So today, I am going to show how to use plastic in your art that is not shrinkable. I'm making some embellishments for my friend's Kings and Queens altered book, and using some spray paint she gifted me with. For those of you who read my blog often, you are aware I mentioned she gave me a whole bunch of stuff, which included glazes and spray paint. This is one of those paints she gave me. It was a full can of paint, and I looked forward to using a non-drip paint. I'm holding a piece of # 2 plastic cut from a plastic container. I've spread newspapers on my outdoor desk to keep the overspray to a minimum.
I had to return indoors and grab some scissors, since I forgot them before photographing this technique. That's why I like to run the entire process through my head before I begin. But now the plastic was cut in banner (bunting in the UK) shapes and sizes that would fit in my altered book. I placed two punched crowns onto the plastic.
HMMM! This no drips, no errors can of spray paint did NOT live up to its promise. I had a mess on my hands.
I waited until the paint was dry enough I could remove the crowns, then hoped for the best. Although sometimes my recycling efforts don't turn out as well as I expected, all I have invested in today's project is time. Everything else was free. And since I went to the trouble of making them,
Other ways to incorporate plastic into these banners include
1. stamping directly on the banner using Staz-on or other solvent or archival ink
2. covering them with maps or magazine images
3. instead of spray paint, use direct to project ink pads to add color
4. punch a hole in the bottom of the banner and insert a tassel or beads on a wire
Other uses for the non-shrink plastic include
1. cut the plastic into squares and incorporate in a mixed media piece
2. use a circle punch, decorate, and turn the plastic into a clock.
3. place behind a frame and adhere small items such as flower petals or confetti behind it
4. although I have no way to try this, those of you with die cutters might try using it in your embossing folders
Today is Day 5 of 22 and I showed the possibilities of using non-shrinkable plastic you can keep out of the landfill.
I'm thrilled that so many of you are following along on this journey. It makes me happy that you are inspired by some of the projects I create. For that I am eternally grateful. And I want to wish each of you who celebrate it, a happy Easter or lovely Passover.