I love paper! No, not the junk that lands in my mailbox… Nor, the papers I push around on my desk at work! Sigh…
I’m talking about decorative paper that is beautiful to see and touch and can add something unique to my artwork.
I decided to learn more about paper so I signed up to take a 6-week online class on Paper Weaving with Helen Hiebert. I learned about Helen’s class from Uppercase Magazine. Helen has an awesome blog with free tutorials, called The Sunday Paper; HelenHiebertStudio.com/blog
I finally finished the first lesson of four notecards:
I enjoyed learning these techniques. I like the curvy designs best, (the yellow and blue backgrounds). I will tell you the names of these papers in my next paper weaving post…
Paper weaving takes time, practice and patience I learned. Part of the technique is learning how to cut the papers. Although my cuts are not exacto, I am pleased with my results.
Do you have a favorite card?
I have several paintings that I created in experiments that I wanted to recycle into something else.
I started by painting over my images with Golden fluid acrylic paints. I added random marks and scratched into some of the paints while they were still wet with the end of my paintbrush. Below is a frog I did on hot pressed watercolor paper:
I liked how the marks revealed some of colors underneath, like this pear painting I did on cold pressed 140 lb paper:
I found this very meditative to just play without thinking about the outcome. Next, I decided to cut them up into squares and rectangles and draw on them with Uniball gel pens:
I then attached them to notecards:
I really like how they turned out! What do you think?
How do you recycle your art? I’d love to hear your creative solutions!
Happy Recycling! 🙂
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