When I chose sticky as the theme for this week’s Unplugged Project, I really had nothing in mind. I just thought a general, descriptive word would encourage a lot of very different, creative responses! We’ll see if I was right.
All week I thought and thought about what to do, and finally resorted to a little online inspiration. Here I found instructions for making a “Faux Leather Pencil Holder” using masking tape and shoe polish. That sounded very intriguing, but I didn’t think the kids would find brown “faux leather” terribly inspiring, and I wasn’t sure that working with stinky, messy shoe polish would have a happy outcome. So, since masking tape qualifies as sticky and it did sound fun and easy, we experimented and modified this idea a bit.
For this project you’ll need something to decoupage. My daughter chose a can and I found a dented metal picture frame that I had been going to toss out. You’ll also need masking tape, white glue, and food coloring:
There were a few sharp points around the rim of the can, so I squashed those down with some pliers and then covered the rim with tape to make it safer.
My daughter and I tore off little bits of masking tape and stuck them haphazardly over the surface of our objects. I think the final effect is prettiest if you try to have the tape edges as ragged as possible and use lots of small pieces rather than fewer larger ones.
Here is how they looked when completely covered with tape:
Next we put some glue in cups and added a little water to thin it slightly. Be careful not to add too much water, as I did the first time around! We then added some food coloring to create different colors:
We brushed the colored glue onto our tape-covered objects. The first coat was quite pale and uninspiring:
We let that dry a bit, and then brushed on another coat. I did a total of three coats, my daughter did two, so hers turned out a bit paler. I think next time I might even do a fourth coat. The extra coats of color really do add depth.
The effect is quite pretty. The colored glue sticks more to the edges of the tape making the tape edges darker than the rest, for almost a crackle effect. I finished off by spraying our projects with some acrylic for a bit more shine and durability.
I would definitely try this again, as we all love decoupage. Working with the tape was easy and fun! I would like to experiment with paint mixed with glue, or even just thinly wiped-on paint (but I wanted the glue in there to create a bit of shine).
Different color effects would be interesting to try too. Using paint with glue, or paint alone would make for more subtle color possibilities. I think wiping some adjacent colors gently with a cloth, could make a nice blended transition between colors. A rainbow effect would be pretty.
Other fun things to try this with: Easter eggs, boxes, framed mirrors, notebooks, furniture … almost anything really!
This was an easy and satisfying project. Total time: maybe 1 hour.
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The theme for next Monday’s Unplugged Project will be:
I hope to see you then!