Valentines Made from Paper from Your Shredder
This is a fun, easy project - a little like making cookies! I could hardly stand to throw away the paper after emptying the shredder, and one day I experimented with this project. Today I used paper from my paper shredder, along with some pink and purple blank paper that I had. I sometimes use pages of repeated words, i.e. Happy Valenine's Day, too. Use a very small font, and when shredded, the words will often appear in the finished Valentines.
The ingredients are pretty simple: white glue, shredded paper, and some paint. I used some red acrylic paint and added some Liquidtex iridescent pearlescent medium.I use about 5 parts water to 1 part white glue, then squirt in a little paint, and mix it up. Use your judgment.
Squeeze out the liquid and form in heart shapes, not too thick, about the thickness of a thin cookie. Use waxed paper or a large trash bag (nothing that will stick when dry). Allow to dry about 24 hours. After they are completely dry, peel off and put on a good quality cardstock for a beautiful, handmade piece of art! Try this at Christmas, too, with green paint and triangular tree shapes. I sometimes add gold paint as enhancements, also bows, glitter...use your imagination and have fun! Let me know about your results! Send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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