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Plastic Painting Project Part ll

22 May

Let us show you what we did with our empty plastic bottles.

Club Creative Studio offers part two of the creative process from the latest mother/daughter project. Part one shared the beginning stages of the painted canvas and gave a hint of the mixed media added: the recycled melted plastic bottles.  In today’s post we will reveal the final outcome and share the process of how you can also create the flower sections.

This project will be an ongoing project that we will continue to build upon as we add more and more recycled sections to the over-all project.  We will add more melted flowers as we obtain additional bottles by which to recycle.

Club Creative Studio recycled and melted plastic bottles were transformed into flowers and added to the painted canvas.

This is what you need to begin:

With your empty and clean plastic soda or water bottle, use scissors to carefully punch and cut along the line that is already found across the bottom design of the bottle.

This is what the cut portion will look like when you have cut around the entire bottom of the plastic container.

Cutting the “petals” can be done in a variety of ways keeping in mind that you want to cut portions that mimic the natural forms of flower petals.  Your initial petal cuts can be made by cutting along the indention of the bottom of the plastic container.

Experiment with round cut and fringe cut ends.

To start the melting process you need a craft heat gun, your pre-cut plastic sections, pliers, a heat-resistant area (outdoors is a well ventilated area), a protected work surface (like a tin liner or cookie sheet),  and a mask that protects from vapors.

It does not take long to melt the cut plastic so you will be moving the heat gun around fast and not long at all. I made a short video on the Facebook page that you can review which will  demonstrate just how quickly this is done. http://www.facebook.com/ClubCreativeStudio

STEP FIVE: THE MELTING PROCESS

This is the above item after I have melted and formed it with the heat gun.

Club Creative Studio’s fringe-cut plastic bottle melted to form a flower shape.

Adding color to the plastic is easily done by dabbing alcohol ink colorants to the plastic.

Cranberry ink added to plastic form.

Adding Club Creative Studio hand-made clay beads completes my floral blooms.

The “Mother-Daughter Project” continues as we add more melted bottle blooms. The goal is to cover the canvas at some point for a complete look.

Thursday’s TNT (This-N-That) post will highlight all of the creativity quotes used in this project.  Check back for the creative inspiration they provide.

Plastic Painting Project Part l

18 May

Daughter’s contribution: acrylic painted background.

Club Creative Studio art has a main focus on bead-making, jewelry making and using hand-made clay and glass beads in interesting ways. But, because creativity is limited only to one’s imagination, it is natural that other materials take center stage from time to time.  This post informs you of a group project using mixed media on a painted canvas.

Exploring the uses of a variety of supplies opens your mind to new techniques and use of materials. Sometimes the most unconventional materials used, make a project extra interesting. There is a growth and a new-found appreciation to be found in using new materials. In our mother/daughter art project we used primed canvas, acrylic paint, permanent markers in black and metallic silver, heavy gel gloss medium, recycled plastic soda bottles, ink and hand-made polymer clay beads.

This post is part one of a two part explaination of what we created as our group project.

Many enjoy the challenges of recycling. There is also the thrill to know that you have not only helped develop a creative mode but, you have used throw-away objects in a new and exciting way.

Recently my daughter and I joined forces to create an inspirational painting for the new studio space of Club Creative Studio. I knew that I wanted to incorporate many texts within our canvas because I love being inspired by creative quotes. And my daughter knew that she could contribute by painting the background of the canvas for me to use as a colorful backdrop for whatever was developed on top.  To begin we set up the easel and let her go with the flow for the painted background portion.

acrylic painting swirls of color help create the feeling of movement.

Next, we added the quotes about creativity throughout the entire canvas, using permanent markers and varied the are thickness and font style of each quote applied.  Glossing over the entire surface, we added protection and a slight sheen to the canvas surface. Adding a gloss seems to also intensify the paint tints too so it is a double pleasure to use it.

Inspired by quotes about CREATIVITY.

Finally, we added some unexpected elements by adding recycled and melted plastic bottle flowers, with a hand-made polymer clay bead for each center bloom on the canvas.

Melted plastic bottle formed to be a flower bloom.

Follow this blog post on Two-Cent Tuesday for Part ll of this Plastic Painting Project. I’ll show the completed creation and explain how we made the recycled plastic bottle blooms.

Repurpose Your Pencils

4 Oct

Welcome to the blog site of Club Creative Studio where I share information on the topic of CREATIVITY.  My personal mantra is: Be Creative Everyday and I find many other people who have a desire or action plan to do the same in their artistic day.

As a specific topic today, I would like to share a few images that I found from various places online that repurpose pencils.  Let’s get to the point…If you have a collection of sharpened or non sharpened pencils the point is that you can do more with it than just draw. Here are a few examples of creative things others have done with pencils.

I love the texture, dimension and unique look of using an everyday item in a very different and unexpected way. The artist is unknown  in this work but it is a sample visual prompt in a lesson plan for students to begin the same type project.  I found this visual at: communitypencils.com.

We should already know the importance of recycling.  Added to the reasons why we should protect our environment and resources is the fact that we can also make art from recycled materials.  It is great to be able to challenge ourselves to use what is typically not reused and might be recycled rather than put in landfills.

By collecting broken, chewed, or different sized pencils, you can glue them together end-to-end and side-by-side to form an interesting surface texture like the above art with added acrylic paint applied.  Think of adding additional items like broken toys or metal objects to complete a college that has a unique look.

It’s interesting to note real pencils upon closer inspection, since they are subtle from afar.  Are you ready to start collecting your pencils to transform your next art project?  These pencils are applied as non-sharpened pencils, however can you imagine what a chair would look like if sharpened pencils were applied in the same manner to a place where you would actually sit?  Well, you don’t have to imagine too hard since I found an interesting photo of such an item for you to admire and perhaps even question.
OUCH!
I am not willing to sit in this created chair but, I would love to see it in person. I love that is so creative!

Image:daringideas.com

 For your information as well, the creativity continues from use of the shavings of pencils.  I did something similar to this when I was in grade school in my own spare time.  I wonder if I invented it?  I made a vase from half of a toilet paper roll and added flower blooms made from my color pencil shavings.  I am pretty sure the framed creation is hanging in a bathroom at my Mother’s home!  Never the less, it is a creative use of what would have been thrown away.  Recycling can be used as an artful challenge and can sure bring about beauty in the same time from the results.

Image: craftziners.com

To view more creative art with repurposed items incorporated visit: http://www.clubcreativestudio.com
 
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