Introduction: Hot Glue Gun ART

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While I was falling asleep last night I got this great idea to use hot glue as a resist technique in a watercolor painting. Similar to batik, however, instead of hot wax I used hot glue and worked on paper, rather than fabric.

Step 1: Supplies

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large sheet Arches paper (I think any paper would work)

Hot glue gun

glue sticks



water container

Step 2: Heat Up the Glue Gun

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I plugged in the glue gun, waited for it to heat up and began to draw with the glue.

Step 3: Paint

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When finished and the glue was cooled and set I began to paint.

Step 4: Finished

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I really like how the little strings of glue that landed on the paper created its own deigns within my glue drawing.


mouse1234 (author)2015-09-15

Hi Susan,

Love your picture...does the glue get removed? if so how?? I've done batik and you remove the wax after sections are done. Would love to hear from you.Thanks!

I did not remove the glue however I suppose you could try I just might be worried that it would tear the paper
Best Susan

Anne E.M (author)2015-07-22

That is so unique and very,very pretty!!!

Thank you so much! check out my cards on my site

Giulia Art (author)2015-06-09

Congrats on making finalist! How was your sleep until now?Are you waiting for the big announcement? What prize would you like to receive? :D

Susan Cirigliano (author)2015-05-06

Thank You very much!!!
This piece is 20"X24" but I bet you could do it smaller for cards...give it a try...I might as well!

hollowayhandbag (author)2015-05-03

fab little work of art theres so much you can do with a glue gun every one should have one should try it with glitter glue sticks and enter the glitter comp to lol

totally agree!

littlemissmaker123 (author)2015-05-02

omg, i am so trying this! thanks for the instructable!

awesome!!! please send photos of your results!

inbal1525 (author)2015-05-01

The photo was trippy, I thought you made a batik! The batik technique is very similar; the canvas is cloth, paints are special dyes, and outlines are drawn on first and outlined with nailpolish (with a fine point tip). The outcome is amazing! Congratulations on tricking me and making really nice art by the way :)

Thank YOU!!!!!

mandolindaking (author)2015-04-30

You are always AMAZING! LOVE your work!! Thank you for sharing!!

Wooo hoooo thank you thank you!!!

craftyv (author)2015-04-30

I absolutely adore this work. Congratulations. I have tried to be creative with glue before and it's very hard to use. Well done.

Susan Cirigliano (author)craftyv2015-04-30

Yay!!! Thank you so much! I had a lot of fun and was pretty happy with my results!!!

bagnitsch (author)2015-04-30

This is so pretty plus so simple! Nice job!


Creativeman (author)2015-04-30

Very nice Susan!

NathanSellers (author)2015-04-29

Beautiful work. My wife was thinking of doing something like this.

ashleyjlong (author)2015-04-29

Interesting --kind of like a short hand version of batik!

Yes Ashley, hot glue is to paper what hot wax is to fabric!

Lisa Arbolino (author)2015-04-29

Just beautiful. Wish I could see it framed. I began following you on this site because your projects are amazing, use simple materials and your directions are so easy to follow. Thank you.


yavr (author)2015-04-29

you are an artist

seamster (author)2015-04-29

This is a really neat effect. Nicely done!

I had a lot of fun doing it!!!!

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