Hot Glue Gun ART





Introduction: Hot Glue Gun ART

About: I am an artist living and teaching ART in NYC for over 30 years, and I am a CZT, Certified Zentangle Teacher. I love to explore all sorts of art making both in my teaching and in my own work...check out my s...

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

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

Hot glue gun

glue sticks



water container

Step 2: Heat Up the Glue Gun

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

Step 3: Paint

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

Step 4: Finished

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

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Runner Up in the
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Hot Glue Challenge

Runner Up in the
Hot Glue Challenge



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    27 Discussions

    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!

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    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

    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

    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!

    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

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    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 :)

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

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