Last year, a friend from work and a fellow mixed media fan, introduced me to the concept of Art Abandonment. The concept is quite simple. You make it and then you give it away, which I think is a very Bristolian. I had intended to spend May and June making some mini (3 inch) canvases to give away at this year’s Upfest Festival in July. However as a Cabinet Office Civil Servant, I am now going to spend May and a chunk of June preparing for and recovering from the General Election.
As I had a day off today, I decided to get out some Pebeo paints I treated myself to earlier in the year and make a start on some canvases.
I have a number of friends who love these paints and I have been moving the box every time I have tidied the craft room since January, so it was time to get them out and play. I started by drawing an edge with the relief paint and letting it dry.
I decided to go with a design where I could colour each segment separately. I know these paints can be mixed but I am learning. I have a mixture of the fantasy moon and prisme as well as the glass-like Vitrail.
As you can see I over filled some of the sections, this is where I used a pipette and not a cocktail stick to drip the paint in. I decided to also add some gilding flakes because I have liked the effect when I been watching demonstrations.
So lessons learnt, don’t over fill and be brave! But this the first of my “Art abandonments” complete and I have a couple more which I need to start. One of the rules of Art Abandonment, is that your work is always good enough! And I need to embrace my mistakes.