint on m hands – but my absolute favorite is to be able to peel leftover glue off my fingers and hands after an afternoon of art making. I think your flowers are delightful. I fear that given those instructions, I would have fallen back on making a handprint turkey. Your’s is a much brighter and more creative response!


  5. Your fingerprint picture is delightful! I haven’t painted up my fingers quite like that in a long time – except when the lid of my black ink pad came off and I had a heck of a time trying to figure out how to put it back on! lol I think those colours you used are so much prettier than the black smudges I had all over my hands. I was sure glad I had a desk pad underneath it all so I didn’t mark up my desk, too! 🙂


    • I love how the word artist can be applied so liberally. This will never hang in an art museum, but it is a fun expression of what it means to let the inner child take over for a little while. 🙂


  6. Nick Wilford

    Lovely painting! Your enjoyment comes through in your post. My 3-year-old loves making handprints with paint (and footprints) – the hard part is keeping the paint on the paper!


  7. I love this! I love that you call it artist hands! I love when I’ve been painting or writing and I look down to see proof of my creativity! I’ve always wanted to get carried away with a painting no matter how ugly or un creative it turns out to be. then I want to step out into the world to show them my artists hands!


  8. I love playing with paint! I’ve been doing it lately as well 🙂 Takes the ‘seriousness’ and ‘unattainability’ out of art.

    Also, I’ve missed you and your words! I haven’t been on this site in months, but it’s nice to be back..even if it’s only part-time 🙂


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