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Anna Maria Island, Florida



-Recycle It

Stuck.  Not sure about your work? Feeling that your art just isn't working? 

I make a lot of art and sometimes, there are pieces that just don't work.  There's something off.  I can't seem to "fix" it or finish it. 

So, instead of throwing the canvases away or destroying them, I put the "not quite so right" paintings in a bin and save them for another day.  About once a month I have a "recycle day".  I pull out all the pieces that just aren't looking right and recycle them in some way.  Sometimes I'll add collage over the painting, sometimes I gesso and start over. 

Yesterday was a "Recycle Day" in my studio at Artspace Anna Maria.  I found some fiber paste (its like modeling paste) and stencils.  I stenciled the paste right on top of several old paintings.  It dried quickly and then I applied the colored inks I've been experimenting with.  See: Experiment!

Here are some of  the "Works in Progress".  Take a look and let me know if you've ever recycled your art.

The white is the fiber paste stenciled over an orange "Droplet" painting.

These are some of the stencils I used.  I taped them onto the screen because they look so good!

Applying ink onto a stenciled, recycled painting.


Some of the "Recycled" paintings drying after ink application.

Do you have any recycle ideas for paintings?  Leave a comment and share your ideas!

Also, visit my facebook page: Deborah Webster Art.   "Like" and leave me a message.  Thanks!


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