Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Accidental Pictograph

Accidental Pictographs

I mentioned in a recent post the way I won't waste paint. As I am still fairly new to using acrylics, I am working on exactly how much to squeeze out of the tube to fill my needs. The image above was created with "extra" paint and was cut short when the lights went out during a storm. I'm actually quite happy with how I left it, as it reminds me of a pictograph, or primitive rock art.

Do you ever have problems with left over paint? How do you deal with it?

8 comments:

SunflowerSadie said...

Morning Stephanie. I used to paint with watercolour and acrylic. I found it too difficult with two small kids around to drop it and pick it back up when I had time. Much wasted paint! The watercolour wasn't so bad, you could just add water. A few years ago I discovered soft pastels. Easy to pick up or leave whenever the mood hit me or left me. They're a bit unweildy...I'm still getting used to not using brushes, but I'm in love with the medium. And there are new silicone tools available that I'm trying. Anyway...LOVE your blog. Happy 2011.

hap said...

Hi Stephanie!
I too am a bit OCD about wasting pigment. While I am a watercolorist, I still can't seem to get past letting the "extra" go to waste...so I have a continual supply of watercolor postcards on hand. Mostly Canson brand (they even have the reverse side already printed for postal use), and when I have a brush load of color that would go into the rinse water, I slap it somewhere on one of the post cards...I'll often have 5 or more on hand at any one time and I "add" to the image there as I have extra paint on my brush. I then use the postcards to mail to folks! They like getting them, and I love making them! And it satisfies my "waste not want not" gene I got from my depression era raised mother.
Hope your new year is fraught with adventure and discovery, both internal and external!
hap

JoniB said...

Not being a painter, I haven't used anything like acrylics, but I was wondering - what about covering your pallet with plastic wrap or using a lid from a "disposable" plastic dish where you can snap on the bottom as the top? Would it hold enough moisture in to keep it from setting up?

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Ha, I do the same thing, SORT OF--I keep pieces of cardboard near where I am working and put all the extra paint on them--I usually have several going at once and end up making 3 or 4 unintentional paintings for every intentional one. Sometimes, I like those better than the one I started out to paint.

Biffybeans said...

Hi Sadie, Pastels sound wonderful! Have you ever tried the Neocolor II crayons? (Under my art supply reviews) They work great with or without water... maybe an alternative?

Biffybeans said...

Hap, that's a terrific idea! I love that you think like that. I do a bit better with watercolor waste than I do acrylic... but I'm getting better.

Biffybeans said...

Joni - I belive you can use any kind of lidded container, but you have to have some kind of moisture source in there as well. I think you can build something like that using pieces of slightly wet Sham-Wow. Thing is, I usually only work with a few colors at a time and my waste doesn't seem worth assembling such a palette. I usually either work my paints on a palette if working with more than one at once, but usually I just work with a small square of tinfoil in my hand with a small bit of paint.

Biffybeans said...

Mary... Isn't it so? Probably so because you aren't trying to create something on the scraps. That's when the best stuff happens... unplanned. :o)

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