I have decided not to buy any more art materials in 2010.
Despite my best intentions I find that I am often quite wasteful with some of the things I buy. Even though I have a relaxed approach to use-by dates, I certainly throw more food away than I would like through bad planning, laziness and unexpected time constraints.
Unfortunately this also extends to art materials which I frequently 'need' in a desperate hurry and then find myself stashing away in the cupboard after a brief experimental session. Since I am trying to streamline my accounts this spring to prepare myself for a change in my income - something I have known would come but is now here - I want to be a better housekeeper in lots of ways, and that includes using things from my art cupboard before I buy more.
This ought to be good news creatively as it means I should be doing some printing, lots of drawing and quite a bit of collage. I am hoping that as well as a much-needed frugality, a welcome abundance will emerge as I try not to hoard stuff but to use it... the loveliest cloth, the best paper, the nicest inks.
At this stage, what this means in practise is that I am getting rid of stuff that I probably won't use, and today this means three bundles of paper which I would like to go to a good home...bundle one is pictured above and bundles two and three below... if you fancy one, leave me a comment letting me know which one catches your eye and I will pick some winners at the weekend. They aren't massive stacks, but certainly enough to have a play with and maybe inspire something new.
Bundle One is mainly neutrals, beiges and blues... some handmade paper, some with bits in, Japanese origami paper, Laura Ashley samples and some Chinese paper with silver on.
Bundle Two is nearly all Chinese and Japanese papers in bright colours, lots of scraps and printed pieces.
Bundle Three is quite a big stack of handmade paper which I made a few years ago... whites, pinks, purples, lots of it with scraps of silk in... all about A5 size.
I'm happy to post them out to wherever you are... hopefully somebody will want them! Otherwise they will get recycled which isn't the end of the world but it would be nice to pass them on.
*Please note this giveaway has now finished*