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



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.


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.









Mixed media

IMG_20170307_102047I just love the flow of the brush and how quick this acrylic came to be.  I wanted to write all about purple.   Crimson and Blue. Then I thought how the sun shines on her face.  Most enjoy beautiful flowers and if the sun didn’t shine we couldn’t enjoy the color.  Color is seen by reflection of light revealing color.