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Painting Green- #Inktober2019 Day 15

I try to minimise the impact of my painting on our environment.

While I’m painting I wipe  the acrylic paint off my brush on a rag or a paper / card offcut, before I rinse my brush in water.

The dirty paint water goes into a bucket under my easel. There it stands until the bucket is nearly full, by which time much of the remaining paint has settled into a skin at the bottom.  The bucket is emptied onto our gravel drive to help keep down weeds- and the skin into the general waste bin.

I test the colour of paint on a piece of scrap watercolour paper before I apply the paint to canvas.  I often end up with a very colourful and useful ‘scrap’.

When I’ve finished a painting, I apply any paint left on my palette to small canvases or pieces of multi-media paper. These loose creations may be transformed into a work of art – one day.

I recently tried painting on fabric for the first time – and realised that I actually add paint to fabric often – whilst cleaning my brushes! So I ironed a paint rag, brushed fabric fixative on it, heat set it, backed it and started a piece of textile art by stitching on it.  Going green is fun!

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Painting Green – #Inktober2019 Day 15

I can go greener…

Golden Paints describe a better way to dispose of acrylic paint water here.  I’m keen to give it a go.

I’ve ordered a starter set of non-toxic acrylic paints from Hydrocryl in Victoria, Australia (they ship world wide) – more fun is on its way!




Make More Art

No posts since Inktober?!!

Not good that 2019 kicks off with the same resolution as 2018 – Make More Art!

There has been some progress on my latest tree portrait….


Started in 2017! Still going…

and lots of creativity of the stitching kind:


Seahorse and Butterfly – Inspired by the fabric


Seduced By Cute Fabric


The pattern said Fast and Easy – It was not!


Inspired by an Op Shop sheet!


Old Became New


And Reversible


A 5 pocket shoulder / bum bag from scraps with Boro front pocket.


The back pocket was ready made!


Seduced By Cute Fabric – Again!


A Girl Has To Have Coordinating Accessories!?

And I crocheted and stitched 15 Xmas presents.  Yes I need to focus on the main game!