Over the years working as a painter I find that I have a lot of leftover paint from projects that I start, and finish. I like to save colors because I may like a color so much that I want to use it again for a different canvas. Like particular styles of painting, I fall in love with color as well so I like to make sure I have plenty of it.
In the process of working as an artist I found that I didnt like to waste my supplies. I would save any scraps of paper, matt boards, or anything that seemed useful and keep it on hand for any future projects, including my paint. Art supplies have always been very expensive so I always found a way to make the supplies last.
What I like to do to get the most of my paints, is to have more than one canvas on hand. I usually have the main canvas, where I am focusing my energy, and several extra canvases available. The extra canvases are for any paint that I may have left over.
What I like to do is add color to my paint pallette, and work on my main painting. After I am finished with that color I take any leftover paint and spread it around a canvas or surface I may have on hand. Any kind of surface will do, for example if you have a large piece of paper, tape your paper to a flat surface and paint on that.
In the pictures, in this article, I started painting on a three panel room divider that had canvas on it. It was fun to paint freely on it without worry as to the end result. I didnt have a plan for the panel I just painted it however I felt that day. All of the paint that was used was from previous projects. I started painting these panels in 2005 and I still add paint to them even to this day.
As an artist, I take a lot of time to plan all of my paintings. I take many elements into consideration, so it is fun for me to have some canvases on hand to paint in a manner thats free, without intentional thought, or plans. If you would like to do an activity that is more meditative in quality, it is very fun to paint this way.
Have fun experimenting with color!!!