“Da Ta” Mosaic Art: 6/14/2009

Community Art Projects, DaTa Mosaic Mural

Today I created the set up for the “Da Ta” Mosaic Art for the Book Bin Window (Corvallis Store).  A fellow artist had suggested going to Habitat for Humanity and buying a screen door to use as the background for the disks.  “You need something that’s light to carry and carry out.”  Great idea!  I found a 44″ x 60″ window screen, in excellent condition.  It can hold 12 disks across and about 14 down (for a total of 160 disks).

Here’s the screen in the window before disks are attached.

Screen in Display Window

Screen in Display Window

So far I have 9 disks.  Rather than put them all together, I decided to spread them out.  As more disks arrive, I’ll fill in the screen.

"Da Ta" Mosaic Art as of 6/14/09

"Da Ta" Mosaic Art as of 6/14/09

I only need 151 more disks.   Wanna play?

For more info about this project go to “Da Ta” Mosaic Community Art Project, which also provides links on how 5 of the disks were created.

Happy Coloring!

Maureen, The Mandala Lady

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Playing with 3-1/2″ Floppy Disks #5

Floppy Disk Art, Techniques, Uncategorized

Ever wonder about what to do with all those 3-1/2″ floppy disks that you have taking up space in your office, closet, house?  Well here’s yet another idea…and I might say my wildest one yet.

Paint the disk black

Paint the disk black

In this first photo, I combined a couple of steps.

  1. Find a black floppy disk
  2. Paint the whole front face with black acrylic paint (I put on 3 coats)
  3. Find something wacky to put in the disk.  In this case I had these white coils that were excess from the coils I use to bind my Mandala Coloring Books
  4. Start gluing the pieces onto the disk
Add the coils

Add the coils

I used duco cement to glue the coils onto the disk; it’s strong and dries clear.  I also pulled out some plastic mardi gras beads.  I cut individual white beads and put some inside the coils, which are little difficult to see in this photo.  In the one, you’ll see them better.

I also cut individual pieces of the purple beads, which are actually little dice…if you look closely you’ll see the ‘5’ side of the second purple bead.

Finished Disk

Finished Disk

Here’s the finished piece – view #1

Finished Disk - Different View

Finished Disk - Different View

Finished Disk - side view

Finished Disk - side view

Here’s a side view that more clearly shows the white beads and purple die.

How wacky can you make your Da Ta art?

Have fun!

Maureen, The Mandala Lady

Playing with 3-1/2″ Floppy Disks #4

Floppy Disk Art, Techniques

Ever wonder about what to do with all those 3-1/2″ floppy disks that you have taking up space in your office, closet, house?  Well here’s yet another idea.

First prep the disk.

  1. Take off the metal slide bar
  2. Pry open the disk just enough to pull out the floppy disk inside
  3. Prime the disk with white primer paint (I used rust-o-leum’s white primer spray paint)
Prep the disk

Prep the disk

For this project, I used yellow and lavender craft acrylic paint.  Where the label and the metal slide bar were, I painted yellow.  The rest was painted with lavender.  Let go of making it perfect, you’ll be embellishing so much that the base coats will be hardly noticeable.

Base coats of paint

Base coat of paint

I put on 3 coats of color. You can put as many or as few as you want.

After 3 coats of paint

After 3 coats of paint

I pulled out mardi gras beads and my white pearl metallic craft paint.  I painted one layer of the white pearl paint all over the disk.  Already the paint imperfections are less noticeable. 🙂

Time for embellishing

Time for embellishing

I debated on whether to show each step to the finished product, when I realized that I want you to do your own thing, come up with your own ideas.

Basically what I did is cut up sections of the beads and using a very good craft glue and proceeded to put the beads all over the place.  I used Duco Cement that I found at our local hardware store.  Use anything that is strong, dry clear, and will adhere to plastic (if you’re using plastic beads).

The Finished Disk

The Finished Disk

I plan to use this with other disks to create a mural by adhering these to a large foam core board with double stick tape.

The main thing is to have fun and explore your own creativity.

Maureen,  The Mandala Lady

Playing with 3-1/2″ Floppy Disks #3

Floppy Disk Art, Techniques

Ever wonder about what to do with all those 3-1/2″ floppy disks that you have taking up space in your office, closet, house?  I’ve come up with some ideas to create what I call “DaTa Art” (versus Da Da…I know it’s a groaner).

Gather your materials

Gather your materials

For this project you’ll need a floppy disk, wrapping paper, tape, and a viewer.

