Challenge #282 - Spill It!

Beets, and Blue food coloring enhanced with
some colored pencils - Abeko, Fengle tendrils,
Sanibelle, Some leaves and Tipple, Yum!

Look who appeared...
Mister coffee head sporting some Fescu hair

This week the Diva asks us to spill something on our tile and draw inspiration from that process. Loved this, I'm quite a spiller anyway so I enjoyed being asked to do it on purpose! I chose beets (eat them in my salads everyday), coffee and Almond milk (my daily jolt), some old Sangria in the fridge, old rusty bolts, and some blueberries smashed and mushed around.I also put a few wet, rusty washers and screws on the watercolor paper and let them sit.

The watercolor paper was an Archette (Arches) pad of rough paper. I didn't find it easy to work with. Once I applied my spills, my micron pens did not play well with this paper or the surfaces created by my spills. I had to use my thickest microns and it was hit or miss especially with the coffee/almond milk spill.

I chose the beets and coffee stains for my final tiles. I love the color the wonderful vibrant color the beet stains left and I chose to add some blue food coloring and enhance the tile with some watercolor pencils.

The coffee stain morphed itself into a funny little Fescu-topped creature, I also used soy sauce to enhance certain areas. It has the feel of the fat blueberry boy in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. This must have appeared as a nod to Gene Wilder who died this week. I was also just delighted with the fanciful creatures Margaret Bremmer discovered in her spills exploration this week. Mine is not as sophisticated or beautiful but he was fun to discover, I bet Bijou is a friend of his!

The blueberry pulp colors were beautiful but the mashed up pulp became part of the paper as it dried, so it was a bit challenging to work on. I think I'll be working with my spills and exploring them in the future.

Check out the other wonderful submissions for this week's Diva Spill Challenge.

Blueberry Study in process...
Original spills (Top Left to Bottom Right)
Smashed Blueberries, Beet Juice, Coffee with Almond Milk,
Sangria, and some rusty bolts in the center


  1. I just love the Blueberry Study in progress and that funny Mr Coffee. Your Diva's tile is also beautiful, love especially the Fengle tendrils and of course the colors.

  2. Wow, so many different spills to play with and inspire your art:) Your coffee/almond milk (man) caricature is delightful, he looks like he did want to pop out! Love the pinks and blues of the beets/blue spill it tiles with your choice of swirly, organic, tangles. You've taken on the spill it challenge in so many creative ways this week:)

  3. Wonderful work! That Mr. Coffeehead is hysterical;-) I do like how you started off on the larger sheet trying different things. I'm inspired to go back and do more of this;-) Thanks for sharing your process.

  4. What fun you allowed yourself to have! Very creative in your spillage :) My favorite is your quirky little guy!

  5. I love your coffee character..he looks like those guys who NEED a coffee, you should keep him and make a regular I think! Your blossoming beets tile is a joy, this really has been an inspirational challenge :)

  6. Beautiful tiles and that mr Coffee. Great stuff.

  7. I love Mr Coffee, I could see him in a children's book! The beets are beautiful too.

  8. The beet tile is so pretty! The Mr. Coffee cracks me up.....good job!

  9. Oh my goodness, love your beets and food coloring diva tile..very creative and your Mister Coffee is wonderful! 😀

  10. Wauwwww, awesome what you did with this tiles. I love them al.

  11. Absolutely gorgeous work! Mr. Coffee made me smile!


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