Sunday, September 21, 2008
portable art studio: a tutorial
I discovered this vintage book at my mother's barn and instantly read it from cover to cover. It turns out that this original copy is the very same one that my grandmother used in her nursery school. You can imagine how deliriously happy I was to hold it in my hands...to be able to use it with my children, and to share with all of you. Last week I left you with thoughts on creating art out in nature.
My new (vintage) book contains plans for constructing a portable table top easel out of an old box. How perfect for taking out to the picnic table...I couldn't wait to try it. I also wanted to design a recycled art caddy that could tuck into the easel for storage. I used a milk carton!
I'm so excited about the outcome and my resident artist confirmed that this traveling art studio is a hit. Both the easel and caddy can be assembled with minimal effort and supplies from your recycling bin. Wonderful for any age: three to adult!
EASEL PLANS AND INSTRUCTIONS:
-I modified the original plans. I'm sure you could make this in a larger size without having to do too much math. Start by copying my drawn image onto a piece of cardboard in pencil.
-Using an x-acto knife and straight edge, cut along the black lines and score along the dotted lines.
-Fold along all scored sides and tape securely...I love white duct tape. Here's the original picture...similar to what you will create.
TUTORIAL FOR A MILK CARTON CADDY:
1. Gather a clean and empty milk carton, duct tape, and scissors.
2. Open top of carton.
3. Detach spout (if there is one).
4. Fold top flat.
5. Turn carton on its side and tape around the entire bottom. Make sure to secure the opening first.
6. Cut out a center handle. This will be the first rough cut.
7. Leaving the handle intact, cut off the top portion of the carton to create the caddy. Shape your handle and trim any jagged edges.
8. Cover entire outside of carton in duct tape for increased stability and a uniform look.
To continue with our recycled theme, I used baby food jars for the paints and a small tin can for pencils.
This project combines some of my favorite things... upcycling, portability, and art. Hope you enjoy it too!