Thursday, December 29, 2011

Upcycled Pencil Cases

While attempting to organize some of the supplies that I use with children I realized that I had a couple dozen watercolor sets that were on their last legs. Instead of tossing them out I decided that with Mod Podge and some collage materials they could be turned into pencil cases. I removed the little ovals of paint and soaked the trays overnight in a utility sink to get rid of stains and the label on the cover. I looked through a folder where I collect images that I like from the newspaper, cut them down to size and used the Mod Podge to attach them to the cover of the case. With rubber stamps I added "pencil box" and a couple buttons for extra color.

Thursday, December 15, 2011


A collograph is a simple printmaking process that is fun to use with children and is an easy way to make sheets of wrapping paper, cards or a piece of art to hang on the wall. You start by cutting out shapes from different materials. I used a sheet of craft foam, a paper that has the texture of corrugated cardboard and a leftover roll of the material that is used to line drawers in your bathroom. All of the materials should be about the same thickness. After cutting out a variety of shapes I glued them to a sheet of cardboard as if I were making a collage. I rolled printmaking ink onto the surface using a brayer once the glue had dried. It's also possible to use a brush and acrylic paint. In this particular print I overlapped the images and used three different colors to add dimension.


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