I fished out the netting from my oranges this week with the plan of recycling. I thought I’d reuse my net for a lovely textural pattern. But I wasn’t sure what or precisely how. .. Yet. I needed to do a bit of research.
Recycle Household Items
First I did my recycling. My oranges came out of their netted bag, which I then cut the bag into various shapes to use.
I’d already decided to use the orange mesh netting as this was part of my series for Orange that I’m working on. I just needed to come up with plans and ideas of how to use this stuff!
For some, I stretched the netting in some areas so the weave would open quite wide, as well as other areas being narrower weave. I like the contrast.
Plus, I also cut my styrofoam into squares, thinking I’d use them as templates or stencils. I guess they are ready for the next art event I’ll do, as they didn’t get used this time.
Review of Reference Resources
Next, I thumbed through my prior week’s walking photos.
This Bush Walk photo serves as an inspiration, for my “Bush Patterns in Acrylics” which has the same soft natural outdoors flavour as the photograph. But of course, is much more abstracted.
Nature Using Recycled Products, above, also uses the netting but in a broader all over approach. The Wattle yellow-orange was done with a nice Pyrrol Orange and Quinacridone Gold/Sienna mix. I also used Prussian Blue Pb27.
Preparing the Materials and Equipment
I’d researched my bush walk photos, sorted them out, then the next step is the materials.
I decided that today I’d use DIY gelli plate, Golden Fluid acrylics, with a natural colour scheme as the dominating feature. With the DIY gelli plate in hand, along with the Golden fluid acrylic paints I went to work.
I laid down the recyled orange netting onto the gelli plate, then squirted some quinacidone gold, sienna, prussian on the plate.
With a good brayer, I rolled the paint on. I told you, that ORANGE is a marketing tool!
I do have several cheap brayers. They stick, won’t roll, have cuts, grooves in them. They’re really annoying. Especially more so recently.
One of my friends had lent me her fabulous Holbein brayer to give it a go a few weeks ago. Wow, It worked! Needless to say, after many many years I now have a decent brayer to call my own.
I can not say enough about having Good Quality materials. Even If – you are a beginner. Even if it does cost 2x more.
All the crummy brayers I’d bought, thinking a newer one of those would work better, ended up costing me more than double what I actually paid for my fabulous good brayer.
I loved my little walk around the park just around the corner, it was filled with magnificent blues. The spring lupines were popping out in cobalt, ultramarine, hints of cerulean they were just lovely.
I placed the recycled mesh netting, on the gelli plate and then squeezed out some naples yellow, cobalt teal blue, french ultramarine. Gave it a quick roll, but not over doing it, as I didn’t want the colours to mush up all together.
With this one, I would probably go back into it to paint a focal point flower shape into the composition.
The feature image, Bush Patterns of Lemongrass
The very top feature image Bush Patterns, besides the recycled mesh netting I also laid onto the gelli plate lemongrass leaves and its seed heads.
I wanted a more natural organic feel. This addition created a very happy multi coloured textural shaped that I find appealing.
With all of these art images, I found that using the recycled mesh netting was a great tool. I wasn’t a big fan of it previously. And, I may not use it every time, but I will certainly use this approach more often now.