|Lurie Gardens 12x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis. sold|
Sometimes you just have a mess on your hands. A failed painting or perhaps a study destined for the trash. And that is exactly where these things go....in the trash. But I have a thrifty side especially when it comes to paper. I don't like to throw away good paper even if it is covered in a mess!
I know I have written about rescuing a failed painting before but I believe it bears repeating. If you have a lemon on your hands.....
Here I have a nice piece of Uart sanded paper. I had used it for my You Tube video on Mark Making.
I didn't need the demo paper anymore and was about to trash it when I stopped. I love this paper and I know it takes abuse so why not do something creative with it.
Out came the rubbing alcohol and my stiff well worn bristle brush. I cut the paper into a square and washed in the pastel marks with the alcohol. See the results below.
But instead I looked at it to see what it might become. I saw it as the perfect backdrop for some wildflowers. I took out my wildflower photos and settled on one of Purple Coneflowers from my favorite garden...Lurie Gardens at the Art Institute of Chicago. I turned the paper upside down and took out my pastels.
Next time you have a mess....make lemonade!