So I cut it into rectangular chunks, and then, while sitting in the passenger seat of hubby's car on the drive to Maine, I did some "drawing with scissors", saving all the negative and positive shapes from my cutting. My original idea was to use these cutout shapes to make mini collages to hang in a window perhaps, or to string the shapes together to hang in a Calder-esque window mobile. But instead, I ended up gluing larger collages, beginning with the first two pieces at the top of the post.
Or a piece of blue.
Here's a better view of its translucency.
I decided to play with some Sharpie paint markers on the piece. I drew line designs on the BACK side with a white blue, and red paint marker, and on the FRONT with a black marker. Here is the finished piece, placed over a piece of black.
I made this final piece below using even more of my cutouts. For this piece, I decorated the front using a black Sharpie paint marker. Perhaps I went a little too pattern crazy?
- It is WONDERFUL to cut. Your scissors will glide right through it. Your students will love cutting it! It will serve as a wonderful alterntive to construction paper for many collage purposes.
- And of course, unlike paper, it is not going to rip.
- Plus, the colors are not going to fade, (at least that's what I think).
- The colors are limited, but they are rich and bright. Very appealing!
- For flat work, Elmer's Glue-All or glue sticks hold quite well. I was actually surprised; it glues together much more effectively than, for example, colored sheet foam. (Since it is not porous, you will always be able to pull pieces off glued with Elmer's or glue sticks.)
- Sharpie paint markers work fabulously on it. Regular black Sharpies also work well on all colors of the board (except the black, of course), and, on the translucent board, you can use any color Sharpie, including metallics.
- I discovered that the Playcolor tempera stick samples, including metallics, that were given to me by a vendor at last spring's NAEA convention, also work effectively on the plastic poster board.
Once I have completed writing up the step-by-step lessons, complete with Common Core standards, and they are posted on the Pacon site, I will let you all know the link to find them! In the meantime, feel free to ask questions and if you get a chance to use this stuff, GO FOR IT!! You won't be disappointed.