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08 April 2011

Paint Party Friday - Week 4 - Coffee Painting #3

Slow progress this week, but progress! I started the week off well - painting a self-portrait on a new Sketchbook cover and sketching out an idea for the third of my "coffee" paintings. I started the painting, doing the background. And there it sat. I wasn't sure I'd get much further but knowing it was almost time for Paint Party Friday check-in spurred me on! (Yay - it's working!) Here is my new little painting:

Espresso for Two
(6x6 Acrylics)

I had a hard time with this - especially with the shadows and outline definition. Not sure if it is done or if I will try to improve it.

So please have a cup of espresso while you're here during the party!

I have a question - what do you do with excess paint? I hesitate to always throw it out or wash it away. So this is what I've been doing lately (still a WIP).


I'm looking forward to visiting you all! And tonight, some of my girlfriends and I are going to get out the paints, canvases, brushes (and the wine!) and take Paint Party Friday LIVE!!

40 comments:

  1. lovely flowers and espresso art.
    Lately I have been putting my extra bits of paint on other papers to use as background. But I plan to do something Lynne Hoppe did on her blog, which is put it on muslin fabric and then make an art journal out of it.

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  2. I just love your coffee series! This one is a great addition. My extra bits of paint usually go onto blank journal pages as backgrounds. I have lots of scraps of watercolor paper and I also use the paint on those for future collage pages.

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  3. Eva, I think that's a great idea on the leftover paint. Yes I will have a cup of espresso, don't mind if I do. Tee Hee. I don't think it needs any more. I like the loose look of it. The coffee looks as though someone just poured it and it's still moving around. Great job.

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  4. Well done ... so diligent to your painting! The coffee series is coming along nicely.

    For leftover acrylic paint:

    If I remember it correctly from Nancy Reyner's book on Acrylic, you could make "Acrylic Plastic Sheet" (for collage, mixed media type artwork)

    - Allow the acrylic to dry thoroughly
    - Roll them out
    - Glue them onto mixed media artwork or experiment with other kind of surfaces.

    You could find a link of the book from one of my blgo post (below)

    http://hybridj.blogspot.com/2011/01/art-tools-sharing.html

    Hope this helps. Cheers!

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  5. Oh, I can smell the espresso! :) I usualy put the paint back in the bottle cause I don't want to waste it too much. But still some gets wasted.

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  6. Great idea for the excess paint. I never though of it as usually i use watercolour so there is no excess as such. With oils i covered my palette with cling film (ceran wrap?) last week to try to stop the paint drying out! Don't know if it worked yet! I like the colours in your expresso painting very much.

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  7. If there is a lot of acrylic leftover...put saran on it and stick it in the fridge...you'll get one more use out of it....I've been trying to squeeze out the smallest dollops I can manage...haha!

    I love this wonderful coffee painting! Makes me want to brew a cup right now :)

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  8. Loving the coffee painting! I have a very hard time with shadows and light for some reason. I think you did a great job. Makes me want some coffee!

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  9. Well ¡¡¡¡¡¡ accept that cup of coffee, is that the whiff that emerges is irresistible. Going very well this series of cafes, it seems a good idea to recycle the excess paint making another one. Hugs

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  10. Love the coffee painting....I use mostly watercolor, colored pencil or pastel so I don't have that problem. Occasionally I will use acrylic or oil and I just toss it out.

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  11. Love the coffee series. Excess paint is a problem so I just try to use as little as I think I will need. Up until now I just threw it out but the ideas here are great and I will use some of them in the future.

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  12. Beautiful coffee painting. I have yet to try acrylics out properly, but when I have some left over from my daubings I swoosh them on my craft map and get great backings from them to use in my Art Journal. Have a great weekend, Annette x

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  13. Love the coffee painting. You need to get yourself a stay-wet palette. I use mine all the time. It is similar to a flat tupperware container and has a thin sponge inside on which you place special paper. You dampen the sponge and the paper before you put your paint on it. I can keep my paint fresh for a week this way. You can buy them at craft stores, art supply stores or online. The papers come in large packs of 25. :-)

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  14. excess paint? depends on how much I hve left. I use watercolors mostly so I can just spritz it down and use it again. If I am dyeing fabric then I pour the left overs across wet fabric hanging on a clothesline and watch the magic begin as it all blends together.

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  15. FUN, I am loving this espresso series- I epscially like the tray you placed it on and those sugar cubes were a fun addition!
    Happy PPF,
    Stephanie

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  16. I'm loving the espresso cups with the sugar cubes. Nice tray, too! I want some now, and I would love to be able to join you for PPF LIVE! Sounds like so much fun...enjoy yourselves tonight!!

