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CC: Collage-a-Coaster
Group:Creative Collage
Swap Coordinator:Angie (contact)
Swap categories: Crafts  Art  Mail Art 
Number of people in swap:4
Location:International
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:February 10, 2014
Date items must be sent by:February 26, 2014
Number of swap partners:1
Description:

Hop on board the Collage-a-Coaster roller coaster!

Get a a paper bar coaster and turn it into a piece of collage art.

This is sender's choice.

The coaster can be any shape (they usually run around 4" in size) and you can art it up using any medium(s) and embellishments you wish as long as you also use collage. You can add a way for hanging it on the wall if you want (but it's not required).

Just remember to be artful and use collage and have fun!

Feel free to try to send this naked (be sure to include extra postage probably first class stamp plus the 21 cents hand cancelling surcharge for US) or put it in an envelope to mail. Be sure to include the swap info so your partner can rate you.



The swap graphic is of 4 coasters by Suzan Trocke at Flickr



Disclaimer: once again, totally ripping this off from Steph - an artist being appreciated and copied in her lifetime.

Discussion

FiWebster 01/31/2014 #

This is a great idea! Hanging the coaster on a wall is certainly one thing that can be done with it, but let me suggest another: turning it into a coaster that can be used as a coaster. There's more than one way to do that, but let suggest this: give the coaster a nice thick finish with multiple coats (I think three would do) of clear acrylic spray. The one I like is Krylon, which is available in the spray paint section of crafts stores such as Michael's. It comes in multiple types: matte, satin, glossy, etc. The one I prefer, because it allows the clearest possible view of one's artwork, is the glossiest of all, the one called Clear Glaze. (The full name of it is Triple-Thick Crystal Clear Glaze.) I use it on most of my postcards. I especially like it because it doesn't interfere in any way with ink (such as rubber stamp ink or markers or whatever) or paint.

The only mild disadvantage it has is this: if you have collage elements that are thin paper with a prominent background behind them, the spray may make the paper somewhat translucent, so that the background shows through a bit. The thinner your coats, the less likely it is to happen. (And it doesn't have to be a disadvantage, of course: sometimes it can look very cool.) I don't want to get too complicated in this comment, but I have come up with a good solution for the translucency problem: if you're interested in hearing about that solution, either ask in this thread or drop me a line, and I'll tell you what it is. =smile=

crescendo 02/ 1/2014 #

OOh those coasters are so cool! I love this idea of making usable art for seeing every day! Maybe clear UTEE would work as a coating?

user6937 02/17/2014 #

I'd be interested in hearing your solution. I'm going to the States on Wed and will be doing a bit of shopping for crafts.

user6937 02/18/2014 #

I used UTEE and I like the look. Certainly wouldn't use it for a coaster, though - all the booze would run like off a duck's back :)

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