As many of you know, though some of you who are newer may not, my company (Lulu’s Upcycling Lounge) is based on using used and secondhand materials and upcycling/recycling/repurposing them in my finished products. This has never been a problem for my textile products because I could easily find old t-shirts, sheets, fabric, yarn, fabric samples, neckties etc. to turn into hats, scarves, headbands, purses, brooches, bracelets, necklaces (and the list goes on and on!).
Discovering mixed media art proved to be a new challenge for me. I have been able to find wood plaques and some used canvases to paint over easily enough from thrift stores, but I would have to buy all the painting supplies new. This wasn’t the end of the world because I do have to buy some supplies new (i.e. thread, snaps), but as I delved more into the art world, there were more and more supplies that I wanted to have and experiment with!
Enter craigslist. I love browsing craigslist. Love, love, love. I have found items on there to use for my booth display, I use it to find garage sales in my area, I sell nonbusiness related items on there… it’s just such a great resource. I’ve developed the habit of routinely browsing the arts & crafts section to see what items are up for grabs, and just last week I scored some big deals.
It’s funny how things work out… I made some art pieces as gifts this past xmas, and I thought to myself “I would like to try painting on some larger canvases.” What do you know, I found a man selling his daughter’s old canvases that she was unable to bring with her to Seattle. There were 8 in total: 1- 10″x30″, 3- 30″x30″, 2- 36″x36″, 1- 30″x40″ and 1- 36″x48″. Most of them are gallery depth too!! I emailed the guy to see if I could get a discount if I bought all 8, and he gave me 30% off!! I did have to drive about 35-40 min to get them, but it was worth it! The only downside was that I underestimated just how big these canvases were and I took my small car. Oops!
I did manage to fit them in, but my poor girl looked like she was in a canvas cave!! She didn’t mind though. She’s looking forward to painting on them with me.
When picking up the supplies, I stayed to chat with the lovely lady for about an hour. She is such a sweetheart and has such a creative spirit. She actually lives fairly close to me, so I invited her over for an art playdate :). I felt bad that she was giving up on painting… even though I benefited from it. She said she will take me up on the painting offer, so with some luck, I can make that a future blog :).