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The Coaster a Day Project – Getting Started


I’ve started this little project to keep in the swing of creativity during the summer.  I’m mostly a student and I sell my art and jewelry on the side.  Since we had extreme budget cutbacks at school there weren’t any art classes to take for the summer term…..so I am creating my own.

Every day I create an approximately 3×3 art piece on a coaster.  I found these coasters in the dollar bin at Target awhile ago and of course can’t find them now, but chipboard or mini canvases would serve the same purpose….these were just cheap.  The problem with using these coasters were that they were actually laminated so I have to peel the lamination off the coaster, sand them, wipe them down and then gesso them.  It takes a little work but I just sit down in front of the TV and do about 30 at a stretch.

This is the before (all nice straight out of the package) and after (after the lamination had been removed, the coaster has been sanded and i wiped them down to remove any dust).

You can wipe the coasters down with a tack cloth (you know the kind you use for sanding wood) or I just use some paper towels with a little rubbing alcohol on them.  The rubbing alcohol helps  the dust stick to the towel and it dries fast so you don’t have sopping wet coasters.



Then you gesso the coasters.  I used white gesso on mine, but there are a wide variety of gesso colors.  Please don’t skip this step, no matter what your medium is.  After the gesso dries…you are free to start creating.  Use old ephemera…paint a masterpiece…create a mini scrapbook page.  I am using these to try techniques and experiment….get the kinks worked out before those larger pieces are started.