Short Question about Paper- Traditional
So years of schooling has given me an excess of drawing and printing/watercolour paper but I’ve used them already and many are a ridiculously large size to frame.
My question is can I reuse them, ie whether cut them to common sizes and draw on the back or simply flip them over and do the same, and could I sell them? Paper quality is really nice, I don’t like to sell them as they are, nor do I want to throw them out. As a buyer would you care if there was another if not partial work on the back of a work you just bought? And if yes would I need to inform the buyer that there is work on the other side?
I would do this only up until I used up everything and then I would buy and use new paper.
DOTTYP last edited by
@Heather-Boyd Maybe you could paint over the back in a plain colour /white it would then look more professional and as long as the original painting does not show through to the front
Zachary Drenski last edited by
I've actually heard of people buying used paper and using the back but I think it would have to be special paper or real cheap.
I have the same problem, paper with failed art attempts on one side. Some ideas for how to use the paper...
-finished art pieces (who cares what the back looks like, right?)
-lining your ferret cage
-creating traditional textures for digital use
-give away the old art as gifts
-taping up on your windows to block light
-experimenting with mediums
-let a toddler draw on it
-make your own, new paper from it
At least this is how I used up my old paper, minus the ferret cage.
Coley last edited by
I have a friend who cuts up or folds/creases/tears the paintings she isn't chuffed about into things like bookkmarks and gift tags. She uses them herself and also sells them too.
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@Heather-Boyd pulp it and make posh papier-mâché. Then you could make a maquette or use for collage.
Seriously, I hear you!
How I handle it....is that I recycle as much as possible. Please believe me, I have a ton of art "wanna-a-be" art leftovers....Do I feel guilty? OH YES! So, I put my "learners" to good use and use the backs (if it turns out good and I want to sell it, I frame it and seal it)....the rest, I put in the recycle, if its not usable. and in truth, I am almost to the point of wanting to plant a tree to make up for my waste while learning.
@Heather-Boyd This is just me tho. I would really prefer a new piece of good quality paper. I kinda feel like your cheaping out on me by reusing old paper. But then again this is me. Take this with a grain of salt.