Creative Tip Series: Tip #5
Recycled Paint Palette
Each & every artist has a few tips, tricks, or thoughtful pieces of advice that they can pass on to others. As I was adding some paint details to one of my items the other day, I sat looking at my typical paint palette and I thought, “you know, this is something my readers might like to know.” So … today with you I share my secret recycled paint palette … okay, so it’s not really a secret, but it is a good tip!
A NEW Use for Something Old
I’m a big fan of recycling. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. It’s a good thing because there’s never a “lack” for a found item. this is a bad thing because … well … it causes hoarding tendencies. It’s a good thing I’m NOT above purging the junk out of my life 2 times a year then, huh?!
Old Shipping Label Backs
Because I do a lot of shipping (mostly of the cute little yellow guy everyone loves, Parker) I tend to accumulate a lot of the backs of labels. You see I print my labels from my computer. I print them onto self-adhesive sheets. What does that mean? It means that after I print the label, stamp it with Parker, and put it on a box, I have this piece of paper leftover: half shiny & half matte.
I use shipping labels for a lot of things in my studio:
- A make-shift work surface
- A paper to burnish foils with
- Paper to put in the oven so my items don’t get shiny spots
- And at least 10 other things …
But my favorite use of my shipping label backs is to make a make-shift paint palette. The shiny side is awesome to squirt a little bit of paint on, blend colors, try out colors, test your brushes, make tones & tints, and so much more. I use toothpicks to blend many of my colors as well. Then when you’re done … just throw it away.
How to Do It:
- Gather your used shipping label backs.
- Place them shiny side up (this is very important)
- Squeeze a little bit of paint onto the paper.
- Blend colors using brushes or toothpicks.
- Use paints as normal.
- When finished: throw out the paper.
Do you use shipping labels for something in your studio? Leave your comments below.
Thanks for joining me today,