Since I have given up purchasing art supplies until Easter, I have been trying to make what I have work. Here are some ideas, should you need or want to go on an art materials diet:
Accept some challenges as opportunities to stretch your creativity. By gessoing over some of my painted canvases, I have new surfaces to work on. By painting on sheets of watercolor paper, I have the ability to put my work in my 3 ring binder. This keeps them all together in one place and takes up considerably less room than the canvas boards. This is such a great idea, I plan to go back and do the Quests I did on canvas board over again on paper and add them to my book.
My miniature brushes are all shot and disposed of. This is frustrating because I actually need miniature brushes for these Quests. I have been cutting the bristles from larger brushes (which are junk anyway) to create smaller brushes until such time as I can purchase what I need.
It’s possible to make your own supplies, if you run out of something. For example, gesso. I have recipes for both clear gesso and regular gesso. Each saves a lot of money and I use the clear one all the time in my art journaling. Here they are:
1 cup white PVA glue
1/4 cup distilled water
4 to 5 heaping Tablespoons of Powdered Marble Dust
Mix well. Store in sealed container. Shake well before use.
1 1/2 cups distilled water
3/4th’s cup PVA glue
4 cups Calcium Carbonate
2- 2 oz. white, matte craft paint, or any color you want
Mix water and glue together well. Add calcium carbonate slowly, using a wisk to mix well. Add your paint to color the gesso. Pour into containers and seal tightly. I label mine so I know how old it is.
The gesso tutorials are from Clive5art who is a wonderful acrylic artist and teacher.