Sunday, 31 March 2013

DIY Recycled Tortillions

Hi guys, just thought I'd do a quick DIY tut in case you have any of those novelty easter lollies, from which you can make some art supplies, more specifically tortillions (or occasionally known as those 'paper-smudgy-thingie-ma-doo-das'!).

I just have regular lolly-pops, which work fine too, but novelty ones are better as they usually are much bigger & therefore provide nice juicy fat sticks! 

So process is easy-peasy, once the kiddies (or you!) have eaten the lolly, cut the paper stick down to ensure they're clean & free of any yuckiness.


Then use a decent sharpener to create points...
and there you have it, a paper-smudgy-thingie-ma-doo-da ready for smudging your lovely charcoal or graphite creations.
...and remember they can be reused right down the stick, just by cutting and resharpening the point. 

I know paper stumps/tortillions aren't exactly expensive to buy, but they can't be handmade - as to be functional they need to be too tightly rolled for human hands to recreate (I know I've tried it!), so they need to be this kind of machine-rolled paper. Therefore if you have kids in your life (or you're one yourself!) why not get an eco-friendly & free art supply when lollies come your way?

Hope you have an awesome Easter, much love

15 comments:

  1. What a clever trick! And you've taught me a new word today - "tortillion".
    Happy Easter, by the way...

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  2. One of the many things about you, Jennie, that gives me the warm fuzzies, is how you are always subconsciously paying attention to everything about you, and seeing it through a different lens. It's not "what it is" as much as "what alternative use is there for it"

    Thank you for sharing your creativity, your knowledge and the workings of your mind with us!

    And in case you celebrate: happy Easter Sunday!

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  3. Happy Easter to you too! :D

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  4. pretty cool! sharing this on my zentangle home school facebook page - Treasured Tangles thanks!

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  5. In USA you can buy those popsickle sticks at craft stores that sell baking and candy making supplies.

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  6. I used these to make little stands for small fabric bunnies I made.I used a set of children's blocks as stands.They came up so well! I made 12! Just for fun!
    They have lots of uses don't they.Love all your tips

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  7. well now that is a cool trick! I did not know what a tortillion was but next time I have a lollypop I am going to try this! Thank you for your attention to the world around you in relation to art supplies!

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  8. Oh good grief, Jenny -- brilliant -- again!!! Here I was just looking for something the other day to use for that and grabbed a cotton swab (q-tip) as I had nothing else. I will ask grandson Max to save all of his in future for his Mimi! Thank you!! Happy Easter to you and Sweepie, m'lady! (((Hugs)))

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  9. Most of the lollipop sticks here in the US are plastic now. As for making your own...I've rolled my own for years. Tortillons--or stumps as we always called them--not joints!! LOL

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  10. GREAT tip! thanks so much and Happy Easter.

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  11. These are amazing works of art! love the paper smudgy thingy!
    I hope you had a wonderful Easter as well!

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  12. Jenni, you could kit out any artist with a draw full of junk! You're like the A Team, you know they'd be stuck in a locked room with piles of rubbish and end up busting their way out having made a tank or something! xxxx

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  13. Hi Jennibellie, I just joined your newsletter and wanted to thank you for the free goodie downloads. Very generous. I fall asleep on your blog every night or shall I say the weee hours of the morning. Its your personality talent and generosity that keeps me here. I hope to be on your tell all Tuesday soon. I can read everything on here over and over everynight and never be bored. You are beautiful as well as talented. I've made paper beads, bottons, journals and drawings. Thank you for the push I needed. I'm working on my blog and doing what I love to do again because of you. Thank you!

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  14. awesome! :-) Just bought a bunch of these and I always have lollies in this house!

    hipretty

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  15. You are awesome Jennie. You give freely and help so many of us out so that we are not always spending.


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