Hi! The name's Tom and today I started my (sure to be) illustrious crafting career! Heh. But anyway - I've watched DM Scotty's tutorials for a while now and today decided "heck why not, you know you wanna", so during my lunch break I wandered into my local Wilko's and lone behold they have all the basics and then some. I've spend my evening getting to grips ('scuse the pun) with a box cutting knife on a box I nabbed from the "to recycle" pile at work in an attempt to build some ruins Scotty-style.
Hours later, I have myself three "starting-to-look-good" 's; however I'm running into some trouble with my black basecoat! Not sure where to post to ask such questions - but basically I got some cheap £1 bottles of kid's paint to try out, result is that the paint is rather wet and so warps the carboard ever so slightly, without giving much of a good coating (I'm hoping further layers will fix this? Does any kind crafter here know, or know where I can find out, how to ensure my basecoat finds purchase? I'm tempted by black spray paint (which I'm guessing works) but as I live in a small studio flat there is a risk of nauseating myself/redecorating the sofa.
Oh and p.s I tried to make my own flock from green paint and 'normal' pencil sharpenings - as opposed to the finer stuff Scotty finds - I have one of those mini bullet blenders and that kinda helped break it down further, hopefully once I have something to flock we'll see how the coarse green flock looks!
Looking forward to learning crafting with/from you all in the future!
Love, Tom (also known as Parataze to literally no one but himself)
If you are using paint meant for kids, it may be tempera paint, not acrylic, which is much wetter in effect and is more likely to exacerbate warping. Black acrylic paint should work OK as a base coat - spray paint is simply a bit faster and able to be put on a bit thinner.
The other possible reason for your problem is that you may be using single-layer corrugated cardboard, which warps much more easily than cardboard with two layers of corrugation. In the USA, double-layer cardboard is mostly used for boxes for large appliances like refrigerators or cookers. Once in a while it is used for a smaller shipping box for something particularly heavy - I got some that way when I ordered a folding wagon.
You could try your local appliance store to see if they have boxes scheduled for recycling. Another possibility to reduce warping is to glue together 2 pieces of single-layer cardboard, with one layer rotated so the corrugations run in opposite directions. Obviously, it is easier to get the double-layer corrugated cardboard if you can.
Thanks Margaret! Taking a closer look they do say "washable" and that does make sense that they would have a higher water content. I am infact using double corrugated cardboard so it is likely the paint that is the issue, but that cross-corrugation gluing tip is great! Will definitely be using that thankyou
Welcome to the forum! Spray paint is definitely the way to go, but you don't really want to do it inside. When I lived in NYC in a small apartment, I did all my spray painting on the fire escape. Of course one strong gust of wind and the neighborhood kids would be able to run there own D&D game with terrain. You would also want to be careful to not block the fire escape path either.
Be sure to show pictures of your creations for the rest of us! Welcome aboard!
It didn't work, but it gave us ideas, took us in new directions. Things we would've never thought of. -Miles Dyson
Thanks Curufin! I'll keep that in mind I 've gotten myself some acrylic paints and have just repainted the prototypes! Alas I have no construction sand, but that can be added later - looking forward to showing you all whatever this turns out to be!
Construction sand is cheapest in the long run, but if you are living in an apartment, I assume you don't have much storage space. If you have the equivalent of a dollar store nearby, you may be able to get packets of sand in the flower arrangement section. That material won't give you as much variety in grain size as the construction sand, but the packets are smaller and easier to store.
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