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  17. It looks like a huge container of flowers spilled on a notebook with your second painting. I love it, so springy!

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  18. Yay! It's working!!! (You're developing a signature swirl for your steam - very chic!)

    Your live painting party sounds like soooo much fun! Enjoy!

    xo
    Kristin

    p.s. When I'm using artists acrylics I try to squeeze out as little as possible, when I use liquid acrylics I use leftovers to create collage papers and backgrounds, and when I use house paints I mix them in cups and save them in plastic water bottles.

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  19. I like that it's expresso for two! and your wip with spare paint looks really good!

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  20. Beautiful ..gorgeous work..i love the coffe cups and am very drawn to the exlposion of flowers.magical....Love it!
    I add a few drops of water or wet a small piece of scot towel to keep 'wet' and moist..then when I return if it hasn't dried out yet I use it!

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  21. Whenever I come to your blog I have to chuckle about the little robin and his yellow boots. He just puts me into a good mood.
    Since I'm a coffee lover, your coffee series works its magic with me. I can almsot smell the wonderful scent of freshly brewed coffee - aaahh.

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  22. I usually brayer spare paint onto a blank page in my sketchbook and use it for background sometimes.

    Another thing I tend to do is trail my sleeve in it then end up trailing it all over places it shouldn't be! (but that's not intentional!!)

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  23. Yay, more coffee paintings. You are making want to paint cups, which I haven't done in a while. I do like your series. I keep paper, torn out book pages, ect. next to my desk and if I have extra paint I smear it around on those. It always comes in handy for something, eventually.

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  24. I'd love to sip some espresso, thanks! I like the squarish cups and rectangular plate.

    I don't have a good answer to your excess paint question, but I really like your idea.

    Hope your wine and painting is lots of fun tonight!

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  25. Great coffee painting, I love the swirls of steam.

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  26. I like your coffee series! I usually use excess paint onto a blank journal page for later and then add to it at another time. ~Theresa

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  27. Love the coffee and beautiful cover! I wish I could Paint Party Live :( Have a fabulous time...with wine none-the-less...I'll be thinking of you all tonight, luckies!! Maybe I'll have a glass of wine just to share in the fun :)

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  28. Yes it's great to have paper to lay down extra paint on to use for backgrounds for future paintings or have another painting going!
    Cool!

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  29. Yay, Live Painting Party! Very fun =) I think your Espresso For Two looks finished, and very cute! Sometimes I throw out my excess acrylic paint...but if there's alot I grab an ACEO blank and do a spontaneous little painting with it. I do like all of the other ideas presented here, and will be looking for some scrap paper and fabric to paint on ;) Kathryn

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  30. great painting! I put my regular acrylic on Styrofoam plates, then put them inside a plastic container or Ziploc bag with a wet paper towel under the plate to keep them moist. My Interactives I keep on a Sta-Wet palette. But when I'm done with something and know I wont use that paint before it does dry up I just paint it out on a canvas to use as a background in the future.

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  31. Aside from covering my face and arms and clothing with it besides the actual painting I was keeping the excess paint under wrap for later use; at the rate I use it I need every drop...haha! I like the coffee cup series.
    Your idea of the Posie cover is great!Must remember that!

    Annabelle ~^..^~

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  32. I Love Espresso so don't mind if I do. Darling little cups and sweet flowers.
    Hugs Lynn

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  33. oh I love it!!!! I feel like an espresso right about now!!!! with lots of frothed milk, honey and cinnamon!!! yummy!!!

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  34. looks like you have been having a real paint party this week....it is fun,,,love it!

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  35. love the coffee painting! My excess paint goes on pages in my journal ready for next time. Thanks for commenting on my blog x

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  36. Thank you for the expresso! Mind you it may be cold with me getting here so late: lol (been busy with TIC TOCC stuff and school hols).

    I love the colours you used in your coffee painting - reminds me of coffee (obviously) caramel and biscuits. I skipped lunch and this is making me want all of them :-)

    I hate to throw excess paint and so I do one or more of the following: start a new journal background, paint background/collage papers, paint my wood shapes that I make into various embellishments, let the kids play. I like how you used your extra paint - pretty flowers!

    Kat X

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  37. Loving the size of your picture.
    I make ATC´s backgrounds with the excess paint.

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  38. Gee, I am sorry I missed the PPF...I just can't get it together sometimes...another cool painting here, Eva, the sugar cubes are a neat touch. I think you WIP of un-wasted paint is brilliant!
    xoxx

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