Tubular Thrifting: Pridefully up-cycled art

Remember to be proud of the things that you accomplish, even if it is painting a few triangles on a piece of high-society art

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Tubular Thrifting: Pridefully up-cycled art

Claire Boone, JagWire A&E editor

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This week for my blog, I was struggling to come up with an idea to write and make a video about. I

realized that this far, my blog has been purely clothing related and that has made it difficult for people who are not passionate about style to get interested in what I have to say. So this week I took a different route and decided to up-cycle some thrifted art.

I have always been passionate about art and I absolutely adore the interpretation aspect of it. Art can affect everyone in different ways and that is what’s truly amazing. The best part about what I decided to do this week is that it really only takes half an hour to become a prideful and thrifty artist.

The first thing that must be done in order to up-cycle art is purchasing art, of course. This is the most important part of the whole process. When you choose a painting, be sure to choose one that you have fallen in love with. If you don’t love what you chose, then it will be hard to have fun while pretending to be a prestigious artist. When I was choosing my painting,  I tried to find something that would remind me of happiness and joy, which to me is flowers. I chose this because it is something that I would like to be reminded of daily. You are free to choose whatever style painting your heart desires.

The next step in the up-cycling process is deciding what you want to do with your painting and what colors you will use to add to it. If you’re going for an edgy look I would recommend leaning towards darker colors, but if you wanted your painting to be more sophisticated, I would advise you to scout out plain colors. Choose colors you will be proud to show off, maybe colors that coordinate with your room. Since I desired a joyful painting, pastel colors seemed to be the way to go. The paint you buy does not need to be fancy by any means; each one of my paint colors cost nearly a dollar.

When it came time to decide what effect I wanted to have on my painting, the thing that I kept in mind was how I wanted people to react to this painting. I wanted this painting to remind people of elegance, grace and poise. So I went for a simple look, painting triangles along the corners seemed to fit perfectly. After my masterpiece had dried, I was peeling back the tape I had placed as a guide and I was overjoyed. Sure, it didn’t turn out perfectly, but

I had created it and become a mediocre artist in under a few hours.

The main idea behind this week was to remind everyone to take pride in the things you are able to accomplish. Yes it’s true, things will not always turn out how you plan, just like my painting. The important thing to remember is that no one is perfect and you should not expect perfection out of yourself. If you are able to pursue and create something that you love, then nothing should hold you back from shouting it from all the hill tops.

Stay thrifty,

Claire Boone

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