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BRICK (Page 1)

 

Class by Carol Jones

Supplies

Egg cartons or drink holders, various colours
Polyfilla or Spackle
Chalks or Paints
Metal ruler
Xacto Knife
Scissors
Tacky Glue
Matte Mod Podge
Matte Sealer - brush-on or Spray
Measuring stick 3/16� thick, 2-2� long
Sgraffitto tool or pen which has run out of ink
Syringe
Palette Knife
Tweezers
Scissors
Pencil
Brushes

Step 1A
Select egg cartons or beverage containers.  They come in various shades of tan, buff or yellow.  If you are painting them solidly, then it won�t matter which colour you choose.  However, if you are chalking and allowing the natural colour to come through, you won�t want too many yellow.

Step 1B
There are different textures to the egg cartons.  This is good as it will give you variety and will all blend in the finished product.

Step 2
Cut the cartons apart, keeping the flat surfaces aside.  Some of the flat areas chosen may be small; this doesn�t matter, as you will be cutting them even smaller to make bricks.

Step 3
Chalks come in either stick form or softer chalk is in a case.  The softer chalk can be purchased at a ceramic outlet.

Step 4
For the stick form, scrape a bit of each colour off on to separate pieces of wax paper.  The colours used for the class were grey, black, dark brown and red-brown.  They look different depending on what colour the egg carton was to begin with.

Step 5
Using a stiff brush, or a cloth, apply the chalks to the egg carton.  For the colour of the sample, you want the egg carton colour to show through. Don�t be afraid to chalk one colour on top of another.  You could get a similar effect by dry-brushing, as per Step 6.

Step 6
Colours can be dry-brushed by putting colour on your brush, and then removing most of it on paper toweling before scrubbing it into the egg carton. 
If you want more solid coverage, you could use paint.  I would suggest that you either dry brush or paint on top of solid colours so that it isn�t so stark.

Step 7
Using a metal ruler, cut the egg carton into strips 3/16� wide

Step 8
Cut the strips into bricks 5/8� in length.
You may notice that some of the bricks are thicker, especially the yellow ones.  The egg carton is made in layers, so just peel away a couple of layers.

Step 9
Put all the bricks into a container and shake up the container so that all the colours are mixed up.  Do not be concerned that the colours look stark at this point.  It will be wonderful once they�re all glued in place.

Step 10
Paint your house, roombox, pathway or item to be covered in brick, the same colour as you will want the grouting between the bricks to be when finished.  I chose to have grey grouting, so my background was painted grey.  Apply a matte sealer when finished, either brush-on or spray.

Step 11

Mark increments of half inch or whatever measurement you want.  The measurement itself isn�t important, this is just a guideline for you to follow when applying your bricks to make sure they are straight and so that you don�t end up going uphill with your rows.

If you are doing a pathway, draw your design area out on paper first, and then trial fit your bricks if they are to be placed in a design.  For this tutorial, we�ll just cover a wall.


Srep 12
With a brush, apply white glue to your wall for a couple of inches, Starting on the left hand side at the bottom of the building, apply white glue to your wall with a brush, for a couple of inches.  Then place a brick making it flush with the corner.

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