by Lisa Larrabee
Do you every wonder what to do with old artwork that you feel is kind of meh? Recycle it. Better yet, upcycle it and make it better! There are so many possibilities when it comes to upcycling your artwork. Allow yourself to respond to what you have while simultaneously letting it go.
I had some silicone paint shapers that I really wanted to play around with. Rather than starting on a blank surface, I looked for an existing painting that already had some nice colors and textures that I could build on. I created this Eucalyptus as a study for a larger piece. I didn't love the painting, so I decided to have fun and turn it into something completely new.
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Upcycle your artwork.
- Choose a drawing or painting that you are willing to let go and transform.
- Consider a process that will allow you to make a bold new start or you may end up just reworking the old piece.
- Old drawings, pastels or watercolor paintings can be great for collage. Cut them apart, weave them back together and combine pieces.
- Use an opaque medium that allows for bold coverage, but don't loose it all. You can always sand down and paint a canvas back to white. Instead, consider how you can respond to the colors and textures of the old painting as you take the piece in a totally new direction.
- Change the orientation of the artwork if you feel it will be a distraction or if you want to shift the location of colors or values.
- Experiment with new tools. Might I suggest paint shapers and wedges?
- Have fun! If it fails, who cares? You didn't love the old painting anyway. Take the chance.