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Junk Art Answered

Can any member please post some junk art lessons here on instructables ? I attach a picture of a head made by Mr.Gabriel Dishaw. As you see they are making great things. please teach us.




7 years ago

One easy way to make art from junk is to contact your local whitegoods store.
Ask permission to raid the skipbins for cardboard and any other suitable materials.
If there are COLORFUL ADVERTISING POSTERS in the bin, collect them and cut them up into strips about 2" wide.
Cut these strips into smaller triangle shapes and you can use them for paper mosaic/collage projects.
Cardboard can be used to make sections of armour, or costumes, and many other things.
If you are good at pattern making you can cut and bend cardboard into many shapes and join pieces by making slits on one piece and cutting "tabs" to fit in the slits-on the other pieces.
Use some strong tape like "Gaffa tape" a cloth covered very strong tape used in the theatre, to hold the pieces of cardboard together before you build paper mache over it.
It is better to build up layers of paper mache' by using a pva glue or a fungicide free powdered wallpaper glue mixed to a thin jelly consistancy.
I cut up old newspaper into triangular pieces about 3" wide at the base and around 6" high, and then spread a thin layer of glue on the cardboard with my hands, smoothing the paper pieces down with my hands so there are no air bubbles.
By layering the newspaper triangles evenly over the cardboard you can build up quite a strong construction.
Of course it will have to be dried out before coloring it with paint, or using it.
It is usually a good idea to use some white butchers paper to cover the last layer of newspaper so it is easier to paint the object in the desired colors, or-you can paint it white first-let it dry-then paint it in the finish you want.
Small cardboard boxes can be turned into miniature buildings by cutting the sides of the top flaps into a triangle and glueing the front and back flap to the side flaps so it makes a peaked roof.
Some corrugated carboard can be cut into the right shape for a roof on the building and glued onto the top of the box.
This will look like corrugated iron roofing once it is painted.
Doors and windows can be cut out carefully with a sharp knife.
To make the buildings look rustic like an old farm house, glue pop sticks or twigs cut to the right length, either upright like an Australian slab hut, or horizontal like a log cabin, onto the walls of the building.
Carefully paint the little houses and buidings you have created.
Try making a village of small buildings and include things like a stable and barns and other buildings you would expect in a village setting.
Small boxes like those found in a hardware store for nails and washers etc can be recycled as gift boxes for the Christmas Season if they are covered in recycled Christmas wrapping or cards.
You can also use nice pictures from old calenders, or magazines.
Try embellishing the boxes with bits of ribbon offcuts, pretty buttons, gift wrap cords.
If PVA glue is put into a plastic squeeze bottle with a nozzle top, like those on sauce bottles, you can make nice patterns or lines of glue on the box, or even add "snow" to the pictures on the box by shaking glitter over the PVA glue you have squeezed out in a line or pattern or onto areas that would look good with glitter "snow" on them.

Polystyrene packaging can be used for the armature of anything you want to paper mache' over.
Polystyrene can be shaped with a serrated edge breadknife and using a sawing action.
This only works on the polystyrene that has very small grain,or "pebbles" and is very compact/dense.
You can usually use a very rough emery file like those used for manicures to work finer detail into the polystyrene.
Use large bamboo skewers to join pieces of the polystyrene by inserting half the bamboo skewer into one piece and then forcing the other piece of polystyrene onto the protruding skewer.
I have made mini "cactus" from pieces of polystyrene and also made life size "cactus" for Theatre productions using this method of cutting and joining sections of polystyrene and then layering triangles of newspaper over the foam.
You need to use PVA glue for the first layer of paper over the polystyrene as the wallpaper paste will not cling enough and will make the paper too wet to stay in place.
Sometimes it helps to use some cheap packaging tape to wrap the polystyrene shape rather like a "mummy" to hold it all together before beginning the paper mache' work.
I have cut and shaped pieces of plystyrene into heads with a rough shape of a face on them.
Anchor the head shape onto a piece of dowel and insert it into an empty plastic bottle that you have filled with sand so it is heavy and stable.
Tape the dowel to the bottle neck so it will not slip or move as you work on it.
Cover the head and the bottle with paper mache' using the triangles of newspaper and spreading the glue by hand smoothing it down so no air bubbles are between the pieces of paper and you have not got excess glue between the paper pieces.
As you work on the face you can build up the features by cutting pieces of cardboard and papering them into place, or by building up more layers of paper in the area you want to bulk up.
Torn strips of material, offcuts of knitting wool, string, plumbers hemp, short lengths of rope that have been "teased" out so that they are loose fibres, can be used for "hair" or eyebrows on the head, or for moustaches and beards if they are going to be masculine.
The head can then be decorated in character.
It could be a Pirate, a Marine, Super Hero, Moviestar, Spaceman, Racing Car Driver, Alien, whatever the imagination decides.
Hope this gives you a few projects to try.
Have fun!


7 years ago