Picture of PLACEMATS FEATURING YOUR ART from scrap linoleum:
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.
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Picture of SUPPLIES:
  Acrylic paints & Brushes
  Gloss Waterbased Polyurethane


Picture of 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.
Creativeman4 years ago
This is great art, cda! You should have many more views than you do, and I think under the "old system" you would have. Instructables is still a great site though. Keep on keepin' on...Cman Oh, in all my travels (dumpster diving and all), I've never seen linoleum....I remember it from the 50's, but thought it had gone the way of dinosaurs....?????
cdawisconsin (author)  Creativeman4 years ago
Interesting. I wonder if it's a location thing. We have high construction costs in the midwest largely due to insulation and winterizing homes and linoleum is VERY inexpensive and a good way to put in flooring and cut down on total cost. I don't know, but thanks for your comments.
I think what you call linoleum is sheet vinyl flooring, and available at places like flooring stores or Home Depot Linoleum is or was a linseed oil and cork product. It wasn't something that could be cut with scissors, and is now, in the form of Marmoleum, very expensive compared to vinyl.

Anyway, this is a great idea and one that never crossed my mind for the scrap pieces I have in the basement. Thank you for sharing it!
Mimikry4 years ago
Very good idea!
cdawisconsin (author)  Mimikry4 years ago
ChrysN4 years ago
Love the placemats! Sparkles seems like quite the character.
cdawisconsin (author)  ChrysN4 years ago
Thanks. And he sure is something else but we love him =)