‘Spring ahead!’ What exactly does this mean? No, no technically we all know what this means. That’s not what I’m talking about.
Have you ever wondered that these 2 words could metaphorically and symbolically represent so many different things (Insert mind boggled expression here)! What better way to begin spring than by finding out new uses of age-old items.
For me it was trying to find out a new way to use a boring household item artistically. I picked our good ol’ friend the ‘aluminium foil’ or ‘wrap’ for this challenge. So where does aluminium foil belong? If you said ‘kitchen’, booooo. Get creative!
Take your guesses. What would you use aluminium wrap for other than:
- Wrapping Food / other items
- Covering dishes in the oven
- Using it in the kitchen
Think outside the box or the kitchen in this case (Insert loud giggle).
Ok, ok I used it to create an abstract elephant / Ganesha glass painting piece. It was painstakingly slow to create this, but the end result will hopefully have you rushing to your kitchen to get some wrap and get down to business!
I began with a 11 x 14 piece of glass, which I accidentally broke trying to clean. So be cautious and make sure you don’t cut yourself trying to do artwork. Luckily I had an extra piece of glass because I always buy extra art supplies (I would buy the entire Michaels if I was there long enough)…..
Always begin with a sketch. I sketched out my design on my sketch pad using a pencil and erased quite a bit. Remember those days of pencils and erasers…. Yea, I still do that!
Position the glass on top of your sketch and trace it out with a glass liner.
To make the sketch pop I painted areas of the open glass with some acrylic paint.
Initially I was going to make my own frame for this. But after the mishap of breaking glass I figured I’d buy the frame and then make it into my own with some trim. So there were some trips to Home Depot,some painting and some modge-podging involved.
I got lucky with the frame and was able to find one that matched the size of glass. Perfecto mundo! But you want to do this step in the reverse order of what I did – i.e. buy the frame first. Duh me!
Enter ‘Aluminium Foil’ the star of this blog post! Tadaaaa. Scrunch up the aluminium foil first and then un-scrunch it. Then place it behind the glass to give a crackle texture. Depending on the amount of scrunch you’ll get different kinds of textures.
And voila! The mighty elephant hangs loud and proud up on the wall to welcome all things beautiful into life…..
I think it turned out AWESOME! What do you think?
Your turn. What new things have you welcomed in your arts and crafts life this season? Let me know in the comments below.
Until next time,