Tuesday, July 18, 2017

How to Make Homemade Plastic Art Combs - Part 3 of 7 - Bottle Top Scraper

Fig.1 Juice bottle
By Gary Boutin

Tools and Supplies:
Art paper
Aviation cutters
Plastic bottles (Including water bottles)
Plastic fruits containers
Utility knife (with sharp new blades)

Art Combs are used for kid's art and provides unique patterns for the artist. Need that extra special texture or pattern, create your own art combs by using material already in your home. This post shows how easy to make, use the art combs including tested it on watercolor paper to test its effectiveness.

This post shows four steps to make homemade inexpensive art combs from a clear juice bottle.

Step 1: Fig.1 shows the empty clean juice bottle that will be used to create this bottle top scraper. Fig.2 and fig.3 shows the juice container being transformed into a plastic bottle top scraper art comb. Fig.2 show scissors was used to cut the top off the the bottle. Fig.3 shows the top is ready for trimming.
Fig.2 Cutting up the bottle
Fig.3 Separating Bottle Top
Step 2: Fig.4 through fig.7 shows the bottle comb being created. Fig.4 shows the start of the comb, fig.5 shows wide teeth cut out with scissors. Fig.6 shows a pattern cut on three sides and fig.7 shows sharp shark teeth.
Fig.4 Bottle Top with Cap
Fig.5 Juice bottle
Fig.6 Pattern on three sides
Fig.7 Shark teeth
Step 3: Fig.8 shows Acrylic paint. Fig.9 shows to douse the comb into the paint and stamp of scrape the water color paper. Fig.10 shows what the bottle top scraper pattern looks like on paper.
Fig.8 Acrylic paint
Fig.9 Scraping the paint
Fig.10 Scraping pattern
Step 4: Resolution: The bottle top scraper was sturdier than the clear combs. The problem was from the clear plastic and the paint would not stay on the comb. The comb was effective if dragged onto the paint and it was easy to clean up. But this tool is not going to be part of my painting toolbox. 

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