Tuesday, December 7, 2010

list it tuesday 12/7: beyond the canvas


my brush has gotten a bit too staid and comfortable on traditional paper and it is yearning to stray. but canvas and i do not agree. there's some kind of hangup there. everything i do on it looks stupid to me. i've had more luck with other flat surfaces - bags, cork, pegboard - and i'm going to try a few of these alternatives, too. any other ideas?

if you've posted a handwritten list today, please leave your link in the comments so we can find you! i'll be back soon with a little doodleditty about public embarrassments...


queencake and titangirl said...

hi aimee, i posted my list, but it`s not handwritten- shame on me:) still:

storybeader said...

I have magazine pages and used envelopes around the house that I like the use in projects!

My list for the week, a little old:

lori vliegen said...

fantastic list......i'm canvas-phobic, too.....there's something about that canvasy surface that says "don't even waste your time trying to paint on me". i've learned to follow the canvas' advice.....

loved reading your interview over at kind over matter......and, by the way, you ALWAYS bring a colossal burst of sunshine into our lives!!! xox, :))

Pat said...

I recently painted on bristol paper for the first time and LOVED it. You should gesso the back of the paper first to keep it from warping. I also used some industrial type paper towels to mop up paint on the bristol paper for an interesting effect and then used the paper towel in another piece as collage material. (nothing goes to waste in my studio!)

I posted a list today and need your help interpreting camera mumbo jumbo. Thanks!


Biomouse said...

Good morning sunshine!! I'm rocking out to tunes at work and decided to just list the songs in my groove today. Wishing everyone well today!


lindamay said...

have you tried putting absorbent grounds onto your canvas?

cath c said...

ah, material joys!

i had a list, i should make another though....ok, give me 5 mins.

S.E.Minegar said...

you and your adventurous paintbrush! how about windows? or body/face paint?

i am listing: http://megustaensalada.blogspot.com/

Bonnie said...

You have got some GREAT ideas there ! Can't wait to see the outcome !

My list is up now ... can't wait for U2 see it ! tee hee

Liberty said...

h Aimee, I'm of no help because I have the opposite issue! I love painting on texture (I actually build tons of texture up on canvas before painting on it) and find it very hard to make paint look good on flat surfaces. Even very rough watercolour paper feels too 'flat' to me.
I like your list and enjoyed reading others' ideas in the comments!

My list for today is about the things I love about snow... we are having immense, record-breaking, shut-down-the-city snow here. I also posted photos... or snowtos as I'm calling them :)
Things I Love About Snow

Anonymous said...

First-time Tuesday lister here, but I've been enjoying all of yours for weeks now! Here's my silly contribution:

"Why I'd Like to be a Mermaid"


Megan Walker said...

Aimee, those are great ideas! I'm really in need of some painting inspiration lately too, so THANK YOU!

Here's me today:

gypsy said...

My list for day is a faux mixtape of sorts - songs with a lot of words. http://daisyyellow.squarespace.com/vividlife/list-faux-mixtape-songs-with-lots-of-words.html.

Nicole : Three By Sea said...

I feel the same way about canvas. Everything ends up looking like forced crapola, but every now and then I still feel compelled to give it another whirl.

Here's my list for this week- (I'm jonesing for an IKEA shopping trip)

pluckychickenheart said...

Ahhhhhh! I'm a canvas phobe as well. I love wood. Wood works...but canvas blech ....makes me wobbly.

I love your ideas! Less pressure.


My list is up :0)

Natasha said...

Hellllppp! I'm in NEED of chocolate and I listed all the different kinds I need...anyone want to run some over??

I've missed ya! As the tear winds down, I'm winding up to join the land o' blog fun...great to see all you have been doing :)

Nicky Linzey said...

Yep I know what you mean about canvas. I made some boards out of paper mache to paint on. Worked better although I still cannot progress past pen on paper!

rachel awes said...

paintbrush dancing
is so much fun!
(& i also know
that there's a
paintbrush that loved
dancing in your hair
in mn!). xox

AG Ambroult said...

endless possibilities. How 'bout on the floor. I forget where I saw a painted floor recently--it was a mural and was all worn from feet, but that gave it a cool antique-y feeling

Dena Moon Clinger said...


Oops, forgot to add my link yesterday! I was too distracted looking at everyone else's links! :)

Sarah said...

Doilies! Great for printing on at least so probably fun to paint onto!

Sarah said...

Also furniture!

Samantha Kira said...

I had great luck with a piece of wood used as a platform in the building of houses. I got it at Habitat for Humanity, and it cost fifty cents. So not only did I get a great surface to work on, but I supported, in my own tiny way, charity.

I also love to work on bags, and did a bunch for Altered Couture a few years ago, working not only on canvas, but pre-quilted white cotton, which was a blast!

I recently started working on YES! canvas. It's much thinner and tightly woven than traditional canvas, as is good for watercolor, too! For some reason, it works the best for me - that little painting I sent you was done on it. Give it a feel and see what you think!

LuLu said...

Howdy aimee,
Thanks for the substrate ideas - this is perfect.

yep - I am late this week - but haven't forgotten.



* * * said...

I know exactly what you mean. I've been using canvas for years because I have worked in acrylics. But now that I want to try mixed-media, I find that something flat or something that can be flattened (like watercolor paper) is the only way to go. Canvas can be too bendy.

Jen Niles