- re-purposed makeup brushes
- plastic packaging from disposable contact lenses for mixing trays
- a brush holder I made using a binder clip glued to a little rubber thingy (I think it once held drill bits)
- a recycled plastic pen barrel and a cool piece of shaped steel wire with one round burr tip and a flat tip
- silicone eye shadow applicators that I extended with a bamboo skewer
- My favorite tool: a plastic collar stay glued to a popsicle stick.
Friday, May 13, 2016
Drawn to Magnets (And Really Bad Puns)
My mobile magnetic studio (above, left and below): my brightest mineral pigments, arranged on a metal display rack.
This represents a ton of work: each little container is a distinct color of rock paint, which I grind by hand and process with a few different techniques I've developed over the past 16 years I've been doing this.
At right (1st photo) is a magnet board with mediums and tools. I attached a folding stand from a picture frame on the back so it stands upright.
In the bottom half of the 1st photo is a handheld magnetic "easel palette" I developed.
In photo #3 you can see some of my specialty tools:
Regular paintbrushes are of limited use because the grains of mineral sand destroy them very quickly.
I also need to work on a horizontal surface that I can move around as needed. The EarthPainting process is gravity-assisted.
The magnets help me keep track of everything and mitigate my legendary clumsiness - I'd be very upset if I spilled any of this handmade rock paint, and I don't have to waste time looking for misplaced tools.
The best part is that my studio is fully mobile: I can just pick it up and take it anywhere without having to pack it up!
Posted by Laura Zepeda