I hate wasting things. Some may see me as a hoarder, but I like to think of myself as resourceful 😉 My scrape off paintings are a perfect example of my resourceful, waste-not practice.
Yesterday I was tired. I worked all day, I had a dentist appointment, I had to drive my daughter around to her events, and my son was home (our Spring Break is just wrapping up). I wasn’t feeling particularly creative, but I have this 100 Day Project commitment and I didn’t want to break it in the first week.
So, I looked to one of my favorite techniques: scrape paint. It’s so simple, and if you make it a habit, you’ll see the many benefits of it. Since I hate wasting, any time I’m working on an art piece, I keep another art substrate nearby. Any unused paint left on my palette gets scraped onto it.
Here are some of my favorite examples of scrape off surfaces that became something later:
So yesterday, when I was feeling tired, I just scraped some paint around, scribbled with a graphite stick, and added some marks with an oil pastel. It didn’t take long and it made this beautiful under painting now awaiting it’s next layers.
Commitment fulfilled. Day 4 of #the100DayProject done (barely).