Tag Archive | Canvas

Simple Painting

Not sure what this is. I was about to paint a fish and ended up loving how the paint dripped onto the canvas so much that I didn't want to touch it.

Still has a watery feel to it ūüôā

Why I Love Empty Cereal Boxes

I absolutely love painting but up until recently I thought it was a hobby I just could not afford right now.  Paint is expensive but so is the canvas!  I would go out and buy a pack of paint and couple canvases as a special treat to myself if I had a painting or two in mind.  Then once those pictures were painted I would have a hard time justifying going out to by more canvas so soon.  My poor paints and I would mope around the house wanting to play together but knowing that dad would probably ground us for life if we started getting creative with the wall colors.

Then, a couple of weeks ago my friend Lambchop¬†gave me the most brilliant idea!!! She takes old cereal boxes, cuts the front and back sides out and then paints on the inner brown part!!!¬† Sure you have a lovely rendition of tony the tiger on one side but no one can tell while they are admiring your landscape painting on the other side!!¬† I have painted more paintings and used more paint in the last month than I have in the last couple years!! It has been so wonderful to be set free from the restraints of finances!!¬† Now whenever I see an empty box of cereal or popcorn or anything really that comes in a non-coriagated cardboard (the smooth kind) I see another chance for paint and I to spend some time together. ‚̧ Yay!!

Ikea paint brush

paint - how I have missed you!

I have found myself glancing into friends recycle bins while at their house and I have no shame in snagging the empty cereal box from work after the kids finish it off for breakfast.¬† Matter of fact I have been making sure to only offer them the boxes of cereal that are the emptiest in hopes that I can claim my prize sooner!¬† So far I have found that Cheerio boxes are my favorite, especially the big family size box.¬† Their cardboard seems to be a little thicker so doesn’t get as rumpled up by the wet paint.¬† I really am not picky though except when it comes to the texture of the boxes.¬† I don’t want any of those bumpy cardboard boxes – they are awful to paint on – they have to be smooth but not to the point of being glossy or the paint wont stick.

I find it incredibly sad when¬†I go to rescue a cereal box canvas from the bin only to discover that either someone has carelessly ripped it (don’t you realize¬†what you just waisted?!?!)¬†or it has gotten some mysterious¬†goop¬†rubbed off on it.¬† >.< ¬†¬† There is no shortage of supply however and I have been able to keep myself very busy painting whatever should pop into to my head at that moment which is a whole new freedom I had not previously experienced.¬† ‘You mean I can paint whatever I feel like on this canvas and if it doesn’t work out it is no big deal I can just throw it away?!’ How freeing is that!?! Ahhhhh.¬† I am one happy, paint flecked lady.