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Week 33:  Use Your UnderPaper in a Creative Way

What is “underpaper” you may say?  UnderPaper is what I put below my paintings, journals, and art work to catch all those delicious paint spills and over-spraying.  It’s what I wipe my paintbrushes on, doodle all over, and scratch out ideas on.  It’s meant to protect my work table, but usually it is so beautiful, I have to recycle it into something else! The hard part about this challenge was trying to pick just one little piece to work with!

I sorted through the piles and examined them closely, hoping something would jump out at me.  I settled on this piece:

And then I zeroed in on this:

I did a super quick little sketch around what my eye saw in the UnderPaper and highlighted a few areas with watercolor and added a sticker for the title.

Now if only I were sitting in that chair with a Margarita in my hand . . . sigh.

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  1. Nadine Hanken

    Very smart idea. Often when I stare at a mix like that I have a hard time seeing a picture. Lol. Going to give it a shot this week in honor of your creative, talented posts. Thank you for your continued inspiration 🙂

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    Thank you for explaining this. When I first read the challenge, I wondered what was underpaper. In my case, I save the wax paper anytime I use the gelli plate. The colors are gorgeous when used in a collage.

  3. Mary W

    I used the underpaper from taking your class and it turned out great. I am now using underpaper, under everything I do and it is making a nice pile of good stuff. Your scene is serene and beautiful – why didn’t you paint in a chair for me to join you?

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