During the month of April, EARTH MONTH (yay), I will "attempt" to post all of my current repurposed and recycled art projects. I'm a big fan of using repurposed items in my art projects and in daily life as well. What a great month of learning and getting into good habits!
This has been one of my most simple, collaborative, kid art murals made with elementary kids, but for all ages! I love the fact that we used the portrait of Honest Abraham Lincoln (one of my favorite presidents), repurposed newspapers, crayons, a permanent marker, and of course...
almost 80 1st graders!
And... you can make your own newspaper art in a smaller form with your preferred portrait/s! Be creative.
(We actually completed this near Presidents' Day, but this is my life. Art projects are one story, posting them is another!)
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Here's my quick tutorial:
(measure, cut, screw, spackle, sand, clean, gesso)
Materials for Wood Canvas:
- 1" x 2"s
- masonite board, 1/4" thickness
- flat head screws, size 6x3/4
*Instead of making your own wood canvas you can use a pre-stretched canvas board, any size.
Materials for Newspaper Abe:
- transparency sheet (and a projector)
- permanent marker
- Mod Podge
- plastic wrap
- Use transparency and overhead projector - free images from openclipart.
- Tape newspaper seams together on the back side, trace, and fill in image with permanent marker on the front side.
- On the back side, graph and number the amount of squares or "shapes" you want. I made a small model on another paper, labeling all of the outside squares just in case I was confused later-it helped!
- Cut the newspaper and then color each square with crayons. Be creative! (pattern art, theme art, color schemes, shapes...)
- Reassemble your shapes back together.
- Apply a little more than a thin layer of Mod Podge to your canvas.
- Carefully lay your colored squares on the Mod Podged area.
- Lay plastic wrap over the Mod Podge newspaper squares to help smooth out.
- Stack books on top so the squares dry flat and do not curl. This helps protect the artwork and books. Dry time as directed on bottle.
- Repeat until complete.
- Instead of adhering square by square, tape 2 rows together at a time, only using a small amount of tape on the reverse side. Then adhere on the canvas two rows at a time. This helps make sure everything will line up and it's fast!
- During each drying wait, wrap & seal your brush up in plastic wrap (so it won't dry out or have to clean it several times).
Make a funny face!
I see mine!
Honest Abe. Good person. Good president.
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.