Monday, March 5, 2012

Upcycled Assemblages

These assemblages are a great way to use up odds and ends plus the colored sand that is used for the background makes the objects stand out. The corrugated cardboard is free for the taking at your supermarket and is particularly handy since it is sturdy yet lightweight in case you want to hang your finished piece using just masking tape. I pour the colored sand into salt shakers that I originally bought at a Dollar Store. The children enjoy this last step of adding the background. Beware, though, and have them shake the sand directly over a garbage can. When I demonstrate I give them the example of adding a little salt to your French fries, but they invariably POUR instead of gently shaking.

Here are the steps:

I gathered buttons, wooden spools, old keys (my local hardware store will often donate keys), small tiles from a backsplash, wing nuts and tiny clothes pins. The possibilities are endless.

A frame is added with a marker and a wide brush is used to add a thick layer of white glue.

Arrange the objects in the glue and gently shake the colored sand onto the background before that glue dries.
This project is a good lesson in conveying the meaning of background and foreground.

1 comment:

  1. What a great project! Thanks for submitting:) Just posted on Craft Gossip!!