Have you ever wished you've had better art supplies? Or blamed an artwork that didn't go very well on the lack of the newest, shiniest, more professional materials? Yeah, we've all been there. And I don't deny that many times it might be true. But lack of something is also an opportunity to play with things you've never considered, as I mention in this article.
Each material has its own unique characteristics and discovering them can be a lot of fun! Take these painting process videos as an example. Each one uses a different material that was not intended to make art, but that doesn't stop curious people from trying!
Chocolate is very interesting as it can be used as both a dry and wet medium. In this case, the artist uses both possibilities. In the next video, chocolate syrup is used, foregoing the need to melt it before use.
One thing many of these materials have in common is that they contain tannins, which have a strong staining power. The resulting artwork might not be archival, though, so you better protect it well once finished and don't expect it to last forever.
In any case, this proves you don't need expensive materials to create. Now go and see what's around you and find something to paint with. You might discover something new, get out of your comfort zone and have fun in the process.
What you end up concluding is that painting is painting. If you get your values right, it doesn't matter how and what you apply to your substrate. It might seem silly, but it is a bit mind broadening.
There are many more examples of unusual materials for painting to give you inspiration on the web if you care to search for them. I hope you enjoyed these, and I'll catch you in the next installment of unusual painting!
Barbara Din is a visual artist, graphic designer, painter, interior designer, crafter, musician and writer living in Argentina. Learn more about Barbara and her work at the following links: