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Fight Tedium With a New Medium

Ever hear that phrase “jack of all trades, master of none?”  I think that may be me!  I love all different kinds of projects but I’m not sure that I want to narrow down my field.  If anything, I want to broaden my horizons!  So rather than learning the fine art of painting, I stuck to silhouettes.  It may or may not be cheating.  I haven’t decided.

I got the idea from seeing this amazing blog:  http://www.craftedlove.com/2011/08/diy-newspaper-art.html

LOVE IT.

I do have a few improvements, though!

MATERIALS:  Canvas, newspaper, mod podge (or a substitute), paint brushes, black acrylic paint, matte medium finish

First the mod podge substitute:  http://www.babblingsandmore.com/2011/10/homemade-mod-podge.html?m=1  This blog was super helpful!  I didn’t necessarily need the ratio to be equal.  I found a three parts water to one part glue to be just as effective, not to mention it makes the glue last longer.    I have had the giant glue bottle pictured below for almost 2 years now and as you can see, I’m only halfway through it!  I haven’t had any problems with it, either!

modpodge

Step 1: tear the newspaper into strips.  I think it’s best to avoid adverts, graphics and large print fonts.  Ultimately I think they detract from the artwork.newsspaper D

Step 2: begin application to canvas!  I started in one corner and worked my way around so the mod podge didn’t dry out.  I put a layer directly on the canvas and another on top of the newspaper.  BE AWARE:  it will wrinkle!  This is totally normal!  as the mod podge dries out the wrinkles & bubbles disappear.  Here’s how my most recent canvas turned out:

Step 3: paint to your heart’s desire!  If you’re not one for free-handing, pick up a stencil from any craft store!  I had some space to fill on my wall, so I actually stretched my painting over two canvases.  I painted a tree.  Because of my love for trees.  Dead ones in particular.  There is one branch that bothers me….  I may or may not go back and fix it.

newspaper 2

Step 4: the finishing touch!  Newspaper, as we all know, yellows as it ages.  To fight paper-jaundice I suggest covering it with a clear matte finish.  This one has worked well for me:http://www.amazon.com/Liquitex-Professional-Matte-Fluid-Medium/dp/B000IYWYNE/ref=sr_1_26?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1366858009&sr=1-26&keywords=matte+finish  You can find it at most craft stores!

Here is how mine turned out:

newspaper 3

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