REUSE...REDUCE.....RECYCLE - nothing could be more accessible today than corrugated cardboard...it's everywhere and oh what fun it is to play with. Here's an opportunity to be green in your work. Also....this particular technique translates well for kids. Good rainy day kind of thing.
In the lab, we explore different ways to treat the surface of the cardboard. In this little venture I actually played with making forms from the cardboard. While doing this I thought how much fun it would be to create a green christmas tree this year with kids using all recycled and re-purposed items...yet another path to follow.
Time to gather the materials....as you can see, pretty basic items. The bird is a chipboard form from MAYA ROAD, but you can use anything, including just a sketch, to create your starting point.
cut out the form or forms.....
add some detail.......you can get much more complex than this, I try to keep it short for examples.
In this particular example, I'm using a wash (40 water 60 paint), robin's egg blue craft paint to coat the surfaces. I ended up with 4 coats, letting each one dry before adding another.
Next...TISSUE PAPER. I chose a light apple green color. (NOTE* If you are doing this with kids on the spur of the moment and don't have Matte Medium, just water down some good old Elmer's white glue for the project. ALSO...another opportunity to reuse tissue wrapping paper with patterns on it!!)
Give the surface of your painted form a good coat of Matte Medium.......
.....lay your tissue down on top and smooth out with your hands. Push lightly into the recesses but not all of the way. OR.....play with it...push all the way down on some and not on others...poke holes. EXPERIMENT!!
Tear the damp edges of the tissue and smooth to the back of the piece.
Next I tried writing on the tissue before using it. In this instance, I sat quietly for a moment and thought about home.....then just started some stream of conscientiousness writing about home and what it meant to me. Don't worry about making it pretty...it's about content not appearances. Just remember it's important to use a waterproof pen or other mark maker. Otherwise when you are using the heavy coats of Matte Medium, the writing will bleed....which you might or might not want. Choose your mark making tools wisely!
New forms....I'm building a card board house using the same steps as the birds with a little twist because I want this to be 3 dimensional rather than 2 dimensional.
To put it all together I taped the inside of the walls together to hold them steady then added unwritten on tissue over top of the surface to hold the walls and roof together on the outside.
All of this from a simple little piece of cardboard...imagine the possibilities. I'd love to see what YOU make using these techniques....please send me some photos to post!!
Off now to help a friend open their house for the summer season.....let the wild rumpus begin, the longer daylight is here and there is more time for art!