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Making Cool Stuff From Old Stuff

In my town, there is a small downtown area that, while not as quaint as some idyllic little towns, is still pretty appealing to me. My children were taking dance lessons in this downtown area, which is so close to my home that we can walk there in a matter of minutes.

Eventually, I became the window decorator, as the facility had quite a long front window which needed a display of some sort. Dance studios seem never to have much of a budget, so someone pointed me to the local recycle center where I could pick up house paint that others no longer wanted. I was painting a piece of fabric that was about 20 feet long (Oh joy!)

Some of the re-purposed paint & canvases in my studio

Some of the re-purposed paint & canvases in my studio

Never having used latex house paint before, I wasn’t sure what I had signed up for, exactly. It turned out to be so perfect for the way I like to paint that I have adopted house paint as my primary medium. Occasionally, I have to purchase a particular color at the store (like a good black). Usually, I get all my paint at the recycle center.

People also give me used canvases (as long as they haven’t been painted upon with oils). Most often, a used canvas is perfect for me because I always build up the surface of my paintings by painting one picture over another until I have about 7 layers in all. I like the texture that is created; and it gives me a chance to practice all sorts of ways to make marks and apply colors.

"How Long" by Mollie Walker Freeman, painted with re-purposed house paint, otherwise known as "watermedia"

“How Long” by Mollie Walker Freeman, painted with re-purposed house paint, otherwise known as “watermedia”

I love that people can make art from what might have become trash. I also love to cook with bits of food that others might throw out. (I think there’s a spiritual parallel here.)

Thanks for stopping by today! More to come…

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About Mollie Walker Freeman

I am a fine art painter, & I am studying to be a health coach at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

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