Sunday, July 30, 2017

How to Make Homemade Plastic Art Combs - Part 6 of 7 - Rectangular and Small Combs

Fig.1 Empty jug
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 patterns for the artist paintings. Need that extra special texture or pattern, create your own art combs. This post shows how easy to make, use, and clean your own art combs. Each comb will be tested on watercolor paper to test its effectiveness.

This post shows five steps to make homemade inexpensive art combs from a clear juice container.

Step 1: Fig.1 through fig.4 shows the assembly of a large rectangular flat comb and a smaller curved comb. Fig.2 shows how the bottle was dismantled. Fig.3 shows the use of scissors to cut the combs. Fig.4 shows the making of the rectangular flat comb with a handle.
Fig.2 Dismantle juice jug
Fig.3 Use of scissors to cut 
apart the juice bottle
Fig.4 Making the 
rectangular flat comb
Step 2: Fig.5 and fig.6 shows two combs that were cut out and are ready to use.

Fig.5 The arrows shows 
the clear combs
Fig.6 Small rectangular comb
Step 3: Once the combs have been make its time to test them out. Fig.7 shows the acrylic paint is added to a paint tray. Fig.8 shows the paint is adhering to the rectangular comb. Fig.9 shows the use of the Ocean Spray sticker has the handle to place the comb on the watercolor paper. Fig.10 shows that once the paint is on the rectangular comb, push the painted part forward on the paper. Fig.11 shows a nice print of the rectangular comb.

Fig.7 Acrylic paint
Fig.8 Paint is adhering 
to the comb
Fig.9 Use the Ocean Spray 
Sticker handle
Fig.10 Push forward
Fig.11 It worked and a nice print too
Step 4: Fig.12 through fig.15 shows the test for the smaller combs. Fig.12 shows the little comb is placed into the paint and ready to apply to watercolor paper. Fig.13 shows the tips of the comb filled with paint. Fig.14 shows the transferring of paint to the watercolor paper. Fig.15 shows the paint is streaked on the paper.

Fig.12 Add paint
Fig.13 Paint on tips
Fig.14 Apply to the paper
Fig.15 Streaks on watercolor paper
Step 5: Fig.16 and fig.17 shows the application of paint and the results on watercolor paper.
Fig.16 Smaller rectangular comb
Fig.17 Paint on paper
Step 6: Fig.18 Washing and resolution: Washing all the combs were easier than realized. Earlier combs when they were clear plastic they would not clean easily. But this comb worked well on watercolor paper and the rectangular comb was added to my toolbox. The smaller one were not added they were just like paint scrapers.

Fig.18 Washing
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