CD SLEEVES

CREATIVE CRAFTS/ART

Year 5 to 9 - Working time: approximately 4 to 6 double lessons

TASK AND MOTIVATION

"Coloured paper" is understood to be paper which... is produced and supplied as raw paper, which has subsequently been made "colourful" on special machines or by hand by dyeing, brushing or other processes, thus being embellished, refined." 


August Weichelt: Coloured Paper Production, Berlin 1927, P. 1.

Colourful, i.e. designed paper, has been produced for many centuries for various uses, for example for book bindings. Well-known museums preserve historical coloured paper in their collections. Artists such as Paul Klee and Max Ernst used coloured paper techniques in their work, and, even today, there are artists who use coloured paper.

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LEARNING PRIORITIES

  • Get to know and implement simple methods of surface structure
  • Observe basic design principles and design elements (light-dark contrast, colour, proportions, achievable structure)
  • Experiment with different design material (paints/paint types)
  • Develop creativity in designing patterns
  • Further develop designed decorative papers
  • Select specific materials for the workpiece (observe the properties of paper and cardboard)
  • Carefully plan the work steps and the appropriate design
  • Prepare the workspace in a judicious and ergonomic way, clean it before leaving
  • Work cleanly, carefully and accurately: measure, mark, separate, laminate (possibly in partner or teamwork)
  • Use and implement written work instructions in a specific manner
  • Value self-made papers

Expectations of competency

  • Bring ideas and arguments into teamwork in an effective and appreciative way 
  • Analyse materials with regard to how they can be used 
  • Develop unconventional processes for the displacement of the colour paste and thus create structures and patterns 
  • Develop imagination in the choice of materials and tools for surface design 
  • Justify the selection using technical language and with an explanation of the established criteria 
  • Assess the work Reflect work aspects
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Material and resources

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Step-by-step plan

Design process 1: Design paper

I. MAKE STARCH PASTE 
MAKE STARCH PASTE

sTEP 1

Measure a portion of starch and five parts of water.

MAKE STARCH PASTE

Step 2

Stir the starch with a portion of cold water until smooth.

MAKE STARCH PASTE

Step 3

Bring the remaining water to the boil in a kettle and stir into the stirred starch. Beat well with a whisk so there are no lumps. The starch becomes glazed and very thick.

MAKE STARCH PASTE

Step 4

Allow the starch mix to cool overnight. Stir intensively with the whisk and then blend with the blender until no lumps are left and the paste looks smooth.

II. SETTING UP WORKSPACES
SETTING UP WORKSPACES

Step 1

Cover the material table with plastic film and additionally with newspaper. Prepare: starch paste, ladle, stirred dyes in screw-on glasses or other paints, plastic spoons and forks, plastic cups, brushes.

SETTING UP WORKSPACES

Step 2

Set up pupil workspaces: Cover the table with plastic film, place a thin layer of newspaper on top of it. Prepare: Beakers for coloured paste, brushes, paper, newspapers. Place the layers of the individual papers on top of each other.

  • Place the layers flat and smooth.
  • Place as many layers as there should be decorative papers. The construction is carried out from the bottom to the top, later work is carried out from top to bottom.
  • Write the name of the pupil on the underside of the untreated paper.
  • With beginners, use smaller paper sizes, e.g. DIN A4!

III. MIX THE COLOURED PASTE
MIX THE COLOURED PASTE

Step 1

Add 2 tablespoons of starch to a beaker.

MIX THE COLOURED PASTE

Step 2

Add up to 4 tablespoons of paint (mix a maximum of two shades!).

MIX THE COLOURED PASTE

Step 3

Stir the mixture thoroughly until it is even and smooth.

MIX THE COLOURED PASTE

Tip

Two partners (neighbours) share colours amongst themselves and with others.

PAINTS FOR PASTE PAPERS

PAINTS FOR PASTE PAPERS

All water-soluble paints are suitable for mixing with the self-made starch paste, for example wood dyes, batik paints, tinting paints, gouache paints.

IV. APPLY PASTE PAINT
APPLY PASTE PAINT

Step 1

Firmly apply the brush with solid pressure to the paste paint.

APPLY PASTE PAINT

Step 2

Put the brush in the paste again and change direction when applying: short side - long side - short side.

V. PATTERN DESIGN

The patterns are produced by displacement, in which the paste is displaced by the paper, which is initially coloured completely across the entire surface.

