Artists are great collectors of "stuff that could be useful someday." We always ask ourselves the question, "Oh, boy, what could I do with that?" when we pick up a piece of cardboard, tree branch, used stamp, corks, egg cartons, greeting cards, cardboard toilet paper tubes, styrofoam, pretty napkins, and blank pieces of paper. I have a stack of my favorite collection: the paper towels that I use as paint rags while I am working on a painting. Here's what the top of my stack looks like:
Pretty ugly? But torn into small bits, combined with paint, stamps, stencils and decorative paper, they become paintings!
|Finished painting: an accidental landscape|
|Here is another beginning.|
When I was finished with these 36 squares, I made a mosaic of the paintings.
I had to clean my brushes as I was painting, so guess what? I now have a whole new stack of paint rags to play with.
How do you use all those interesting bits that you find and can't quite throw away?
I used Big Huge Labs to make this mosaic. Check them out at http://bighugelabs.com/mosaic.php