Artist, Cassandra Tondro, has come up with a fabulous, fun way of recycling house paint. She gives it a second life by using it to make abstract art, while at the same time, helping the environment. She’ll also be inadvertently helping you to clear out that little corner where you store your paint containers, because I can’t be the only one who hangs on to the stuff, but rarely ends up using it.
- house paint
- paint sticks
- stretched canvas
- large garbage bag or drop sheet
- masking tape
- rubber gloves (optional)
- paper cups or plastic containers to hold paint (optional)
1. Tape a large garbage bag or drop sheet onto a table or floor. Place the canvas you will be using in the centre, and outline it with a Sharpie. Remove.
2. Open all the recycled house paints you will be using, and mix well. You may want to use rubber gloves at this point.
If you think the paint containers will be too big for children to use, transfer some paint to smaller plastic containers, or even paper cups. Carefully begin pouring/drizzling the paint onto the plastic sheet, in and around the area you outlined.
Continue with all the colours you will be using.
3. If you prefer to use a canvas with a base colour on it, prepare it in advance so it is dry before the next step. Take a stretched canvas and press it onto the paint, right side down. Carefully remove and allow to dry. How cool was that!