How to Build a Painting

Painting and photo by Sandra Duran Wilson
Photo by Sandra Duran Wilson

“When I become a hunter-gatherer and seek out unusual materials for my artwork, I discover new sources of inspiration. This project can make cleaning out the garage or storage closet fun and exciting. I love using up leftover products from other projects. I find that they spark my imagination, and I feel more freedom to experiment because I am not wasting expensive art products. This freedom liberates your imagination and may inspire your best painting ever.” – Sandra Duran Wilson

Project Details

Artist: Sandra Duran Wilson

Instructions: The instructions for this project can be found in the Fall 2018 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.

Techniques included in this project: Turning home store supplies into art materials, working with acrylic paints and mediums, layering paints onto stones, creating an abstract mixed-media piece.


  • Unprimed canvas or heavy muslin fabric
  • Scissors
  • Wood panel (I used a 12″ x 9″ x 1½” wood panel.)
  • Protected work surface (I used plastic wrap.)
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Plastic key card or palette knife
  • SimpleFix® Pre-mixed Adhesive & Grout
  • Golden® Artist Colors Gloss Medium and Soft Gel (Gloss)
  • Palette
  • Acrylic paints (I used Golden Artist Fluid Acrylic Colors in Green Gold, Jenkins Green, Diarylide Yellow, Pyrrole Orange, Sepia, and Paynes Gray, and Turquoise (Phthalo), Paynes Gray, Pyrrole Orange, Diarylide Yellow and Sepia, and Jacquard® Lumiere® Artist Acrylics in Pearl Turquoise.)
  • Synthetic paintbrush (I used a 1″ brush.)
  • Stone pebble tiles (I used leftovers from a remodeling project. The tiles come with a mesh backing.)
  • Spray bottle with 70% rubbing alcohol
  • Krylon® Marbelizing spray (I used Gold Chiffon.)
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • DecoArt® Metallic Lustre™ (I used Orange Flicker.)
  • Brayer
  • Plastic wrap
  • Heavy weights (I used books.)
  • Paper towels
  • Optional:
    • Gloves
    • pH neutralizer (I used Krylon Make-Acid-Free!™ Spray.)

Discover ways to expand your mixed-media supply stash with this project and so many others when you get the digital or print Fall 2018 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.


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