What is all the fuss about Styrofoam?
Then I started thinking about how many years I have been doing projects to re-purpose foam. I remember my dad built us a foam cutting machine when we were kids and we made all sorts of decorations for Christmas and Birthdays. I also used it in college on an impromptu sign I made for our Psychology club, which won us first place for booth decor, ahem, ahem, I don't want to brag but we even beat the Architecture club and their complex wooden structure.
Mine was very light and portable. I used discarded posters and pieces of foam from packaging that I found at my work-study office.
I have created a category called FOAM HOME for all sorts of ideas for reusing this thing we keep calling Styrofoam and is known in Spanish as corcho blanco or unicel -- which are great search words just in case you want to expand your images, projects, and ideas.
I know my limits.
Let's start the year with quick, small, manageable projects.
This project was fast because I used whatever I found at the discounted-oops-paint-shelf. Nothing helps speed things up like having a limited color assortment to choose from.
This project involved a desire to get rid of something cumbersome from
a large parcel I received. Something I don't like: Styrofoam.
I try to stay away from foam knowing that it is not biodegradable and won't even be collected by most recycling facilities, so instead of throwing it away, this is what I did with a large piece of packaging foam, a can of black paint, and a can of yellow paint that I got for 50 cents each.
Easy drawing subject: a circle for the body, a circle for the head, and a circle for a giant eye.
I think the ragged edges and porous-looking surface of the foam add character.
This really was a fun, fast project, and even though it's large scale it's extremely inexpensive, so much that I still have a lot of paint leftover. Let's see what more can be done with black & yellow.