Wednesday, September 7, 2011

replicated substrate

I made this collage a couple of years ago and wanted to do something similar

here's the step by step for the woven base:

1) save your cereal boxes;

2) sand and ink the cardboard (I used two colors of ink - purple and green);

3) apply black paint to one of the cardboard pieces;

4) when the black paint has dried, scratch lines into it with a sharp tool.

5) tear or cut one of the pieces into lengthwise strips and the other piece into crosswise strips (I use a straight edge for tearing - and my widths are purposely random and uneven);

6) weave the strips together;

7) apply gesso if desired (in my example at the top of this post, there is no gesso).

now it is ready for the next phase
I love collage and mixed media projects because they grow as you build and build and build upon them
this is my "slab foundation" for what I hope will become a pretty cool "building"


I was a flurry of creative activity today, celebrating back to school time


Elizabeth said...

What a great project -- I love the one you did earlier. Do you still have it?

amy of studio four corners said...

love this idea...I will definitely "steal" it from you...but with my own take on it...I'll let you know how it turns out...BTW you are a woman after my own heart - I love using cereal boxes for projects!

Jill said...

ooo, looking forward to seeing this completed!

Rebeca Trevino said...

this is a terrific idea - i love it. i have used 'woven' backgounds before, but it has been with paper images, usually magazine images . . . but i really like the idea of using the gesso on cardboard (cereal boxes) question: how wide are the strips? about half inch?

Anonymous said...

Love this piece Kimmie. Your words and the way you laid everything out are terrific. Recyling is good and you have proved it to be artful. xox Corrine

Dianne said...

Never thought of weaving for a background! What a great idea!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I love this project that recycles cereal boxes into something awesome. It is a great foundation piece. It's times like these I wish I had a bunch of cereal or other boxes to play with. Great beginning, Kimmie.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Love the idea! Someone did this same thing on a smaller scale and then decoupaged it on a tile to make a coaster. Will have to give this a go one of these day. Have a terrific Thursday. It's the weekend here. Yea! Tammy

McIrish Annie said...

CoolBeans! I have a whole box of random words that I picked up at JOannes on clearance. Perfect for this great project!

~*~Patty S said...

So happy you have more time to play again dear Kimmie and just look at how you make use of your creative time too!

Wonderful and so generous of you to share how and take the time to photograph along with way...I learn best by seeing I think!

Enjoy * Enjoy!

~*~Patty S said...

also wanted to say again how impressive your attention to detail is...gluing on all those words WOW AND cutting strips and squares OH MY!

Gayle Price said...

Ooooh, glad to see you are back into it. What a joy it is to 'create'. I cant wait to see what layers morph onto this "slab foundation". xx

sukipoet said...

excellent idea. i have used paper scraps for backgrounds but not tried weaving strips. onward!

ELK said...

tee hee...I am working backwards this .. you make it look like such fun!!