What if I don’t have a good paint brush?

Acrylic paint, For beginning Artist, Mixed media

Art on stretched canvas & I did not use a paint brush.  As I created this piece; I thought what if some one didn’t really have an assortment of brushes……..I enjoy finger painting and previous post I showed what small lines can be created with a toothpick. I would like to encourage beginning artists …that you don’t have to spend big dollars to express your creativity.

Upcycle is a way to take something free and change it into an eye catching piece.  The following items needed for this featured image:

I used a wedge spackle knife but a plastic spoon will do

Acrylic paint colors of your choice on 12 x 12″ stretched canvas

I chose the butterfly to be the background.  It always seems butterflies are the focal point.

Paint was applied with my hands ( finger painting) & cotton swabs a lot of people call Q tips

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Plaster Dipped Flowers

For beginning Artist, Mixed media

I wanted to try plaster dipped flowers for my self.  My original goal of upcyclying continues with this project.

I had miscellaneous artificial flowers left over from previous wreath making (or given to me).  These are great for something different for multimedia or just an unusual flower in a vase.

I also tried a couple pinecones.

I had a portion of a bag of plaster powder from another project.

Old whisk & old container or ice cream bucket

Newspaper & wax paper

I like using disposable gloves. (You will see why if you try this)

 

Here’s what I learned.

It is messy

Work Fast

Have extra water because it is quick set

Wax paper is essential

 

Instructions:

Have your uncrowded work service prepared because you have to work quickly.  A space for them to dry over night is important.

Mix like you were making thin pancakes.  Water & plaster.

A little goes a long way.  Dip flowers & lay on wax paper to dry.

Conclusion:

When I finished I thought what a train wreck of a disaster. However the next morning looking at my flowers and my work area cleaned. I thought. I would like to do this again.  The real pinecone move with moisture and when drying.  If you try pinecone don’t have expectations but plan to dip a second time.  The artificial flowers were actually worth the effort.  I also recommend mixing small amounts because a small amount goes a long way in this project.  Spray painting was easy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What to do with paint leftover on my palette

Acrylic paint, For beginning Artist

I find myself not wanting to throw away paint when there is a substantial amount left as I have just reached a plateau of a piece in which I am working.  Oils you can revisit but Acrylic your time is brief.

Just as my Tutor when I was in 3rd grade said….. always comes to mind.  There are no mistakes in art.

I had dropped my brush with a dot of red in the middle of an ocean scene with a boat.  She very quickly picked up my brush & created a tiny flag on the mast.

I look at my leftover paint, not wanting to waste it & quickly whip out something unplanned.  Sometimes it turns out very well