styrofoam art

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My Twenty One Pilots themed cake for my fondant class final! In total I think I spent around 48 hours on all the details and yes, all the decorations are edible.

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caught by the fuzz in the stupidest ways (takes him back to the infinitentiary days)

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Yesterday my kindergarten students rocked out some styrofoam scratch-printing with markers!

After introducing and demonstrating the steps for this activity, I told them that I’d be around to help, but they would have to experiment to find the best way of making a clear print. I was really impressed at how independently they were able to do this project, which allowed for some authentic trial and error in the printing process.

Kids helped their neighbors determine just how damp the paper should be for an ideal print, if the paper or the styrofoam printing block worked best on top, and how hard to roll with the brayers. They’re such cooperative little dudes, I love them! 

This worked so well, we will be having a second printing session next week! Wooo! 

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My buddy Scott Woods shared these photos from his latest D&D campaign. Big parts of the terrain were handmade by him using things like old paint brush bristles for grass and broken pencils for signposts. The tower is made from an overturned Starbucks coffee cup (with the sleeve from the cup forming the battlement) and the square walls are just blue insulation, cut on a table saw and carved to suit.

Scott’s campaign was a short one, each of the players at their table take turns running their own adventure, but it looks amazing. Being a great visual artist really has its perks!

- Mo!

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So I finished my super top-secret art project! I had to wait until I gave bonusvampirus hers to post this because I didn’t want to ruin the surprise.

Miniature Night Vale Forbidden Dog Parks!

Super easy to make but someone has already requested a tutorial so I will get on that and let you know when it’s done =] Basically - little unfinished wooden fences (bought as is), lots of acrylic paint, Styrofoam, toothpicks and little art corks, remnant black fabric, preserved moss and diorama trees. 

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Decorative DIY Bean Balls

These little decorative ball thingies that they sell at overpriced home decor stores…you can cheaply and “sort of” easily make at home with

  • legumes/small beady material
  • styrofoam balls
  • a small glue gun

And that’s basically it. Just kick back on a Friday night, get a glass of whiskey, add a Netflix documentary marathon, and start gluing beans to balls.

Here I used adzuki, green soybeans, black beans, black eyed peas, pigeon peas and channa dal. You can use coffee beans, pistachio shells, whatever~ Protip: Mung beans are a little too small to handle IMO and anything bigger than cranberry beans are too big and bulky. Depending on the size of the ball, this will take you a few hours and possibly a few burned finger tips.

Update!

So so so so sorry for not posting for such a long time! My only excuse is that I have been very busy with college so I haven’t had any time to do anything at all. Fortunately summer has started and I started a project recently that I am hoping will be done soon. I do have summer school but I still have time for small projects every now and then that I will be posting here. 

I wanted to start making miniature scenes and I began with a fairly small cafe scene inspired by this

The artist’s Etsy shop can be found here.

I then drew up some measurements and came up with a small-sized scene. It’s about 4-in tall and 3.5-in wide.

I first worked on the floor. I wanted a cobblestone effect and found a tutorial on how to achieve that look using the poster board I am working with. Basically I peeled off the first layer of the poster board to reveal the Styrofoam underneath. I then carved the shape I wanted and painted it with acrylic paint. 

I wanted to try putting moss in between the cracks too so I decided to paint the cracks before covering it, but that didn’t work well. Instead I made cuts on the cracks and glue the moss inside them so that they cover the cracks well.

The next thing I did was to take care of the walls. I didn’t want to leave the walls plain and flat so I decided to add wood panels on them. I cut a sheet of balsa wood to the size of the walls, marked up equal widths for each “panel” and sanded the lines down to create “panels.” I repeated this for the two skinnier walls.

Leaving the top of the panel like that was odd looking so I decided to put a skinny stick of wood on top to give it a proper edge (I forgot what they were called, I’m sure you guys know what I’m talking about).

I then had to decide what color I should paint the walls with. I didn’t want it to be red like the inspiration I had. I was thinking of painting the walls blue and keeping the wood as is, but that wouldn’t have matched with the floor. In the end I painted the walls gold and the wood black. 

During the whole time I was making this project I was also binge-watching Friends on Netflix. 

When I was matching up the parts together the wood panels created a gap between the poster board walls. As a solution I sanded the inner sides of the panels down in an angle to fit as much as possible. 

After the walls and floor was mostly done I decided to make a chair and table for the scene. It was my first time soldering metal wires together and I came up with this 

I have some practicing to do with soldering wires.

Granted that it was my first time I wasn’t too pleased, but also not disappointed. It ended up a little too big for my scene, but I will still include it. I paired it with a simple table and topped the chair with a wooden piece.

I still haven’t finished my scene, but I pieced them together and this is what I have so far

I’m planning on finishing the edges of the floor and the wall with a thin edge of wood. I’m also planning on inserting a clear plastic sheet for the window and painting a logo on it. 

Schoolwork has gotten in the way of crafting again so I’ve paused this project. I made this project in a span of 4-5 days. It isn’t too hard to do, it’s just time consuming. It was very fun making my own miniature scene and soldering wires for the first time. 

I am a bit surprised by what I have made so far and, honestly, I’m kind of scared to continue and mess up the work I’ve done. But if I keep thinking that, then I know I won’t make any progress on this. 

I’ll keep you guys updated on how this project turns out and hopefully soon.