What to do with a little leftover black paint

I decided to paint the rest of the foam core today.  Here it is, sitting drying on a piece of baking parchment.

foam core drying

As you can see from these photos and most of the others in this blog, my main painting surface is the floor of my studio.  There is a perfectly good table for this purpose, but it is usually too full of other stuff like cutting mats, rulers, pens, pins, needles… you get the picture.  So the floor is the next best thing.  And so it will remain, no doubt, until my knees give out altogether.

When I was thinking of painting these this afternoon, I was looking idly at the piece of plastic I had used to protect the carpet while I was painting the foamcore, and realised that it was a pretty good work of art in itself!   Or part of one, at least.

painted plastic used as dropsheet

So I decided to use some painted fabric as a dropsheet instead, and have the serendipitous marks of the black paint on that.  I wouldn’t try and control it but just try and forget it was there.  (A bit difficult, actually – I still think the plastic came out better but you can be the judge of that).  When I had finished painting the foamcore I still had a bit of paint left, only a smidgeon, but I decided to do some printing with the printing blocks I made with funfoam a couple of months ago.  Ulp, not a couple of months ago, it was February!! Crumbs… where does the time go?

Here is the ‘dropcloth’ together with some printing on it:

printed, painted orange and black fabric

I originally painted this fabric back in 2005 and I have used a lot of it as backgrounds or backing fabric as it is quite stiff – it was painted with acrylics on polycotton fabric.  This was the first time I had printed on top of it.  

I still had a bit of black paint left in the palette so I grabbed some painted lutradur and got stamping away….

painted and printed lutradur

I haven’t used lutradur in any finished work yet but I really like the effect of this and the potential for layering because it is semi transparent.

I also grabbed a bit of yellow painted fabric and some pelmet vilene cut into postcard sized rectangles which I first painted during the online Personal Symbols course I did with Susan Sorrell last year – nothing was safe from the black attack!

yellow printed fabric

blue postcards

I really like layering paint and dyes – I think it gives such a feeling of depth and interest.  No doubt these pieces will crop up in my future work  when I decide where they will fit.  But for this afternoon – I had fun!

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4 Comments:

  1. Eeee, Liz, it’s just like looking in a mirror! You and me both painting on the flooor becuase the table is too full of stuff. I used to try and scrub the marks off the carpet but I’ve given up now. I’ve got lots of lovley painted polythene too that I feel should become something. Have made a bit of jewellery with it but the majority still waits for that flash of inspirtion. I am impressed that you can actually remember the year you painted some of your fabric! Happy playing.

  2. Amazing how things morph into other things, isn’t it?

  3. looks as if you had a fun day Liz, I love it when the playing leads to a great big haul of surfaces

  4. Glad it’s not just me, Sally! The reason I know the year I painted the fabric is because it’s on the blog so I just looked it up… another advantage of blogging! (the search facility is invaluable… I knew it was painted after seeing Sonji’s tutorial so I just typed ‘Sonji’ into the ‘search’ box and there it was! (I probably use my search box more than anyone…).

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