Leftover Paint - What Do I Do With It?

in art •  2 years ago

Often when I embark on a painting spree, I ultimately have leftovers on my palette. I dislike wasting it by simply rinsing it off, so I started using it up on odd or extra unplanned projects. Here's how I used some watercolor leftovers.

I was working on a 9 x 12 watercolor mandala, and after the first layer, I had a small amount of watercolor left, but knew I would not be working again for several days. I got out my landscape watercolor sketch book and started using it up to make simple geometric shapes. Here is the Mandala W.I.P. followed by the 2 pages I made with the extra watercolor:

mandala watercolor work in progress

geometric watercolor

watercolor purple blocks

What will I do with these you ask? I have already created a Facebook banner from one picture I took, but I have since scanned them and will process them in Photoshop to use on clothing (like scarves, etc) and I may add them to the stock image site I am putting together. As for the original ones, I will most likely add some fun patterns over top of the purple blocks and re-scan them for some other use.

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In the past, I added water to swirl the paints together and took pictures of it in action! these will definitely be added to the stock site after I fix the spots where the flash reflections are. These are 2 of the several dozen I took. I love the movement they have.

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There are so many uses I can think of for all of these, colors and textures gives me great joy, so any time spent with paint is awesome! I hope I stirred some creative ideas in you or at least you enjoyed reading this.

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These are gorgeous! Such vivid colors in the last one. Which is your favorite? (or is that like asking which child is your favorite?)


Thank you so much! Choosing a favorite would be an impossibility I am afraid! Yep, its like asking which of my cats (in my case, they are my children) I love best :) lol. Funny though, I do vary what I like throughout the day. Sometimes I like softer colors and sometimes I like vibrant ones. Depends on what I am doing in that moment I suppose!

Great art!


Thank you :)