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Roz is Easily Amused: Leftover Paint

March 20, 2009

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Above: the
leftover paint in my palette plate after sketching the Chihuahua in yesterday's post. I looked down and saw this and thought, as I often do, "Isn't that cool!" Click on the image for an enlargement.

That's Zinc White, Titanium Gold Ochre, and Helio Turquoise on a white china plate—just mooshed around as I was painting. I was putting the palette on a side table after I was through painting (I save paint like this, and you'll see the full palette later) for other paintings. Schmincke Gouache rewets well.

It struck me how lovely the pattern of the paint on this dish was. I took some photos of it. Here are just a couple things I can do with it:

1. Use it as backgrounds in my digital work. (In any digital use don't forget to invert it and apply filters and see where else you can take it.)

2. Print it on fabric, paper back the fabric to be used as book cloth and cover a book with this.

3. Print it on light weight paper (that will fold easily) and insert it into my journal, covering the entire page spread, thus creating a background on which I can build additional layers of paint, collage, and sketching.

4. Print it out on cardstock and use it as an abstract image on a get well card or something like that.

5. Print it on light weight paper and cut and fold it into a decorative envelope.

And so on and so on…

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Go look at your palettes today and see what you can make from their inspiration.

Left: The small (5 inch square) white China plate that is one of several purchased at "global market" type stores or thrift shops for very little money. (Don't use them for food after you put paint on them!)

Note: If you have a scanner you can place a relatively flat palette on your scanner and get a totally different look (with interesting shadows). But please make sure the paint is dry. Also I recommend that you put a piece of clear acetate on the glass surface of your scanner, before you put the plate in position. This will keep the glass safe and if paint chips off the palette clean up will be quicker—just pull the acetate off and dump the paint into the bin! Also because the plate is dimensional don't force your scanner cover shut. Drape a towel over your scanner to keep room light from getting to the scanning bed. But keep the towel away from the scanner's fan/exhaust holes so you don't overheat your equipment.

  1. Reply

    Thanks for the ideas! Too often I discard something before thinking about its full potential.

    • Gina
    • March 20, 2009
    Reply

    I do this too, Roz! Only, I use freezer paper for my acrylics (plastic side). Some left-over palettes have become notebook covers or spreads in a journal—the paper side makes it easy to adhere. I had not thought of your other ideas, including scanning and using them for cards or backgrounds—great ideas. With me, there’s a danger of saving too many of them, however; they can really stack up and take over my studio!

    This weekend, I want to experiment making little books with simple 1- or 2- paper signatures bound to fabric covers, as I’ve seen other artists do in blogs and books. Some mixed-media artists who sew have created fantastic texture by including textiles in book forms. Even though I don’t own a sewing machine, I’ll use some knowledge from my current book sewing class (binding paste papers with fancy stitches on the spine), translating from paper to fabric, at least for the covers. I can’t tell if they use Davey boards to support the covers (and sew around them) but imagine it’d be pretty floppy without them. Since I might recycle acrylic paintings on watercolor paper, I know there will be some interesting juxtapositions on page spreads! Have you ever done anything like that?

    • Roz
    • March 20, 2009
    Reply

    Sydney, just don’t go the other way and hold on to everything!!! I have to watch myself.

    • Roz
    • March 20, 2009
    Reply

    Gina, the nice thing about creating digital files is that even with backup files lying around you still have plenty of space!

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