For something more...


Paint = Plastic... During this summer of re-educating myself on life, living a more simple life in a sustainable way and the consequences of my choices, consumption, etc. I also re-evaluated what I do, what I enjoy, and the impact of those things. I discovered that a piece of my creative life wasn't exactly eco-friendly...

A decision I've made is to no longer be painting on canvas. The paints and mediums I use are mainly acrylic-based. Acrylic paints and mediums are made of polymers. And polymers are--PLASTIC! I basically knew this, but when I began researching about plastics--what they are, what they are made of, their chemical complexities and other side-effects, their end life, etc. ...I was sad to know that something I enjoyed wasn't actually a very good thing, or rather, not a good thing for the environment.


Plastic paints in plastic tubes/tubs applied to plastic-primed canvases... :( And then traces of it get washed away with clean up... *sigh* ...

I will keep some of my paints and finish up a couple of canvases I began earlier in the spring, and which have been languishing as I've been thinking about what next for creative things I enjoy. I have decided to keep my watercolor pencils, as they have a little less impact, and I do enjoy those. But the acrylic painting is being phased out. I'm no artist. And I can only realistically paint so many canvases and hang them up here at home. The reality is that the end life of my painting (and much of my other possessions, "stuff") will end up as trash one day. Our nieces and nephews won't want any of it. I'm just the weird aunt that makes things... haha! And so, hence not much painting shown here for a while...


To keep, for a while at least... watercolor pencils and watercolor palette box.

It feels like a BIG thing... To make a conscious choice. To say no to something.  To re-adjust one's habits, behaviors and mindsets. To think beyond one's own enjoyment. To try to do something better, for something more...

Are there any BIG thoughts on your heart or in your mind lately, or any big things you are going through or learning about, or big decisions you have to make?



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  1. Hi Tracy, I'm sorry to read that you will be giving up on some of your creativity, but I do understand about the environmental impact of your choices. How lovely to be able to use those gorgeous watercolour pencils though - we were recently in a big box store and saw some similar to these - I'm no artist, but even I am drawn to the idea of being able to use them (no pun intended!). Marie x

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    1. Do hope you'll give the watercolor pencils a try, Marie! And at be happy knowing they are not plastic. ;) The watercolor pencils are great to work with. You can sketch with the pencils out and about, and then add water later. Or, also while out & about, use a waterbrush-which is a brush tip attached to a pen-like resevoir that you fill will water for water-based art applications. FUN stuff!

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  2. This is the saddest post I've ever read. And I've read a lot of hurricane posts lately. I understand it, I really do. And I'm glad you are using all of what you have because it won't matter to the world if you use it or get rid of it at this point. But it still breaks my heart. I do love watercolor pencils and watercolor in general so I'm glad you're using that. Who knows -- it may become a new passion for you!

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    1. Oh, don't be sad, Jeanie! And I do enjoy watercolor painting a lot. I've just often felt under-confident using them. But maybe now I'll become better with those. Like you! :) No it makes no sense to just go chucking out stuff. I'll use what up I have, and take it from there. And that goes in other areas too, our plastic-less quest too. We may never be 100% plastic free... And what is still useful, we are using. The idea is to not buy or waste anymore new plastic. Although, the plastic food containers are being weeded, and we're using more glass for storage in the kitchen, fridge/freezer.

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  3. Sigh, indeed. Sometimes restrictions can spur on new creativity -- and I'm sure you'll find your muse :-)

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    1. I'm liking that thought too, Anne... of restrictions leading to different creative ways. I will continue to make things with yarn/fiber as there are eco-friendly options for those. So, really there's still lots to play with! :)

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    2. I use to paint a lot with acrylics on wood. Now I basically use alcohol markers or water colours and paint on paper. What about oil paints? Is there plastic in that? It is a shame to see you not painting when you love to do it so much. I love my watercolour pencils and actually wore through one set and am on my second. Love your enthusiasm and dedication to causes once you embrace them! You are an inspiration! xoxo

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    3. I LOVE your watercolor paintings, Marie! And I admire how you try different things and learn more about that genre of art. Composition-wise, oil paint has less impact than acrylics in that they are mostly made of pigments (some are natural-derived) mixed with linseed oil. The consistency of the paint is changed when you add things like turpentine, which is derived from natural sources (pine trees, actually!) or white spirit, which is petrolum-related product..so related to plastics. So the paint is OK-ish, but what you use with it is sometimes not. Tricky that! :/

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  4. I didn't think about acrylic paint as a plastic! We paint our walls in emulsion paint, so we are surrounded by it. Wise decision to use up what you have. Are inktense and brusho also plastic based? I have seen people paint onto wood- maybe that would be a new way of creating for you instead of canvas?

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    1. Yes... plastic--it literally surrounds us! :/ The Inktense pencils at least don't contain plastic. I'm not sure about the sticks/blocks. Brusho is likely OK, too. I've painted on wood before, not for a long time though. I see myself as really phasing out painting. I will still focus more on fiber, as fiber can be less impact when making smart purchases. Whew... it's been hard realizing how much plastic is in my craft life, and it's been pretty humbling!

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