I was recently given a good sized sheet of linoleum from a friend which was left over from a laundry room project and headed for the dump. There is something inside of me that just cringes at the thought. I love to use linoleum in crafting and, of course, my friend knows this. You don't use the traditional side or the upside. Turn it over to the backing side and you have the perfect foundation for painting.
Step 1: SUPPLIES:
Acrylic paints & Brushes
Gloss Waterbased Polyurethane
Step 2: LINOLEUM:
Linoleum is one of those items that you can easily find, whether it is at someone's curb, a garage sale, or Freecycle. Hopefully you will be lucky and find a piece that has a square pattern on the top side. That makes it EASY to cut, otherwise you have to do it the hard way and measure :(
The size you make your placemats depends on you. Mine are about 12 inches by 18 inches.
NOTE: Linoleum comes in many different thicknesses. If it is too thin, you can almost tear it if not careful. If the piece you have is quite thick, you will have to cut it with an Xacto knife and a metal ruler.
Also, some Linoleum has a textured backing. This is not the kind to use. Most Linoleum will have a smooth backing that is similar to a prepared canvas.