Wednesday, June 20, 2012

i ♥ cardboard rolls!

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If there is one thing I have learned by spending a good part of my life creating on a limited budget- it's that you can always use something- ANYTHING to make art and you don't need lots of money or fancy supplies. My favorite place to go "shopping" is in the trash or the recycling bin and I have a bit of an obsession with cardboard rolls. There a so many different ways to use them when working with painted surfaces- here are a few of my favorites.


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I ALWAYS have a paper towel towel roll on hand when I am painting lots of layers. I love dipping it in paint and using it as a stamp- it is a really quick and easy way to add circles to your surface.


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You can even bend or manipulate the cardboard into simple shapes.


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I tend to work fast so I enjoy applying a layer of texture or pattern in my mixed media surfaces quickly. Inspired by my own creation a while back (see here) I have started using my cardboard rolls to roll on my texture and pattern. I cover the surface with all kinds of everyday things. Bubble wrap makes for great polka dots!

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Wrapping string, twine, yarn or just about any fiber is another great way to roll texture onto your surface.


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Use scrunched up saran wrap to wrap around a roll, cover in paint and roll onto your surface.



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Or tightly wrap saran wrap around the cardboard roll and then paint designs all over it. While the paint is still wet, roll it onto your surface.

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Use 3-D paint to cover the surface of the cardboard roll with designs and while the paint is wet roll it across your surface.

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