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:
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…
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.