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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

50s Christmas tree Happy New year

Hi There
We finally but up our original 50's silver tree this year. My son wanted to put it up. We also have the color wheel. I only had to use one set of lights because the tree just glows.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Suran wrap sculpture

Hello There.
Kids had a great time doing this project. A lot of laughing going on during class.
You need saran wrap and clear packing tape which if you sell on etsy or ebay you have a lot of that laying around.

You need an armature. I have heads from manikins I use for a lot of my art work but you can use any thing that has a good form that will hold the tape. The bowl photo is of a Michael Lax mid century bowl and Blenko glass balls.

Anyway you start by wrapping the armature with saran wrap so the tape won't stick to your armature and then you wrap it with the clear packing tape. When your done you cut up the side of half of the armature and pull the tape and saran wrap off. I like to gentle pull away the extra loose saran wrap from the inside. You can fill it with pompoms, feathers what ever you like and tape the slit back up to close.

The kids did there foot, arms, one brought a basket ball and filled it.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Eames house of cards - Mid century inspired art Puzzle

It's been a busy week but I have some new pieces I will be launching to my Etsy site this weekend.

We made these really fun Eames Mid century inspired house of cards puzzle in art a few weeks back. There made fairly simple with chip board that I get from Blick art materials. I cut the chip board in different sizes and the kids draw designs on them with sharpies but you could also use acrylic paint and I cut slits on them so they fit together. More slits on a longer end, only 1 or 2 slits on the shorter ends.

They are really fun for the kids they can take them apart and put them back together a different way and it has a new look and they can add to them and make there sculpture bigger. Great puzzle table art.


Monday, December 13, 2010

Plaster Cloth Bank

We had a lot of fun building these plaster cloth banks.
Here is the material list and instructions. Pretty easy.

Material list

Plaster cloth
Found objects for eyes and feet, etc.
Masking tape
Acrylic paint
varnish sealer

First you want to cut a hole in the top. We made it bigger then traditional banks so we didn't have to use a plug at the bottom to get money out.

Next tape on all your found objects, eyes, nose, feet, etc.
Plaster cloth the whole bank. If you rub the plaster cloth with your finger after you put each piece on it smoothes out the tiny holes in the plaster cloth and gives it a smoother look.
Let dry 1 to 2 days.
Paint with acrylic paint, after 7 days you can varnish.

You can also finish the banks with tissue paper and hard coat Mod Podge and it has a totally different look. You can varnish after a week. The cat photo is done in tissue paper.

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My sons bank. I love it!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

My First Post!

Hello Everyone. Welcome to my coolstuffartgallery blog. This blog is a work in progress. I am a self taught artist and have enjoyed art all my life. Mid century, color and unusual art inspires me. There are so many different mediums out there and I just love to work with many of them..   
Blogging is a great to show off my own art, my sons art and how to make art projects from my home school art class and other artsy things I see that I think would be interesting.
Hope this is helpful information and you enjoy my blog.
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