Monday, January 16, 2012

Making mixed media robots

Our identical twin 3 year old grandsons love monsters (Henry) and robots (James).

Mommy Lisa painted monster faces for Henry and James's new 'big boy' bedroom - but Grandma (me) was slow getting the robots done.

I finally got to it Saturday night.

Here's the process:

Decoupage patterned paper on each 8x10 inch canvas.

Paint over the paper  with acrylic paints (don't worry about wrinkles - it adds to the vintage junkyard feel). Be sure to paint the edges.

Draw or print basic robot shapes

Use patterns to cut shapes out of patterned paper

Embellish with paint, stamps, more paper, old hardware, and other ephemera. I like to use Gorilla glue or E-6000 for gluing hardware parts to canvas or wood.

I've used bits of hardware, parts from broken iPhones (talk to an iPhone repair person and beg or parts), and even legos on my robots.

Go nuts!

Here are a few more robots I've made

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