I had a terra cotta candle holder that was like a square plate with corners that had an upward rise to them. Over the years it became discolored, the edge of one corner got severely chipped and it started to crack from years of heat and candle wax.
I cleaned it up and put it in a bag and smashed it up. I then ground it up to get rid of any large pieces and then used it in my paint to give my paint a wonderful texture.
You would be amazed at what wonderful textures and additions you can achieve by adding something interesting to the mix! In addition I had found a piece of fuzzy string on the street when I was in the process of creating this piece and it ended up in the piece as well.
Piece is entitled "Earth Textures", acrylic, recycled fiber and recycled texture on canvas, by Valerie Arena 2008If you like this concept and/or this piece, check out this contest at:
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