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  • A blank page can be daunting especially to a writer who might be going through a rough patch. But a blank canvas can be just as daunting to someone who returns to painting after a long break. It's hard just to get started. But as soon as you start it's often hard to stop.

    Recently I went back to painting.

    But I found a sheet of paper or canvas just too 'blank', so I played around with preparing the surface I was planning to work on. After many attempts - using all kinds of different materials - I came up with the idea of using strong cardboard - like the cardboard boxes computers are shipped in - and glueing part of an old shirt to the surface.

    Soon - a stitched seam, a breast pocket or a line of buttons would not only tell me where to start but where to go. In time I found that it was the shirt you loved the most - but was too worn to wear - that made the best painting.

    http://ravendesign.ie/art/never-throw-away-an-old-shirt/
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