Sunday, November 28, 2010

art every day #28: soaking up the color

painted-papertowels

back to painted papertowels! my older one uses rolls of papertowels to make paper skirts and dresses so we decided to give them a bit of color this time. we put slightly diluted liquid watercolors in ziploc bags, then squished around the papertowels until they absorbed all the liquid. it only involved a bit of yelling - it's highly permanent stuff and the girls kept opening the bags - and then we pinned them to dry on my pegboard display from yesterday's show. i've seen pegboards in others' studios and homes before but never appreciated how versatile and useful they were until i started playing around with them myself. if you have little feet running around, pegboard is a great alternative to a bulletin board because it avoids the need for thumb tacks. just rows of ribbon (secured with knots behind the holes) and clothespins. plus the boards are very economical - only $7ish for a large, sturdy piece.

more art every day here, and one more day of the doodlesale here. thanks everyone for a great few days in the shop, and happy sunday to you!

8 comments:

Phoenix Peacock said...

one of my FAVORITE activities as a kid. I should probably relive that soon, it looks so fun!

sooz weissberg said...

...and what do you do with 'em after that?

aimee said...

my girls are planning to make skirts out of them, and piece them together with tape and straws!

Bella Sinclair said...

Whoa, it's like tie die for paper towels! Very cool. Project Runway, watch out!

Nelly said...

Love the vibrant colors. I listened to your podcast with Rice just the other day. Very inspirational to know we creative mamas all have the same triumphs and troubles.

freebird said...

Would love to see what your girls do with these. Good idea on the ribbon with the pegboard.

juliekintaiwan said...

I agree, would love to see the final product your girls make with these lovely colored sheets. Thanks for sharing.

AG Ambroult said...

skirts and dresses out of dyed paper towels? She is so cool. and you are equally as cool for doing that.