Thursday, December 1, 2011
Coffee Filter Art
To prepare: I typically buy large frames at the thrift store to paint. They are hideous and cheap. You can't beat $6 and a little labor (not sure if I can say "elbow grease" if I'm not cleaning?). The background paper you choose is important. I like to use a solid colors so that when the filters are in place, it looks sort of like a graphic print. In the "Olivia" art below, I just painted over the poster that was originally in the frame. You'll need: coffee filters, washable markers, medium size paint brush, double-sided tape, glue, background paper, and frame.
First, use your frame and filters to decide on a layout and how many filters to design. Tip: arrange and take a photo with a phone or digital camera, then repeat and compare layouts. I eyeball everything. Maybe one day I'll discover a rule of thumb. I do know you should make a couple of extra filters, in case some don't turn out the way you'd love.
Now it's time to lay out the designed filters on your background paper. It's helpful to arrange with help from the double-sided tape. But, I learned the hard way it alone will not hold filters for long. The good news is that you can stick and unstick until you're happy. Then use small dots of glue to permanently adhere filters in place (I used a glue gun). Finally, place your art in the frame and ENJOY!
Hope you enjoy playing with this one. Blessings!
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