This was a nutty week, during which, most of my plans were thwarted by cold, the canceling of school, or the perpetual demands of my offspring to watch Doctor Who with him, feed him, or in some other manner acknowledge his existence. Needy, needy! I did want to share a quick project, though, one that requires no extra effort but can produce cool wrapping paper or project backgrounds in a pinch.
I am participating in a 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge this month. Here you see a progress shot of my very first canvas for the challenge – but don’t look at the canvas. Look at the brown paper bag I have stretched out on the table underneath the canvas.
I use that brown paper bag to wipe excess paint off my brush if I’ve overloaded it, or to wipe off excess water, or even (in the wee hours of the night) to mix colors. Look at the bag again, a little more than a week later:
It acquires not only a beautiful texture, but also a bright, funky, organically eclectic and spontaneous look. When most of the bag is covered with paint, I get myself a new bag for my work area and use the paint-covered bag like this, to wrap packages:
Or like this, as a starter for mixed media:
To do this yourself, just take scissors and cut a brown paper grocery bag down a side seam, then cut off the bottom. My grocery store keeps the brown paper bags just underneath the conveyor belt. Look around your checkout lane – or ask a cashier – and unless you’re at Aldi, I’ll bet you can find some, too.