Using Everyday Objects in Art

foil insulation used to make markings
foil insulation used to make markings

Sometimes we put off producing art for silly reasons: we don’t have the right color paint; we need a special brush or tool; we don’t have enough time. I can’t conquer the time problem, but I can suggest that if you don’t have the right tool, you can look at everyday objects—whether for inspiration or application—even if you are not a mixed media painter.

Making It Through, detail of
Making It Through, detail of “standing stone,” 65″ x 6″ x6″

Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns drew inspiration from the everyday objects and images from popular culture. Robert Rauschenberg’s “Combines” used expressive brushstrokes, layering, and found objects. If we take their lessons, we look for art in everything around us. So even if you paint in oils ask yourself how you can make more personal markings. Could it be a hairbrush or a piece of plastic packaging?

More and more my “tools” are the items most people throw away. And yes, I find a lot of them on the ground. This past week I came across a small piece of foil insulation that we had used in the attic. Used with paint, it became the perfect stamp for a new piece.

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Author: patricia906

I am a mixed media artist using surface design and texture to explore the patterns and associations in our world.

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