Recycled Art Supplies
I want to thank Judy Kestrel from for sending me
these ideas and opening my eyes about this project.
There is no way adequately to describe exactly how to make recycled art supplies such as paint brushes and other paint applicators and ink
pens. The best advice I can give you is to experiment for yourself. What Judy sent to me includes magic markers that have dried out, plastic pen casings without the pens, tubes, pieces of sponges, rubber
bands, what looks like shredding pieces of balloons.
There are a variety of "paint brushes" that utilize the same principle – using a old pen, magic marker or other "handle" around which a rubber band attaches
a piece of sponge or other type of material that would have been tossed into the trash. Some of the sponges are large and folded in half. Other sponges are pieces wrapped around the handle. Some of
the material is shredded or cut so that strips hang down. Judy also sent pictures showing how these weird looking pieces of "junk" could make beautiful clouds, flowers and landscapes using just a few strokes
or twists of the wrist.
See what you can make. Show your students what's possible and teach them the prohibition against waste called Bal Tashchit. Have fun.