24 Playing cards turned into art...what a great way to "up-cycle" your husband's poker cards September 19 2015, 0 Comments

Each one of the 24 pictures below is a playing card that has been "up-cycled" into art. No two are alike and they all have a future plan (which will be shared in a future post). But for now...they are beautiful to look at "as is". I decided to do this project when I was researching Mixed Media techniques. I found that not only could I create as few or as many of them as I wanted to, I could use up my scrap pieces of paper and left over paint on my palette. Learning to use up everything so that nothing is wasted is a challenge and one that this project screams for.  I think I'm hooked on making "Playing Card Art". Mostly because the colors and the ideas that end up on the cards are so unbelievably unlimited...that it's just really so much fun to make. 

Oh, and as for the title of this blog and referring specifically to up-cycling the hubby's poker cards, of course we would never do a thing like that, now would we???


If you wondered what it was that made all of these happen, it's just sitting down with all the different art mediums you own and creating whatever comes to mind. I wanted to use acrylic paints, watercolors, stamps, embossing powders, jewels/gems, markers, pens, papers, Gesso and Mod Podge. Here's the biggest tip if you decide that you want to try this on your own (which I highly recommend)...use Gesso on the surface applied with a palette knife to both sides of the card. It'll give you the "grip" you need before you apply your first layer of medium...whatever it be. Take your time, layering layer after layer of various art mediums on top of one another and enjoy creating something new.