Abstract Art


 C just recently finished a piece of abstract art for my husband's birthday
and she had so much fun,
 all 3 of us decided to work on one together!

The girls started off by dripping and brushing rubber cement all over a canvas
When the rubber cement was dry
 I placed a few coffee filters on the canvas
we dripped food coloring onto the filters
then sprayed them with water until the edges began to fall
(It doesn't take much water for that to happen)
When the coffee filters are dry their edges will be pulled off the canvas
and they should be easily removed.
If not, then they're probably still a little damp.
 Start the process all over again layering more coffee filters over the canvas
Repeat until you have an amazing design that you love!
We did it 3 times

This was such a fun process, with beautiful results!
I was thinking that maybe we didn't really need the rubber cement resist
but when we rubbed it all off we found lovely brush strokes where a bit of the coloring bled through
The layering of the coffee filters really added nice depth to the picture as well as creating neat little lines of mixed colors
 Here's our finished piece of work,
Since we used the same food coloring that was used to create the other piece
they go together nicely
I see an abstract flower on the right side, do you?
 And as a bonus, we now have dyed coffee filters to use for another project!

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21 comments:

  1. Wow ! This is Wonderful! I want to do this! Your husband is very lucky and I hope he appreciates his gift!

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    1. Thanks Melissa! He really does appreciate it, I love seeing his face when he sees some of the art the girls do while he's away at work.

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  2. Wow! I LOVE this. The process looks so beautiful and engrossing. I have to find some coffee filters. We don't get those here easily... :(

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    1. Rashmie, I didn't realize that coffee filters would be difficult to come by! Maybe you'd be able to find something similar? A thin piece of fabric or some sort of gauze?

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  3. How fun! I can't wait to try this out! Great idea!

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    1. Thanks! Please share a picture if you do it! :)

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  4. WOW! Really great idea! My daughter will love this. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Kimber! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Oh boy ... this is my kind of art! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome Sheryl! Thanks for visiting!

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  6. Beautiful! I have a bottle of rubber cement that we have not used! After buying it, I saw warning on the bottle like inflammable, use in highly ventilated area and have not used it. How comfortable were you using them with kids? Please let me know I want to try a project with my daughter!

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    1. Oh Esther, thank you for asking! This is something I didn't think to mention in the post but I guess I should have. We used the rubber cement outside where it is definitely well ventilated and I held the bottle for them by my side and away from their faces.
      I would definitely only use it outside, that stuff is strong!

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  7. Wow! This turned out really neat!! I love the layers!

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  8. What an awesome effect! I bet that was fun. I love that you are saving the coffee filters for something else :)

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  9. Do you think this could be done on white t-shirts(without the rubber cement)? That would make for a really cool dyed shirt

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    1. I'm pretty sure you could do this with t-shirts. We used food coloring and that seems to stain clothes no problem! The only thing is that it would probably fade over time with all the washings, unless you hand wash and hang to dry.

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  10. do you rub/peel off the rubber cement after its all done? I didnt quite understand about rubbing it off and finding brush marks...thanks, I love this idea!

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    1. Yes Pam, we rubbed all the rubber cement off after the whole canvas was dry :)

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  11. hi! I was wondering if this would work with anything other than food dye? also, would it work with white school glue or white crayons or even white oil pastels?

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    1. Honestly, I don't know.
      I'm going to say watercolors would probably work. School glue would leave raised shapes on the canvas and may even soak up the color, but crayon or pastel should work fine

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