A nice splash of color

“I used to be a spice jar.”

Today’s art project is an example of the “reuse” part of “recycle, reuse, reduce.” This is an old spice jar that I decorated with glass paint. I have a few of these. They are good for holding small objects, such as Q-tips or toothpicks. Or you could simply enjoy the jar as decoration and place it on a mantle or a shelf as display. Or you could use the jar as part of a still life or you could make a portrait of it. I chose to make a portrait of glass jar, painted with a floral theme.

The medium that I used was Derwent Inktense paints and Derwent Inktense pencils. Also, I used an agave watercolor paper. The paints act much like watercolor, but they aren’t watercolor. The pencils act very much like colored pencils, without actually being colored pencils. For one thing, the pencils can be “activated.” After you add your color, you could take a damp paint brush and go over the color. You then get an area that looks like it’s been painted, instead of drawn. The paints act like color, but the color is more intense, more like an ink, as opposed to a watercolor paint.

I really love the intensity of the paints and of the pencils because I love bright, vivid colors. Maybe, in the next few days, I’ll paint a still life, with a teacup, saucer, and teapot. Because, well, I’m Alice, and Alice went to the mad tea party with the March Hare, Mad Hatter, and Dormouse. Look for Alice G’s mad tea party in days to come!

What are ways that you reuse old objects?

3 thoughts on “A nice splash of color”

  1. Alice, hmmm, I did not know there was glass paint. Is it a type of acrylic? Now I’m craving to get some and play with it. The other products you’ve used for this project sound like fun, also! Looking forward to what comes next.

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