Doing some illustration work for an edu org I love! Doesn’t get much better than that.

Student Art: Relief Print

Make your own relief print.

Stretching Canvas

Painting on canvas can be costly, but you can achieve the same effect by repurposing some old fabric. Plus you’ll get great satisfaction from building your own foundation to paint on. Sort through some old clothes to find a t-shirt for your “canvas”, make sure it’s big enough to fit around your frame, cut down the excess fabric, and staple it on. There’s a finesse to finding the right tautness to your canvas, making sure not to leave it too loose or pull it too tight. From there all it needs is a few coats of gesso, and you’ve got a blank canvas to make a masterpiece on.

What else?
By repurposing old fabric, we can build and stretch a new canvas to use for painting. Consider the environmental impact made by repurposing objects that otherwise might just get thrown away. More curriculum connectors can be found here.

I’m starting a new clay residency this week. Can’t wait to play with clay! We’ll be drawing inspiration from Toshiko Takaezu, but avoiding the open flames. Toshiko was an awesome artist and educator, and you can learn more about her work here.