I've always wanted to try "magazine strip art," where you cut magazine pages into little strips and then glue them down to form a silhouette.....if that doesn't make sense by the end of this post, then just search it on Pinterest or give it a Google. I figured it would be a pretty quick and easy project.
I like to try to make projects that someone would actually want to have in their home, so I tend to focus on a DC-centric theme. I designed the following template in my sad little graphics program - first I made the District of Columbia's flag, sized it to fit as the "E" in "LOVE" then overlaid it onto a clip art outline of DC.
I cut a piece of foam board to fit a 16"x20" shadow box frame, enlarged the template to the same size, and traced it onto the foam board. Then I cut about a billion quarter-inch strips of patterned craft paper (instead of magazine pages) in blue, red, and some gray, which the kids took turns glueing down with a glue stick to fill the background. I even made a mini version of the project so they knew what they were working towards, and they all seemed excited about it!
Next step: trace the template onto white poster board and cut it out to leave the negative space, layering it on top of the background.
To create some dimension I used leftover foam board and cut out a second poster board template to layer on top. That's when I tried to slice a large part of my finger off. Crafting can be dangerous! It's OK, I was due for a Tetanus booster anyway.
And here's the finished project!
Now I just hope someone besides me will buy it at the auction next month!