Scrap Happy July 2020 – Fifty Shades of Green

A couple of weeks ago I painted this frog…


I was happy with the picture, but I had a bit of a mishap when mixing the paint for it; Not owning any green I mixed the greens needed from yellow and blue on a dinner plate. Unfortunately I used way too much blue and ended up adding a lot of yellow to make the two suitable greens – way too much green for one frog.

When I had finished the frog I decided to keep the plate of green (with some daubs of other unused colours around the edges) in case I could use the greens it again.

I used a small amount of the lighter green on the blue tit I painted,


Then I started taking part in Maria Raczynska‘s 21 days of summer; a challenge to paint pictures taking a maximum of 20 minutes to paint them.  I used some of the greens for the palm tree in the first challenge picture…


I mixed bits of other left over colours from the edge of the plate into the greens for the grass and background of the second 20 minute picture…

Day 200

… and mixed/used some more for one of maria’s longer tutorials…

20200713_18192200The more I mixed and used the colours on the plate the more the original greens got merged and new greens arose, giving greater depth and interest to the colours I was using. Suddenly my scrap plate of paint changed from being left overs to a palette I was picking up when I needed green.


I’m going to have to add some new paint to this soon, but up until now my scraps have gone a long way and using up leftovers has led me to find a great tool/process for making shades of green and (hopefully) more interesting paintings in future.

If you like the idea of using your scraps, click on Kate or Gun (first two names in the list  below) and join us on the 15th of every month – or just those months you feel like joining in.  Here’s a list of both frequent and occasional Scraphappiers (?) if you want to see what everybody else is doing.

KateGun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline,
Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin and Vera

Until next time,

Bekki x

13 thoughts on “Scrap Happy July 2020 – Fifty Shades of Green

  1. Oh wow I love the fifty shades of green. I was taught on my creative embroidery course to never throw away paint- so when I did my stitchbook this week I found some paper and just painted the page- it will come in for somethiing one day, but I love that your paint got revitalised and became a whole new painting.

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    1. I love that your creative embroidery taught you not to throw away paint rather than not to throw away embroidery silk 🙂 For me the most wonderful thing about the paint is the way it’s organically growing and getting to be a better plate of paint every time I use it 🙂


  2. wonderful, creative use of “scraps”. I absolutely love the frog, in Japanese the word for frog is kaeru, it is also the verb for “to return” – I have quite a collection of gifted frogs from when I left the school.

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