you can create awesome paintings

isn't painting about freedom and enjoyment?

  • Enjoy the freedom of these awesome paintings!

These mixed media paintings are different from traditional watercolor paintings.

I first started doing them when I was doing street festivals in Florida. People would stand and stare at the paintings because they were so different from regular watercolor paintings.

  • People would just rave about them! They would stand with their mouths open and ooh and aah over the paintings.
  • "What awesome paintings," they would say and they would ask, "How do you do it?"

I never told.

Well since I am not doing festivals anymore and I am in my mid-70s, I figured - why not share?

you can create awesome paintings

isn't painting about freedom and enjoyment?

  • Enjoy the freedom of these awesome paintings!

These mixed media paintings are different from traditional watercolor paintings.

I first started doing them when I was doing street festivals in Florida. People would stand and stare at the paintings because they were so different from regular watercolor paintings.

  • People would just rave about them! They would stand with their mouths open and ooh and aah over the paintings.
  • "What awesome paintings," they would say and they would ask, "How do you do it?"

I never told.

Well since I am not doing festivals anymore and I am in my mid-70s, I figured - why not share?


White Peacock Butterfly - one of the awesome paintings by artist Carol MayWhite Peacock Butterfly

how are these paintings different from watercolors?

  • Unexpected - interesting texture
  • Unusual lively color movement because the paint has been poured
  • No glass covering up the texture and colors

I had been doing butterfly paintings and it was getting tiresome doing all the detail.

So to jazz it up, I decided to do some awesome paintings of butterflies.

The butterfly is painted fairly realistic. Around the outside there is lot of color and the Penta flowers butterflies love.

  • The extra color and texture creates a free and lively painting.
White Peacock butterfly detail-1 of a fantastic paintingWhite Peacock detail-1

Sometimes when you are pouring the paint, it flows into unexpected areas.

The red and blue flowed into the butterfly's wing. That is not its natural wing color. But it certainly adds interest to the painting.

White Peacock butterfly detail-2 creates an awe-inspiring paintingWhite Peacock detail-2

The acrylic texture sometimes grabs the paint colors and other times it blocks the paint and keeps it from flowing.

The added interest and variety makes awesome paintings.






another awe-inspiring painting

On the way to a show I stopped to show my neighbor the paintings I was taking to the show.

When I pulled "Freedom's Light" out of the travel bag, she exclaimed, "What an awesome painting!"

She could feel the heart of the painting. That's what inspires me to paint.

When the viewer feels the painting, you know you did a good job.

Freedom's Light - A fantastic painting of sailboats by the prophetic painter Carol MaySailboats heading out of the storm toward "Freedom's Light"

the exciting texture shows the stormy weather

Freedom's Light - detail of sailboat 1Detail of sailboat 1
Freedom's Light - detail of sailboat 2Detail of sailboat 2

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create your own awesome paintings

  • Do a pencil drawing on Claybord to give you a better idea of where to apply and not to apply the acrylic texture.
  • Put acrylic paint on the board with a palette knife. Move it around to make texture.
  • Leave parts of the board smooth with no acrylic. Normally I use white, in Freedom's Light I used a combination of white and yellow.
  • The watercolor moves normally on the areas without the acrylic texture.
  • The textured areas make the paint do interesting things.
  • When the paint is dry do the detail painting on your subject.
  • When painting is completely dry, spray it with several coats of a UV fixative spray.
  • Because it can be framed without glass the texture and colors display beautifully.


Ampersand Claybord has a smooth surface without texture.

I prefer to use Ampersand's Claybord for this technique because the poured paint flows smoother than on Aquabord.

It creates a nice contrast to the rough texture.




Here are a couple more examples of this fantastic painting technique.

Buckeye Butterfly by Carol MayThis technique creates texture
not normally possible with watercolor.
Freedom a fantastic painting by Carol MayThis technique will give you
a new freedom in your paintings.


You can have so much fun doing your own awesome paintings!


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