Friday, April 8, 2011

Tutorial: Easy Graffiti Canisters

If you're looking for a way to bring a bit of organization to your studio without losing any of the creative chaos, try this idea. It's quick, inexpensive, and a great way to leverage your artwork, upcycle something you may already have, and personalize your workspace.

One of my favorite -- and most useful-- things in the studio is a wooden lazy susan from IKEA. On it sit a bunch of old baby formula cans, which hold many of my paintbrushes, beloved Sharpie poster paint markers, brayers, and whatnot. One of these days I'll get around to painting the lazy susan, but figured I'd tackle the cans first.

For this project, you will need:

  • Old canisters (from coffee, baby formula, Costco-sized cans of veggies, etc.) 
  • Photocopies of your artwork. Try enlarging sections of your original work for interesting effects.
  • Aleene's Collage Pauge Instant Decoupage or other paper adhesive
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

1. Look through photocopies of your work and decide which would go well together. Don't be surprised if it's a combination you never thought would! This is also a great way to use up paper scraps. 

2. I love the look of alphabet stencils, and wanted to incorporate the one on this enlarged photocopy of my original work in this project. Because the canister I was working with was large, it was easy to work with a large photocopy. Wrap the photocopy around the canister to get a better idea of which areas you'd like to highlight, and other areas you may want to cover. Then, measure the photocopy and cut to fit. 

3. Apply Collage Pauge or other adhesive to the back of the photocopy and spread with a foam brush. I preferred using Collage Pauge for this project because it has a thinner consistency and quick drying time. 

4. Wrap the photocopy around the canister and smooth. Because I wanted to add texture, I chose to leave the paper "wrinkles" in. 

5. Rip pieces off other, contrasting photocopies of your work and collage them onto areas of the canister.  Experiment with different textured looks and colors. When you are happy with your new design, finish by sealing entire surface with Collage Pauge.


Here's another example. For this one, I chose another background derived from the same original work. However, I'd photocopied it in a different color. To provide contrast, I incorporated brightly colored scraps of graffiti.   

Done, and done! 

1 comment:

JessiVille said...

O.K., can you say "fab-u-lous"? I can't wait to do this! Your graffiti art you chose for this project is soooo cool. Love, love, love! Thanks for sharing it. xox