  1. To make the viewer, trace the outline of a disk on paper, cut the paper about an inch wider than your outline, and then cut out the center of the outline.
  2. Use the viewer on your wrapping paper (or whatever paper you want to use) to find the section you want to use.
  3. Cut the wrapping paper about 2″ wider than the disk.
Tape paper to disk

Tape paper to disk

  1. Lay the paper face down on your work surface
  2. Place the disk down in the center of the paper
  3. Fold the first edge over the top of the disk and tape it down (I had to use making tape because like most households the regular tape had gone the way of the laundry socks)
  4. Fold the right corner of the paper down the side of the disk; this will make for a cleaner corner
  5. Smooth down the folds (the next photo shows the folds), fold the right side paper over the disk, and then tape it down
  6. Continue around until the fourth side
Final Edge

Final Edge

  1. For the final edge, fold both corners inward
  2. Fold the paper over the disk
  3. Tape it down
Backside of disk

Backside of disk

When your done, the backside should look something like this; although with transparent tape it would look much cleaner.

Front side of disk

Front side of disk

Here’s the front side of the disk…much better.  To enhance it even further, I pulled out my glitter glue.

Finished Disk

Finished Disk

All done!   Obviously the sky’s the limit as to how to enhance this.  You could apply beads, buttons, stickers, you name it.

I plan to add this to a mural project with other disks by adhering them to a large piece of foam core board with thick double stick glue.

Have fun!

Maureen, The Mandala Lady

Playing with 3-1/2″ Floppy Disks #2

Floppy Disk Art, Techniques

Ever wonder about what to do with all those 3-1/2″ floppy disks that you have taking up space in your office, closet, house?  After more pondering I came up with this idea…

I used an off-white floppy disk, took the metal slide bar off, and opened to take the innards out of it.  This is the back view of the disk.

Floppy disk and photo cut to disk size

Floppy disk and photo cut to disk size

When I opened it, I opened it from the bottom and just wide enough to take the ‘floppy’ part of the floppy disk out.  I took the disk, traced out the shape over the photograph, and then cut the photo to size.

Cut the photo into pieces to fit on the disk

Cut the photo into pieces to fit on the disk

Here’s the front view of the disk.  I cut the photo so that one piece would fit where the label goes and the other piece fits over the area where the metal slide bar was.  After I had finished the project I noticed that in this photo the lower piece is actually upside down.

Clue photo pieces to disk

Clue photo pieces to disk

I used an acid-free photo glue stick to adhere the photo to the disk.  You can use one photo or mixed up your photos.  Here I wanted to create a continuation of the two.  The tree is in the upper portion and a little bit in the lower portion to make it look like the photo is being framed by the disk.

Finished photo

Finished photo

I used an extra fine point gold paint marker by Marvy to write on the disk.  I plan to use this in a mural where I’ll stick this (and other disks) on a large piece of foam core board with double stick tape.

You can take this a step further by decorating the disk and/or adding trim around the outside edge of the disk.

Have fun with this one.

Maureen, The Mandala Lady

Playing with 3-1/2″ Floppy Disks #1

Floppy Disk Art, Techniques

Ever wonder about what to do with all those 3-1/2″ floppy disks that you have taking up space in your office, closet, house? I hated the idea of throwing them away so I pondered other possibilities and here’s one idea I had…turn them into photo disks.

Start with a used floppy disk (I distorted the label for this photo)
Start with a used floppy disk

Next create a viewer to use to for the photograph you want to use on your disk.  The photo cutout will go where the label is.  It measures approximately 2-7/8″ (w) x 2-1/4″ (h).  The top of the label is cut straight across, the corners at the bottom are rounded.

Create a viewer and outline

Create a viewer and outline

Use the viewer on the photograph to determine what section of the photo you want to use.   Once you found the area you want, you can either use the viewer or the viewer cutout to trace the shape onto the photo.   Then cut out the photo.  The pen I used made an indent on the photo which I used as my guide for cutting the photo.

Use viewer to determine section of photo to use

Use viewer to determine section of photo to use

I used an acid-free photo stick glue to adhere the photo cutout to the disk.   For this step I wound up using a different photo, it had more interesting shapes and colors.

Glue photo to disk

Glue photo to disk

Lastly you’ll want to label it. I used an extra fine point gold paint marker by Marvy. Whatever you use, it will need to be able to adhere to plastics.

Label it

Label it

That’s it.  Once you’ve done a couple it goes much faster & easier.  I plan to make a mural of my disks by sticking them on foam core board with double-stick tape.   You can use tacky putty to adhere them individually on a wall.

Have fun with this one.

Maureen, The Mandala Lady