Painting with Recycled Materials

Why I Prefer Painting with Recycled Materials

Painting with recycled materials is at the heart of my creative ethos – the majority of paints that I use are also from recycled materials. From friends sheds, refuse tips to car boot sales, I try to collect as many waste paint products as I possibly can.

This means that I can re-use materials that would otherwise be thrown away or merely just forgotten. From here I can start to reuse the paint colours in their found natural form, or I can begin to mix my own colours.

By using salvaged paint, this gives me a starting point and inspiration to create new colours and shades that I may not have considered before. Obviously I am not always successful with the colour that I wanted to achieve but on the flip side I have also created some really beautiful accidents as well.

Mixing & Testing

Creating my own colour palette is an extremely rewarding experience. It’s not just the mixing and testing of new colours, but also playing with the possibilities of new ideas that create a new direction for my work.

Once I have discovered a range of new colours that I am happy to work with I can then begin to add a variety of textures to the paint, these added ingredients change the structure of the paint and alter the surface when it is applied to the wood. This in turn also gives interest and detail to areas that I might then want to sand back or distress.


Using recycled paints also contributes to the individuality of my pieces as I only ever have a limited quantity of each paint. Once the colour is mixed and jarred, that is all I have. So when it is gone I can never recreate the exact same colour again and it will be time to create a new colour.

I would encourage all of you to have a go at painting with recycled materials and mixing your own colours from recycled paints that you find, it opens up a wealth of creativity and knowledge for opportunities and ideas to get you started. It’s fun and it’s free.

If you are interested in buying any of my artwork created from recycled materials, please visit my online shop.

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