I used to write a painting blog, The SMALL Art Project, but I have found that it is too hard to have multiple places I post art. So over time I'll be incorporating a lot of the previous entries into this blog and the will be found in my blog roll under ART TUTORIALS. I really enjoy sharing my painting process. Always at the end of my tutorials are a list of discoveries.
What do you do with paintings gone bad? I am an advocate of cutting things up, and in this case, I think the project is so much fun that you might be inspired to make a painting TO cut up!
My painting started out on 90 pound cold press watercolor paper. It was a painting of poppies. I was so terribly disappointed in the painting I decided to just have a bit of fun with it. I added more watercolor and acrylic in bright colors. I painted swirls, dots, and stamped small images across the surface making sure everything was covered. Don't forget paints like Lumiere or other beautiful metallics to add rich layering and a light catching elements. I turned the painting over and cut it into squares about 3x3 inches square with my straight edge. I always do this from the back to ensure the randomness of my final image.
Aren't these pretty! I flipped all of my images over. I think you can see a few of the poppies. I was still thinking I might reassemble this painting into a collage however, I'd been thinking about butterflies.
I drew only half of a great butterfly, and cut it from fairly stiff card stock. Although I like to work from the back so that I am surprised by my results and I can see my pencil lines better, I've done this from the front to help you see the method. One side of the butterfly is outlined. Flip it over lining up the end points from the first drawing and outline the other half of the butterfly. Cut your butterfly out. Bend the wings up along the length of each side of the body.
Don't throw the scraps away because there is always a new perfect something to use them for!
I've popped stacks of butterflies and glue dots into envelopes and mailed them to friends for celebrations. I've covered gift boxes with them. I pasted them all over the walls in my studio to help think of Spring. And I would love to see your butterflies.
- No painting is a waste. And no art supply is a waste.
- Tiny images in mass can be really beautiful art
- "Everything looks better with Lumiere. "quote from my sister, fiber artist, Nancy Shriber