Someone has said, ” if it ain’t useful , of high sentimental value or a work of art then toss it out!”
Well that’s easier said than done when you have my sentimental over-attachment personality that rivals that of some giant, tentacled creature from mythical lore. Okay…that was a little over the top, I know. Childhood images of the Seven Voyages of Sinbad came to mind. Apologies.
The Big Clean hit theatres this summer. Ahem, I mean my studio. One result was the discovery of a ziplock bag of old watercolour tubes I used to use. ‘Haven’t used watercolors for quite some time and some of the tubes were as hard as rocks. Sure I probably could have performed some grade-8-like biology surgery
where frogs have seen better days to gut open the tubes. This would then have exposed cylinder blocks of color that could be revived with a splash of water…maybe.
Some of the watercolors still had their original price stickers on them showing their true age.
What was I going to do? It was down to that last pile…y’know, the one you’re always left with after a big clean up: paper clips, used popcicle sticks, Q-tips and maybe even some ketchup pack-ettes! At this point you’re feeling like an exhausted god determining the life or hapless fate of your kingdom. Should it stay or should it go now?
After some time a creative solution was found! However- whoever holds the time-lapse video on our lives would have had a great chuckle to replay the scene of me picking up the bag of watercolours and then placing them back down, rubbing my chin with indecision and then picking them back up AGAIN!! ha ha
So here’s what happened. Like something from Arthur Koestler’s The Act of Creation an idea struck me! If it were (a.)no longer useful and (b.) not quite of sentimental value then (c.) it must be a work of art!! And so it became.
To do this you’ll want a cheap 8 x 10 canvas, glue gun, matte varnish (waterbased), a couple ( or more) acrylic craft paints and newspaper clippings. You may want to use a small sharp exacto knife to move and place the newsprint cutouts ( unless you have little tiny fingers ). I placed a glittery star in the open space just to balance things out and make some contrast or for some unknown reason. I also dropped a few drops of rubbing alcohol on the fresh paint just to create some subtle rings/texture to the canvas before it dried. I used the matte varnish to glue everything down including the star ( and except the tubes, of course). I don’t recommend rubber cement for the plastic star as I suspect it would cause it to curl. Not sure.
Also added was a few drops of acrylic red paint at the mouth of one tube missing a cap. Just a little something you know ;^)
Also don’t forget to place a hanging wire at the back.
Hmmmm? Now I have to hang it somewhere..Uh oh ..the walls are already full of art! Crap! yah dee yah dee ya