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Monday, May 4, 2009

recycled art for mamas

I collect those cardboard coasters that they hand out at restaurants and bars. I love all the shapes and they are so much fun to use in my art. I started out by randomly applying masking tape to create some nice texture. Then I painted a base coat of acrylic paint. Next I cut out three bird shapes out of fabric and collaged them onto the coasters. Then the painted dictionary page wings and the words were also applied using gel medium. I then outlined the birds with a black watercolor pencil and then paint.
The edges of the coasters I highlighted using my oil pastel crayons. These are great because you can rub the pastel to blend it.. a little water will make the blending work even easier. The
polka dots next... plus the eyes and done! All it needed was the fabric strips to hang the art.
I love to create a unique greeting card that can be enjoyed as art past the original intention. And always upcycling makes it even more rewarding.

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