Please note: 

  • Monochrome patterns achieve a nice, quiet effect. 
  • Multi-coloured patterns require practice. 
  • Patterns must always be worked all the way to the edge. 
  • The size of the samples should be adapted to the paper size.

Design options:

  • Displacement patterns: Brush patterns into the paint application using brushes, sticks, fingers, spatulas, combing, stamping, sponges, paint rollers etc. The patterns then give a view of the paper background.

Displacement techniques: 

  • Cloud paste paper: Using "fingers" (in disposable gloves), "mould" clouds into the paste. 
  • Stamp printing: Remove the paste again with a pattern stamp or model or roller. 
  • Edge pattern: Press or drag with the edge of a cardboard strip. 
  • Comb patterns: With ready-made or self-made combs, make wave lines, straight lines, prongs, bows, spirals, propellers, circles, leaves, strands, braid patterns or squiggles, straight, diagonally or in a check pattern.

Aleatical method/random technique:

  • Extraction technique (also offset technique, décalcomanie): "Clap" two sides (at least one of them worked) against each other, work one of the reverse sides and separate the sheets.

VI. COMPLETION

COMPLETION

Step 1

Add 2 tablespoons of starch to a beaker.

COMPLETION

Step 2

Add up to 4 tablespoons of paint (mix a maximum of two shades!).

COMPLETION

Step 3

Stir the mixture thoroughly until it is even and smooth.

Design process 2: Cover work

I. BOOK SPINE
BOOK SPINE

Step 1

Process the book spine: Coat the fabric strip (16 cm x 5 cm) thinly and evenly with UHU Wood Glue and place it on the working surface. Position the back of the card in the middle on the fabric strip and press firmly. Place the spacer (0.5 cm wide cardboard strip), allow the book cover to nudge (observe the direction of rotation) and to rub. Repeat with the second book cover. Tuck the fabric strip by means of the folding leg and push into the "joint". Turn and rub well with a soft cloth.

BOOK SPINE

Step 2

Thinly coat the inner fabric strip (11.5 cm x 5 cm), evenly spread out with the soft cloth and press firmly. Carefully bring the joints forward and deepen.

II. PREPARATION OF THE UPHOLSTERY
PREPARATION OF THE UPHOLSTERY

Step 1

Divide: Place the coating paper onto the work surface with the reverse side facing up. Place the cardboard on top The cover paper overlaps the fabric strip on the book spine by 0.5 to 1 cm (dashed line). Lightly trace the outline of the cardboard with a pencil. For the inlay, mark an addition with the 2 cm wide template on each side on three sides. Alternatively, calculate the paper size and mark it with the ruler and set square. Cut to size.

PREPARATION OF THE UPHOLSTERY

Step 2

Use the template to mark squares at the corners. Take care to draw and measure accurately. Mark the section at an angle of 45 degrees, but do not add directly to the cardboard corner, but add the 1½-fold cardboard thickness. If too much is cut away, the inlay does not completely cover the corner!

PREPARATION OF THE UPHOLSTERY

Step 3

Cut away the corners.

III. COVERING WORK
COVERING WORK

Step 1

Coat the overcoat paper on the clean underlay with diluted UHU Wood Glue in a star form within the marking. Clean work: Avoid glue marks outside the marked area and, if they occur, wipe off immediately. Cardboard: 13 cm x 12.5 cm

Calculation of the paper size: Width: 13 + 2 - 0.5 = 14.5 cm Height: 12.5 + 2 + 2 = 16.5 cm Paper: 14.5 cm x 16.5 cm 8

COVERING WORK

Step 2

Place cardboard exactly and press by hand. Carefully rub on the front side with the cloth.

COVERING WORK

Step 3

Coat the inlay with wood glue. Pick up the work, fold the underlay and replace it with a clean underlay.

COVERING WORK

Step 4

At the edge of the table, first press the upper edge, then the lower edge, and press with the cloth.

COVERING WORK

Step 5

Press the corners with your fingernail.

COVERING WORK

Step 6

Fold the side edges inwards. Check glue and wipe away if necessary. Rub with the folding leg.

COVERING WORK

Step 7

Glue the coloured paper mirrors (12 cm x 11.5 cm) 0.5 cm from the edge.

COVERING WORK

Step 8

On the mirrors, glue on a felt point with UHU All Purpose Adhesive Extra. The felt pads serve as brackets for the CDs.

Annelene Seidl

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©2016 UHU GmbH & Co. KG, Bühl (Baden) and Elke Fox. Editor: Elke Fox. Picture credits see page 2.