It’s so easy to give in to buying art materials thinking that more of art materials you own, better would be your artwork. Nothing could be further from the truth.
There are many ways to create good artwork with limited art materials and tools. Have a look at this limited palette painting created by artist John Magne Lisondra. His videos show how he’s able to create beautiful paintings buts with limited palette made of 3 primary colours, white and black.
Check out the link explaining his technique: https://youtu.be/uMxssCDdFoE
Find alternatives for paint supplies. Explore the hidden potential in unconventional items found in salvage yards and op shops. Old metal pans and garden tools make excellent surfaces for oils, acrylic and variety of permanent marker pens. Check out the following link:
Examine the plastics that are going in your recycle bin – question if these can be reused for paint storage or water containers to clean brushes. You could also recycle your canvases by gessoing them. As Gumble suggests, “If you are not yet at a stage where you can sell your work, you can do art on and with almost anything. You could draw on kraft paper, for instance, or other perishable or light sensitive materials until you reach a point where you want your work to last”.
Artist Lee Hammond discusses on her blog on how her ‘favourite palette is one that she found at the corner Dollar Store. A tray made for condiments or chips came with a very slick plastic surface, enabling the paint to peel right off. Being light weight, it was also easy to hold, and the wells in it were perfect for mixing colours. Being plastic she found it was great to use for both oils and acrylics’.
So look for unconventional surfaces to express your creativity, save money while helping reduce waste going into landfill!
If you’re lacking skills to paint a particular subject then hop online and search. The web offers an abundance of information and you can find a variety of resources to suit skills of any level. From paid online tutorials, eBooks to free videos of art techniques, it’s all available and quiet a few for free. For example: YouTube has free tutorials where many artists generously share their skills and showcase their work. Make use of this generosity and aim to pay it forward.