I try to use, or reuse, recycled materials in my work as much as possible. I use cigar boxes and lids, silverware cases, and I do also make my own artist boards from whatever I can get my hands on. I recently logged on to Facebook just in time to find that my favorite reuse store, Turnip Green Creative Reuse, had posted a hot item they had just received only 4 minutes earlier. Someone had donated thirty or so canvas stretcher bars that had the canvas cut out leaving them with just the stapled part of canvas left on them.
I quickly got in my car and drove straight there in the hopes that no one had taken all of them yet. They were still in the storeroom when I arrived, so I got several. I just need to pick up some 1/8th inch birch plywood from the hardware store to build artist boards out of them. Unfortunately, I don’t know where to find plywood for reuse that isn’t already cut into strips or odd shapes.
I was also lucky enough to find several of the molded paper package inserts that I use. Two were from a wine shipment. Each case of wine has a top, middle, and bottom piece so, score!
I’m really enjoying playing with the Stabilo Woody pencils and acrylic paint. I was inspired by UK artist Lewis Noble to mix these two mediums together. If you’re not familiar with Stabilo Woodies, they are a very thick colored pencil that acts like watercolor when wet.
I love wiping back some of the paint layers to reveal the unique patterns of the sculpted paper. You’ll see more of this in future works.
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