The other day I had a ton of errands to run with/for my nieces. However, I knew there would be some lag time between a few of them that I wanted to use to work on my altered playing cards. I considered lugging a bunch of supplies with me, but that just didn't sound appealing at all. As well, I knew I had a few items to pick up at the Dollar Tree. So, I decided to challenge myself to create at least one playing card with supplies I got there. Here are the supplies I grabbed.
I did have a few of my gesso-ed playing cards with me, and let myself use items that were laying around my mom's house (where I waited between errands).
To start, I painted the card.
From out of the paper recycling I pulled a piece of newspaper - the game section. Using the glue stick, I stuck the find-a-word onto my card and trimmed the edges with the scissors.
Since it was the brush strokes that bothered me in the first go-round, I decided to use my finger to rub the paint onto the card this time.
From there, I used the permanent markers to make random marks on the card.
There were some really cute images in the activity book I bought. However, the colors just didn't seem to mesh with the color palette on the card. Instead, I turned to the stickers for a focal image.
I fixed that with a black marker, outlining the sticker to separate it.
I think working with just a few supplies can sometimes inspire me more than having a whole craft room full of options. As well, this just goes to show you that it doesn't have to cost you a bundle to make some fun art.
I love being frugal and finding supplies for only a buck. Do you have any favorite craft supplies from the dollar store?
Dollar Tree Altered Playing Card Self-Challenge
Labels: altered, challenge, craft supplies, frugal, mixed media, papercraft
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Hope, this is faburrific! I've sent your URL to my daughter. She will love it, too! Hope to see you soon!ReplyDelete
Kim, You are so sweet. Thanks for sharing the link. I do hope she likes it. I'm having fun working on these little canvases, but often have to remind myself that they don't have to be perfect. I'm just using them as creative kickstarts for larger projects. It seems to be working well to as I've gotten so much accomplished here lately! Thanks again for dropping in and for sharing.Delete
Chris likes to buy the colored metal wire in the floral section. He uses it for all kinds of things. I like the idea of using playing cards as a "canvas." I personally like doing small scale work as I find a big empty canvas so much more intimidating.ReplyDelete
Oh yeah. . .I've got several packages of that wire myself. However, I've only ever made Fall pumpkins with them (I think there's a blog post somewhere that shares them). They were so easy. As for the small scale work, I totally get that. Though, I'm working my way up to larger pieces eventually!Delete