I use paper towels to blot, lift, mop, dry brushes, wipe my palette, sometimes to create a textured look and a number of other things as well. I have a pile of half or quarter sheets ready by my hand whenever I paint. When painting in watercolour these used papers go right into the trash because the colours are usually washed out but when I paint in acrylics - WOW
And, of course painted paper towel can be use in mixed media.
|Circles - 6 x 12 mixed media|
|Paper Flowers in Purple - 7 x 9 mixed media|
I learned these uses of paper towel from a local artist Win Dinn (see more here - http://windinnart.blogspot.ca/). Win is an expert at trying different things to create interesting effects - like cheesecloth and dryer sheets!
|painted cheesecloth and painted dryer sheets|