Monday, September 16, 2013

Haleighanna's Hands: Making a Motherboard

I have a lot of paper scraps. Instead of throwing them away, I hang onto them. A lot of them are too small to use in another project so inevitably, they take up valuable studio space (otherwise known as craft hoarding). I started creating "motherboards." A motherboard is simply glued paper scraps onto a single piece of scrap cardstock.

A motherboard can be used to make new art elements in scrapbooks, cards, art journals, and well, you get the picture. It's simple to do and can be done well a head of time. So let's get started.

Just a few materials are needed to make a motherboard.

Paper scraps (I usually try to stay in a color theme but there aren't any rules to this)
Glue stick
Scrap of cardstock
Paint brush
Acrylic paint

Step 1:Tear your larger scraps into strips or rectangles.

Step 2: Glue paper to cardstock. Do this without creating a pattern to add interest.

Step 3: Let dry. You now have a motherboard.

Step 4: Add a thin layer of acrylic paint to the motherboard to unify the color scheme. This is optional. You may want the different colors and textures.

I like to paint the paper to give it a more unified feeling.

A finished motherboard.

Another motherboard using ivory paint to unify it. I applied the paint and then wiped it off.

Below are a few photos of how I used the motherboard.

Used die cuts to create letters or shape for future projects.

Feature of an art journal page. 
Die cut letters for titles.

This is a great scrap or stash busting technique that will not only add interest to your paper projects but create unique backgrounds for your work!
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