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Episode #2 Eco-friendly assemblage


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Eco-friendly assemblage is easy to create! Just follow these simple steps. Illustrations included!

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Episode #2 Eco-friendly assemblage

  1. 1. Creating an Eco-friendly Assemblage using found objects Watch “Lori Krein’s Art Studio” San Jose Comcast Channel 15 Thursdays at 6PM! Or watch streaming video… Type Lori Krein in the Name field
  2. 2. Intro <ul><li>I’ve always been a creative person, but I was never good at drawing. Once I discovered collage, I never looked back. </li></ul><ul><li>The most common questions about collage are about where to get the specialty art papers. At the end of this ebook, there is a list of resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Send me photos of you work! I will put them on my website. Here’s your chance to share your creations with the world! </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? Email me at [email_address] , or contact me through my website, </li></ul>
  3. 3. Supplies and Prep <ul><li>You will need: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One piece of lokta or other art paper, for the background </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plastic box frame </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WeldBond or other strong craft glue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acrylic matte medium, Mod Podge, or watered down white glue Small paint brush, scissors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Found objects (beads, clay tiles (see next slide for instructions), old jewelry, washers, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paper towels, small container of water, rag or old towel </li></ul></ul><ul><li>To prepare for this project, cover a table with newspaper or an old tablecloth. </li></ul><ul><li>Wear an apron or old clothing. </li></ul>Plastic box frame Specialty art paper for the background Acrylic Matte Medium and Weldbond Found Objects and clay tiles
  4. 4. How to Make Clay Tiles <ul><li>Purchase rubber stamps and clay from your local craft store. Sculpy or any other clay that you can bake in your over will do. </li></ul><ul><li>Roll out the clay. Press rubber stamps into the clay to create designs. Cut into squares. Bake according to package directions. </li></ul><ul><li>Allow to cool. </li></ul><ul><li>Paint the tiles with colors of your choice. </li></ul><ul><li>Before the paint dries, wipe off the excess with a small piece of a damp sponge, to create the antique look. </li></ul><ul><li>Now your tiles are ready for use! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Step 1: Prepare the Background <ul><li>Cut the background paper slightly larger than the box frame. Make sure the piece is large enough to fold around the sides of the box. </li></ul><ul><li>Cut the corners (see photo) to remove excess paper, which makes it easier to glue down the corners. </li></ul><ul><li>Remove the cardboard backing from the box frame and set aside. </li></ul><ul><li>Apply a coat of matte medium (thinned a little bit with water) to the paper. </li></ul><ul><li>Place paper onto box frame. Starting from the front, smooth out the paper with your fingers or paint brush to remove all the air bubbles! Its easier to do this if you paint another coat of matte medium onto the top of the paper. Continue smoothing it out around the edges, and press the paper onto the sides of the box, then wrap around the back. </li></ul>Cut the paper to size. Remove the cardboard backing from the box frame. It will look like this when covered.
  6. 6. Step 2: Assemble the Found Objects <ul><li>Gather your found objects. Lay them out on the surface of your box frame until you find an arrangement you are happy with. </li></ul><ul><li>Start with the larger pieces then fill in with smaller ones. </li></ul><ul><li>Begin gluing the pieces in the middle first, then work your way out to the pieces on the edges. </li></ul><ul><li>Use a small paint brush to apply the glue onto each piece. This will give you better control over the amount of glue you use. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Step 3: Let it Dry <ul><li>After you finish gluing on all the pieces, allow it to dry for 24 hours. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Step 4: Final Coat <ul><li>After the assemblage has dried, you can coat it with water-based polyurethane. I like to use gloss, but you can also try a matte finish. Mod Podge also works great! </li></ul><ul><li>If you used a plastic box frame, put the cardboard backing back in place so you can hang your artwork on the wall. If you used something else as your canvas, you will need to add a hanger onto the back. </li></ul><ul><li>Congratulations, your DONE! Now, wrap your creation and give it as a gift or hang it in your home and enjoy! </li></ul>
  9. 9. More Examples <ul><li>More examples of eco-friendly assemblages. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Resources <ul><li>Decorative Art Paper: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Other art supplies (canvas, glue, brushes, matte medium, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Michaels </li></ul><ul><li>Aaron Brothers </li></ul><ul><li>Utrecht </li></ul><ul><li>Dick Blick </li></ul>But which papers should you buy?? Over the years, I have learned what work best for me by trial and error. But my favorites are Lokta, Japanese Lace, Mulberry, Thai Mango, and Banana paper.
  11. 11. Thanks! <ul><li>I hope you enjoyed this ebook! </li></ul><ul><li>Watch my TV show, “Lori Krein’s Art Studio” </li></ul><ul><li>Thursdays, 6PM, Comcast channel 15, in San Jose, CA or online </li></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Type Lori Krein in the “title” field. </li></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>Friend me on Facebook, Lori Krein Studios </li></ul><ul><li>All Rights Reserved. </li></ul><ul><li>Copywrite 2011, Lori Krein Studios </li></ul>