Saturday, April 14, 2012

Saturday Art Table

Dreary and rainy won't stop me! It's been too many long workdays in a row, with little break and less art! I plan to spend this weekend up to my elbows in paint and fabric...bring it on!!

 I recently read a tutorial about making painting surfaces using discarded cardboard boxes (such as cereal, granola bars, and things like that).
 Now that idea strongly appeals to me since much of my art supplies are upcycled, recycled and just plain used or ready for the landfill! I began with junk mail, news fliers and pages torn from an old book.
 ...paint brushes typically used for "gummy" work, acrylic paint in tubes and bottles...
 ...matte medium and pallet of I used Mod Podge and a scrap paper pallet...
 Oh, and some polished pigments for pizazz!
 After formulating the boxes (cutting in half and securing with masking tape) I covered in layers of news paper, mail, tissue paper, tea bags and similar using the matte medium. After the first applications dried, I then painted the surfaces in multiple layers of watered-down acrylic paints and polished pigments, allowing each additional layer to dry I used the blow dryer to hurry this process along =)
 ...I allowed some drizzling down the sides for a random effect...I like it!
 I then painted the surfaces...these two were simple flower compositions...smudged with a bit of tissue as they were drying diffuses some of the too-crispy paint lines...
 I added high and low light touches using various markers, whiteout and a charcoal pencil...
 ...and these two are finished...I think...
 I'll add my name after they dry and spray a coat of some sort of sealant to protect them...
Then they'll be finished!

All this art makes a girl hungry...coconut chicken strips anyone...yummy!!!


  1. What a great way to spend a rainy day! And the food looks pretty good, too.

  2. A wonderful and creative way to recycle. Dinner looks very tasty, enjoy your weekend.

  3. Hi Pam, I really like the idea of using cereal boxes cut down. Are they sturdy while you work on them? Could you paint on the box when it's flattened and then put the box together when finished? Oh so many questions.....I'm going to have to try this out too!
    I'd love some coconut chicken strips, I'll bring the veggies!