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September 13, 2014

More NatGeo Magazine Art

In our People's Resource Center class, we've spent the last 4 weeks creating, and then further altering, pages from National Geographic magazines using the CitraSolv technique.  Read more about that, here.

Now, in upcoming classes, we'll be taking the magazine art in a different direction.  By cutting strips, and either rolling them on a diagonal or folding and weaving them, you can get some pretty cool creations.  Cover boxes, cover picture frames, or use a form to make a 'vase', there are a lot of possibilities.  It takes a little patience and some tacky glue, but I've finished some samples that I'd like to share.

As you can see, I've done both rolled strips and folded strips for weaving.  I was especially happy with how the one that was just black and white text pages turned out.  It uses 1 inch strips, folded.  Really like it!

In the next example, I used some of the altered CitraSolv pages.  I purposely chose some of the 'uglier' pages that were just brownish that were kind of leftovers from the class, nobody was giving them any love.  I love how it looks woven, very stone-like or marble-y.  Totally redeemed the 'ugly' pages.  I topped it with a trio of buttons.  These were also 1 inch strips, folded.
I was lucky enough to find an article about sharks that had a lot of blue-toned photos.  This box uses wider strips, about 2.5 inches or so, folded.  I love the monochromatic feel to this.

The hardest piece to do was the rolled circle vase.  It took quite a long time.  I recommend that you be watching a good movie on TV while doing this!  First you have to roll the strips.  Then you flatten then, and wind them around a straw or pencil to the diameter that you want.  I used tacky glue to hold all the circles together, over a yogurt container 'mold' which was covered with plastic wrap.  It's small; not sure I have the stamina to do one much larger.
Finally, here's a larger shot of a box covered in the rolls.  I selected earth tone pages for this box lid and glued the rolls on a diagonal.
Hope you enjoyed these!