|'The Heart Rises with the Sun' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
It was the perfect opportunity to repurpose some paper. I am in the midst of my Labor Day Weekend Paint-a-thon and I have finished 10 paintings so far. I began the weekend by setting up 10 boards with various pastel papers. I wanted a variety of sizes and paper types just to keep things interesting.
On a whim I decided to try to use the 9x12 pieces of Canson Mi-Teintes paper that I had used for my pastel classes last week. We had been discussing value and color and I used the paper to show how to develop form with value. They were covered with pears! I hate to waste paper, even Canson but these were really just scribbles. Not worthy of keeping.
What if I could make the pears into something better?
|See all of my demo pears? What could they become?|
I had to completely ignore the pears but was able to get the background dark enough to hide all traces of them. I did have to use some workable fixative to build up the dark layers. The fixative added a nice extra touch of texture though. In the end I had given new life to a piece of paper that was destined for the trash.
So next time you are about to wad up your paper and throw it out....think of how you might recycle it. It is worth a try!
***Tomorrow I will wrap up my Paint-a-thon and will share my thoughts on how I have come to paint so quickly.