Upcycling Inspiration: Street Art

My inspiration for my Upcycling project came from the art collection I started this summer. Driving around Denver I always so there incredible and colorful street art and wanted to explore this aesthetic for a while now. I don’t know if it will be enough to do a painting. For the upcycling portion of the project I decided to make the canvas out of card board and wooden Popsicle sticks, and to use old paint that was going to waste.

The reason I selected street art as the aesthetic is because I’ve always been fascinated by their large scale and vibrant colors. It is something that has captivated me for a long time. I realized there was no way for me to do a large scale painting and be able to bring it in to present it so I am painting on a smaller scale that way it transportable. I will use a color palette that is vibrant and wouldn’t typically be used to paint a person.


The person I have selected to paint is Tracee Ellis Ross. As a black women she was inspired me in many ways. I wanted to focus specifically on black hair and I felt that since she has so many different styles she would have a large variety of selections for me to choose from.


Street Art: http://globalstreetart.com/blog/interview-with-axe-colours


Tracee Ellis Ross: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0kVWYMFtoZ/

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  • Hi Kaiya!! I’m really excited to see the finished product because I really like this concept. I also and fascinated by street art because it is everywhere and you never know what it is going to be. I also love being able to take pictures and use street art in photoshoots because the colors are very vibrant and pleasing to the eye. I love that you are also building your own canvas out of up-cycled popsicle sticks instead of buying one which will give your art a unique quality.

  • Nicole Leon-Molina
    January 29, 2020 7:45 pm

    Great idea! I appreciate that you’re using old paint to complete your project. I feel like the Popsicle stick background on cardboard will not only make it sturdy but give it a nice texture. It will look more like a piece of street art on a brick wall rather than a portrait on paper. I like that you’re using vibrant colors as well. Do you plan on creating in the stile of your first two images (rainbow) or more realistic?


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