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Antidigger
« on: February 16, 2011 04:44:51 AM »

Not high tech, not fine detail, but if you just want something to splosh about with and don't want to have to clean your brush later, or you don't have access to your brushes.

Ingredients:
A piece of scrap paper. I find I can make 3 brushes from 1 page of A4 (roughly letter size).
A tiny snippet of paper 5cm by 3cm ish, very ish.
Scissors
tape
Optional, something to roll around.

1. Take your piece of paper and cut it to the length you think you want your brush to be, the wider the piece of paper, the fatter the brush.

2. Along the long edge, start cutting little strips, so you end up with a fringe. The longer your strips are, the more re-uses your brush will have.


3. Roll up your fringed piece of paper and secure with tape.


4. Take your snippet of paper and roll around the brush and secure (to itself only) with tape, so it slides up and down the brush.


5. Remove the thing (if any) that you rolled around.

6. Slide the snippet towards the brush end until you have just enough fringed bits to use as a brush.


7. Use.

8. Cut off the bit that you used and slide the snippet back down the brush til your fringed bits are long enough to use again.

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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2011 05:16:38 AM »

Love it! This would be a great option for small kids who aren't into fine detail anyway:D
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2011 06:00:11 AM »

very creative solution!
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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2011 06:52:55 AM »

What a fantastic idea! Kudos Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2011 08:46:37 AM »

What a great idea! I featured this project on Craftster's Facebook page today. Thanks for sharing.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2011 09:46:59 AM »

Thank you so much. That is incredibly flattering for something I knocked up to get me out of a hole.
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« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2011 10:30:03 AM »

These are great! When I was little, my mom taught me to make fine paintbrushes out of my hair, but they were only good for smaller watercolor work or details!  I wish we had thought of this!
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« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2011 12:44:52 PM »

Very cool idea! the sliding device is genius!

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« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2011 06:36:08 PM »

GENIUS!  Thanks!
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« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2011 10:20:20 AM »

Very interesting! Did it work ok? I'd think that it would be hard to control, and probably not last long... What a creative thing for you to do!
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