Translucent Word Collage
For this project, I used some pages from an extra book I had at home. You can use an old picture book from a garage sale or consignment shop, or find an image online and print it out on regular white printer paper. Just make sure your book page or printer paper isn’t coated with a glossy finish.
- A page from an old book, or an image printed out on paper
- Disposable aluminum baking pan
- Baby oil/mineral oil
- Small plastic cup or container to hold oil
- 2 paintbrushes
- Paper towels
- Old magazines
- Child-safe scissors
- Construction Paper
- Glue (or ModPodge)
Lay the book page or paper in the aluminum baking pan. Pour some baby oil into the small plastic container. Dip one of the paintbrushes into the baby oil and "paint" it onto the paper. The texture of the paper will immediately begin to change and will become translucent. Apply oil to both sides of the paper. Do not oversaturate the paper.
Take the paper out of the pan and lay it flat on a paper towel to dry overnight.
Look through the magazines with your children and help them cut out some images or words that they like. Use images for younger children, and words for older children. You can also cut out letters to form a name, or come up with your own words.
Arrange the letters, words, and/or pictures on a piece of construction paper. Using the second paintbrush and the glue or ModPodge, arrange and glue the magazine cutouts to the construction paper. Make sure they are arranged close together so they will be visible when you put the book page or printed image on top.
After the oil on the book page or paper has dried (preferably overnight), use the paintbrush to "paint" glue or ModPodge on top of the construction paper with the magazine cutouts. Gently lay the book page or paper on top and smooth it out from the top of the page to the bottom to get rid of any air bubbles.
Enjoy the process!
I love being able to see the words or pictures beneath the book page. It can be a great way of building confidence in older children through encouraging them to find adjectives from the magazines that describe them, or verbs based on their interests. Plus, it’s fun to watch the texture of the paper change with the oil!
You can also try using photographs, or even tape the paper to a window and use it as a sun catcher.
Robin Winningham is a mother and full-time artist in Charlotte, NC. She is also the owner of It’s an Art Party and specializes in mobile birthday art parties and art tutoring lessons for children ages 4 and up. Visit her website www.robinwinninghamart.com to see her artwork and check out http://www.itsanartparty.com to learn more about art parties and art lessons.