Thursday, February 14, 2013

Winter Break Project-Bottle Printing

Printing on fabric and paper. The paper test scraps become wrapping paper and cards.

Flat disposable surface (plastic or paper plate; recycled Styrofoam tray etc.)
Foam Brush
Paper or fabric (protect layers)
A variety of plastic bottles
Test paper scraps 
I think Polar seltzer & Aqua Pods make the best prints 
If printing fabric- use fabric paint.
On paper- acrylic (I have not tested tempera paint)
Table surface protection!

Squirt the paint on plate or a recycled Styrofoam tray.  
Spread the paint flat with foam brush.
Put the bottle on the plate to pick up the paint- dip it twice.
Then set it on the paper.
You can use the bottle bottom to make the main shape but add details by printing with the lid, pencil erasers and/or tiny finger tips.


Here are some tips:
Test first on scrap paper- not all bottles make a good print-Polar Seltzer worked great.
Different bottles make different shapes.
Use bottles with water in them- especially with little people as they will enthusiastically slam the bottle down and crush it.
If it’s not working, try brushing the paint on the bottle bottom- or move on to another bottle.
Lastly- smooth the paint surface on the tray between every couple of prints.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

After the Snowstorm

"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds"- that would be my husband and the dog out for a unicycle ride.
How to beat the driving ban.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Valentines- Eyes

I only have eyes for you. 
15mm googly eyes and chocolate kisses.
Glue dots.
Bag, folded paper, staple.

Boy approved.

This was a quick test for work that didn't get picked up but it's what we plan to do this year for Valentines in our house.

Certainly they'll be easier to finish than the 30 origami frogs with chocolates taped to their stomachs (Hoppy Valentines) that we did last year.

I've been incredibly busy with work since Christmas and haven't had a moment to catch up. That's a good thing, right?

I'll post a picture of the whole lot when they're done.

Added below (just in time). The boy said-3 eyes were just enough for each person. 

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