But if you are throwing out some old magazines and art catalogs, here's a great project that you really should try (I know you've probably seen it everywhere)! Take a couple of those great art catalogs from last year (Crystal Publications catalogs are my favorite for this!) and grab a few inexpensive art supplies and get crafting! The reason I love the art catalogs is that they have tons of little images of art posters that are the perfect size for this project. It's sort of addicting once you get started--it's so fun to create your own gallery of art magnets!
You can also use magazine images and text (Family Fun magazine is another favorite of mine) if you like more random images and funky text for your magnets. You may be able to use your own images--just make sure they are laser color copies and not inkjet since the ink will bleed when you brush on the Mod Podge.
These make a nice little gift when you display them in a unique way. I had my art students attach them to a piece of card stock and slip them into a zip-top bag, but I've seen people put them in an old Altoids tin. The would be nice on a card that looked like a fancy frame (or maybe a whole bunch of little frames with one magnet in each frame)--really the sky's the limit on how you can present these. They are great gift for the artsy people in your life! (hint, hint!)
Art Catalog Magnets
- Old art catalogs or magazines
- 1" clear glass "blobs" from the dollar store--these were bigger than the standard 1/2" blobs that I use for other projects
- 1" circle template (see below)
- Mod Podge
- Foam brush
- Palette for Mod Podge
- Newspapers for work surface
- Circle magnets (I bought mine at Michael's for $7 for a pack of 50 magnets, I think)
- Super glue (I tried jewelry glue but, WHEW! it stunk--serious brain cell killing going on with that stuff!)