I went to Yarn-A-Palooza at SmArt today and searched through boxes of yarn and bags of beads. I came away with some good stuff!
I was first introduced to the idea of artful reuse when I took a class at Plaza Art with Courtney Johnson. (https://www.courtneyadairjohnson.com) During that class, I learned I loved stamping with acrylic paint and bubble wrap. She also talked about gesso on different bases, and I’ve used it to prepare used canvas and cardboard for the boys to paint on, saving me a ton of money on their artwork.
A friend took me to SmArt shortly after it opened, then SmArt opened their boutique filled with items made with reused materials. At the time, I had been thinking of making some wooden spoon dolls for my niece; they became part of my successful pitch to sell at the shop.
So I scour Goodwill and Southern Thrift for pieces to wood burn and paint, and I got lucky yesterday with a handmade rabbit and a well-worn cutting board. And I got to work!
I sanded the seated bunny and the cutting board before burning them, and I used mineral oil on them afterward. The bunnies got decorative paint treatment in my two leftover colors, worn penny and metallic Christmas tree, plus a small amount of metallic gold folk art paint I found in a bin while searching for brushes (I went through a metallic phase, apparently).
And since there was still some glue I couldn't remove on the bottom of the seated rabbit, he got a new seat on top of a tree slice.
SmArt and thrift stores are great places to get art supplies, especially if you work with glass. And I looked at some small wooden tables so long that a Goodwill employee came by and asked if I needed a cart. I declined; I need the weight of the stuff to slow me down, or I'll just keep going.